100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • Using M2M to get rid of my spare tire

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    In case some of you don't understand the reference, people that are carrying extra weight (namely fat) around their waist are said to be carrying around a spare tire. It is a pretty accurate description for many people, actually, as it has a resemblance.

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  • Wanted: People to follow me around Target when I buy new socks

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Actually, as a disclosure, I don’t know where I get my socks from. My wife really likes to shop, so I haven’t bought anything (other than gifts for her) since we got married. I am only assuming that the socks come from Target. =) In all seriousness…Big Data is really starting to explode. Companies (like Target) are using this information (such as the brand of socks you buy) to find ways to increase all aspects of their relationship with you. They want you to buy more…..they want you to buy more often….and they want you to not buy anywhere else.

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  • Why M2M takes Big Data to new heights

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I read a great article (trying to find it, to give it its proper due, but have been unsuccessful) that outlined some of the ways that US retailers are using big data to better target particular groups of shoppers. The group they were targeting here might surprise you.....the “late night Dad”.

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  • Cisco makes a big move into IoT, eh?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    As part of its plans to expand its presence in the IoT field, Cisco has announced plans to open 4 innovation centers around the world with my hometown, Toronto, being one of them. According to the National Post, the new 15,000-square-foot, $100-million innovation centre will be located in Toronto's booming south core financial district (see what it will look like in the photo to your left). The other places that are going to have locations are Rio (which may find more visitors in February than Toronto), Songdo (South Korea) and an unnamed city in Germany.

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  • M2M and IoT: Just updated names for SCADA?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    In previous blog posts, I have spoken about what I perceived to be the difference between the terms IoT and M2M....namely that IoT was a term that had a better mass-market appeal and is better served to be used to promote our industry to consumers.

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  • Cellular Modem Deployment: 3 Cost Areas to Consider

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    One of the issues that many people face when they make a big purchase is they often don't understand all of the costs that may be involved once they make that purchase. Take your first car as an example....once you buy it, you have to insure it, maintain it, fill it up with gas and even wash it once in a while. For some, the annual costs of keeping the car on the road can often exceed the costs of the car payments themselves!

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  • Modems - you really do get what you pay for

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    After a long, long time in this space (and I am sure that this applies to many companies, as well as most other industries), you get to see a lot of “shooting stars”. For us, we define a shooting star as a company who comes out of nowhere, has an incredible run (great sales, great momentum) and then they fall as fast as they rose. Why do they rise so successfully? Why do they then fall so quickly? These are great questions...and in my opinion, they tend to rise for a few reasons...

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  • To build or not to build? A guide to modules vs. finished modems

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Look at using a cellular module when: - You are building "a lot" of devices. From a cost standpoint, it always makes sense to build your own device when you are passing over a certain volume threshold. While there is no set rule, the ROI (return on investment) to using a module makes a lot of sense when you are doing over 5000-10000 units in a production run.

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  • 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?

    by
    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

    by
    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

    by
    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

    by
    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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