M2M One at the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS 2016)

M2M One at the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS 2016)

img_1820M2M One were excited and privileged to be selected as one of 20 Victorian ICT companies to exhibit as part of the VIC Government Pavilion at ITS World Congress 2016 in Melbourne

The show was an information-packed 5 days of talks, demonstrations and presentations on the future of Smart Cities, Infrastructure and Transportation.

The most exciting thing for us was the sheer number of solutions that rely on using wireless communications, sensors and other Internet of Things technologies to bring efficiency to both public and private transportation infrastructure.

See below for some of our photos from the event:

 

 

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 – November 2015 Newsletter

As we race towards the end of another year we have some exciting new happenings at M2M One to share with you all – M2M One is growing and we introduce you to our new Sales Manager, Gideon Borden. M2M One continue to remind all customers of the Telstra and Optus 2G/GSM network shutdowns. We offer some tips and advice on maximizing your data while minimizing your spend with M2M One with some bill analysis tips. Speak to Gideon or to one of our team about the shutdown or any questions you have about M2M One at Comms Connect 2015 in Melbourne next week.

This months newsletter features:

  1. Welcome – Gideon Borden, Sales Manager
  2. M2M One Bill Analysis – Tools & Tips
  3. M2M & IoT Trade Show – Comms Connect 2015
  4. Customer Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Welcome – Gideon Borden, Sales Manager

This month is an exciting time at M2M One as we welcome our brand new Sales Manager Gideon Borden to the team!

Gideon brings over 5 years of incredible M2M experience to the team with some deep knowledge around all the major networks in Australia and getting the most out of your solution. As well as a great vertical knowledge of M2M solutions Gideon also brings over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry to our team and will be happy to assist with any questions you might have around M2M/IoT & Telecomuncations in Australia.

For those of you in or traveling to Melbourne next week, Gideon will be joining myself and the M2M Team at Comms Connect 2015 if you want to say a warm hello. (Details below)

To contact Gideon Borden:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gborden
Email:     gideon.borden@m2mone.com.au
Mobile:   +434 770 771

2. M2M One Bill Analysis – Tools & Tips

M2M One automatically apply volume based discounts to all customers based on the amount of active services on a single plan at the end of calendar month – For example if you have 100 Active SIMs on the 3MB Group plan at the end of the month, you would automatically pay $4.19 instead of our standard $4.65.


To maximize your utilization and invoicing with M2M One we recommend, trying to keep as much consistency in your plans as possible, rather than having customers with 3MB, 5MB & 10MB CAP plans, you might find some benefit putting every single customer on a 5MB group plan and aggregating the data across your entire SIM fleet.

TIP – In the M2M One Control Centre you can use the “Billing” tab to look at your cumulative usage for previous billing months. To see if you would get better value using a group plan, you can simply divide the “Data Volume” column by “Services” this gives you an accurate average usage per device.

Please note: The “Total Charge” Column does not represent your spend with M2M One as it doesn’t incorporate discounts or credits applied on your M2M Invoice

If you need any support on looking at your data usage, spend or general control centre support contact M2M One at any time

3. Trade Show – Comms Connect 2015

M2M One will be joining M2M Connectivity exhibiting at Comms Connect 2015 in Melbourne on stand 138. Comms Connect Melbourne has been the number one meeting place for Australasian critical communications users and industry.

Where:  Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre
Exhibition Hours:  
Wed 2 Dec: 9.00am–6.00pm
                                Thu 3 Dec: 9.00am–3.30pm

This year, 80+ expert speakers, 90+ exhibitors and over 1400 professionals — from first responders to mining professionals, from utilities providers to enterprise end users, from manufacturers to developers — are expected to take part in this event.
For more information about Comms Connect and to register for a free expo pass for access to the Exhibition Hall on Wednesday and Thursday during opening hours and access to Keynote speakers on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

4. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

We would like to continue 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.

You can view our official notification here

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.

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

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

M2M One – September 2015 Newsletter

M2M One is a proud sponsor of YOW! Connected, an innovative conference dedicated to the Internet of Things for developers. YOW! Connected is held in Melbourne on the 17-18th of September and we will be presenting IoT demonstrations by u-blox, ETM Pacific, Digi, and M2M Connectivity. More details about this event is in this newsletter, we hope to see you there. Telstra’s 2G network shutdown by December 1st 2016 and the Optus 2G network shutdown on the 1st April 2017 are part of a continuing trend of cellular network operators around the world shutting down their 2G networks and re-farming spectrum.Our blog this month looks at the options for transition from 2G networks.

This months newsletter features:

  1. Feature – M2M One Group Data Plans
  2. Blog – The State of 2G
  3. IoT Conference – Yow! Connected
  4. Reminder – Telstra 2G (GSM) 900MHz Shutdown

1. Feature – M2M One Group Data Plans

Did you know that M2M One offer two different types of data plan?

Our CAP data plan offers you a fixed amount of data per SIM – When a SIM reaches it’s limit it will be suspended until the following month or until the SIM is moved to a higher data plan. The CAP plan is a great way to avoid excess usage charges but doesn’t offer much flexibility for devices with varying usage profiles.

For customers with large fleets of devices we recommend the use of the M2M One Group Data Plans – Group data plans offer much more flexibility, allowing your SIMs to contribute to a variable pool of data. By aggregating your data across your entire fleet you can not only reduce your operating costs but also protect yourself against excess usage, while not having to worry about a SIM hitting it’s quota.

For more information on our M2M Data plans both CAP & Group  – Click Here

2. Blog – Preparing your business for the 2G/GSM network shut down in Australia

In this weeks M2M One blog we talk about the impending 2G shutdown in Australia, talk briefly about other markets going through the same thing and how it all came about.

We offer some tips for companies starting to think about making the jump from 2G to 3G or 4G/LTE and look in to cost effective upgrade paths for those of you who haven’t began a migration plan.

If you have any questions on 2G migration or around M2M network services on 3G or 4G LTE please contact M2M One on +61 3 9696 3011 or support@m2mone.com.au and we will point you in the right direction.

Read full blog here

3. IoT Conference – Yow! Connected

M2M One is a sponsor of YOW! Connected, a two day Conference connecting the world of Mobile development and the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include native development for iOS and Android, the developing market for the IoT, UX & design, back end development and the review of several business case studies. YOW! Connected provides an opportunity for Australian developers to learn from local thought leaders and specially invited international experts through the sharing of experiences developing mobile solutions and devices for the connected world.

Date: 17 September  2015 to 18 September 2015 – 8:00am – 5:00pm
Place: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth St,  Melbourne      

Visit us at YOW! Connected and view M2M and IoT demonstrations on Libelium’s Open Garden, ublox’s mBed Concept Board, Gemalto’s M2M Concept Board & Digi International’s XBee ZigBee Cloud Kit & ConnectCore6 Dev Kit.

For more information and to register to attend, please click here.

4. Reminder – Telstra 2G 900MHz Shutdown

We would like to continue 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.

You can view our official notification here

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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