100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • M2M: Making us more productive, safer and ... lazy?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    When I watch TV (and am not PVR-ing through all of the commercials, which is most of the time), I started to notice an awful trend. It seems that there are a huge amount of ads aimed at making us lazy and even keeping us that way (such as: “Don’t exercise or eat well, just take this pill”)...

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  • How ballistic COULD M2M become?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Not sure about you, but I find that I do some of my best thinking trying to kill time during all of the tedious steps involved in flying. I wonder how much faster Edison would have discovered the light bulb if he had to stand in line to board planes a couple of times a month?

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  • High Tech Garbage Cans FAIL the Privacy Test

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As leaders in this new M2M market, we need to ensure that we don’t push the envelope of doing ‘what is cool’ without first factoring in the implications. That's the essence of my recent guest blog post on M2M Now. Take a read...

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  • Good reads about M2M that should not be missed

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As much as I enjoy writing about the M2M industry, I also enjoy reading other good articles and blog posts about it just as much. What has amazed me is how far along the industry has come, and the level of writing/knowledge used in many of these articles illustrates that growth.

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  • 7 Unique Ways M2M is changing the Face of Retail

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    One of the industries that has seen the most amazing technological changes is the retail industry. To many people, stores haven’t changed all that much....they are still a place to buy things you need. However, this industry has done a great job in using technology to improve the way that we shop, while finding ways to reduce costs.

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  • How do you score on Cisco's IoE Value Index?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    what your company's IoE Value Index score is? If you don't, you're not alone. To be honest, I have only heard about this recently, as I suspect that it is something that at least some of you will be reading about here for the first time. I like it when big companies start to invest more marketing dollars in M2M, as we get more cool tools to sell with! All kidding aside, Cisco's index is quite interesting. In a recent survey, they examined how companies are using IoE/M2M solutions and gave them scores based on 21 different criteria.

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  • RIM's demise highlights fickle nature of consumer electronics

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As a Canadian (yes, that explains why I say "about" funny, and throw in the odd "eh" here and there), it is with a sense of pride that I used to talk about RIM (now going by the name Blackberry, but they will always be RIM to me). For a company to come out of the little region of Kitchener-Waterloo area (an area that I have always loved)...

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  • M2M Webinar: Maximizing M2M Sales by Vertical

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    f M2M sales are in your radar, it’s essential you know where to find the right kind of customer. On top of that, you need to understand the pain points of each customer vertical. Watch now and learn from Novotech’s Larry Bellehumeur as he identifies ideal candidates for you to pursue in various vertical markets including:

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  • M&A in the M2M space: 5 Hunter and Prey Predictions

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    Telit recently announced it has entered into a deal to acquire ILS. On all levels, this deal made a lot of sense for Telit, as the acquisition seems to fit well into their overall strategy of a complete offering for their customer base.

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  • Top 10 things M2M customers are not being told

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    One of my favourite types of blog posts are the ones with titles like “10 things that [fill in the blank] won’t tell you”. These posts tell things that this entity (whether it be a company, profession or service provider) doesn’t want you to know. It may be that they are overcharging for things and you can find alternatives for much less.....it may be that there are future issues that you are not aware of which will either cost you a lot of money or will lock you into proprietary solutions without your knowledge ...or it may be that they are “selling things” that you do not need.

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  • When M2M customers have M2M customers of their own

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I heard an interesting story the other day, and it reminded me of one of the interesting hidden benefits of using an M2M solution. The company that deployed the M2M solution was in the "food fluid" industry, in that they helped restaurants/cafeterias with a wide range of things from delivering fountain pop syrup, to maintaining grease traps, to maintaining the cooking oil used in their fryers...

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  • Using M2M to Improve Quality Control

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    I read an interesting article that was posted in the Financial Post which spoke about how companies were using various automation and robotic solutions to improve the safety and quality standards in the food industry. The purpose was to: - improve the accuracy of cutting (for better consistency among food supplies) - provide better inspection tools - better detect what foods may be spoiled prior to shipping

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  • Could better M2M have helped Hank find the real Heisenberg sooner?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For some of you, you won't understand this reference. It refers to AMC's hit show, "Breaking Bad". For my money, it is the best show on TV, and I am very sad to know that we are in the final few episodes.

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  • Simple monitoring: Smart homes are just the beginning

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As a guest blogger for M2M Now, which features global machine to machine news and expert opinions on the M2M industry, I want to draw your attention to my latest post... Enjoy the read!

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  • Cisco's further move into M2M is good for all of us

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    For the past few years, our friends at Cisco have been treading in slowly to the world of M2M (which they have chosen to rebrand as the Internet of Everything). From what I have seen, it appears that they have acted this way both due to be cautious, as well as to gain expertise in the field before making a large investment.

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  • Solving Plug-in Electric Vehicle Issues through M2M Solutions

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    These days, it makes sense to think about ways to improve our ways to have less impact on the environment. Besides being the “right thing to do”, there tends to be an improvement on the bottom line (both for businesses and for individuals) to “going green”. For many, the biggest impact they can have on their environmental footprint is to use a plug-in electric car, or at the very least, a vehicle that allows for the first section of driving to be done exclusively on battery power before switching over to an internal combustion engine.

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  • Helping Territory-Based Carrier Sales People Target M2M Customers

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015

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  • Are M2M Solutions Reducing Safety?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As a new technology/industry, M2M is not without its issues. In the past, I have looked at the topic of how many feel M2M will be a negative introduction for many companies (as it will reduce jobs....not true, by the way) and I have spent a lot of time being critical of our industry...

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  • M2M Solutions: Helping David beat up Goliath

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As an owner of Novotech, I love small businesses. Don't get me wrong, some of the biggest customers we have are Fortune 500 customers, and we love them too.....but, as a person who prides himself on maintaining a strong level of entrepreneurial spirit, I like to root for the "little guy".

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  • Understanding the 'Value' of Value-Added Distributors

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 04, 2015
    As an equity partner in a Value-Added Distributor (VAD), I likely have some bias here, but hopefully I can make some points to help tell people what value companies like Novotech bring to its many customers.

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