Hologram Blog

What is an IoT Platform?

/ Written By Quintin Carlson

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 Will Require Cellular IoT Connectivity and GPS

/ Written By Derrick Wolbert

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 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

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.

When Pizzas Fly

/ Written By Tricia Booker

How drones could shake up the home delivery market Sharon Scott was in a bind. Scott, the executive director of the Montgomery County, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, is accustomed to showing proper appreciation to people. So when someone who had recently done her a favor dropped by her home unexpectedly, she felt a little awkward.… 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