100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • Big Data takes over the NFL

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Dec 30, 2015
    Now, Big Data takes on the Gridiron....and, it could not come at a better time. With players getting bigger and faster, it is not only becoming harder for coaches to view each player's positioning during each play, it is becoming tougher to keep them safe.

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  • IoT - Making couch potatoes even lazier...

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Dec 22, 2015
    Thanks to our friends in the world of IoT, we are going to take one of the worries out of life....falling asleep and missing part of your program on Netflix.

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  • Buying an IoT solution? Think like you are buying a car.

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Dec 17, 2015
    It turns out that when it comes to cars, consumers don't mind paying a bit more for what they perceive is a better overall value.....in this case, years of reliable service and an above-average resale value when they decide to move on. I only wish that more customers would think the same way when it comes to buying an IoT solution...

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  • 'Prettier' mousetraps key to wearables long-term success

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Dec 08, 2015
    I was at a corporate event a few weeks back and they had the usual "prize table grab". Numbers were called and people got to come up and grab the prize of their choice. Before the great parade of people, I went to check out what was donated and it was interesting.,,

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  • Why my life is going to become a little less smart...

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Dec 04, 2015
    Like many people, I got pretty heavy into the world of wearable technology. I was fascinated by the amount of data that I could get....even if most of the actual data really had no meaningful impact on my life. If you have seen me over the past 2 years, you've likely seen me with some sort of new device on either my wrist or my belt (or both) to keep track of virtually all movement I ever make...

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  • When good technology is used to do terrible things

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Jun 03, 2015
    All you have to do is a simple Google search and you can find out all of the horrible things that the Internet has brought to our lives…..increased waistlines / decreased health, less privacy / increased “big brother”, cyber-stalking and more. You’d swear that the Internet is the worst thing that has ever happened to the planet if you only looked at the negative news. However, it has also provided us with some of the greatest advances in human history…

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  • Will Industrial IoT be bigger than Consumer IoT?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  May 22, 2015
    When a lot of people talk about IoT, it often seems to revolve around the consumer. I often hear how it will change people's health, allow people to automate their home and allow them to have a disturbingly close relationship with their car. However, according to some (including me), the real growth may be in the Industrial side. So, why does no one talk about it? Maybe getting the level of dirt from an Industrial vacuum isn't as much of a page-turner to read as the latest Apple iHealth application...

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  • Great, something else with a battery to charge at my house...

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  May 12, 2015
    About two decades ago, I started my “technology” career in the PC area. It used to be that installing a PC meant way too many wires to be installed. One day, one of my colleagues told me that he was investing in a company that produced wires for electronics (I cannot remember the name). I thought he was crazy….I mean, WiFi and other short area technologies were on the horizon, as was the push towards laptops…..who needs all of these wires if we are not going to be tethered to our desks?

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  • Medical Insurance with very 'Progressive' thinking

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  May 05, 2015
    Recently, I went to a conference that would have been a short plane ride away. Since the conference was located in a place that involved a beautiful drive through the mountains, I opted to drive rather than fly. As well, since I did not have to do the drive with two screaming kids in the back, I opted to drive at or slightly below the posted speed limit, as I was in no rush. When you do that, you not only appreciate nature's beauty…you also get to experience just how badly most people drive.

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  • "One small step for man, one giant leap for IoT"

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Apr 30, 2015
    While I can't imagine that anyone does not recognize one of the most famous quotes in history, the title of this blog is a play on the famous line said by Neil Armstrong when he stepped foot on the moon over 40 years ago. For a lot of people, it was a huge achievement that defined a generation.

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  • How Google will change the carrier's "parking lot" method of data billing...

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Apr 24, 2015
    At Novotech, we are fortunate to have a number of customers in a variety of business areas, as M2M/IoT crosses over into most verticals. One area that we have done very well in is the parking industry, as they are extensive users of cellular and other technologies. As such, I had the opportunity to talk extensively with a number of their executives.

