Spark’s Cat-M1 IoT network reaches 98% of New Zealanders
Connected IoT News – March 2019
Spark announced last month that they completed their nationwide rollout of its Internet of Things (IoT) cellular Cat-M1 network which covers 98% of New Zealand’s population.
We already have customers using the new network commercially in asset tracking and agriculture, and many customers have started pilots across other segments including Parking Sensors, Metering, Smart City infrastructure, and Lone Worker wearables.
We’re very excited about all the LTE Cat M1 devices that is entering the NZ market right now and supporting our customers with CAT-M1 connectivity. We will continue to see the availability of Cat-M1 modules, modems, and compatible devices accelerate as the life cycle of existing 2G/3G deployments are revisited and as 2G networks sunset around the world.
Cat-M1 is well suited to M2M & IoT applications and particularly low-power sensing and monitoring devices. When compared to 2G and 3G/4G, some of the main advantages of Cat-M1 are:
- Enhanced coverage footprint
- Reception at lower dB the traditional LTE
- More efficient, power saving technology for extending battery life
This is great news for our customers in this space, and we are pleased to announce that M2M One NZ SIMs are 3G/4G and now CAT-M1 compatible too. We would love to work with you and support any Cat-M1 development and testing. If you are interested in starting out, please contact us for any further information and guidance with selecting the right devices for Cat-M1.
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M2M One Control Centre Tips
Each month we share tips and tricks to get the most out of the M2M Control Centre.
Data Usage Alerts
We have continued to roll out alerts to help you manage data usage of your devices. How does it work? Individual/Capped data plans alerts are set at 90% and 100% by default. Flexible/Group Data Plan alerts are set as 200% and 500% as default settings. Who gets them? Primary Account contacts will receive these alerts by default, and we can add/remove contacts to suit your monitoring requirements. When you get one of these alerts and you want to increase data then email email@example.com to request an upgrade to the next data plan. We will upgrade the SIM for you and email you back confirmation.
Remember to label each of your SIM cards with an End Customer name – this makes it easier to identify and take action when you receive data usage emails.
Example, where End Customer is “M2MOneDemo-ID123”
Search Box Shortcut
On the SIM List page, use the search box to easily find individual or multiple SIM cards using this trick.
Using the asterisk symbol (*) before or after the search box text you enter can speed up data entry. For instance you don’t need to type a full 19 digit ICCID (e.g. 8964050000000123456), simply typing an asterisk and the last six digits (e.g. *123456) will give you the same result. The same applies to phone numbers and your End Customer fields. If you need to find multiple SIM cards, just add a comma (,) in between each number (e.g. *111111, *222222, *333333 to search all 3). It’s that simple.