M2M One NZ Connected News

Connected IoT News – December 2017

Dear Reader,

What an exciting year this has been!

We have seen IoT grow in all segments from Agribusiness, Security, Mobile Payment, Smart Cities and Industrial Internet and still more to come.

We can see an increased focus and more LPWAN network coverage coming from Sigfox, and Spark’s announcement to fast track the roll out of LoRaWAN AS923, Cat M1 and NB IoT. LPWAN technology disruption in traditional business will be taking place in all industries, especially asset tracking of everything will be possible in 2018 based on these technologies and cost. Start planning and be ready for this next phase of LPWAN adoption, and please contact us if this is of interest to your business.

We will continue to report on NZ IoT Alliance as it expands into productive work streams in 2018 and play our part in driving NZ IoT market opportunities.

During the festive holidays we will have a smaller crew on hand to take any enquiry, however I would recommend that you plan for your holiday requirements if you are working through. We will dispatch last orders for SIM cards 21st December and activate any data SIM batches 22nd December. Please make sure you get your orders into info@m2mone.co.nz as we will be closed during Christmas and New Years from the 25th December to 3rd January 2018. SIM orders will be dispatched again from the 8th January 2018. Thank you for your understanding and support.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the M2M One NZ Team. Enjoy, be happy, and see you in the exponential IoT year 2018.

We love helping customers grow their IoT business and connecting smart machines everywhere.

Lone Misikini (General Manager, M2M One NZ Ltd)

M2M One Control Centre Tips

Control Centre 7.0 – User Interface Update

Lately the CISCO Jasper M2M Control Centre updated to the latest version of the GUI (Graphical User Interface) as part of the Control Centre 7.0 update. Still, it is possible to revert to the ‘Classic’ view for those who prefer it until end of January then the new version will be the default.

Step 1 – As you log into Control Centre, the ‘Launch Refresh Preview’ is in the top right-hand corner of the screen and clicking it will load the new version of the interface.

Step 2 – To revert to the older version, hover over the ‘Refresh Preview’ menu option in the top right corner and then clicking ‘Return to Classic View’ from the drop-down options.

Control Centre 7.0 Feature – Customer Automation Rules

As we continue working with CISCO Jasper to improve the M2M Control Centre experience we want to make sure you are updated to critical features that will make managing your SIM fleet more effective.

As part of the 7.0 release of Control Centre we are pleased to announce a feature that has been requested for some time – M2M One customers now have access create and manage Automation Rules for SIM cards.

Automation Rules can help you monitor and manage excess usage, SIM changes and secure your SIMs against unauthorized use.

If you have any issues setting up rules or need some technical support for your services you can always contact our support team on support@m2mone.co.nz

Have more questions about the M2M Control Centre or want some training?
Contact your M2M One account manager

M2M/IoT Global and Local Insights

The IoT Alliance’s view on Agriculture

The majority of New Zealand companies looking at IoT believe that it will be transformational to their businesses. Belief in IoT’s potential is growing, and in the agricultural sector, opportunities exist to reduce environmental harm, adding value to volume, reducing cost and improving compliance. Even for optimal planting and harvesting schedules, or monitoring animal health and productivity, IoT will provide our famers with the abilities to make optimal decisions.

According to IoT Alliance survey, 14% of NZ companies have developed an IoT solution. However, only 23% have no future plans to do so. An expected $448 million net benefits can be realised to dairy farmers, and another $72 million within the horticultural sectors.
Still, we are often navigating new waters. Quantitative evidence isn’t available, but as more trials are made, real productivity lifts are reported. Over time, the role of Agricultural Technologies will drive growth.

The Agricultural sector global View

The exact growth in agricultural use of IoT isn’t know, but BI Intelligence’s analysis expects a 20% compound annual growth rate of shipped IoT devices, from 40 million, to 75 million. Unfortunately, at this point, these are only estimates.

(Source: BI INTELLIGENCE)

More than most, US has embraced smart agriculture, particularly within their grain segments, and have realised substantial crop yield improvements, achieving 7,340 kg cereal per hectare, compared to 3,851 kg average globally.

Along with this growth in devices, the volume of data that flows from farms will grow exponentially.

(Source: BI INTELLIGENCE)

The investment in IoT does have potential return to make it well worth the effort and cost. Studies performed by OnFarm has shown IoT investments improve yields by 1.75%, in energy cost reduction of $10-18 (US$7-13) per acre, and irrigation water usage by 8%.

Heat Map for IoT

Forrester research monitors the IoT space and where IoT investment is concentrated, and it reveals an interesting picture. The main areas of current focus tend to be in:

  • Supply chain management and transport
  • Manufacturing process, and integrated product design
  • Municipal security and facilities management
  • Health products supply chain

(Graphic source: Forrester)