How ‘free’ is free WiFi anyway?

March 12, 2014 (Blog) — OK, in my most recent guest post here on M2M Now, I may have creeped you out on how a trendy neighbourhood in Toronto was keeping a pretty close eye on all of its visitors. Although I grew up in Toronto, I haven’t been to that area in a long

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Big Data: Is it just ‘creepy’?

(Blog) — Ok, this takes creepy to new levels, says Larry Bellehumeur…  Last fall, I wrote a guest blog here about some very expensive (and intelligent) garbage cans that are being used in England.  Those were kind of creepy, as they were keeping track (anonymously) of how many users of a particular carrier were in certain

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Hello! Hello! Can you hear me?

(Blog): “Can you call me back on my landline; the mobile signal is not very good in my office?” I find myself using those words an awful lot these days. This isn’t how it used to be, I thought, before T-Mobile and Orange in the UK metamorphosed into EE and the coverage dropped dramatically. And

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Right-sizing M2M security: The best protection is security tailored to your application

(Blog) — As the volume of M2M devices and data increases, so do the associated security risks. The question, says Olivier Beaujard (pictured), is what should enterprises using machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and OEMs developing M2M solutions be doing now to protect their applications and secure the data centre?

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Is M2M a waste of money?

(Blog) — As entrenched veterans in the machine-to-machine communications (M2M) industry, says Larry Bellehumeur, it’s easy to think what we do is absolutely vital and that anyone who doesn’t hop on the M2M bandwagon is crazy.

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The Protean Internet of Things

(Blog): There is more to IoT than meets the eyes… Greek mythology offers allegories and references that are often useful in colouring and apprehending today’s reality. Such is the case of the legend of Proteus, the sea god who could, as the myth goes, assume any shape at will. Proteus’s chameleon-like camouflaging ability illustrates strikingly

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Wireless Gotchas! Number Two: Global Connectivity

(Blog): In this fourth post in a five-part series of blogs, Bill Zujewski (pictured here) explores the challenges of dealing with wireless technology as part of an M2M (machine-to-machine) initiative. Here he focuses on global connectivity.

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The Connected Car: How market research must flex to meet millennial demands

(Blog): I started a career as a tech writer 15 years ago, writes Paul Hartley, which included predicting how the new era of ubiquitous, always-on connectivity would ultimately change our business and personal lives. As the tech bubble rose, we all predicted ever more incredible things and many were nothing more than hype. My favourite

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Top Wireless Gotchas! Number 4: Carrier Integration

(Blog) — In this blog, the second post in a multi-part series, Bill Zujewski explores the challenges of dealing with wireless technology as part of an M2M (machine-to-machine) initiative. Today Bill focuses on carrier integration.

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How does M2M fit into healthcare reform?

(Blog) — If I were to make a list of wireless companies, would the healthcare industry come to mind, asks John Horn (pictured), president of RACO Wireless? If not, it should. Now more than ever, big players in the M2M space are beginning to recognise healthcare as one of the vertical markets with the greatest

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Automotive and mobile – Is this a match made in connected car heaven?

(BLOG) — The forecasts are impossible to ignore; the connected car industry is about to take off, writes Telefónica Digital’s Pavan Mathew. Recent research suggests that by 2022 there will be 1.8 billion automotive M2M connections in cars across the world. This will comprise 700 million connected cars and 1.1 billion aftermarket devices for services

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M2M cuts the world's 30% wastage of food, drugs and other perishable cargoes

(Blog: September 20, 2013) — More than 30% of fresh produce around the world spoils before it reaches its destination – and ends up wasted rather than on store shelves. Often the cause is inadequate supply chain management. With the aid of M2M, says Jürgen Hase (pictured), we can considerably reduce wastage rates for perishables

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‘And at the end, connecting your product will cost you US$1 per year’ – Is this the role for SIGFOX?

(BLOG): August 22, 2013 — It sounds quite odd to start a book from its last page, but this is the claim of SIGFOX, a French start-up company, which is intending to be the network operator of “Things”. As Groupe SEB’s Karim Houni writes, since the first minutes of a meeting with SIGFOX, its aim

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M2M can make Jetsons-like homes, but will you pay for them?

(BLOG): July 8, 2013 — I’ve been reading a lot lately about Cisco’s vision of the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it will change our lives.  There have also been a few articles highlighting how forward-thinking people are already linking everything in their house – from the coffee maker to the toaster to the

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M2M does social networks, and much more

(BLOG): July 4, 2013 — A new study from ABI Research indicates that “… there’s an intriguing intersection developing around social networks and M2M services. At this stage the activity is nascent.”  However, one company, WaveNconnect seems to be ahead of the game, says Bob Emmerson.

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M2M: The focus is still on people

(BLOG): June 17, 2013 — The idea of machines speaking to machines makes some people worry that there is an impending machine age. In reality, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is not science fiction, but science fact and, says Daryl Miller (pictured) of Lantronix, human beings are being anything but left out.

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