Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards are essential for Internet of Things and machine-to-machine operations because without them no data could be collected and catalogued over cellular networks, of course. Since the objective of IoT is to remotely gather information from objects not typically connected to digital monitoring and internet access, IoT could not exist without SIM card technology. The range of applications for IoT/M2M SIM cards spans the entire physical world. Any object requiring attention and study can be tracked with a SIM card. Here are some of the most common uses of IoT/M2M SIMs.
IoT/M2M SIMs and GPS
One of the most widespread uses of SIM cards in IoT is for tracking objects, people, and pets using GPS. Knowing the physical location of something is important for both commercial and personal purposes. For example, businesses that regularly accept shipments from across state or country lines can use products like TrackerSense with embedded IoT/M2M SIMs to track the location of their shipments and goods. This tracking information allows companies to make important business decisions such as ensuring they have enough staff on hand to process and stock the shipment. IoT/M2M SIMS for personal tracking can help find lost pets, items like bicycles or a kid’s backpack, or even family members with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, such as with the SmartSole product by GTX.
Payment Processing via IoT/M2M SIMs
Small businesses find the expense and operation of credit card and merchant processors can be outdated and cumbersome. There are contracts to fill out and bulky equipment that doesn’t feel cutting edge. IoT SIM cards allow businesses to process credit cards with wireless Point-of-Sale (POS) systems such as those offered by Acceptacard, so people can shop easily in both brick-and-mortar locations and open markets. This lowers the upfront costs for retailers while establishing secure connectivity to banking and credit card institutions. Apps such as Square and PayPal can process a credit card directly from a cell phone for small transactions, while IoT-connected card readers may be separate machines that use IoT/M2M SIMs, for faster processing demand and higher customer confidence.
IoT/M2M SIMs and Resource Management
Cities, schools, and businesses all create waste that needs to be disposed of properly, but it’s inefficient and costly for both organizations and trash collectors to continually empty receptacles that are only half-filled. By monitoring trash cans and dumpsters via tools like PragmaTech’s Pandora system that uses IoT-connected SIM cards, businesses and civic workers can see how full waste receptacles are and then have them emptied at the appropriate, thus time saving money and resources.
Another way IoT/M2M SIM cards help manage resources is through water with systems such as Detectronic’s intelligent flood and sewage network control. Municipalities and utility companies are able to monitor sewage and water pipelines with IoT/M2M SIM cards. This allows water managers to monitor miles of distant pipes to make sure there are no blockages that could lead to flooding or unsafe work conditions. These IoT-connected systems can also help communities conserve water during droughts.
Smart Parking With IoT/M2M SIMs
Business owners and communities are using IoT/M2M SIM cards to make parking in congested areas less of a hassle. By transmitting information about available and occupied car parking spaces from parking terminals and meters to smart phone apps, citizens and customers can spend less time looking for a place to park their cars and more time in shops and restaurants and enjoying city activities. Smart parking shows drivers where they can legally park, while increasing quality of life and revenue for municipalities and retailers.
As you plan a new IoT/M2M project or update your existing program and consider how to best deploy your SIMs, it’s critical to understand the global state of 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G connectivity. Those IoT/M2M SIMs won’t work without the right network and capacity for your business needs. Our whitepaper will help you understand the options available today.