M2M One NZ Connected News

Connected News – July 2017

Dear Reader,

We are now well into our New Zealand Winter and the IoT world is still the topic of conversation with so much talk on the potential in providing real time information, insight and management to “things” that we couldn’t see before.

As such, IoT has the potential to transform many aspects of our lives and the New Zealand IoT Alliance Report digs into this in more local detail.

Last month, The New Zealand IoT Alliance released their inaugural IoT report for New Zealand. The full report is available here to read and download. This group has been established by NZTech, to promote the growth and highlight obstacles for IoT in New Zealand in conjunction with Government, Academics and industry sectors.

Primarily, the findings show great interest in NZ, but as of yet, little deployment, with only 14% of enterprises having deployed a solution. At this time, NZ is very much in a trialling period with regards to this technology, but over the coming decade IoT could represent $2.2 billion in value for nine analysed applications.

“Barriers include: lack of knowledge about technology, concern over proprietary solutions, speed of technology obsolescence, and concern about security.”

(Graphic Source: New Zealand IoT Alliance)

There are so many opportunities in IoT and all you need to do to explore more is email us at info@m2mone.co.nz to begin talking to like minded individuals.

We love Connecting Smart Machines Everywhere and helping you save time by simplifying M2M/IoT solutions.

Lone Misikini (General Manager, M2M One NZ Ltd)

Grow your business your way, with our M2M Data Plans

Individual Data Plans (CAP Plan)

Never pay excess usage charges with our Individual Data plans, thanks to our CAP Guarantee. Each SIM has an individual monthly fixed data allowance, when the SIM reaches it’s allowance the data plan is disabled.

If you still need to use the SIM after it capped, you can contact us at any time to move it to a larger plan or simply wait until the end of the month when your SIMs data allowance will be automatically reset.

Flexible Data Plans (Flexible Pool)

Looking for some flexibility with your plans? The group plan is a perfect option for devices with varying usage patterns. With the group plan, every SIM on the same plan type groups together to create an effective “Pool” of data.

If your SIMs exceed the total group allowance, they will still keep operating but will result in excess usage charges that are billed at a per KB rate. You can contact us at any time about upgrading data plans to avoid excess charges.

M2M One Control Centre Tips

Data Usage Alert Notifications

This month we want to let you know that we will be introducing new and improved data usage email alerts from the 1st of August, and will discontinue any existing alerts.

For all M2M One NZ Control Centre users, the default notification rules are triggered when devices reach 90% and 100% of each Individual Data Plan CAP,  and 100%, 150% and 200% of each Flexible Data Plan allowance. Alerts can be enabled and disabled at any time – just let us know your preferences.

You can request a data plan change at any time during the month, for instance if a device is nearing the Individual Plan CAP we can move the SIM to the next plan to avoid any downtime. All you need to do is let us know what action to take with your SIM by emailing info@m2mone.co.nz.

We will continue to enhance our alerts platform over the coming months and would welcome any feedback.

M2M/IoT Global and Local Insights

Predictive Preventative Maintenance

A lot of us will initially see Artificial Intelligence (AI) cropping up within our equipment maintenance strategies, predominantly because real and substantial savings are realisable.  Predictive preventative maintenance strategies optimise performance of expensive and essential equipment. According to the US Department of Energy, preventative maintenance strategies can realise savings of 30-40% of maintenance-related costs.

Both industry and agriculture are heavily dependent on equipment such as boilers, fans, motors, gearboxes, fans, turbines, compressors, etc. Drivers also differ, such as variable electric, gas-fired, turbine-generated, belt, direct and gear driven. Variables are endless, including: type, model age, size, geometry, materials and specific installation parameters. Commonality from one machine to the next is rare.

Before long, each will have a multitude of sensors data such as temperature, vibration, ultrasound, electrical. In-depth understanding and monitoring of all data streams and equipment variables is needed to determine an optimal maintenance strategy, and AI is well suited to gather and analyse this data, well beyond the feasible limits of our current maintenance strategies, and we all have things to gain from this.

IoT Network distribution and net neutrality

Predictions are that IoT devices are set to explode. We have all heard this, but the needs for IoT diverges in nature from the traditional evolution of communications networks, driven by growing need for high data applications, such as video and gaming.

IoT need the opposite of the usage models for 5G, with high connections and low data rates. Connected devices need different communications capabilities, and for many applications, our trusty 3G networks will work fine. Some apps will need the higher capacity and redundancy of 5G networks, such as remotely driven car or surgical automation. No one wants the buffering circle of death for either of those applications.

The net neutrality debate also comes into play here, where we deplore corporates pushing for privileged access, but longer term, net neutrality will be more about the applications than corporate self-serving. As users, we’ll want our robotic surgeons to have privileged access to networks, and the communications ecosystem needs to match our needs with a range of network choices.

(Graphic source: Ericsson Mobility Report 2017)