M2M One Short-Listed for CeBIT 2016 Business Award

M2M One CeBIT Award Nomination

M2M One are proud to announce that we have been short-listed as a finalist for CeBIT Australia’s 2016 Business Awards – M2M One has been short-listed for the Service Distinction award alongside 5 other finalists: Shippit, Rundl, Acquire BPO, Integrate AV & Watchguard Technologies.

We’d like to thank all of our customers who provided testimonials for our nomination and wish the best of luck to the other companies short-listed with us for the 2016 award.

The CeBIT Australia Business Award winners will be announced on Tuesday May 3rd after the exhibition – To join M2M One at CeBIT Australia 2016 you can register for a free expo pass at this link

M2M One – June 2015 Newsletter

This month we’re excited to announce the availability of the 4G/LTE service on M2M One SIM Cards as just one of the initiatives recently introduced to better serve our customers. These include last month’s upgrade of customer control and functionality for M2M deployments through the customised use of the M2M Control Centre, and the reduced pricing on SMS, Data and Static IP Services. Supporting M2M One’s commitment to educating and helping new entrants to M2M/IoT, we share news of our exciting collaboration with ATrack and information in our first blog of M2M 101 tips. After a successful exhibition at CommunicAsia in Singapore last month as part of the State Government of Victoria’s trade delegation, we’re gearing up for Security 2015 in July. See the details and free registration below.

This months newsletter features:

  1. Notification – 4G/LTE Service now available on M2M One SIM Cards
  2. Blog – M2M Tips – Public IP vs Private IP – Addressing for M2M/IoT Devices
  3. Exhibition – Security Exhibition and Conference 2015 – Melbourne
  4. News – ATrack and M2M One Collaboration
  5. Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shut Down

1. Notification – 4G/LTE Service now available on M2M One SIM Cards

We are pleased to announce that as of the 22nd of June 2015, M2M One can now offer 4G/LTE service through our SIM cards as well as the existing 3G & 2G (Telstra 2G will be shut down on December 1st 2016) connectivity. Also as of today, 4G/LTE is now available on all M2M One & Telstra APN configurations.

M2M One 4G/LTE Service Information:

  • 4G/LTE is available to all M2M One customers at no additional cost.
  • 4G/LTE will work on all existing M2M One SIM cards, there is no need for a replacement.
  • 4G/LTE is now available on all M2M One & Telstra APN configurations
  • 4G/LTE is not currently enabled by default and must be requested by emailing support@m2mone.com.au

To utilize 4G/LTE your device must be compatible with the following 4G frequency bands:

  • B3 – 1800Mhz (Main operating frequency)
  • B28 – 700Mhz (Main operating frequency)
  • B1 – 2100Mhz (Optional fallback frequency)
  • B7 – 2600Mhz (Optional fallback frequency)
  • B8 – 900Mhz (Optional fallback frequency)

If you have any questions regarding servicefrom M2M One, the M2M Control Centre, M2M SIM Pricing or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at support@m2mone.com.au or contact me directly at james.mack@m2mone.com.au

2. Blog – M2M Tips – Public IP vs Private IP – Addressing for M2M/IoT Devices

Part of a series of tips to developers looking to get into the M2M/IoT space, this first blog looks at IP address allocation for M2M/IoT devices.

Our blog looks at the costs and implications of the following options:

Public Internet Access via NAT with dynamic private addressing which utilizes common carrier APNs. The IP address of the SIM is hidden behind the networks firewall so the device can’t be addressed directly across the public internet, which means all devices with this setup need to initiate a communication session with the host service/client.

Public Internet Access with dynamic public IP is a popular solution that also uses the public Internet over a common APN but allocating a publicly addressable IP address instead that usually changes with each new session.

Private Static IP Addressing uses completely static addressable IPs from an IP range on a private APN allowing devices to be given their own unchanging IP address that is extremely secure. Methods of getting in to the private IP space are via a VPN tunnel or by using a centrally allocated router configured on that IP space to talk to all other devices in the field.

Read the full blog here.

