Navigating IoT Connectivity Services
Contents (Click on text to jump to section) Introduction
What Is 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.
Automate SIM management with the emnify Python SDK
emnify is an API-first cellular connectivity platform designed to be integrated directly into customer applications. This gives you the opportunity to automate their connectivity management while troubleshooting their devices as a whole—connectivity included. As we continue our mission to spark innovation in IoT, we are excited to announce the release of another tool designed to simplify connectivity management—emnify’s Python SDK.
How to Stop SIM Theft from Increasing Your Fleet Tracking Costs
No one likes fraud. But if you’re a fleet management provider, odds are you and your customers have been stuck footing the bill for data your businesses didn’t actually use—because it was stolen from you.
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.
Achieving High Availability Cellular Connectivity for Smart Factories
For OEMs and system integrators who have built predictive maintenance enabled machines that send diagnostic data to the cloud, the network performance of the machine is critical. Short lapses in connectivity could lead to lost data and missing information delivered to machine learning algorithms – causing suboptimal predictive maintenance and poor customer experiences.
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.
How to Accelerate Your Time-to-Market with Prebuilt Integrations
If you are a product manager, engineering manager, or system integrator building the next generation of smart machines that have optimal performance and lower total cost of ownership with predictive maintenance, you’re probably under immense pressure by your customers and competition to deliver cloud-based applications faster.
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.
3 Reasons Why Cellular IoT is Ideal for Predictive Maintenance
The rise of Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) predictive maintenance has led many manufacturers and system integrators to search for more simple, secure, and reliable ways to connect industrial equipment to factory networks. However, deploying effective predictive maintenance applications requires you to overcome significant hurdles – creating reliable machine connections to factory networks, translating between multiple industrial communication protocols, and hardening unsecure factory devices.
IoT in Healthcare: How IoMT Connectivity Is Revolutionizing Medicine
Health-related data informs personal and professional healthcare decisions and can even trigger emergency services. In many cases, receiving healthcare data in a timely manner is a matter of life and death.
All You Need to Know About 5G Small Cell
We are still years away from seeing widespread 5G coverage throughout the globe. But 5G small cells are helping operators deliver 5G service where it’s needed most, extending and improving coverage to more localized areas.
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.
IoT vs. M2M: What’s the Difference?
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication have been around for years. This technology has revolutionized the way we do everything from agriculture and manufacturing to healthcare, transportation, and payment processing. Connecting sensors with electronic devices and applications enables consumers and businesses alike to automate processes and trigger actions based on data.
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.
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).
LTE-M vs NB-IoT: 5 Considerations for Your IoT Solutions
With 2G- and 3G phaseout accelerating globally, LTE-M and NB-IoT are positioned as future-proof alternatives for cellular IoT. Both technologies fall into Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) category, bringing enhanced coverage, longer battery life, and reduced costs compared to previous cellular generations.
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.
Narrowband: 7 things IoT manufacturers should consider
Many IoT device manufacturers are currently looking closely at Cellular Narrowband technologies such as NB-IoT and Cat M1 which promise significantly lower energy consumption. With the substantial increase of battery life to more than 10 years, many no-touch IoT applications become viable at an affordable cost. Although Cellular Narrowband has been heavily promoted during the last years by many operators, we have yet to see widespread adoption. In this article, we outline 7 reasons why device manufacturers are still not taking advantage of NB-IoT.
Regular SIM VS IoT SIM for enterprises
In this blog post we will discuss what is the difference between a regular smartphone SIM and one made for IoT/enterprise use cases and how using made-for-enterprise SIMs can save your business time and money.
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.
An Introduction to Cloud Native Applications
Simply deploying your application in the cloud doesn’t make it cloud native. Cloud native applications are built from the ground up to leverage the strengths of cloud computing — such as its on-demand availability, continuous delivery, and scalability.
How to Secure an IoT Network with OpenVPN
What is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) enables encrypted, targeted transmission of data over public networks such as the Internet. It establishes protected and self-contained networks with various end devices. A frequent application is the connection of home offices or mobile employees.
