How APIs Improve Fleet Tracking Solutions
emnify’s REST API and no-code integration tools bring connectivity data straight to your fleet management application. This dramatically reduces your reliance on manual device management processes, streamlines your ability to track and process telematic data like coordinates and fuel consumption, and simplifies every deployment.
7 IoT Challenges in 2023 and How to Solve Them
For over two decades, the Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed industries by enabling businesses and consumers to remotely monitor, analyze, and control devices. The use cases for IoT are constantly increasing, and there are now billions of connected devices worldwide.
10 Cutting-Edge IoT Use Cases for 2023
There are more than 10 billion IoT devices worldwide, and this number is projected to reach about 30 billion by 2030. Connectivity has countless applications for consumers and businesses alike. New technology enables manufacturers to make these devices smaller, more efficient, more powerful, and more versatile.
11 Signs Your Connectivity Solution Is Hurting Your Predictive Maintenance
IoT connectivity is the backbone of your predictive maintenance solution. It enables a range of sensors to transmit real-time performance data to an application with machine learning and predictive analytics capabilities, so you can extend the life and utility of assets, dramatically reduce costs, and improve safety and compliance. But simply having IoT connectivity isn’t good enough. Right now, there are numerous ways that your connectivity solution could be hindering your predictive maintenance processes and preventing you from maximizing these benefits. A surprising number of OEMs, system integrators, and their customers have learned to put up with sub-par connectivity because they didn’t know there was a better option. Whether you jump into connectivity portals every day or you just need your solution to work, your connectivity solution should make your predictive maintenance solutions more useful, not less. Here are some of the connectivity challenges manufacturers like you are dealing with, plus how emnify helps you resolve them.
How to Choose the Best IoT Router
IoT routers play a critical role in your M2M deployments, and they’re not all the same. When you have hundreds or thousands of connected devices dispersed far from your base of operations, you need network infrastructure that empowers your business with robust analytics and secure remote access capabilities, so you can manage deployments and keep security up-to-date from afar.
How to Overcome the Network Airgap for Predictive Maintenance
Why is air-gapping widely used today? When you deploy your smart machines across factories, you will notice that there are IT security barriers to communicate with your predictive maintenance application via the public internet. While air-gapping certainly helps industrial engineers and IT managers protect their networks against cybersecurity threats, this presents a barrier for machines to send data to the cloud.
The Future of Connectivity: How IoT Is Evolving
In recent decades, connectivity has been transforming daily life and business operations in nearly every sector. Factories, hospitals, retail stores, media companies, farms, warehouses, schools, vehicles, and homes have increasingly relied on connected devices to transmit, display, and use information collected by sensors.
How to Reduce Friction Between IT & OT When Deploying Predictive Maintenance
When machine manufacturers or system integrators are building a predictive maintenance or IoT application for smart factories, the question inevitably comes up: how will you get buy-in from IT and OT to send factory data to your cloud application?
eSIM for IoT: 4 Common Myths Debunked
The widespread adoption of eSIM in the consumer market has triggered a lot of excitement and expectation in the IoT market. But the truth is, there is a fundamental difference between Consumer eSIM and the M2M variant that is currently used for IoT. Much about the technology remains mythicized, and a sober understanding is critical to cut through the noise and successfully implement eSIM to your IoT advantage.
Consumer vs M2M eSIM: Why the difference matters
Referring to the new GSMA specifications for remote SIM provisioning, eSIM, also known as eUICC, enables over-the-air (OTA) download, storage, and update of multiple mobile operator profiles on a SIM card. As such, it eliminates the need to use and swap different SIM cards on a device over its lifecycle, easing supply chain processes while promising more flexibility and control over your device connectivity.
IoT and Blockchain: Combining Connectivity with Decentralization
Blockchain is a relatively young technology that distributes data across multiple sources and provides a verifiable record of interactions with or changes to that data. For the last several years, the tech world has been exploring how this concept can improve the Internet of Things (IoT), bringing decentralization and better visibility to connected devices.
IoT in Retail: How Smart Devices Are Transforming Stores
The Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to revolutionize retail, changing how people shop and optimizing inventory management. While IoT has impacted numerous industries and experiences, it first made its debut in retail more than two decades ago, when Procter & Gamble was exploring the benefits of connecting their radio frequency identification (RFID) system to the Internet.
2G and 3G Sunsets: When They’ll Happen and How to Prepare
Billions of IoT devices rely on 2G and 3G cellular networks. These solutions offer IoT manufacturers an affordable way to keep devices connected anywhere in the world—indoors, outdoors, or on the go. But the technology is decades old, there are better solutions available, and there’s only so much bandwidth to go around.