3. Exhibition – M2M One at Security 2015

The Security Exhibition and Conference celebrates 30 years of security innovation in Melbourne next month. Australasia’s premier security event, Security 2015 is a forum for security professionals, end users and those in allied industries to meet experts, network with peers and view and compare innovative security products and solutions. M2M One is pleased to be exhibiting at Security 2015 on stand H48.

Date:           15 – 16 July 2015     9:30am – 5pm
17 July 2015            9;30am – 2pm
Place:         Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Stand:         H48

Visit us to discuss M2M/ioT connectivity solutions and view products from M2M Connectivity’s range of satellite products suited to security applications.

Admission is for trade professionals only and there is no charge to visit the exhibition.
For more information and to register for free entry to Security 2015 please click here.

For information about other shows M2M One are exhibiting at click here

4. News – ATrack and M2M One collaboration

ATrack and M2M One collaborate to provide 3G services to telematics and tracking customers throughout Australia.

M2M One recently announced a new partnership with leading Taiwanese hardware manufacturer ATrack Technology Inc. ATrack is one of the first round of companies to be part of M2M One’s new partnership program. The program is focused on creating a network of hardware, software and solution providers that can help new entrants into the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) space develop and grow their business quickly.
ATrack & M2M One are collaborating to support businesses in Australia that are adopting 3G hardware to benefit from the larger coverage area and higher throughput. These benefits coupled with the uncertain future of 2G networks and the shut down of Telstra’s 2G network on December 1st 2016 have driven companies to push their migration from 2G telematics devices to 3G quicker than anticipated.

The ultilization of ATrack’s complete product line of quality 3G devices is simplified by M2M One services
by providing complete access to the 3G network and a suite of management and diagnostic tools for companies to manage their fleet of M2M SIM Cards.

Read the full press release here.

5. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

We would like to remind our customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM network on the 1st of December 2016. This has implications for M2M One customers using 2G 900MHz GSM/GPRS modems.

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilize 3G and soon 4G LTE. All M2M One SIM cards are compatible with the Telstra 2G, 3G and soon 4G network so you will not need to physically change any SIM cards from M2M One.

M2MOne customers affected by the shut down of Telstra’s 2G/GSM network who are looking for solutions/alternatives for their 2G/GSM devices are advised to contact a 3G/4G LTE device vendor.
Please read M2M One’s notification of the shutdown if you haven’t already.

If you do not know if your devices will be affected by this please contact M2M One and we can help you.

Thoughts on Connect Expo 2015 and the Internet of Things Summit

Thoughts on Connect Expo 2015 and the Internet of Things Summit

Last week saw the sophomore year of Connect Expo a new tradeshow in Melbourne. For those of you not familiar here is a blurb form their website complete with their not so subtle jab at a certain show in Sydney that might be happening next week… real smooth guys.

“ CONNECT™ is a large annual trade show organised in partnership with the Victorian Government, which runs together with ten business summits – designed for business people to understand how the convergence of a number of technology megatrends are creating a perfect storm of disruption which will impact the way we live and do business in the future.

CONNECT™ offers a contemporary alternative to Australia’s more traditional, large-scale exhibition/s held in Sydney. “ – http://www.con-nect.com.au/about.html

 

Almost double the number of exhibitors from 2014

Almost double the number of exhibitors from 2014

In a lot of ways Connect was a vast improvement from the 2014 show, it felt bigger and more impactful with nearly double the exhibitors and a lot more content. Overall I thought the show was a good one, I’d have liked more focus on M2M/IoT but hey I’m biased…

Saying that; even with its improvements the show still feels like its not quite found its identity yet especially with the Summits – it felt like the organizers threw a collection of 2014s tech buzz words in the air and caught the first 10. As a marketing exercise I can completely understand where they are coming from, but as a participant I thought it felt a little disjointed.

The Expo

I thought on the whole the show floor had a better layout than last year, and the organizers managed to effectively group companies in a similar space together into “Zones”.