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 to Prevent SIM Card Misuse in IoT Devices
Cellular connectivity is a great way to connect your devices to an application in the cloud. The device works right away at the customer site without any additional network hardware and securely connects anywhere in the world. What’s more, including connectivity in your service offering also provides an additional customer-perceived value to your service delivery.
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.
Secure your SIMs by enabling IMEI lock
When configuring an Endpoint (via the emnify user interface (EUI) or the RESTful API), emnify customers have the possibility to activate the IMEI lock. The IMEI is a unique serial number that the manufacturer assigns to cellular devices to identify devices connected to a GSM network. The IMEI lock option allows emnify users to lock the use of a SIM specifically to a device, indicated by its IMEI number. That way, even if an attacker has gained access to your device, there is no possibility to misuse your SIM by inserting it into another device.
4G versus 5G – A paradigm shift in mobile communications?
Although 4G / LTE networks are yet to have full global coverage, 5G technology is already advancing. The first 5G radio masts have been installed across multiple countries, ready to supply the world with a new high-speed network. However, what is the difference between 4G vs 5G and can the 5G standard meet its own requirements? To really understand 4G vs 5G we must take a look at the core of 5G and make necessary comparisons with 4G.
Seven Smart Ways to Use Cellular IoT in Application Development
When comparing cellular IoT software development with previous classic development scenarios, developers in today's IoT era are faced with new and complex technical and methodological challenges that can be difficult to recognize at first glance. Ensuring software quality can quickly become a hurdle. Incorrect architecture decisions lead to software and security risks that can be difficult to maintain. The consequences: high costs and reduced competitiveness.
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.
Borderless opportunity: scaling IoT connectivity for global use
IoT networks only develop their full potential when scaled for global use. However, some measures must be put in place to enable successful and adequate IoT scaling. The Internet of Things is growing steadily – as the number of networked devices continues to grow, the amount of applications and data processed increases exponentially. Such significant growth naturally calls for scalability – now one of the essential elements of any competitive IoT device solution.
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.
emnify Connectivity integration into AWS IoT Core
When developing IoT applications, enterprises need to integrate several different components for launching a service – cellular connectivity to connect the devices, security, message brokering, firmware updates, data management and analysis, and application logic. Amazon Web Services (AWS) have become a standard for developing IoT applications because all components are offered as easy-to-integrate services that provide fast time-to-market, supported by a scalable, reliable backend. This article describes how a NB-IoT / CAT-M device with emnify IoT SIMs can be integrated in AWS IoT Core and is accompanied by an example of using a dash button.
IoT Security for SMS: Peer-to-Peer & Application-to-Peer Messaging
EMnify now offers enhanced SMS options for customers in the form of peer-to-peer (P2P) and application-to-peer (A2P) messaging. Combining these options increases flexibility and security for device configuration and communication. SMS is an important feature for IoT and M2M developers and enterprises: is the only communication channel that works on every cellular-enabled device, on every network, and with full visibility of delivery status. SMS also works in areas of weak radio reception, and when a device is roaming. Although a single SMS is limited to 160 characters, multiple SMS can be logically grouped into one, making longer commands and message exchanges possible. Both P2P and A2P messaging are necessary in IoT and M2M depending on the use case. P2P messaging could be required for an IoT device that sends alerts directly to the end user, such as a home smoke detector. A2P messaging would be more beneficial in use cases where data being sent to or from the device was controlled at the enterprise level, such as pipeline monitoring alerts. In this blog post, we will explore both P2P and A2P messaging options, highlight security factors that should be taken into consideration, and share how customers can easily utilize one or both on the emnify platform. