Robots are everywhere, and they’re here to help! While they haven’t achieved sentience yet and may not look like the androids promised in science-fiction films, today’s robots still are incredibly useful for an astonishing range of tasks. Serving humanity in a variety of shapes and sizes, our automated friends can perform jobs ranging from complex manufacturing processes and medical procedures to simple monitoring and delivery services.
The New York Times estimates that there are approximately 700,000 home saltwater aquariums in the United States. When maintained responsibly with specimens obtained from ethical vendors, aquariums can be a great way to learn more about the biodiversity of our planet. Long-time fish owners understand the special wonder of bringing the ocean into their home, and those building an aquarium for the first time are sure to quickly become enchanted with their watery pets.
Pyrotechnic displays can be amazing to watch but, as with any explosion, there are many safety concerns and potential hindrances to watch out for. In 2016 alone, 11,000 fireworks injuries were reported in the U.S. according to the Insurance Journal. While most of these injuries resulted from misuse and user failure in backyards across the nation, even fireworks professionals are not exempt from risk.
Many smartphone users are already familiar with LTE—or Long Term Evolution, typically referred to as a Fourth Generation (4G) mobile connectivity technology. Now, Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications devices are getting onboard with LTE. In much of the world, this wireless standard has superseded the older, slower standards of 2G and 3G for mobile phones, with over 75% penetration across the US, Europe, and especially in Asia. LTE was designed to use a new protocol called Orthogonal Frequency Domain Multiple Access (OFDMA), and it has many advantages for IoT/M2M that are just now becoming apparent.
You may be familiar with SIM (subscriber identity module) cards found in cell phones, but did you know SIM cards are also used to serve a range of applications other than mobile phone usage and tracking? The purpose of SIM cards is to access wireless networks and transmit data, which makes them a cornerstone in the development of Internet of Things technology. Due to the elaborate and industrious nature of IoT, the applications an IoT SIM card must endure are much more rigorous and taxing than the abuse an average cell phone takes, presenting new challenges for the card itself.
Are you a new Neo customer? You may be wondering how to understand the monthly bill you receive for Neo’s self-serve IoT connectivity. It’s pretty simple, but it’s also worth taking a careful look at each line-item to make sure you know what each charge is. So let’s review.
A 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.