100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • Developing a new solution...Cellular module, SocketModem or Modem?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    There isn't a perfect rule for you, unfortunately, as every company has differing requirements and capabilities (such as internal programming talents, timelines, available resources and much more). Below is a guideline that may help make your selection just a bit easier.... Using a Cellular Module: What does this involve: Installing a Cellular module either onto your existing systemboard or adding a board to allow you to integrate the cellular module into your solution

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  • Do you know the “true” cost of a modem?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    At Novotech, we sell a wide variety of modems, which allows us to provide products that fit the vast majority of any customer’s needs. When asked what selection criteria they use to determine which modem to use, many customers list “Hardware Cost” as one of their top choices. This makes a lot of sense, as everyone is trying to maximize their purchasing power by keeping down upfront costs. However, it is important that decisions are made using the “true” cost of a modem, to ensure that the best selection is made.

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  • Why Telecommuting needs to become more prevalent

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I saw some recent articles about how many companies are still not embracing telecommuting and it is a shame. Sure, Marissa, I get why you feel that Yahoo needs to have all of their employees sit in traffic for hours to get to the office in California. There is always some added benefit to sitting face to face with your colleagues. I also understand the argument that not every job can be done via telecommuting....I think an ER would be a much different place if that was the case.

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  • Pros and Cons to using a closed system for M2M

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I used to love the old Mac vs PC ads on TV. Apple played up its reliability and long-life of product as advantages over the PC world. However, you paid for that privilege, and paid dearly for it. Apple hardware was significantly more expensive, the selection of software is much less and there were all kinds of incompatibility issues to using Mac..

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  • Smartphone penetration is high…now what?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    It is that time of the quarter again….companies are putting out their quarterly results. In the case of the wireless world, many of us go through and look for key metrics as to how these companies are doing.

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  • Big Data: Is it just creepy?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Larry Bellehumeur is a regular contributor to the blog at M2M Now. In his most recent guest post, he discuss how Big Data is taking creepy to a whole new level in the City of Toronto.

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  • Can IoT be enough to turn Cisco around?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Ok, first, Cisco is far from dead. Any company with 40+ billion dollars in revenue (and still profitable) is not doing all that badly. However, they are seeing incredible pressures from many different sources right now (a sinking demand in some areas, continued pressure from competitors and a lack of sales growth in many emerging markets)...

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  • M2M: Spawning the next wave of productivity

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    In the past, I have written how M2M increases productivity. Quite simply, workers will do more with less when...

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  • M2M...Not all that new!

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As I have written before, it can be tricky to explain to someone who is not all that "tech-savvy" what M2M is. Sure, we have shown some real life examples in a few earlier blog posts, but some people might not ever really "get it". However, the other day when I was talking to someone, I actually got a pretty unique response when I was explaining what we do at Novotech. Their response? "What is so new and groundbreaking about that.....I mean, my thermostat has made my furnace/AC unit come on automatically for years....isn't all that you are doing is telling me when it happens?"

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  • Let's face it...M2M will replace many entry-level jobs

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I clearly remember the first time that I used one of those self-checkout machines at a Home Depot. I only had one item and there was a significant line-up at the rest of the registers. It was quite quick and I now use them as much as possible...

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  • M2M: Helping Marketers Everywhere

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I have to thank our Marketing guru, Carolyn, for the inspiration on this one. She shared with me one of the most unique presentations I have ever seen on the topic of marketing. I encourage you to watch this Slideshare presentation... The idea is simple....if you market like it is 1970, 1990 or even 2003, you are likely wasting your money.

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  • Google M2M: It knows when you are sleeping and it knows when you're awake

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Of course, the title is a reference to the famous Christmas carol, "Santa Claus is coming to town". The song says that children have to be asleep to receive their Christmas gifts, and it has been an important part of the Santa mystique for generations.

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  • Cisco's Bicycle IoT ad: I am throwing a flag on that play

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    With the Super Bowl just a few days away, I guess I am already in the football mood, hence the title of this blog post. For those of you who are not up to speed on American Football, the expression "throwing a flag on the play" is how an official signals that there was a penalty committed during the previous play. Plus, a flag goes out on the play for the fact that they showed the commercial way too much during the NFL playoffs!

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  • M2M: For now, "just the facts, Ma'am"

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For those of you whom aren't aware, the title was a reference to the old TV Police show, Dragnet. It was also spoofed in the movie, Die Hard 2, where Bruce Willis changed it to "Just the fax, Ma'am". The reference was that the detective didn't want to hear about any personal ideas or emotion from witnesses, and just wanted the facts.

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  • Welcome aboard, Google

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    In past blogs, I have commented how several large technology companies (from Apple to Microsoft) have moved way too slow when it came to the world of M2M / IoT. These companies simply had too many of the required building blocks in place (combined with the huge growth that this market offers) to not make a serious run at it.

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  • CES: Solving the problems in the world that aren't there?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For this blog, I am doing my best "Richard Hobbs" impression, as this is more of a rant than a blog. If you have never been entertained by Richard's Rants, take a moment to read some of his interesting, yet rarely boring, thoughts including his recent Annual Predictions... Like over 100,000 other visitors, I was at CES this past week (in fact, still here for a few more hours). The show (in case you didn't know) is hosted in Las Vegas, and besides the fact that very few cities could house 100K or more visitors, there isn't a more appropriate city for it.

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  • eHarmony Profiles for Key M2M Players

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For the past decade, I have been very happily married. Sure, marriage comes with some ups and downs, but ultimately, it was the best decision that my wife could have made (ok, bad joke, it has been a great deal for me as well). I figured that since it has added to my life, I wanted to do the same for some of my friends....namely, some key M2M companies.

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  • Apple: iThink you are moving too slow into M2M

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Ok, I should give a disclaimer first....I am a big fan of most of Apple's products. I am a dedicated Mac user and there are way too many IOS devices around my house. I also have 3 AppleTVs and I use a Time Capsule to tie it all together. While I always have complaints here or there, I do find that Apple does a very good job at tying it all together.

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  • Big trends in tech that will make “someone” rich in 2014

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I was forwarded a great article the other day. It talks a lot about some trends in the technology industry, and it made me feel all warm and fuzzy that we are involved in some of the areas that we are.

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  • An M2M Christmas Wish List

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Having two small children, I still have the fun of writing the annual list to Santa. They get a warm and fuzzy feeling that always makes me feel both excited and a little jealous of. To give me the same warm and fuzzy feeling that they have, I decided to come up with my own Christmas wish list. This list is what I wish for in the world of M2M. Some of them are what I wish for the entire industry and some are for more selfish reasons.

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