100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • Giving consumers the power to "jolt" their brain...what could go wrong?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Back in college, as a way to make money to pay for tuition (and maybe the odd beer), I used to work a weekend security job on the overnight shift. One of the biggest issues used to be staying awake all night....which I must now confess, I usually did not.

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  • M2M is making cities smarter, but is that always better?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    "Smile, you are on camera!" is a pretty common sign in some areas like taxi cabs and retail stores. The idea is to alert customers that their activities are being monitored. These signs are not always required, as it is often quite apparent that there is a big camera aimed right at you. For most of us, being "watched" on a CCTV camera is just a part of normal life in a big city.

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  • "My Momma said these shoes will take me anywhere"

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    For those of you who do not recognize the quote, it is from one of the greatest movies of all time...Forrest Gump. In the movie, Forrest was able to stumble his way into some of the greatest trends/events in the past century...

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  • Will Big Data end the Maple Leafs' streak of futility?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    For you non-hockey fans, the title refers to Toronto's hockey team, the Maple Leafs. Having grown up in Toronto, people often assume that I must be a big Leafs fan, which in fact, I am not. In fact, what shocks most people (bursting some of the typical Canadian stereotypes) is that hockey is not one of the two sports I follow quite closely (those being "American" football and baseball). However, one cannot live in Toronto for any length of time and not hear the words "Leafs" and "1967" all the time...

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  • IoT at its most basic... in a good way

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I was talking to a customer the other day and while I was trying to keep the conversation as non-nerdy as possible, it just was impossible. The setup that he required was quite doable but there were a lot of moving parts and it got a little confusing.

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  • Using M2M / IoT to improve the environment

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I’ve written how IoT has been helping people with a variety of different "issues" in their lives. The word "issues" is in quotes since many of the actual solutions are solving problems that might not have actually been there...

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  • Should you be using a Dead Reckoning solution?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I try not to speak much about my wife in my blogs, as she doesn't normally like it. However, this one was kind of funny...

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  • Is M2M just fuelling our addiction to machines a bit further?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    "Car keys...check. Wallet...check. Sunglasses....check. Smartphone....wait, we need to drive back home, I can't live without it for a day". I actually always imagined that this accurately described me, and most people. Well, according to a survey in the Huffington Post, it does:

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  • Underwhelmed by the new Apple Watch? Not great, but it will get better

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Ok, I have written this a few times, but I need to make a bit of a disclaimer....I am a very long time Apple fan, especially their Mac line. I am not sure if I have enough fingers and toes to count the number of Apple products in my house.

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  • Hackers relish attacking weak security standards in some IoT solutions

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Like many people, I use automation in my home. I use it to tell me when my garage door is open, what the temperature is in my home and various other things. I do so knowing that there is a slight trade-off for the convenience that I am getting…

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  • Lub-Dub, Lub-Dub…That is my new password

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I think I now have about 15 different passwords that I use on a regular basis. One site wants 8 characters (one being a capital and one being a non-alphabetic character)....another wants no capitals and no numbers and another wants the combination of my first pet with the street that I grew up on.

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  • Sneaking DQ Blizzards and the Secret $ Side of Free Services

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    First off, I haven't actually had a blizzard in a long time (as it gets in the way of my running goals). I'm not saying that DQ is watching to see when and where you go for your late night blizzards, but don't be shocked to hear that someone might be and the source of data might not be where you would think...

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  • Some interesting and sometimes 'frivolous' Consumer IoT products

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I am not one to criticize people buying IoT products for things that might not totally be necessary to improve your life. Considering the overall increase to IoT spending helps a company like Novotech, why would I?

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  • M2M Growth with Carriers: "It's like deja vu all over again"

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    For those of you who aren't aware, the quote that I refer to is a famous one from Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. It humorously refers to when you have seen something before, twice actually.

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  • Analysts waking up to IoT's potential

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I think if you look back at just about any technology's rise, it tends to show some similar traits...

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  • The Battle to Standardize IoT Heats Up

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I heard a funny comparison the other day when someone asked about the fight between two well-backed efforts to standardize IoT. The comment compared it to “VHS vs. Beta, only on a much larger scale”. At first glance, one might wonder….

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  • With the 'unholy alliance' of Apple & IBM, is IoT now Blackberry's only hope?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    It’s no secret…I use a lot of Apple products for work. It is pretty easy for me to do, since we are a smaller organization and we can adapt IT policies a bit easier than most large companies. Needless to say, it is not so easy...

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  • Can M2M save baseball?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    If you are a baseball fan, there is a good chance that you have become familiar with the terms "UCL tear", "Tommy John surgery" and "lost for the season". In record numbers, pitchers in all levels are experiencing arm injuries at an incredible rate.

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  • Could GE's program be a blueprint for M2M innovation?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Many people do not know that I started off my career (after a short stint in the world of public safety / security) at IBM. If you had a ThinkPad in the mid to late 90s, there was a chance that I was the one that helped fix your issue over the phone.

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  • Happy (Belated) Birthday to the 'Originator' of M2M

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    First of all, no, I am not wishing a birthday (sorry for being late, something about watching Frozen 18 times in one week in a time period known as a vacation prevented me from doing this earlier) to a person, but to a product that we all know and love….the bar code.

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