How to Choose an IoT SIM Provider
Your IoT SIM provider affects:
Four Ways Cellular Connectivity Secures Your EV Chargers
The future is electric and smart Electric vehicles (EV) are on the rise, making up about five percent of new car registrations in the US and over 20 percent in the European market. With EU legislation set to stop new registrations of internal combustion engine cars by 2035, the future can only be electric. Another thing that is certain is that EVs supply equipment (EVSE) such as chargers will be smart – no matter if at home, in residential and business areas, or on highways. The biggest reason is to protect the power grid from too many EVs being charged at the same time. Smart chargers are internet-connected with a central system that can influence the charging power or current of specific EVs.
Cellular vs Wi-Fi: Which is best for smart EV charging?
Gone are the days where EV chargers were merely dumb devices that only served the simple task of “plug-in and charge”. If you run an EV charging business, then you already know all too well the importance of networked charging infrastructure for load management, billing, maintenance, EV driver services and so much more.
IoT Connectivity: A Comparison Guide
Connectivity is a critical component of the Internet of Things. IoT devices rely on networks to communicate with gateways, applications, servers, routers, and other IoT devices. This communication—transmitting and receiving data—enables IoT devices to perform the functions they were designed for.
Telematics Solution Checklist
Is your telematics solution ready for 2022? Are you planning to roll out a new telematics product or upgrade the existing solution? To ensure you have all things considered regarding the device and cellular connectivity, we have put together a 24-point checklist that will help you analyze your market readiness and set your telematics solution up for success in 2022.
Why SMS is still relevant for IoT
SMS has lost its cool and it's been replaced by apps like WhatsApp, Signal, Threema. This is why many people miss the fact that SMS messages can play a pivotal role in remote IoT device management and automation. What makes it different? SMS works without a data connection, making it a reliable way to communicate with a remote IoT device. This makes it a powerful tool used to improve the deployment and automation of IoT devices. Here are three ways SMS makes a difference:
How Telematics Solutions are built in 2022
The telematics industry originated 25 years ago, and has tremendously evolved ever since. In this article, we discuss five topics that are required, to be successful in the telematics industry.
4 Success Factors in Fleet Management
Telematics and GPS tracking systems provide fleet managers with a real-time digital blueprint of the vehicle journey to unleash actionable insights on usage, driving behavior, maintenance requirements, safety precautions, and more. The fleet management market has been in a growth phase for many years, and if you are a telematics solution provider, you know the competition is only intensifying.
Smart Warehousing: Three IoT-based Technologies Speeding Up Your Order
Numerous demand factors affected a broad range of businesses during the current coronavirus pandemic. Unexpected peaks in demand, significant reductions in demand, and reduction in supply bottlenecks, are just a few examples. It quickly became clear that companies that were using smart warehousing prior to the outbreak had a clear advantage over those that weren't.
How do smart meters communicate?
Smart meters are Internet of Things (IoT) devices that measure and transmit data about electricity, water, and gas consumption. Using connected sensors, they share information directly from utility meters, so providers don’t need to manually check installations to charge customers and manage infrastructure.
An Introduction to Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 is a term for the fourth industrial revolution: the digitization and automation of manufacturing. We are in the midst of a fundamental shift in the way products are produced, and it’s deeply tied to the future of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Why Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Is the Future of IoT Security
Coined by Gartner in the 2019 Networking Hype Cycle and Market Trends report, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) introduces a new architecture where networking and security functions are bundled in a cloud-delivered service. As IoT and internet-based traffic continues to soar, SASE allows enterprises to streamline network integration, security, and policy management of distributed devices with a centrally managed platform.
What is the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act?
In December 2020, the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act was officially signed into law in the US. According to this new legislation, any IoT device purchased with government money must meet minimum security standards. While the law currently applies only to federal government agencies, down the line it is expected to affect devices procured by state and local authorities and, eventually, by the private sector.
IoT attacks, hacker motivations and recommended countermeasures
Businesses worldwide spent $1.5 billion on IoT security in 2019. An incredible number, especially given we are just beginning the IoT journey. When it comes to connecting devices via cellular IoT, the selling-point is typically the data and derived insights – this is where the customer sees real value, more so than in any security benefits. That said, IoT solution providers not taking security measures into consideration are risking significant revenue and reputation loss in the event of a security breach – both for their own business as well as their customer’s business. In the worst cases, the harm done from one security breach will far outweigh any previously created customer value. Businesses that can explain and demonstrate their security concepts will gain a competitive advantage.
IoT Cloud Connectivity Explained
Cloud and Connectivity Synergy for Enterprise IoT Cloud computing allows companies to store and manage data over cloud platforms, providing scalability in the delivery of applications and Software as a Service (SaaS). IoT devices can generate a significant amount of data per second, with Cisco estimating that IoT will generate 847 zettabytes per year by 2021.
