M2M One – June 2017 Newsletter

M2M One Newsletter – June 2017

Welcome to M2M One’s June 2017 Newsletter,

We’re back after an exciting and successful CeBIT 2017 up in Sydney, it was great to meet so many people passionate about the future of M2M & IoT in Australia and we look forward to working with as many of you as possible.

One thing that really stood out was the number of questions we were getting about LPWAN technologies, it seems with the uncertainty around the lifespan of 3G/Next G in Australia many people are taking their time to look at the next logical upgrade path for their device – Do they jump to 4G/LTE as it exists today, do they wait for CAT M1 or do they hang on that bit longer for the ultra low bandwidth NB-IoT? Some people are questioning whether they stick with cellular or move to alternative technologies like SIGFOX, LoRA or even some of the new innovations coming from the satellite space.

We’ll be producing some articles on the evolution of wireless networks in the coming months but until then if you’re feeling confused about where to take your product next, get in touch – We’d love to hear from you.

  • M2M One Billing Portal Maintenance (23/6/2017)

Please note that on 23/6/2017 M2M One’s online billing portal will be down for scheduled maintenance from 10am – 2pm and will be unable for processing credit card payments. If you need to pay your invoice during this period please contact accounts@m2mone.com.au or call our office on 03 9696 3011.

  • EOFY SIM Card Orders

Please note that if you need to order any SIM cards and have them lodged as a purchase before 1st July 2017 we need to receive the order no later than 3:00pm Friday the 30th of June – All SIM orders should be sent to orders@m2mone.com.au for the fastest processing.

Security 2017 – Sydney, 26-28 July 2017

M2M One are excited to once again be exhibiting at Australia’s largest Security Expo on it’s return to Sydney. We’ll be exhibiting our range of SIM Cards and Data Plans as well as talking about how customers in the security industry are using our services to power Alarm Panels, IP Cameras, Tracking Devices and more.

M2M One will be located at stand B27 next to Digital Matter

Registration to the expo is free – Register Here

Using M2M One SIMs and Data Plans for redundancy & failover

M2M One SIMs are ideally designed for failover solutions, either over an ADSL link or dual SIM modem. Due to our unique cost strucure we can help you minimize the costs associated with operating a redundant SIM.

What are your options?

  1. Activation Ready – M2M One SIMs can be placed into a status called Activation Ready this stops all billing on the SIM but keeps it alive on the mobile network. As soon as data is passed through the SIM it becomes live and ‘billable’. This is a great solution for dormant SIMs that only need to be used in the event of a link failure.
  2. Managed Group Plans – As part of our ongoing service to customers M2M One manage and monitor pooled data usage on your account, with the pooled plans if one or more of your SIM cards exceeds the pool (i.e in a failover event) we can work with you to optimize the plans for the lowest cost in that month.
  3. Single Step Plans – For customers managing a single site or SIM we can create a rule that will automatically step a SIM up to the next plan when it exceeds a specific amount of data and suspending at 100GB of usage. This is an ideal solution for customers wanting a simple fixed cost solution that they can set and forget.
For more information about using M2M One SIMs in a failover or redundancy capacity or for some recommendations on compatible hardware please contact your account manager or email info@m2mone.com.au
Each month we bring you tips and tricks for getting the most value out of the M2M Control Centre.

Locating your SIMs IP Address

This month we look at finding the IP Address of your SIM Card once its connected to the mobile network.

From Services > SIM List click on the ICCID number of any ‘In Session’ SIM card to load the Details screen. From the details screen you can see the current session information including the Session Start Time, Device IP Address and APN.

For customers using our IPX Static IP service you can locate the IP Address allocated to your SIM cards at any time by enabling the IPX Address column on the SIM List screen – This can be done by right clicking on any of the column headings in the SIM List and then ticking the IPX Address checkbox.

Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

M2M One – April 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to M2M One’s April Newsletter – We’re now 12 months out from Optus shutting down their 2G network and only 8 months from Telstra shutting down theirs, the conversation around upgrading hardware is heating up. IoT/M2M Solution providers are considering the jump from 2G to 3G, LTE or possibly a LPWAN technology like SigFox or LoRA. At M2M One we’ve been working with customers and hardware vendors across the country to help them prepare their device for the shutdown and future proof their next model for years to come.

