IoT security issues get a lot of attention these days. From firmware vulnerabilities to open backdoors, security can be tenuous in the “wild west” atmosphere of the IoT. Thousands of new devices are coming on the market; but, so far, there are no official standards or oversights to assure security best practices. Why is Securing… Continue Reading
Companies that plan to implement IoT globally or need an upgrade path from existing 2G and 3G cellular network deployments have multiple LTE IoT standards to choose from. First, there are two new LTE standards – NB-IoT, which stands for Narrow Band Internet of Things, and Cat-M1, which is also described as LTE-M – that… Continue Reading
The term “Internet of Things Platform” or “IoT Platform” means different things to different people. Broadly, it implies a software as a service (SaaS) product that can oversee a fleet of connected things. It performs multiple tasks—hence the word “platform”—and features vary from product to product. Some vendors offer an IoT platform that’s actually a… Continue Reading
New drone regulations are coming. As drone traffic increases exponentially and commercial drone fleets seek permission to take to the air, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to use remote ID technology to track drones as they fly, as it does airplanes and helicopters. To that end, it proposes a new rule that will require… Continue Reading
What are IMEI and TAC Numbers, And How Do Manufacturers Use Them? Every cellular device has an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), a 14-digit number that serves as a distinct identifier for the device. Essentially a serial number that the manufacturer assigns, the IMEI is guaranteed to be globally unique. There’s also a 15th digit… Continue Reading
Proactive IoT connectivity monitoring, alerts, and collaboration features The work only begins after organizations launch their IoT product. Among all the activities they need to operate a fleet of IoT devices, managing an organization’s connectivity can become an overlooked responsibility without clear ownership. And as we discussed this week, Hologram’s mission is to help all… Continue Reading
Where Does IoT Connectivity Live in the Organization? IoT connectivity is an essential piece of the IoT stack. Without it, data would simply live on the devices and never yield insights. Yet many organizations we work with don’t have a connectivity department. Because connectivity cuts across many areas, some companies struggle to decide who’s responsible. … Continue Reading
We cover the best cellular IoT development boards and shields available in 2020. Most of these boards include support for the new LTE-M and NB-IoT standard, but with lack of ubiquitous NB-IoT coverage, we still see manufacturers releasing new boards that support 2G/3G/4G.