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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

Introducing Hologram Inflight

/ Written By Ryan Lee

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

Who Owns IoT Connectivity?

/ Written By Ryan Lee

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

What is an APN?

/ Written By Sara Shoemake

APN stands for “access point name.” Created to provide a connection point between a cellular network and the Internet, an APN can also help separate cellular traffic from other general purpose networks.  Think of the APN as the SSID of a cellular network. Just as you can have multiple SSIDs on the same router or… Continue Reading

How to Understand the Different LTE IoT Device Categories

/ Written By Ryan Lee

Cellular technologies like 4G LTE provide the bandwidth and the reliable and secure communications necessary for companies across all industries to take advantage of smart, connected devices. Businesses building cellular IoT products must choose the cellular technology that best meet their requirements, but the alphabet soup of cellular standards for IoT devices can cause confusion. … Continue Reading

What is an eSIM and How is it Used?

/ Written By Reuben Balik

The eSIM (embedded SIM) is a small chip soldered directly to a board inside a device.  While that’s still technically the definition of an eSIM, it’s gotten more complicated since the eUICC appeared on the IoT landscape. The eUICC is an embedded universal circuit card—the software that allows network operators to send out SIM profiles… Continue Reading

6 Smart Ways to Use IoT in Agriculture

/ Written By Quintin Carlson

Smart agriculture uses Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for more efficient and productive farming. Smart agriculture, also called agtech, is an integrated approach that aims to increase agricultural productivity by making farms more connected and intelligent. Smart agriculture and more efficient farming are critical as globally we’re facing resource depletion, a shrinking amount of arable… Continue Reading

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

6 Ways Industrial IoT Can Benefit Modern Operations

/ Written By Maiky Iberkleid

From construction to mining to manufacturing, the Internet of Things offers industries new ways to improve their processes to be safer and more efficient. Over the last 10 years, data has become an increasingly  important to businesses and useful as the technology to collect, store, and analyze it has improved. One of the most prevalent… 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