M2M and IoT Blog by Larry Bellehumeur

  1. Use M2M to Improve Your Bottom Line in Manufacturing

    While M2M is not new to many key areas of the manufacturing world (car companies have put in remote diagnostic systems in their vehicles for a while), it is starting to emerge as a way for companies to improve their bottom line.  For the purposes of this discussion, M2M can be done wirelessly, using a landline or satellite communication.  Which...
  2. "Talk to Your Devices" for Best Field Service Outcomes

    Watch our new Vlog post on youtube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iDKAcd4_ao As someone who grew up in the 1980’s, I was a fan of David Letterman.  One of his favourite bits was his nightly Top 10 list.  The list was usually topical in nature and it brought some laughter to justify staying up that late.  Well, I can’t say that mine will make...
  3. Dear Politicians....need to cut spending fast? M2M can help.

    Submitted by Larry Bellehumeur on June 29, 2012 - 12:21pm Is it just me or does it seem that every headline in the news talks about austerity and how governments around the world need to cut costs?  It puts governments in a difficult spot....how do you continue to offer critical services (many of which the need is growing with an aging population) while...
  4. Some of the lesser known benefits of using M2M for your business

    Submitted by Larry Bellehumeur on June 20, 2012 - 8:10pm While the number of M2M deployments is starting to accelerate, there have been many applications/uses that have been in place for years, if not decades. Applications such as Vehicle tracking and the monitoring of Oil wells are two examples of solutions that have become such commonplace that even people who are not employed...
  5. Need to "back up" or "talk to" something?

    Many people visualize M2M as being two machines (one being a complex server of some sort and the other being a basic device like a vending machine) communicating, sending bits of info back and forth.  While this is the more classical definition, it misses out on an important growth area for M2M, namely using wireless communications as a method of...
  6. Deploying an M2M Solution, Part 2

    Submitted by Larry Bellehumeur on May 3, 2012 - 4:14pm One of the interesting development in the world of M2M solutions is the focus on verticalized solutions.  There are solutions that will fit any one of dozens different vertical markets perfectly.  This brings up a problem.....how do you remember what solution to sell to your customers when you cover many different vertical markets...
  7. Need to "Monitor" Anything?

    When people often think about an M2M solution, they imagine massive "mission control" systems controlling tens of thousands (or more) device in the field.  These systems require massive investment, massive infrastructure and many skilled people to deliver.  To a certain extent, this has been an accurate way of thinking as many of the early adopters in the M2M space were...
  8. Working through an M2M Field trial

    Through this blog, and my day to day work, I do get a lot of calls and emails from people at various organizations who have been tasked to sell different M2M solutions.  This ranges from Cellular network salespeople, to salespeople from dealers of cell carriers to hardware manufacturers and to software/integration companies.  While many people understand the basics components of...
  9. Managing an M2M solution, Part 3

    Submitted by Larry Bellehumeur on January 27, 2012 - 11:02am Application Enablement Management: I get asked a lot about what is required to manage a successful M2M solution.  There are a lot of moving components, and it can be daunting.  Once you have made up your mind that you want to proceed (developed a business case, secured funding), you now have to decide...
  10. Managing an M2M Solution, Part 4

    Managing the "presentation" layer: I get asked a lot about what is required to manage a successful M2M solution.  There are a lot of moving components, and it can be daunting.  Once you have made up your mind that you want to proceed (developed a business case, secured funding), you now have to decide the right combination for the solution to...

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