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IoT Hacking Series #8: How Does NB-IoT or LTE-M Actually Save Power?

There has been much buzz about Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies. Minimized battery consumption and lower overall costs are the main reasons.1oT receives more and more inquiries about the technology. One of the main questions still is how the lower power consumption is achieved?

Mikk Lemberg

IoT

The Magic of Roaming for IoT

All IoT device manufacturers need a global connectivity solution. The choice comes down to a provider who can ensure data connection across the globe. Currently, cellular technology ticks all the boxes because of its maturity and being the only solution that is both mobile and global. The cornerstone of global connectivity is the concept of roaming. In simple terms, roaming is the ability to access a network that is not the home network (i.e. not the one issuing the SIM).

Mikk Lemberg

IoT

IoT Hacking Series #7: How to Correctly Configure and Debug IoT Devices

Every IoT business starts small and with just a few devices. Getting those devices connected is usually not much of an issue. However, when your business begins scaling and production ramps up, then shortcuts made in the early days might come to haunt. It’s much more painful to fix those issues afterward when you have thousands or tens of thousands of devices already rolled out.In this article, we are focusing purely on connectivity matters that you, as an IoT device maker or service provider, need to consider from day 1. Proper connectivity backup implementations need to be addressed together with the system of using and testing SIM cards throughout the production phase.

Mikk Lemberg

IoT

IoT Hacking Series #6: What is a SIM Applet and Why is it Important for IoT & M2M?

Historically, the SIM Operating System (OS) contained all the functionality and essential services. However, with the growing need for retaining subscribers, carriers have begun offering additional value-added services. As the value-added services were highly customized to a specific carrier's use case, the SIM manufacturers had to figure out how to offer such services on top of the basic features. Therefore extra features and services were moved to standalone units called SIM applets.

Ken-Tristan Peterson

IoT

IoT Hacking Series #5: How and Why eSIM Needs to Be Tested Before Deploying?

eSIM (eUICC) is introducing possibilities which were not possible before. Yet, every innovation comes with technical aspects that need to be considered. In our eSIM Series, we have already covered how eSIM technically works. Also, we have learned that the two new main components for eSIM are Subscription Manager Data Preparation server (SM-DP) and Subscription Manager Secure Routing server (SM-SR). The first, SM-DP, is the database where carrier (telecom) profiles are stored. And the SM-SR handles the secure information passing between the server and the eSIM.

Ken-Tristan Peterson

IoT

IoT Hacking Series #4: How do iSIM & nuSIM compare to eSIM?

At the time when everyone is talking about eSIM, new solutions are developed to make remote SIM provisioning more advanced. Let's look behind the similar looking acronyms that are all dealing with the subscriber identity module.

Ken-Tristan Peterson

IoT

IoT Hacking Series #3: What is Access Point Name (APN) and How it Works?

An Access Point Name is a link between a mobile network and the internet. The device trying to connect to the internet needs to have this parameter configured and presented to the carrier, who can then decide which IP address to assign the device and which security method to use. So the carrier is being responsible for the creation of a network connection using APN information. Furthermore, it is good to know that APN is not only used for internet or private network connectivity but also for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).

Ken-Tristan Peterson

IoT

IoT Hacking Series #2: eSIM Supported Hardware

There is no doubt that eSIM is going mainstream in the future, the only question is when it happens and how smooth the roll-out will be. One element holding back global eSIM adoption are certainly doubts or missing information about how the hardware used today will manage remote SIM provisioning in the future.

Ken-Tristan Peterson

IoT

IoT Hacking Series #1: IoT Hardware Guide to Cellular Connectivity for Dummies

1oT is excited to announce that it will feature a new blog post series - IoT Hacking Series.We want to bring insight into cellular hardware with technical blog posts and DIY hardware projects, that can be fun to experiment but also helpful to start with your product prototyping. Let’s kick off this series with a hardware guide for newcomers!

Ken-Tristan Peterson

IoT

The State of Roaming: NarrowBand IoT & LTE Cat M1

NarrowBand IoT and LTE Cat M1 are the hottest keywords when it comes to IoT connectivity in the last two years. More and more cellular module makers are offering them, clients hear about the benefits and want to deploy them, carriers themselves are heavily advertising them. After all, the GSMA has standardised and licensed them and 51 commercial Mobile IoT networks are already deployed. So, is it really time to say goodbye to 2G, 3G, & 4G modules and instead deploy devices with NB-IoT or LTE Cat M1?

Heimar Lecht

IoT

How the Internet of Things benefits the Sharing Economy

So you want to be able to develop a bike-sharing service, or perhaps you have another inventive sharing concept in mind. There is an obvious need to track and maintain the products that you have put into the world, and this is one of the many areas where the Internet of Things and sharing economies go hand in hand.

Andrew Worth

IoT

2G and 3G networks are shutting down globally?!

It was “only” 28 years ago when the GSM standards and 2G phones were deployed. The rise of the internet brought us cellular networks just a few years later. By 2018, many carriers have already shut down their 2G networks and many more are going to do it soon. The same might happen for 3G soon. Why and where is this happening?

