SIM Form Factors & Material Grades: Determining the Proper SIM Card for Your Application

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Mar 8, 2018 5:00:00 AM
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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.

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Neo SIM Cards for Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Jan 4, 2018 5:00:00 AM
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When it comes to on-the-go internet, mobile wireless routers — also known as hotspots — have been filling the gap between Wi-Fi and cellular since 2009. Instead of being tethered to a Wi-Fi connection or having to browse the internet on your smartphone, hotspots give laptop and tablet users the ability to connect to the internet whenever and wherever, as long as there is cellular coverage.

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SIM Cards’ Social Impact: Changing the World with Accessible, Affordable Cellular IoT

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Dec 21, 2017 5:05:00 AM
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Cellular web networks allow for Internet connectivity even outdoors or in remote locations, and for smaller companies or startups without the resources to invest in more expensive Wi-Fi architecture Subscriber Identity Modules – better known as SIM cards – can make all the difference. Similarly, communities with limited resources can leverage SIM cards to cheaply connect everyone at a data rate within their budget. If Wi-Fi changed the world by making high-speed, reliable connections commonplace in the home, SIM cards change the world by letting everyone connect on-the-go for less, with much greater flexibility in terms of service providers, usage rates, and more. With the advent of the Internet of Things, the SIM card has emerged as the key to connectivity.  But what are some specific examples of the SIM card’s impact on our world?

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Robots that Matter: Emerging Applications for SIM Card Controlled Robotic Systems

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Dec 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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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. 

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Build a Better Aquarium: Automating your Saltwater and Freshwater Tanks with Cellular IoT

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Nov 16, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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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.

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Five SIM Card-Enabled IoT Applications for Pyrotechnic Fireworks Displays

Posted by Carmi Brandis on Nov 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM
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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.

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What Is LTE?

Posted by Syed Zaeem "Z" Hosain on Jul 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM
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Neo LTEMany smartphone users are already familiar with LTEor 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.

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Topics: LTE, SIM cards

IoT SIM Cards vs. Cell Phone SIMs

Posted by Dayna Verstegen on Jun 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM
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IoT SIM CardsYou 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.

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Topics: IoT, SIM cards

How to Read Your Neo Bill

Posted by Kody Betonte on Jun 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM
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Neo Sample BillAre 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.

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Topics: Neo, SIM cards

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