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  • "Honey, there is a killer drone at the door for you..."

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Apr 16, 2015
    I remember a few years back when I seemed to have lost track of time as we got close to Christmas. My wife was constantly reminding me very aggressively (a.k.a. "nagging me") to remember to order a toy for our oldest son. As it turned out, her "nagging" was quite justified as it was quite the nail-bitter to see if we would get the toy from Amazon in time for Christmas. I remember thinking...."Amazon needs to find a better way to get me my stuff than relying on UPS at Christmas". And, it appears they have.....well, they at least they have a new potential way, not sure if it will be better.

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  • Will IBM's $3B IoT investment include acquisitions too?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Apr 06, 2015
    Recently, IBM announced that they were going to invest 3 Billion dollars (yep, with a B) into a new IoT division. A few thoughts came to mind: • Wasn't IBM already a leader in this space, at least according to them? Curious as to why they were calling it a new division... • IBM is really falling behind the curve on a number of fronts, so how much of this is trying to seem "cool and hip" again and how much of it is a serious commitment? • IBM tends to like to buy a lot of things, as opposed to organically grow them, so is this really a 3 Billion dollar fund to acquire what they need?

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  • Buckle up, this is going to be an exciting ride...

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Mar 31, 2015
    Growing up in Toronto, an annual treat was the chance to go to the CNE (the Canadian National Exhibition, or known locally as “the Ex”). It was a bunch of temporary rides that probably “just” passed safety inspection….in fact, one of the thrills for some of these rides might have been not dying! There is one famous ride where you go backwards in a car-like ride and the announcer yells, “You wanna go faster?”

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  • If we go back to 1999, do I get my lost hair back?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Mar 23, 2015
    There are certain sounds in my life that I am glad I don't have to hear any more. I remember the screeching of nails on a chalk board....I remember the awful noise that my mom's antique mixer would make (not to mention that the shielding was so bad on that thing, it would actually scramble my TV in the other room!)

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  • A single place for health/fitness data ... maybe a good idea after all?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Mar 18, 2015
    Ok, I really am a "techie nerd", after all. Well, at least when it comes to gathering data from things. Given that my career has been built on helping others gather data from many different types of machines / sites, it makes sense that I apply the same logic to my life. This could not be more true than when it comes to my health and fitness.

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  • Would IoT & the New Watch help push Apple towards becoming an MVNO?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Mar 06, 2015
    In a previous blog post, I wrote about how the idea of Apple becoming an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) actually had some merit to it and was not the craziest idea I had heard. My thinking was that it would allow an even greater way for Apple to force you to "stay in the family". Part of the thinking had to do with that, as an MVNO, Apple could potentially provide both a greater depth of coverage while also linking Airtime to services (such as free downloads of Apple purchases).

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  • Could one of the cellular carrier's worst nightmares actually come true?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Mar 04, 2015
    The world of cellular was never the same after Steve Jobs held up the first iPhone. As bad as that device may have been (in terms of features), one cannot doubt that it swung the balance of power from the cellular carriers to a vendor for the first time. And, for good reasons....Apple's iPhone has been a runaway success by just about any measure. It has been one of the main drivers of cellular data adoption and it has the chance to do so for many years.

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  • A wishlist for the new 5G platforms

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Feb 27, 2015
    I do feel old. I don't mean that my body creaks in the morning or that I have to get up to pee 4x a night, but working in the cellular industry really makes you feel old fast. I started out in the mid to late 90's doing pretty much what I do now, wireless data. Sure, they call it different things now, but basically we are still using cellular networks to allow devices to talk...to other devices, to applications and to people.

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  • Security is a major issue, but we already have solutions

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Feb 17, 2015
    You may have read my colleague's (Richard Hobbs) latest rant, where he talks about how security is in our numbers. While I don't totally disagree, I have a few concerns with security and I believe that these concerns are wide-spread among many different entities.....customers, namely. In fact, I believe that these concerns are actually negatively affecting the growth rate of our industry.

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