In this months newsletter we invite to join us at CeBIT Australia in Sydney, show you a new monitoring feature in the M2M Control Centre, highlight our participation in the recent Connect expo in Melbourne, highlight a product from one of our hardware partners, and as always, we remind customers that Telstra we be shutting down their 2G network on 1st of December 2016.

  1. Trade Event – CeBIT Australia 2016
  2. Control Centre Update – Month-to-Date Voice Usage Now Available
  3. Highlights – Connect Expo 2016
  4. Product Spotlight – Remora 3G Battery Powered Tracker
  5. Customer Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Trade Event  CeBIT Australia 2016

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M2M One would like to invite you to join us at CeBIT Australia 2016 taking place at Sydney Olympic Park from the 2nd to the 4th of May.

M2M One will be exhibiting our range of M2M SIM Cards, Data Plans & Networking services at booth F15

As well as exhibiting M2M One will be participating in a number of presentations during the exhibition:

Free Show-floor presentation – ‘Developing & managing wireless M2M services in Australia’

  • Tuesday 3rd May – 2:40pm at CeBIT Show-floor theatre stage B
  • Wednesday 4th May – 10:40am at CeBIT Show-floor theatre stage B
Internet of Things Conference – ‘Reinventing and empowering retail with the Internet of Things’ with Cradlepoint
  • Wednesday 4th May – 12:15pm at CeBIT IoT Conference in the Dome Theatre
We’d also like to extend a huge thank you all our customers who provided testimonials for our nomination to the CeBIT business awards this year, with your generous feedback we have been short-listed as a finalist for the CeBIT Business Award for Service Distinction.
If you’d like to arrange a meeting with any of the M2M One staff at CeBIT please reply to this email with a suggested time and date.

2. Control Centre Update – Month-to-Date Voice Usage

In this months update to the M2M Control Centre a new feature that several customers have been asking for is now available. The ability to monitor voice usage per device in real-time. For customers currently using M2M One’s voice enabled SIMs you can now view Month to Date Voice Usage in the Services listing of your current fleet.

To enable this feature simply right click on any column heading in the Services listing and enable the ‘Month to Date Voice (min)’ column – Please note that this is a combination of outbound and inbound voice usage, and M2M One only charge for outbound (MO) voice sessions.

3. Highlights – Connect Expo 2016

M2M One were pleased to once again participate in one of Australia’s leading ICT and emerging technology events, Connect 2016. Connect took place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre over the 19th – 20th of April.
Naturally the show was focused on the IoT hype slowly starting to meet reality, with conversations around LPWAN, Smart Cities and LTE for IoT being more about practical deployments than theoretical possibilities. One of the most exciting stands at the show was LX Group who were showing their new modular IoT Core product could be a game changer for companies looking to incorporate multiple wireless technologies into a small simple form factor.
On Tuesday the 19th of April, M2M One & M2M Connectivity hosted a free 25 minute seminar on ‘Developing a Cellular IoT/M2M Solution in Australia’ at the Connect ICT Theatre on the show floor – You can view the slides from this presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/JamesMack4/m2m-one-m2m-connectivity-developing-a-cellular-iot-or-m2m-solution-in-australia-connect-expo-2016
We look forward to seeing you all next year at Connect 2017!

4. Product Spotlight – Remora 3G Battery Powered Tracker

Remora-Offer

As M2M One continues to grow our partner program with leading M2M Hardware & Software providers world wide we are always on the look out for special offers that will benefit our customers. This month we have partnered with Australian Telematics hardware supplier Digital Matter to provide M2M One customers who are interested in trying their new 3G battery powered tracking device the ‘Remora’ free batteries for the month of May – Simply mention this newsletter when you purchase the product.

Digital Matter’s Remora is a low-profile, rugged 3G battery powered tracking device that is well suited for tracking of large assets like trailers, equipment, bins, skips, caravans, boats, motorbikes & jet-skis and can provide tracking updates for up to 5 years purely on battery power if configured for a single ping a day.

The Remora is an ideal replacement for old 2G hardware or an additional product to add to an existing tracking suite as it can be seamlessly integrated into any tracking platform with Digital Matters OEM Server & Data Connectors

For those of you who want to get a feel for the product, Digital Matter will be on hand at the M2M One booth F15 at CeBIT Australia on Monday the 2nd of May and we’ll have a demo unit throughout the expo.

