Hologram Blog

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

Hello World, Meet Magic

/ Written By Ben Forgan

When we founded our company, Hologram set forth with the belief that the world needs a more intuitive way to access the Internet using open protocols. Our vision continues on today, and holds true for humans as well as machines; that’s why we’ve spent the last fives years innovating in the access, data, and API… 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