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Remote monitoring systems have given pest-control agencies near-real-time visibility into the status of animal traps, reducing fuel and labor costs.
By Mary Catherine O’Connor

Jan 25, 2016

Pest-control technicians who work for municipalities, government agencies or private firms spend a great deal of time behind the wheel of a vehicle. In compliance with state and federal animal welfare regulations, the technicians must regularly visit any animal traps they have set—in some cases, as frequently as every 12 hours—in order to check whether the target animal (or perhaps an unintended target) has been caught.

Of course, a good portion of those miles (and corresponding gallons of spent fuel) are wasted, since traps often remain empty for many days. But as it has with so many unlikely niche sectors, as wide-ranging as trash hauling and heating fuel tank management, Internet of Things technology is offering a path to more efficient workflows.

This racoon trap (which weighs 8 pounds and measures 27 inches by 10 inches by 10 inches) has an OmniM2M sensor mounted on top of it.

“Traps with monitoring systems started coming on the market about three to four years ago,” explains Greg Smith, who owns the Tomahawk Live Trap Co. Tomahawk is a Wisconsin-based vendor of live traps and accessories, which it sells to animal-control agencies, wildlife services and the U.S. military. Live traps, also known as cage traps, are designed to capture creatures without harming them, so they can be safely released into the wild or returned to their owners. Smith has recently collaborated with OmniM2M, a Seattle-based firm that sells remote monitoring solutions for animal-control services, as well as remote temperature- and tank-monitoring systems for a variety of other applications, to offer Tomahawk traps with integrated wireless monitoring.

The resulting product sports a ZigBee sensor unit that monitors the cage’s trap door and communicates with a gateway from up to 100 yards indoors. The gateway, which can be paired with up to 18 sensors (and, therefore, 18 traps), contains a cellular modem that transmits a message to a cloud-based server to indicate that a trap has been shut, along with the trap’s identifier. From there, the server can send a text or e-mail message to the technician assigned to manage that trap.

“When a trap is triggered, a magnet separates [from the door], and that causes the sensorto send a signal to the gateway,” Smith explains. This sensor unit is small enough to be mounted on most of the traps Tomahawk sells. “There is no limit, really. We can affix thesensor to anything from a 6-foot-long dog trap to 5-by-5 gopher trap—it will work on about 95 percent of our traps.” That remaining five percent includes only the smallest rodent traps he sells, which does not bode well for, in fact, making a better mouse trap. But as sensor manufacturers continue to make ever-smaller devices in the years to come, that is bound to change.

Tomahawk is selling the gateway for $250, while each sensor unit costs $200. In addition to the hardware costs, customers will need to purchase a cellular subscription for each gateway, for which Tomahawk is charging a monthly fee of $30. Other companies that offer remote monitoring for live traps require customers to pay for year-long cellular subscriptions, Smith says, which does not make financial sense for all of his customers. “Especially ones that do not do much business during winter months,” he notes.

Tomahawk previously offered a remote monitoring service through a different technology partner whose sensors did not communicate wirelessly to their gateway, but rather required a wired connection. This meant technicians had a harder time setting up the traps, he r. Plus, the previous partner acted as the main customer-service contact for Tomahawk’s customers, which made Smith feel out of the loop and unable to directly address any issues those customers might have had with remote monitoring system.

Now, Smith and his associates can help customers set up and maintain their remote monitoring system directly. “Within our cloud-based software, Greg can manage his own accounts. He can go in and set up a customer with the cellular service,” says Gary Schmidt, OmniM2M’s managing director. “This way, Tomahawk can go in and sell the service themselves and manage the workflow, and then OmniM2M provides support to Tomahawk if they need it.”

Smith chimes in: “And we like that a lot.”

In addition, a pest-control agency can use the OmniM2M software to send an electronic registration to local regulators that require reporting on each live trap deployed. Once the trap is collected and the live animal is removed from the premises and released, the technician can use the software to issue a final report to the regulator.

Smith says his customers’ customers like the notion that a live trap with a monitoring system can ensure that animals caught in the trap will be attended to as soon as possible. “You can’t imagine how upset [their] customers can get about trapping and [the potential] cruelty to animals,” he adds.

New Frequency, a Georgia-based firm, sells live animal traps with remote monitoring capabilities, under the Trap-Alert brand, using wired sensors. New Jersey-based Trap Smart also sells a wired sensor solution.

 

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Tomahawk and OmniM2M announce partnership to bring the power of IoT to Animal trapping http://omnim2m.com/tomahawk-omnim2m-announce-partnership-bring-power-iot-animal-trapping/ http://omnim2m.com/tomahawk-omnim2m-announce-partnership-bring-power-iot-animal-trapping/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2016 02:53:19 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12726 Hazelhurst WI & Bellevue WA, Feb 15, 2016:: Tomahawk Live Trap LLC and OmniM2M, Inc. are  announcing a broad partnership that will integrate OmniM2M’s leading edge technical solutions with the animal traps built by Tomahawk. These integrated products will result in a huge productivity boost along with a significant positive financial impact. “We aspire to […]

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Hazelhurst WI & Bellevue WA, Feb 15, 2016:: Tomahawk Live Trap LLC and OmniM2M, Inc. are  announcing a broad partnership that will integrate OmniM2M’s leading edge technical solutions with the animal traps built by Tomahawk. These integrated products will result in a huge productivity boost along with a significant positive financial impact.

