100's of M2M / IoT blog posts.

  • Have the home of the future today...thanks to M2M (Part 2)

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    In Part 1 of this post, I wrote about how 5 different solutions (all of which are available today) were making homes smarter....which in turn, leads to lower operation/maintenance costs for the home and a better all living experience for the home owners.

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  • Have the home of the future today...thanks to M2M (Part 1)

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    In a previous blog post I contributed to M2M Now, I talked about how M2M was able to turn your home into the Jetsons home (for those under 25, ask your grandparents!). When I wrote that post, I wasn't sure that people would be willing to pay for it...

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  • What exactly is an M2M company? The answer may surprise you.

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    At Novotech, we like to call ourselves "an M2M company", since it is really all that we do (and really, all that we know, so it works out well!) Someone asked me the other day about the new garage door opener that they bought.....one that connects via WiFi to their home router and has an iPhone app to allow you to close it. They asked, "Are they in your space?" After thinking about it for a while, I said "Yes, I guess a garage door manufacturer is an M2M company as well."

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  • Is this Apple's entry into the world of IoT?

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Ok, I always need to start any Apple-based article with this disclaimer....I have a lot of Apple stuff in my home and office. I have been a long-time fan of the Mac platform and do enjoy IOS,...

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  • Can BlackBerry help boost IoT adoption rates?

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Ok, I really wanted to be critical of BlackBerry's latest announcement that they are entering into the world of IoT, but I can't. It actually makes some sense. In case you have no idea what I am talking about, here is a link to their latest announcement. While Project Ion sounds like something that Dr. Evil would use to attack Austin Powers, it is actually the name of the new IoT platform that BlackBerry wants to release.

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  • M2M Accuracy: Worker Worries vs Business Intelligence

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    I was having a coffee in my hotel lobby the other day and heard a very interesting conversation. The gents that were talking worked for the Government (or at least on a Government project) ...

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  • Now, if they can only help me find my kid's lost socks…

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    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    As a parent, I am amazed at how effective kids are at losing a single sock. They still have two feet, but somehow, only one sock. A tracking method for socks might be a home run idea! For now, it seems that a Canadian company by the name of Hexoskin is focusing on making another piece of clothing much smarter.

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  • Expect more M&A activity as M2M market grows

    by
    Larry Bellehumeur
      |  Aug 05, 2015
    Ok, while my kids think that I am old, I am not really THAT old. I wasn't in the business world yet when the PC boom started, so I can't speak intelligently on how it was in the "early days".

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

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    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?

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    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'

    by
    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

    by
    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?

    by
    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

    by
    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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