You don’t have to be a software engineer to understand the Internet of Things. Below you’ll find simple, non-technical explanations of key IoT concepts you need to know.
What Is Satellite IoT? Closing Gaps in Global Connectivity
According to some estimates, more than 6,000 satellites orbit the Earth—around 3,000 of which are in LEO. Many of these satellites are owned by the same entities, enabling corporations and government agencies to network them together. While most people are familiar with satellite applications like GPS tracking, this technology has only recently been leveraged for other networking applications like Internet access.
What Is M2M Technology? The Power of Connectivity
M2M technology has been around for decades. The concept was introduced back in 1968, when Theodore Paraskevako conceived of a way for telephones to exchange caller information, representing the first instance of machine-to-machine communication.
IoE vs. IoT: What’s the Difference?
Whether you’re an IoT manufacturer or simply exploring this ever-growing branch of modern technology, it helps to be familiar with IoE and understand how it differs from IoT. In this article, we’ll clarify the difference. But first, let’s take a closer look at each of these terms.
What Is an IoT Gateway?
Some IoT devices, like smart meters, are often so distributed that they’re difficult to access, and they need to last for many years in the field. So manufacturers give them minimal capabilities and optimize them for maximum battery life. In cases like this, an IoT gateway enables the devices in the field to remain secure throughout their lifecycle and communicate with the utility provider’s analytics and billing applications.
What Is an IoT Router?
Whether you’re an Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturer or a business that relies on IoT devices, it’s crucial to understand the difference between a commercial-grade IoT router and the typical routers you’ll find at a consumer electronics store. For example, in oil & gas fields, manufacturing facilities, or other Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications, there’s too much at stake to risk losing connectivity or creating network vulnerabilities by using the same tech a consumer might have in their home.
Remote SIM Provisioning: Change SIM Profiles Over-the-Air
While remote SIM provisioning has been widely adopted for use in cell phones, in the Internet of Things (IoT), adoption has lagged behind.
PTCRB: Certify Your Cellular Devices for NA Markets
Members of the PTCRB facilitate tests according to the certification program. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) manages and supervises PTCRB certification. Once a cellular device passes the necessary tests, one of three reporting bodies (CTIA, TÜV SÜD, or TAF) will assign it an International Mobile Equipment Identifier (IMEI), which tells North American cellular operators that the device is PTCRB certified (and therefore compatible with their network).