M2M and IoT Blog by Larry Bellehumeur

  1. 10 Good Things To Know About 5G

    Date: January 18th, 2017   5G is coming, but few know much about it.  Not to worry, here are 10 things that will help you sound as if you are “in the know.”   It is fast …like really fast. When you hear about cellular network speeds, think of it like your car speedometer.  Just because your car says it...
  2. 5G Infrastructure

    5G cell towers are completely different than previous technologies. They are not only more advanced, but they use much higher and more intense frequencies. (Which is why people are so concerned about the health risks, read more here.)  The millimetre wave frequencies that 5G towers use are able to carry much more significant amounts of data but struggle going through obstacles...
  3. Cities should add IoT solutions now while things are quieter

    The other day, I noticed that the city had shut down 2 out of 3 lanes (in each direction) of a major artery and were paving the roads. With the reduction in traffic caused by the virus, traffic flowed just about at the same speed as usual. It was great to see streets paved in times of low traffic...
  4. A Guide To Cellular Technologies

    4G LTE: Proven technology that you already know   The majority of smartphones run on 4G technology today, so most people have a comfort factor.  For many applications, it has been the default way to connect IoT for the past few years.   Features of the technology • Proven reliability and extensive network coverage in most areas. • Offers fast...
  5. Why your GrubHub order doesn’t arrive without IoT

    I have to admit; I was not one of the early adopters when it came to using food apps. Perhaps it is my age, maybe it is my level of pickiness when eating, or perhaps it is that I am a decent cook. Whatever the reason, I never saw what all of the fuss was about until COVID.   While...
  6. Kids may not go back to school in September… IoT is here to help either way

    For the past two months, my wife (along with millions of other parents) is doing her new day job: a 3rd and 9th-grade teacher. The kids are still doing a fair amount of work online through various platforms and seem to be maintaining some schedule. Like most parents, though, we are wondering how long this can continue as it is.  ...
  7. COVID is making it tougher for retailers to use IoT to fight off Amazon

    I have written before about how much I am not a big fan of malls (or any in-store shopping for that matter). I usually know what I want, and, if available online, I will typically buy it. Based on trends over the past decade, I may be somewhat alone on this, as the percentage of people who shop has not...
  8. Securing 5G: How do we secure a “dirty network?”

    5G is everywhere. It is not the actual network itself, as it is only available sparingly in some areas but instead, let's talk about how our lives are going to change. Who needs to go to a hospital when your doctor can operate from anywhere? Traffic jams?  They will disappear once we all have self-driving cars that talk to the...
  9. 5G in Canada

    Many Canadians have questions about the elusive 5G. Although other countries have had great success with 5G, we still haven't seen Canada take to 5G as quickly as many originally thought. Here is a brief article about 5G, what it is, and when it's set to thrive in Canada.   What is 5G? 5G stands for "fifth-generation technology" standard for...
  10. Why companies who “automated” have fared the best in 2020

    As an avid follower of the stock market, I am always on the lookout for an early sign of a trend to make money. There have been some great long-term trends over the past few years, ranging from the move for people to eat healthier, the “greening” of the energy market and, of course, the move towards IoT and other...

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