Cat-M1 v NB-IoT Q&A Transcript

In this exclusive webinar presented by  M2M One in partnership with Telstra Enterprise, we discussed how Cat-M1 and NB-IoT are both good connectivity options for industries looking to take advantage of Low Power Wide Area Network #LPWAN) technology.

Follow the session a rich question and answer covered a diverse range of topics.  Find attached the full transcript of this Q&A Session.

The Webinar is also available here : https://vimeo.com/452191361

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 – July 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to M2M One’s July Newsletter – We’re back in the office after a fantastic 3 days at this year’s ASIAL Security Expo, the sheer amount of security applications now utilizing wireless technology is staggering. We’ve been talking to people about connecting everything from cameras, alarm panels & vehicles to guards, dogs and even livestock.

This month we invite you to join us for an IoT workshop and conference on emerging and disruptive technologies at Convergence 003, show you some alerting & automation features available in the M2M Control Centre, show you some highlights from ASIAL, spotlight an emerging connectivity solution in SIGFOX  and as always, we remind customers that Telstra will be shutting down their 2G network on 1st of December 2016.

This month’s newsletter features:

  1. Trade Event Convergence 003
  2. M2M Control Centre Alerts & Notifications
  3. Highlights Security 2016 Photo Gallery
  4. Product Spotlight SIGFOX/Thinxtra Radio Modules
  5. Customer Reminder Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Trade Event – Convergence 003

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M2M One are excited to be exhibiting our range of connectivity solutions for wireless M2M/IoT devices at Convergence 003 taking place at University of Sydney in The Refectory on Thursday the 15th of September 2016 – Click here for more

In addition to exhibiting M2M one will be participating in a Co-Creation workshop for The Internet of Things alongside SIGFOX, Thingworx and IBM – more details below:

Internet of Things Co-creation Workshop

This workshop will bring together some of the regions’ leading IoT subject matter experts (SME’s), enabling top technology executives (CTO, CIO, Head of Digital, Head of Technology, Head of IT, etc) from a broad range of industries to find ways to maximise value by integrating IoT in their business offering.

Using Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas frameworks to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities that exist right now, as well as the steps needed to design a new business idea. The workshop will have tangible real world outcomes that include:

  • Experience succinct case studies from leading IoT service providers, including M2M One, Thingworx, Thinxtra/SIGFOX
  • Work alongside the industry leaders to design and shape real and innovative business ideas Identify what your own customers
  • Learn a little of the power of the Design Thinking and Business Model Canvas frameworks to quickly identify powerful ideas
  • Walk away with an understanding of the IoT landscape, opportunities and best of breed contacts to help roll-out your ideas

To register for the workshop and the Convergence event please visit – http://convergence.events/

2. M2M Control Centre – Alerts & Notifications

The M2M Control Center is currently going through some changes in the way it manages and distributes alerts on SIM card and Data usage, the customer facing version of these alerts are in the process of being decommissioned with a new system replacing them in late 2016.

As an interim solution M2M One will need to set-up any alert and monitoring activity on behalf of customers – M2M One can currently set up rules based on the following:

  • Data, SMS & Voice Usage in a month or within 24 hours an individual SIM
  • Change of SIM Status (Test Ready, Activated, Deactivated, etc)
  • Change of IMEI Number
  • No connection within a specific period
  • Daily Digest of Pooled Data Usage & Allowance per Rate Plan

Using automation rules and alerts are free of charge for all customers and can be set up at any time by emailing support@m2mone.com.au

3. Highlights – Security 2016 Photo Gallery

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M2M One had a great time participating in Security 2016 this year at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 20-22 July 2016. We look forward to seeing you in Darling Harbour for next year’s event!

In the meantime, you can view our photo gallery from the event on our blog.

4. Product Spotlight – SIGFOX/Thinxtra Radio Modules

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SIGFOX Ultra Narrow Band High Power RF Module For Au/NZ Now Available

Radiocrafts have launched their new RC1692HP-SIG module, the first SIGFOX module designed and
pre-certified for the AU/NZ/US market standard. This is one of the first hardwares available to support a new generation of narrow-band IoT technologies and is ideal for developers interested in low power wide area communications.

Developer modules are now available from M2M Connectivity

M2M One will be working closely with local SIGFOX licensee Thinxtra to provide air-time tokens for access to the Australian SIGFOX network – For more information please contact info@m2mone.com.au

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

2015 – An M2M & IoT Year in Review

2015 – An M2M & IoT Year in Review

Happy New Year everyone!

At the start of 2015 I offered up a list of 5 predictions for the future of M2M & IoT, as they say hindsight is 20/20 and looking back at them now I think I might have been a little too hasty/optimistic with some… 2015 turned out to be a less progressive year than expected, but bullish in terms of funding and overall dollars going in to the IoT ecosystem.

We saw lots of businesses sticking to their guns and focusing on laying strong foundations rather than pushing the envelope innovation wise (not a bad thing).

Let’s take a quick look back at my predictions and see how they panned out… (View the original 2015 M2M & IoT prediction post here)

IoT Definition

“ABC – Always be changing the definition of IoT” – Glengarry Glen Ross © New Line Cinema

  1. Definition – I expected more companies to stop being IoT/M2M companies and focus on providing specific verticals.
    I may have been a bit too optimistic with this one, instead we got a lot of major corporates deciding to throw their names in to the mix and offer M2M/IoT services.
    Amazon investing in 2lemetry to create it’s IoT offering and Googles announcement of Weave added more noise to the IoT solution space without any clearer definition of what specific need they are trying to fill.

