100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • M2M: No need to fear how it can help your business

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    For some of us, computers have always been a part of our day to day lives in our jobs. Sure, when I first started in the business world, they weren’t nearly as fast as the iPhones/Androids in our pockets and were 10x more expensive than today’s smartphone, but they were always there. About the time when many companies made the leap to the computer age, there were no doubt many companies who did not want to make the move.

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  • 'Super-Sized' Data ... Do we need to go on a diet?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    As I get older, I have started to appreciate a good documentary much more than I used to. One of my favourite over the past decade or so is "Super-Size Me", which was done by the talented Morgan Spurlock...

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  • Securing the IoT world becomes big news

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    In the past, I have written a few blog posts making fun of the fact that most of my friends and family really don't have a great understanding of what I do. In fact, many of you whom are also in the M2M space must have the same issues as one of my most shared blogs ever talks about how to "explain M2M at a dinner party".

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  • M2M Planning Guide for Adding Wireless to Your Product

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    M2M White paper: Planning guide for adding wireless ot your product

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  • M2M: Like George Carlin said, it is all about 'your stuff'

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Ok, I am not old enough (despite what some people think) to have been around for many of George Carlin's routines, but thanks to YouTube, we get to see them now. The routine I am referring to is his famous one about "stuff". The world of wireless has been changing, at a very rapid rate, for the past 25 years or so. However, through all of the changes, here's how I break it down:

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  • Robots could replace half of US jobs with Big Data advances

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Earlier this year I wrote a highly shared blog post regarding how a vast majority of entry level jobs could be replaced via some sort of M2M solution. Further to that thinking comes this Financial Post article which estimates that...

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  • Yawn...IoT predictions

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    See, told you it was pretty, with all of the colours. What is interesting is that it shows more IoT devices being in the field than all other consumer devices (yes, including smartphones, tablets and PCs) combined before the end of the decade. While this is a pretty incredible statement, it is not nearly as outrageous as some pundits have predicted. Decent examples. Here were the examples for applications that were listed. Again, easy to understand for the average person.

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  • Become a master of M2M sales with these three simple questions

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    In today's world, everyone likes things to be cheap and easy. Instead of losing weight the old fashioned way (by eating less and exercising), everyone is looking for the easy way – whether that be in the form of a pill, or a piece of equipment that you can use to burn off "your gut" while watching TV or any other new method.

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  • M2M: Just as sweet by any other name

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Ok, that is a first – I have never used a quote from Shakespeare before. The title of this blog, in case some of you don’t remember your Grade 10 English class, is a play on Shakespeare’s line from Romeo and Juliet (“a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”). It's inspired by a recent article that I read about some great work that GE is doing to help optimize and maximize the electrical transmission systems. What struck me was that while the term M2M (or IoT, for that matter) was nowhere to be found, that is exactly what they are doing. GE has chosen to use “Industrial Internet” as its branding term. This is a bit more of a ubiquitous term, as it often refers to applications that venture beyond traditional M2M (like landline replacement).

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  • On hold listening to Yanni music...Could M2M end this torture?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Ok, first, I have no actual qualms with Yanni….he likely has a lot of fans. And, to be honest, I don’t know his music well enough to actually identify that it was his. Nevertheless, I recently spent 45 minutes on hold waiting to get a simple password reset...

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  • M2M: Making the air a safer place to be

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    For one of the first times in recent memory, I actually saw an M2M company being featured on a business news channel. Ok, they didn’t actually call themselves an “M2M” company, but they might as well have since much of what they are doing is finding ways to make air travel more efficient and safe through M2M-like solutions.

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  • "Moneyball" and M2M: The answers are in the data

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    As a long-time baseball fan, I really enjoyed the movie “Moneyball” when my wife and I saw it. I think she really liked it, but something tells me that had more to do with the fact that Brad Pitt was in it. Nevertheless, it did a great job highlighting how Billy Beane was able to use a different methodology to achieve success than any of his counterparts.

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  • Using M2M to get rid of my spare tire

    by
    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

    by
    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?

    by
    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?

    by
    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

    by
    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

    by
    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

    by
    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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