Heimar Lecht

IoT

IoT trends for 2018

While we must admit that 2017 was a great year for both 1oT and IoT in general, we are eager to look to future and see what 2018 will bring to this amazing sector.These  projections and expectations are what we are most excited about for the coming year.

Heimar Lecht

IoT

Navigating the maze of certification in North America

Whether you’re in the prototype phase or have already developed a wireless IoT or M2M device to bring to market, the task of navigating the maze of certification in North America may seem daunting at first. The proper certification is as important as any other step in designing a wireless device and preparing to launch it. While certificates can seem like an afterthought or the last step of product development it is important to remember that missing certificates can cause setbacks in getting products to market according to your timeline.

Andrew Worth

IoT

Debugging with the Particle Electron

Developing IoT products is a multifaceted process - writing software, designing hardware, connecting it all to a cloud. There are many points that can go wrong, which is why it is really important to have good tools for debugging. If the problem is somewhere between the network and the modem, this article might help.

Andres Robam

IoT

Use of IoT in Agriculture

Agriculture, farms, tractors, corn fields, grain, harvesting – words that most city dwellers would associate with “primitive”, “stagnation” or “aging”. What if we told you that one of the main sources of innovation in Internet of Things happens at that sector? 

Heimar Lecht

IoT

Latest Craze in the US and EU: E-Bikes!

If you are living in an urban environment, you probably run into bicycles on a daily basis or perhaps even ride one. Something you might have noticed is that more and more bicycles around us are gaining extra features like electrical motor in the rear hub, smart turn signals, GPS tracking or smart bike locks integrated to them. It is quite easy to spot a bulky frame or big battery attached to a bicycle.

Heimar Lecht

IoT

Should You Be Concerned About Your IoT Data Privacy?

In this day and age, people are constantly surrounded by devices that are online. Usually, it is a phone or a computer but with the growing popularity of different smart home solutions, this device can be a microphone, a camera or something simpler like a temperature sensor or a lightbulb. Apart from being connected to the internet, these devices have one other thing in common – they make our day-to-day life more comfortable and convenient. While really useful, this creates vulnerabilities that might enable your data to fall into the wrong hands.

Andres Robam

IoT

5G - New Dream Network?

2G, 3G and 4G/LTE represent the evolution of mobile networks. We are all using mobile internet on daily basis and are well aware of the disturbing problem regarding the network coverage and data transfer speed, especially at crowded events or indoors. Even today we still have areas where only GPRS, EDGE or 3G coverage is available. If you are used to the 4G/LTE network, older generations feel painfully slow. But, all of this is about to change in the near future when 5G will be launched.

Märt Kroodo

IoT

How IoT Has Transformed Cities Around Us

Smart Cities, Transformed Cities, Enhanced Cities – whatever you want to call them, are here to stay. The word pair “Smart City” stands for the vision of improving city living through technology and Internet of Things (IoT) in particular. More broadly speaking, it can be taken as a symbol for fighting against urbanisation and pollution, while making urban living more efficient, environmentally friendly and valuable. Here is a list of trending smart city solutions that cities are looking at or are already benefitting from.

Heimar Lecht

IoT

Are You Ready for Roaming Like at Home in the EU?

In case you didn’t know, the European Commission has been working in the recent years (they started in 2007!) to abolish the often ridiculously expensive roaming charges within the European Union countries. That is a very important step towards the bigger goal of converting the EU into a Digital Single Market.

Märt Kroodo

IoT

GSM / 3G / 4G (LTE) - Which One to Choose for Your IoT Project?

The evolution of mobile networks infrastructure and protocols go back a long way and every new generation of mobile network has served new opportunities for end users. As of today we have three concurrent network types in use: 2G, 3G and 4G. But, when it comes to picking the right network type for your cellular-based IoT project, decision-making might get tough. Which one should you go for?

Märt Kroodo

IoT

WTH is a Botnet and What Bad Does It Do?

A botnet is a network of computers, all infected with the same malware that enables the attacker to control them. It is usually carried out through a command-and-control (C&C) server, but there are also some peer-to-peer (P2P) botnets. Botnets are often used to perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, send spam and to infect other devices to grow the botnet.

Andres Robam

IoT

NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT) - the Future Leader in the LPWAN Space!?

NarrowBand IoT, also known as LTE Cat NB1 or LTE-M2, serves the need to better accommodate IoT use-cases with large numbers of devices and low data requirements. This wireless network technology is expected to dominate the Low-Power WAN (LPWAN) field in 2-3 years time and overpower other players like Sigfox and LoRaWAN.

Märt Kroodo

IoT

Cellular Connectivity for IoT

Dropping mobile data prices together with development of eSIMs (eUICC) and soft-SIMs that make switching between mobile carriers dynamic and easy, are creating more and more new business opportunities for emerging Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers (OEMs). Devices that have never been connected to internet before can now be connected to a cellular network easily and affordably.

Märt Kroodo

IoT

Differences between SIM types - which SIM to choose?

Cellular connectivity is the most reliable and widespread connectivity method for IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) devices, but in order to identify a device to a carrier, it needs a Subscriber Identity Module, or as most people call it, a SIM. The size and type of SIM you need to select depends on device's purpose, functionality and space available to host a SIM card or chip. 

Märt Kroodo