    Fallout IoT

    Do you know what your smart toaster is planning? – Fallout New Vegas © Bethesda Softworks

  2. Security – I expected to see solution providers putting more focus on the security of their solution in their sales & marketing, this was not really the case…
    In 2015 we saw a huge rise in DDoS activity on public networks, we saw lots of customers hosting services with a public IPv4 address getting hit over and over again.
    As well as some of the more widely publicized breaches we also saw hackers getting more ‘playful’ with hackers on a crusade to reduce the UKs obesity numbers hacking smart kitchens (IoT Security Breach Forces Kitchen Devices to Reject Junkfood)

    IoT Champion

    Best in the World or Best in Country, the choice is yours – Image © WWE

  3. Global Market, Local Champions – I predicted a rise of partnerships and channel sales rather than branch offices.
    I’m going to call this a 50/50 while we did see some of the bigger players in the space extending their presences overseas, particularly in APAC, we also saw more channel activity with solution providers opting to sell the distribution rights to particular regions rather than setting up shop themselves.
    Locally we saw M2M Connectivity become distributors for the Cradlepoint product line (Read the M2M Connectivity and Cradlepoint Release), Netcomm Wireless strengthen their work with Kanematsu in Japan (Read Here) and expand their global reach with Arrow (Read here)

    M2M Interoperability

    Maybe if you hit hard enough it will fit?

  4. Interoperability – I was hoping that 2015 would see us get through the standards talk and on to practical solutions for interoperability but we seemed to take a few steps back.
    In December we saw Philips manages to universally irritate everyone interested in smart lighting by removing support for third party light bulbs (Read the full story on Tech Crunch here)
    For an industry as young as IoT creating a closed model ecosystem is a bad move right now, we still need time to develop and play and see what shakes out.
    Locally we’ve seen some really exciting movements from companies trying to open up their IoT/M2M platforms and become device agnostic, check out Helian Systems, Reekoh & Higgins by TwoBulls.

    I couldn't think of anything funny for LTE... It's really fast though.

    I couldn’t think of anything funny for LTE… It’s really fast though.

  5. LTE for M2M – Better late than never M2M One got full access to Telstra’s LTE network in June (Read about our LTE Service here) and we’ve already seen a huge uptake in customers using LTE for digital signage, remote access and redundant networking.
    While LTE seems to be making leaps and bounds it’s still not quite had the mainstream impact I was expecting it to have in 2015, this is partly due to chipsets with the correct bands not being fully integrated yet and also due to alternative communication networks looking like a viable option.
    2015 was a year of uncertainty and research for a lot of solution providers, many of them faced with the looming reality of a 2G shutdown, the decision to jump from 3G waivered when LTE became a viable option and now companies are evaluating LoRA & Sigfox as another pathway to connectivity.

Some highlights in the M2M/IoT space in 2015

IoT Name Badge

One day this could be you!

  • Corporate uptake – While M2M as a business term seems to be rapidly disappearing IoT has become fully ingrained in the lexicon of most CIOs at major corporations around the world. Forrester research showed nearly 50% of large organizations will be looking at some kind of investment in IoT in the near future (More info here) – LinkedIn users will also notice the avalanche of users with IoT related titles and taglines popping up.

    Sigfox Logo

    Sigfox provide wireless connectivity using unlicensed spectrum

  • Investment in LPWAN – Spoiler alert this will probably be one of my predictions for 2016… 2015 saw some big investment in LPWAN networks like LoRA Alliance but the big winner was French Sigfox who raised over $100 Million in funding and deployed networks across Europe and are eyeing expansion in the US & Australia.

    IBM Watson

    Elementary my dear…

  • $3 Billion for IoT from IBM – That’s right $3 Billion dollars of budget from IBM is going in to IoT initiatives, acquisitions and IoT Watson.

    Toami M2M

    NTT Docomo’s Thingworx Integration

  • Networks enabling solution development – AT&T announcing their M2X development platform in January (Forbes Article), Germany’s Cumulocity working with EE, Deutsche Telekom & Telstra and the growth of NTT Docomo’s Thingworx implementation Toami all point towards Network Operators taking a more hands on approach to IoT & M2M.
    With Telstra successfully running an Internet of Things Challenge in Melbourne in December, you can expect to see more network sponsored developer and maker events next year.

    GE Predix

    GE Predicts big things for Predix

  • GE Predicts big money from Predix – If IBMs $3bn budget didn’t quite get your jaw all the way to the floor, let GE assist with their $6bn predictions for their Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform Predix finish the job. (Tech Crunch Article) With a high profile arrangement with SoftBank in Japan and some hefty figures from Rail Optimization projects in India GE could well be on track to meet these predictions.

These are just a selection of some of the noteworthy developments in the IoT space in 2015. There are plenty more out there and 2016 looks like it’s going to be a big year with lots of decisions that were delayed in 2015 coming to fruition.

Did you find this information useful? Do you have some questions on the Australian Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things market we can answer for you? Let us know on Twitter @M2MOneAU, on LinkedIn at M2M One or visit our website at www.m2mone.com.au.

James Mack

General Manager – M2M One

 

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

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