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Messaging P2P is the exchange of SMS between devices. Devices address each other via telephone numbers (MSISDNs). P2P is the type of SMS that is sent between two mobile phones, and which consumers are most familiar with through basic text messages and group chats. P2P works through the default configuration in any cellular-enabled device, with no additional integration or setup required. P2P messaging has limitations within an IoT and M2M context. First, automation is not possible. For example, if 10,000 devices need to be configured by SMS, manually keying in and sending a message to each of these devices would be incredibly difficult. Second, there is limited throughput of about 6 SMS per minute. If a number of messages needed to be sent, such as a series of alerts from a device, the messages could be delayed. Most importantly, there are security issues surrounding P2P messaging, especially for IoT and M2M data of a sensitive nature. P2P messaging exposes devices to incoming messages from outside numbers - anyone in the world can access the device, sending commands and potentially changing the configuration settings. Building a secure SMS firewall is challenging without a robust service management platform like emnify. Application-to-Peer Messaging A2P is the exchange of SMS between a device and an application. Applications will connect to the device via an API, the emnify SMS console, or SMPP protocol (through the emnify SMS service center (SMSC)). Typically devices will address a Short Code to reach the application, which is a private number used to send SMS (3-6 digits) and is allocated by the customer. A2P works through the default configuration in any cellular-enabled device, although the application it communicates with must be set up separately. A2P messaging is fully trackable, with oversight on the delivery status of a message. On the emnify platform, message status can be monitored through the emnify User Interface (EUI) SMS console and through the customer’s own application. Messages are instantly delivered through the emnify platform to a device that is attached to our network. A2P messages can be automated, which means customers with large numbers of deployments can easily configure their devices over-the-air. emnify SMS structure for A2P & P2P messaging. Increased security through SMS firewall Increasing Security through the emnify SMS Firewall In general, A2P messaging is more secure than P2P, which has protection drawbacks. However, emnify is working to make both A2P and P2P messaging more secure by enabling our customers to control who their devices are allowed to communicate with. As mentioned previously, P2P by default is an open messaging system and has no built-in verification of the authenticity of the sender, which means anyone with the MSISDN of the device can send messages to it and the originating address can easily be spoofed. Any system relying on the originating address for authentication are open to attacks by an SMS impersonating an authenticated phone number. However, emnify has enabled an SMS Firewall which means our customers have more control over device communication. Depending on the use case, customers can choose to: Enable open P2P communication Send P2P messages only to other customer devices (with emnify MSISDNs) Send P2P messages only to non-customer devices (non-emnify MSISDNs) Block any incoming P2P SMS to the device (i.e., mobile terminated/MT) Block any P2P SMS being sent from the device (i.e., mobile originated/MO) Block all P2P SMS from device to avoid any SMS-related charges A2P messaging on the emnify platform is a closed communication system between a customer’s device and a customer’s application. Messages are directly routed (not through a 3rd party) and there is no access permitted outside of the customer device, customer application, and the emnify platform. A2P messages are sent and received via a RestAPI, emnify SMS console or SMPP protocol 3.4, both of which are set up and managed by the customer. Depending on the use case, customers can choose to: Send messages directly to customer devices (with emnify MSISDNs) Send messages directly to non-customer devices (non-emnify MSISDNs) Block all SMS from device to avoid any SMS-related charges emnify customers can choose to have P2P enabled, A2P enabled, both P2P and A2P enabled, or SMS blocked account settings. If you would like to switch your current SMS account settings, please contact our support team at support.mnify.com.
Enhance IoT Security & Optimize Data with a VPN
Security in the world of IoT is a hot topic. Although a combination of different security protocols is necessary to ensure data protection (e.g., firewalls, compliance engines, etc), securing the information as it travels over the internet should be a top priority. A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a technology that creates a secure network within the internet to which users and M2M/IoT devices (or endpoints) are connected. Without a VPN, data is transferred openly through the public internet, and is susceptible to security violations such as eavesdropping, information leakage and hacking. By using a VPN, you are contributing greatly to the safe and reliable operation of M2M and IoT connected devices.
IoT and M2M – taking the world by storm
Internet of Things or simply IoT is now a commonplace term in day to day life. Concepts like the connected-home are the norm; whereas the inability to control household items remotely or monitor business assets globally is now considered abnormal. Yet it was only 16 years ago that the term IoT first came into existence; it’s hard to believe that a concept that influences so much of our everyday lives is still just in its adolescence stages.