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Managing Your Neo SIM Card States

Posted by Drew Johnson on Jun 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM
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Change Neo SIM Card StateA SIM card (subscriber identity module) is used to identify and allow users access to a wireless network. It is the gatekeeper for wireless networks and ensures every user on the network is authorized.

Most people are familiar with the SIM cards found in cell phones, but Internet of Things technology requires a different kind of SIM card, such as a Neo SIM, for hardware to transmit data. Any device’s access to a network is dependent on the SIM card state: Assigned, Provisioned, Active-Billed, Suspended, or Cancelled. Automatic and manual triggers allow Neo users to switch between each of these states. Manual triggers occur by using AerPort or programming an application using Aeris AerAdmin API, while automatic triggers occur when certain criteria or usage limits are met.

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Topics: Neo, SIM cards

The Shuttles Project - Launch and Learn

Posted by Drew Johnson on May 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM
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The Shuttles Project launch was a big hit in our building. Our Android and iOS apps had over 200 combined downloads in the first month of the official publication by just word-of-mouth without any commercial promotion.

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The Shuttles Project - Initial Success

Posted by Drew Johnson on Apr 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM
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Wondering how our parking shuttle app project turned out? In this blog series, we last looked at using Neo SIMs for connectivity combined with AerCloud to create a data model. Here's the next step...

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Activate Neo SIMs in Three Steps

Posted by Drew Johnson on Mar 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM
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Neo IoT SIMsYou’ve got your Neo SIMs – it’s easy to active them and get started with your IoT project. There’s three essential but straightforward steps to take, and then you’ll be up and running on the Internet of Things. Here’s an overview.

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Topics: AerPort, Neo

The Shuttles Project – Securing IoT Data

Posted by Drew Johnson on Dec 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM
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One of the super-powers of Aeris’ AerCloud IoT application platform is that developers can separate the data modeling and visualization development from the delivery and connection of the physical thing providing the data. Literally, in a matter of a few minutes, we were able to use the AerCloud console to create a data model and container to hold the data for our shuttle tracking project, which we started building in our last blog post

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The Shuttles Project – Building an IoT Transportation Solution

Posted by Drew Johnson on Dec 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM
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shuttles-sims.jpgIn our last entry, “The Shuttles Project – Using IoT to Get to Work,” we talked about connecting the shuttles which take employees in Aeris’ building back and forth to an off-site car parking lot. We mentioned that this is an ideal use case for an Internet of Things (IoT) solution. Every IoT solution has pretty much the same ingredients:

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The Shuttles Project – Using IoT to Get to Work

Posted by Drew Johnson on Dec 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM
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shuttles1.jpgReal estate in Silicon Valley is booming. That’s true both for the housing market and for the office space market. For Aeris’ office building in Santa Clara, California, that means that the owner is breaking ground on the long-planned additional building that will occupy our current surface parking lot. For all the tenants in our building, that also means multiple years during which half of the cars must park off-site intead of right at the building. Ugh.

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How Crowdsourcing is Helping Connect the Internet of Things

Posted by Drew Johnson on Dec 1, 2014 3:18:00 PM
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Drew_Johnson_Pic1As the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications connect millions of diverse machines over networks, the goal is to make the combination of those machines greater than the sum of each type and to provide people with greater information and insight as the ecosystem expands.

To achieve this level of interconnectivity, businesses that depend on those machines need them to work reliably, securely, and cost-effectively – without human intervention. That’s where an unexpected technology function comes in to help: crowdsourcing.

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