M2M One NZ Connected News

Connected News – May 2017

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the M2M One NZ newsletter where we discuss our latest news and the exciting M2M/IoT opportunities. Our newsletter is focused on 4 key areas of M2M/IoT and is driven by your feedback;

  1. Key Global and Local IoT headlines
  2. Save Time with M2M One Control Centre Tips
  3. Accessing M2M One Support
  4. M2M/IoT Business Digital Transformation, Insights and Trends

Globally IoT (Internet of Things) continues to grow and be integrated into everyday tasks to name a few exciting industries such as Industrial IoT, Transport & Logistics, Smart Cities, 3G Mobile Security, Mobile Payment and Smart Agribusiness.

Globally, we also see that 2G networks are being turned off in some countries and frequencies being re-farmed into 3G/4G use. Telstra in Australia turned off their 2G network in December 2016, AT&T Wireless in January 2017, followed by Singtel in Singapore, as well as Optus in Australia. Vodafone Australia plan to turn off 2G in September 2017 and more will follow. So talk to your providers and make sure that you future proof your solutions.

Future proof with 3G/4G development and keep an eye out for new connectivity solutions balancing low power requirements for devices and longer life cycle, such as Sigfox and LoRaWAN, which offers more options to bring IoT Ecosystems to a larger market.

The IoT NZ Alliance kicked off in March with it’s first meeting to help NZ IoT/M2M Businesses grow locally and plan globally. It’s early days and we will be involved to keep you updated.

Our Vision is to simplify M2M/IoT connected solutions to help you save time in transforming your industries for the Digital Information Age.

We are very committed to this and the exciting journey of Connecting Smart Machines Everywhere.

Lone Misikini (General Manager, M2M One NZ Ltd)

M2M One Control Centre Tips

Each month we bring you tips and tricks for getting the most value out of the M2M Control Centre.

  1. If you label the end customer in your Control Centre every time you deploy a SIM Card you will make managing your SIM Fleet so much easier. So transfer your spreadsheets to the Control Centre and make it easy to manage your business in the cloud. Let us know if you need any help with labelling or batch updating fields.
  2. If you deployed SIM cards so fast that you lost a SIM. Just login to the Control Centre and look up IMEI number field. If the SIM is active then we automatically capture the IMEI number of your device in the field in the Control Centre. All you need to do is record serial number plus IMEI number in your records and then use the Control Centre to cross reference to find the customer with the missing SIM.

Next month, we will be taking a look at SIM Diagnostics tool. Stay tuned!

M2M/IoT Global and Local Insights

In this section we will try and dig a little deeper into a specific topic based on your feedback.

Today’s topic is Data Insights. An estimated 380 million connected cars will be on the road by 2021. Now comes the question of what to do with all that data, and particularly who owns it. It has wonderful potential to help our communities by managing congestion, determining maintenance requirements and even responding to civil emergencies. That data would also be a goldmine to marketers. Increasingly, polices about how we manage data we possess will be relevant to all of us.

Of course, this data has endless potential to improve our own businesses and operations, and Dell recently presented their thoughts on how this value creation from data gathering and mining may evolve. They envision that monitoring is the start of this process, leading to insights and optimisations, onto monetisation and then business transformation.

New agricultural policies and technologies have in large part kept step with global growth and IoT promises to continue to optimise our production capacity to meet our future needs. Firstly, sensoring provide means to monitor crops and livestock on a granular level, allowing corrective action to stop waste and destruction. Recent examples include drones that have allowed for fast and cost effective multi-spectral surveying over large areas.

Automation is another area where procedures can be vastly improved, providing optimised nutrients, water and management. While in the near term, set up capital for these systems are high, in the longer term, these costs will come down, supporting the continued growth in precision agriculture.