When a company decides to deploy a SIM-enabled IoT connectivity solution, it usually comes from a wide-ranging need for field asset management. Typically, after experiencing positive growth in their market, business leaders should put aside tools that are insufficient, unwieldy, or obsolete to ensure continued growth. SIM technology presents a simple, yet powerful, solution to monitor activity, diagnose anomalies, and take steps to achieve the most beneficial outcome for a business’ assets.
When purchasing SIM cards for the development of an M2M application, there are a few questions that any IoT developer needs to ask: Within what environment will the device typically operate? What is the size of the device in which the SIM card will be used? And what material grade — standard or industrial — is ideal for maximum durability? For business owners applying a ready-made IoT solution to optimize operations, these developer determinations will act as a SIM card purchasing guide to achieve the best use of a device’s M2M connectivity. In order to make SIM card purchasing decisions, it is important for developers and business owners alike to understand the advantages associated with different SIM card sizes and material grades, and how each can best be used to create and implement innovative IoT solutions.
With the advent of augmented reality, smartphone apps, and tech-driven art, artists, museums, and galleries are finding new ways to make their exhibits more interactive, and with good reason. There are more than 35,000 museums in the U.S. according to the Washington Post, so to truly stand out, artists and exhibitors must bring something unique to the table.
From automotive telematics and fleet management systems to in-home healthcare services, Machine to Machine (M2M) communication is a key aspect of the emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market sector. According to CISCO, 27.1 billion networked devices and connections will serve 4.6 billion users globally by the year 2021, and these devices will greatly depend on M2M communication to perform their functions.
“More than one million known species of plants and animals [exist in the world’s oceans], and scientists say there may be as many as nine million species we haven’t discovered yet” writes Discovery Education. These astonishing numbers grow even higher if we consider all the aquatic life in the world’s rivers, seas, lakes, and swamps. But despite this wealth of life, around “2,300 species are listed as endangered or threatened” according to NOAA Fisheries. This number is likely to grow as the impact of human activity on aquatic habitats worsens. Our oceans are polluted and often dangerous for the wildlife that once enjoyed their bounty, with around “5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean as of 2015” according to National Geographic.
Cellular-based IoT applications are bound only by the strength of the imagination. With the right idea and a little ingenuity, start-up companies and hobbyists are using SIM technology to make useful products that gather information on easy to access cloud-based portals. The diverse data gathered by these devices have helped users streamline production processes, monitor service conditions, address problems before they start, or simply protect their belongings when they aren’t around.
The upcoming rollout of 5G cellular networks (2020) is expected to be a huge leap forward in the way we use connected devices. It’s projected that 5G will allow for individual download speeds of 1 Gigabit per second, with latency speeds of less than a millisecond. According to Gartner, an estimated 20.8 billion internet-enabled devices will be in service worldwide by 2020, many of which will utilize the 5G network. To handle all that speed and connectivity, companies are expected to invest upwards of $275 billion into revamped infrastructure within the next decade, according to a report published by Accenture.
The SIM card’s key function is in its name: the Subscriber Identity Module. It stores information that is used to identify and authenticate users, and to connect devices to the Global System of Mobile Communications (GSM). GSM has been the standard for cellular communications since the introduction of 2G, and advances in SIM card technology have followed closely behind advances in GSM.
IoT-enabled wearables, which include everything from smart glasses to fitness trackers, are rapidly becoming popular in both the business and consumer markets. And this is not some passing fad. Businesses are realizing significant cost savings, as well as enhanced productivity, once wearables are introduced into their ecosystems. Consumers are equally enthusiastic. Most see wearables as a natural extension of their cell phones, and something they can’t live without. In fact, research by Ericsson showed that two out of five users of wearables honestly feel naked without them. Even better, the wearables market is just in its infancy, and that means there truly is unlimited potential for a technology that, conceivably, could unseat smartphone dominance.