If you’d like to learn more about Digital Matter’s dealer program or their product line please contact Stuart German on +61 497 770 050 or email at stuart@digitalmatter.com

The Remora is now available for purchase from M2M Connectivity or Digital Matter

5. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

M2M One would like to continue to remind customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM 900MHz network on the 1st of December 2016. This will impact all M2M One customers utilising 2G/GSM only hardware in Australia.

You can view our official notification here

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilise 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.

M2M One 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.

You can also read our blog on the Australian 2G Shutdown

M2M One – March 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to M2M One’s March Newsletter – Conversations around the future of IoT & M2M in Australia are heating up as Telstra announced testing with Sequans Communications to test LTE Cat-1 functionality on the network, If you’d like to learn more about the future technologies in M2M/IoT I’d highly recommend reading the article LoRa vs LTE-M vs Sigfox by Nick Hunn, CTO at WiFore.

In this months newsletter we remind you that M2M One will be closed over the Easter public holiday, talk about our participation and free seminar at the upcoming Connect expo in Melbourne, take a look back at an interview on we did with M2M Connectivity on building products for the IoT for Dev Diner and as always we remind customers that Telstra we be shutting down their 2G network on 1st of December 2016.

This month’s newsletter features:

  1. Notification – M2M One Easter Operating Hours
  2. Trade Event – Connect 2016, Melbourne 19-20 April 2016
  3. Blog – Dev Diner Interview: Building for the IoT
  4. Customer Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Notification  M2M One Easter Operating Hours

We’d like to remind all customers that M2M One will be closed for the Easter public holiday period this month.

M2M One will be closed on the following days:

  • Friday 25th of March (Good Friday)
  • Monday 28th of March (Easter Monday)
During this period we will be unable to ship any SIM card orders and our Melbourne office will be unmanned.
For emergency technical support please raise a ticket using support@m2mone.com.au

2. Trade Event – Connect 2016, Melbourne – 19-20 April

M2M One are pleased to once again be participating in one of Australia’s leading ICT and emerging technology events, Connect 2016.

Connect is taking place at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from the 19th – 20th of April 2016.

M2M One will be exhibiting alongside M2M Connectivity at stand #42 exhibiting our range of M2M SIM Card, Data Plan and Network services.

On Tuesday the 19th of April M2M One & M2M Connectivity will be hosting a free 25 minute seminar on ‘Developing a Cellular IoT/M2M Solution in Australia’ at the Connect ICT Theatre on the show floor – The seminar starts at 12:30pm – 12:55pm.

Register online for your free expo pass

3. Blog – Building For The Internet of Things

We sat down with M2M Connectivity and Patrick Catanzariti from Dev Diner to talk about designing a product and building a business around the Internet of Things.
You can read the full piece on our blog

4. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

M2M One would like to continue to remind customers that Telstra will discontinue their 2G/GSM 900MHz network on the 1st of December 2016. This will impact all M2M One customers utilising 2G/GSM only hardware in Australia.

You can view our official notification here

M2M One customers with 2G devices have the opportunity to utilise 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.

M2M One 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.

You can also read our blog on the Australian 2G Shutdown

Thoughts on CeBIT Australia 2015 and The Internet of Things Conference

Thoughts on CeBIT Australia 2015 and The Internet of Things Conference

Another year another CeBIT, only this time things are a bit different.

The Exhibition

CeBIT Australia Showfloor - Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

CeBIT Australia Showfloor – Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

Over the past few years CeBIT has made an art out of unintentionally alienating the Australian M2M and IoT community, slowly long time exhibitors began to pull out and the show and last year we were left with a skeleton crew of people flying the M2M flag.

Fast-forward to 2015, there is still a distinct lack of M2M companies participating in the exhibition – alongside M2M Connectivity, M2M One and KORE were Telit/GLYN and Multi-Tech Systems. Speaking to other exhibitors there is a distinct feeling of trepidation; a second year in the Olympic Park and mainly brand new staff at Hannover Fairs left a lot of us unsure what the show would hold.

M2M Connectivity and KORE decided to take out a large portion of the show floor together and create their own unofficial “M2M Zone” to showcase solutions, and products in a single location. This certainly helped as it gave visitors some direction but also allowed us to showcase a large portion of the M2M/IoT ecosystem in one location, with raw components like modems, modules, antennas and sensors from M2M Connectivity, connectivity to mobile and satellite networks from M2M One and KORE and finished devices in healthcare, water management and telematics from mCareWatch, Pervasive Telemetry and MTData. It was much easier to give those wanting more depth of knowledge on M2M a strong frame of reference.

