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What is an IMEI and a TAC?

/ Written By Pat Wilbur

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

Top Development Boards & Shields for IoT Projects in 2020

/ Written By Sara Shoemake
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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.

What is an ICCID Number and Why Does It Matter for Cellular IoT?

/ Written By Quintin Carlson

ICCIDs, IMSIs, and IMEIs — oh my! You might have heard the term ICCID, one of many acronyms tossed around in the world of cellular communications. It stands for Integrated Circuit Card ID, a 19- or 20-digit number that’s typically printed on the back of a SIM card. The ICCID is a globally unique serial… Continue Reading

New Global Distribution Partners for Hologram Cellular IoT Connectivity

/ Written By Ryan Lee

A key part of connecting IoT devices to a cellular IoT network of over 196 countries is actually shipping our Hologram global IoT SIMs and Novas to those countries.  To date, we’ve shipped to over 100 countries through our platform and we’re constantly working to improve our own distribution out of the US.  However, we… Continue Reading

Connecting Driverless Vehicles: Kroger Launches Robot Delivery Service

/ Written By Ben Forgan

How real-time is your driving application? For self-driving vehicles, it depends on architecture. Is your device using the cloud? Or edge computing? If it’s the latter, the answer truly depends on the speed and bandwidth of cellular 4G IoT networks. The average time for data to travel from cloud to car is about 100 milliseconds. For… Continue Reading

New U.S. Tariffs May Increase Cellular M2M Hardware Prices by 25%

/ Written By benstr
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Starting last week on July 6th anyone in America importing Chinese electronic components (including wireless devices and components) may experience a 25% price increase. The jump in cost comes from a new U.S. import tariff covering some common electronic parts. The tariff is a result of the White House’s position on international trade. Particularly its… Continue Reading

The Scooters Are Just the Beginning

/ Written By Ben Forgan
kids riding connected e-scooters

Electric scooters are showing up in cities around the globe, often unprompted. These cellular connected devices showcase what is possible when software companies can rent out real world hardware. Read about how it could impact your next business idea.

Next Steps for the Dash Development Board

/ Written By Ben Forgan

Last week was a great week. Ryan and the team announced our new pricing along with a number of new dashboard features. Among the details, Hologram is the first to offer a cellular SLA in North America and the only provider that offers global coverage for the new 4G M1 and NB standards. The team… Continue Reading