What Is SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) And Its Benefits For Enterprises
SaaS is a service model in which a provider hosts the application and makes it available to customers over the Internet. This is a significant departure from the on-premises software delivery model allowing organizations to outsource most of the IT responsibilities. With its immediate availability and a cost-effectiveness (pay-as-you-go model), SaaS enables enterprises to scale the infrastructure up and down, depending on their needs, without setting up additional hardware and infrastructure, resulting in more flexible and scalable operations with dramatically reduced deployment times. Enterprises also have the ability to integrate most of SaaS applications with other software using application programming interfaces (APIs).
IoT Device Security: Comparing Cellular, LoRa and WiFi
General advantages of cellular connectivity network coverage is available almost everywhere the device works immediately at the customer site no additional infrastructure and integration required low power technologies for pro-longed battery life (LTE-M/NB-IoT) supports low and high transmission bandwidth in up- and downlink In this post, we will review the most-used IoT connectivity options – WiFi, LoRaWAN and Cellular – and compare them from a security perspective.
Smart Farming - Industry 4.0 in Agriculture
Smart farming – challenges in traditional agriculture The challenges in agriculture are increasing in all regions of the world. While the developed world is mainly concerned with structural change in rural areas, the world’s growing population is increasingly noticeable and a growing concern in developing parts of the world. Almost ten billion people will have to be fed by 2050. Coping with this mammoth task is made more difficult by the consequences of increasingly visible climate change, impacting farmers worldwide. In Germany alone, the hot summer of 2018 led to serious crop failures. However, climate change is affecting the poorest countries hardest, whose existence depends largely on agriculture. In order to protect future food security, our agriculture must become more sustainable and resource efficient. Digitization can help the agricultural industry do just that through multiple technology-enabled solutions referred to collectively as smart farming.
How E-Scooters and Cellular Connectivity Shape the Future of Mobility
The current Coronavirus pandemic has taught us a lot about ourselves and our society. In particular, we have all become much more aware of personal and public hygiene and, of course, “social distance”. We have also largely been spending more time outdoors. Intelligent mobility, such as electric scooters, was admittedly well established long before the pandemic. The topic has, however, become increasingly relevant in the current environment and continues to be hotly debated.
How to monetize your IoT solution
In 2017, consulting firm Capgemini published a study asking the question: “The Internet of Things: Are Organizations Ready for a Multi-Trillion Dollar Prize?” The study examined and interviewed numerous companies that remain global leaders in their industries. Most of these companies claimed that they would use the Internet of Things by the following year, at the latest. The research also showed that less than 30% of companies that already offered related products were actually generating service revenue from them.
Myth Busters: Three IoT Myths and the Truths Behind Them
This technical article highlights three of the biggest myths in the IoT world today, and the truths behind them.
Securing your devices against Ripple20
The Israeli security company JSOF recently discovered 19 vulnerabilities in the code of a TCP/IP implementation designed in the 90s that has been widely used across all major device types over the last 20 years. Hundreds of millions of devices from over 500 manufacturers are apparently at risk: from medical devices to printers to industrial control modules. The Israeli researchers have given the collection of gaps the name Ripple20.
How remote device access helps IoT businesses
The benefits of a successful IoT solution are numerous, complementary and wide-reaching. With all the opportunities that IoT connectivity presents, there are security vulnerabilities, communication challenges and logistical obstacles. Remote IoT monitoring is a key ingredient in addressing these problems and is very straight-forward to set-up.
Fleet Tracking – Star of the IoT world?
What is fleet tracking and how does it work? Fleet tracking is the use of location technology in tracked vehicles. Software programs that gather data from the vehicle location devices enable you to pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location. A well-known and good example of the most common vehicle tracking system would be GPS.
Three Smart Ways to Use Cellular IoT in Manufacturing
IoT in manufacturing - the product of the IoT and Industry 4.0 IoT in manufacturing is one of the most future-oriented technologies for the industry. It bundles together two digitization strategies – the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. The product of these two technologies is the Industrial Internet of Things (I-IoT) – the IoT for industrial manufacturing. It combines machines that can learn with big data technologies, sensor technology and automation technology that already coexist in an industrial environment. The closer networking of the digital world of machines creates the potential for profound changes in global industry and many areas of private and social life.
Five Smart Ways to Use Cellular IoT in Logistics
There are numerous smart ways to use cellular IoT in all sectors. Logistics and fleet management is a particularly exciting field when it comes to unlocking the potential of IoT connectivity, which is why there are already countless success stories in this industry. See below just five of the many intelligent ways this technology is being brought to life in logistics.
IoT Security: SMS and Voice Service Attacks and How to Prevent Them
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts dedicated to the topic of IoT security to mark the launch of the EMnify Guide for Cellular IoT Security. The previous post in this series compared Cellular, LoRa and WiFi in terms of IoT device security.
Choosing the right IoT connectivity provider for your business
his is the second post in a four-part blog series dedicated to informing four key decisions businesses are faced with in their IoT connectivity journey. The first post in the series answered how to know if cellular IoT connectivity is right for your business.