Over the 3 days the feelings of unease began to settle as visitors, delegates and VIPs began to visit stands and walk the floor things felt sunnier. The new staff at Hannover Fairs put on an excellent face, taking the time to really engage with exhibitors asking them about previous shows and how they can improve for the following year, and assuring that 2016 would finally bring an M2M specific area and focus to the exhibition.

As a showcase for traditional ICT solutions and enterprise level technology CeBIT still remains Australia’s leading show. The Start-Up section and university technology displays are great areas to find some exciting new developments – As an exhibition for M2M/IoT focused businesses there is still some work to be done by Hannover Fairs but I feel like the new team behind the show are forward looking and can bring something new to 2016.

 

Paul Budde welcomes everyone to The Internet of Things Conference - Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

Paul Budde welcomes everyone to The Internet of Things Conference – Image Courtesy of Hannover Fairs

The Internet of Things Conference

CeBIT has always done a great job with content for their Campus and Conference sessions and this year was no different. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to spend the whole say in the IoT Conference but what I saw was excellent.

Opening up and MCing the session was Australian Telecommunications stalwart Paul Budde. It was interesting to compare the style of someone like Paul who I would call more of a telecommunications generalist, to a M2M subject matter expert like Shane Murphy who MC’d, Connect’s IoT conference. Paul’s line of questioning was very much focused on the big picture and future trends where Shane was more on the immediate future and what companies are doing now.

Andrew Scott from Telstra was the first up, providing some key insights into how the countries leading telco intends to innovate and compete in the IoT space, whether their decision to spread themselves across large swathes of the IoT ecosystem is a good one or not will have to wait and see but for now they are pushing the industry forward in Australia and bringing in leading edge global solutions into the local market.

Tom Fisher was up next, flying the flag of a company that has really put their money where there mouth is in the cellular M2M/IoT space, Jasper. Tom is a great speaker and while a some of the content was a bit marketing heavy he provided some quality insights into how Jasper view the IoT and backed up his content with relevant case studies. A great soundbite from Tom’s presentation was “The Internet of Things isn’t really about Things, It’s about service”, a view I strongly agree with.

It wouldn’t be an Internet of Things conference without everybody’s favorite prediction, the Ericsson 50 Billion! This time it was actually delivered by Ericsson, Warren Chaisatien presented some good views as well as some stargazing, I’m not sure how pushing 5G as the new frontier for IoT is going to help as customers still struggle with the decision to move to 3G or LTE.

I missed a majority of eHealth NSW’s presentation but what I did see seemed to talk about empowering health providers make more informed decisions which is always welcome.

The panel discussion on collaboration managed to get away from the core topic dominated by Simon Kaplan from NICTA and Craig Morton from Moving Data who used the session to pull up some of the shortcomings of the industry in a discussion that was refreshingly critical. There is a tendency for the majority presentations we see paint a wholly rosy view of the industry, where having a more “warts and all” approach might help us identify the areas we need to work on to accelerate uptake and collaboration.

M2M One had the honor of running one of the afternoon round table sessions, being given the dubious title of “Getting started in the IoT”, luckily we had a great turnout from companies in various stages of implementation. The main standout from our session was the gulf between those already implementing connected technology strategies and those with no idea how to get started. This is symptomatic of the noise in the industry; the hype has overtaken rational thought, especially in larger companies causing a decisional paralysis. Daryl Chambers and myself wanted to enforce that it’s not about having an IoT strategy but more about using connected technology to compliment business initiatives.

I really liked some of the points raised by Simon Kaplan in his later solo session on collaboration. His view of Australia as the ‘Petri Dish of Asia’ (in a positive way!) is one I’ve shared for some time and anyone who wants to push Australia to the front of the IoT industry gets my vote.

Hopes for 2016

On the whole CeBIT left me somewhat conflicted, as an exhibitor the show underwhelmed but I feel like 2015 was a bit of a “rebuilding year” in which new staff had the unenviable task of taking over mid-planning. As a delegate and participant in the conference side of the show, I felt like the show was a success with some great local speakers and relevant content.

I’d like to urge as many people in the industry as possible to provide feedback to the new team at Hannover Fairs and show them that there is an appetite in the industry to participate in the show as long as they can address the concerns we’ve raised over the past few years and hopefully 2016 can be a strong year for M2M/IoT at CeBIT.

Did you attend CeBIT? 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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