A running joke with the other companies in the “IoT Zone” was that we guess the term M2M is officially dead, as probably 80% of the companies identified as “M2M Companies” rather than IoT but hey, you’ve gotta move with the times!

I caught a couple of the presentations on the show floor in-between manning our booth, the highlight of these was Chris Boek from Metropolis who is always an engaging speaker at these events.

As an exhibitor my biggest concern is always the flow of traffic from the conferences to the show floor, and while there were a few quiet periods I thought the organizers managed to give conference attendees and delegates enough reason to walk through the show to make it feel busy enough.

The IoT Summit

The IoT Summit at Connect Expo

The IoT Summit at Connect Expo

On the second day of the show I took some time away from the booth to visit the IoT Summit and see what new and exciting things were going on in our industry.

Note: Unfortunately I missed the panel session and round tables as I was back at the stand but from all accounts it sounded like the content was very good.

The Summit was chaired by good friend and Australian M2M industry veteran Shane Murphy, now working as an independent IoT/M2M commentator and consultant. (You can follow him at @stcmurphy) – Shane kept the summit moving at a good pace and threw in some good insights and questions in the quiet moments.

50 billions IoT Devices... Why Maciej why?

50 billions IoT Devices… Why Maciej why?

Having seen presentations from Industry giants Cisco, Huawei and Microsoft before I had a pretty good idea of what to expect – I made an offhanded comment early on about how long it would take to see that infamous Ericsson prediction of 50 billion devices, Maciej Kranz from Cisco had the dubious honor of pulling that old chestnut out 10 minutes into the summit.

I completely understand why these companies are always invited to speak at M2M/IoT events, and they certainly do a good job of sticking to the party line and saying all the right things to make Enterprises salivate but I can’t help but think a lot of the hype and diatribes do more harm than good sometimes.

I thought Greg Stone from Microsoft delivered the better of the presentations from the “big 3” and I’m genuinely interested in what Microsoft are doing with Azure and their new IoT suite of tools. I could do without the Internet of Your Things nonsense though; I know for the enterprise players, branding is probably 80% of the battle but please try and let things happen naturally occasionally.

The afternoon case studies were really the gem of the Summit with three excellent examples of practical uses for IoT applications.

Ozzie to Oyster - Sense-T using sensors to improve marine agriculture.

Ozzie to Oyster – Sense-T using sensors to improve marine agriculture.

Amanda Castray from Sense-T showcased how their unique sensor network in Tasmania is bringing huge potential gains to the agriculture and farming industries.

Wattcost's stick on sensors can read most meters

Wattcost’s stick on sensors can read most meters

David Soutar from Wattcost showed how they are putting a more practical and user friendly spin on smart home appliance monitoring and usage, with their simple “stick-on” beacon.

 

Buzz Products using IoT to disrupt marketing and engage customers with branded products.

Buzz Products using IoT to disrupt marketing and engage customers with branded products.

Slade Sherman from Buzz Products let us experience the lighter side of the IoT by showing a range of their branded consumer IoT products used in a variety of marketing campaigns and the #buzzbolt which responds to positive tweets with a green light and negative ones with a red light, making the whole presentation more interactive.

1% Savings in Rail can equal up to $600 Million in savings!

1% Savings in Rail can equal up to $600 Million in savings!

The Summit was closed by an excellent presentation from Mark Sheppard from GE Australia/NZ who talked about the “Industrial Internet of Things” (I think we used to call that M2M…) and how a large scale manufacturer of products like GE can get huge returns on investment by using sensors and remote control and automation to improve efficiency by just 1%.

All in all I thought Connect was a success and certainly a step in the right direction for Australia to stake its claim in the IoT & M2M Space. We’re looking forward to coming back next year and seeing how the organizers have responded to feedback from exhibitors and delegates.

Did you attend Connect? Do you have some thoughts on how shows in Australia can better showcase the Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things space? Let us know on Twitter @M2MOneAU or on LinkedIn at M2M One

James Mack

General Manager – M2M One

The views and opinions expressed in this blog site are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of M2M One or M2M Group.

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