“We aspire to exceed our customer’s expectations by providing them with the highest quality humane animal control products available. OmniM2M’s technology will allow Tomahawk to extend our product line and continue innovating for the benefit of our customers/users” said Greg Smith, CEO of Tomahawk Live Trap.

This integrated product is going to be on display at Tomahawk’s booth at the NPMA’s Wildlife expo in Las Vegas Jan 15-17. At the show, attendees will be able to see the benefits of the integrated solution.

The OmniM2M solution includes a comprehensive set of features including cloud based software, hardware sensors and cellular connectivity. The system generates alerts when the traps are setup and/or when an animal is caught. Users can check for alerts on any of the traps on a variety of screens – PC, tablet or mobile. The user experience is very intuitive and easy allowing for non-tech users to setup and operate the system. Since the trap triggers an alert when an animal is caught, the cages can be used a lot more often. The process is also a lot more humane as the animals are released from the cages in a much shorter amount of time.

“We are excited to partner with Tomahawk” said Gary Schmidt, Managing Director at OmniM2M. “OmniM2M’s innovative technology coupled with Tomahawk’s industry leading traps represent a win for our user community”.

With this partnership, Tomahawk continues its tradition of innovation and bringing exciting new products to the trapping business. OmniM2M has been very focused on finding the right partners in this segment, and Tomahawk provides a great way to scale up this this business in a significant way.

The Tomahawk Live Trap team is committed to providing the highest quality animal traps . These traps, made for animals of all sizes,  are great for professionals and consumers who want the job done right.The traps are made in Wisconsin and have a strong following in the animal trapping community.

OmniM2M offers a device and carrier independent software platform for the IoT/M2M business. The Animal trapping solution focuses on device management, cloud based software and  connectivity to other environments. The company is also building an analytics engine that will help the user community make better decision based on of all the data that is generated.

Contact:

Tomahawk

trapem@livetrap.com

www.LiveTrap.com

1-800-272-8727

 

OmniM2M

Marketing@OmniM2M.com

www.OmniM2M.com

+1 (425)278-4090

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OmniM2M launches global platform for M2M as a Service http://omnim2m.com/omnim2m-launches-global-platform-for-m2m-as-a-service/ http://omnim2m.com/omnim2m-launches-global-platform-for-m2m-as-a-service/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2016 02:52:10 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12724 Seattle – June 17, 2014:: OmniM2M LLC is announcing its launch within the rapidly growing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) or IoT sector. The company’s offering includes a complete software stack, hardware devices & sensors, and global services & support. The users get the full value of the solution on a subscription basis. Bleeding edge technology coupled with […]

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Seattle – June 17, 2014:: OmniM2M LLC is announcing its launch within the rapidly growing Machine-to-Machine (M2M) or IoT sector. The company’s offering includes a complete software stack, hardware devices & sensors, and global services & support. The users get the full value of the solution on a subscription basis.

Bleeding edge technology coupled with innovative business models have been a huge hit with customers and partners. Bringing the managed service mindset to the M2M business is transformative !!

OmniM2M offers a device and carrier independent software platform for the M2M business. The solution focuses on device management, algorithmic decision making and connectivity to other environments. The company is also building an analytics engine that will help the user community make sense of all the data that is generated. In addition to the OmniM2M software solution, the company has established partnership with Hardware companies and carriers that enable OmniM2M to be a single stop solution for most M2M/IoT needs.

Ajay Sikka, CEO of OmniM2M: ”The potential of M2M is great and we believe that now is the time to make a move. The market is now ready for a broad roll-out, as more and more companies see how they can connect Hardware, Software, communication services with their business processes – with cost savings and new revenue streams as a result.”

The OmniM2M leadership team includes a lot of experience building businesses. The company is led by Ajay Sikka, Gary Schmidt and Steve Berry. The leaders and other members of the team bring multiple decades of experience in technology, M2M/IoT, Marketing and Sales to the mix. The team has been driving great results since the venture was incubated 6 months ago.

OmniM2M was incubated inside Ci2i Services, Inc.- One of the fastest growing companies as rated by Inc. 500/5000 and the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Contact

Marketing@OmniM2M.com

(425)278-4090

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The Urban Internet of Things: Surveying Innovations Across City Systems http://omnim2m.com/the-urban-internet-of-things-surveying-innovations-across-city-systems/ http://omnim2m.com/the-urban-internet-of-things-surveying-innovations-across-city-systems/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2015 21:32:32 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12540 The Internet of Things is everywhere, with sensors and communication technologies embedded in all the materials of daily life. Today, the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) is also everywhere: it is has become one of the most widely-discussed concepts of the digital age, driving major changes across industries from marketing to renewable energy. The total number of IoT connections is predicted to increase four-fold by 2020. As the IoT mentality gains momentum, cities are finding innovative ways to take advantage of the increasingly networked physical world.

What is the Internet of Things? IoT brings formerly inert objects into the dynamic world of information technology. It encompasses a range of technologies, from sensors that monitor environmental conditions to RFID tags that can allow users to interact with objects. In the world of IoT, everything produces data that can be gathered and analyzed. Once-passive objects become dynamic, capable of conducting remote updates and on-the-fly improvements. Fundamentally, IoT means a shift from reactive to proactive systems; from delayed problem management to automatic sense-and-respond capabilities.

Driven by the declining cost of sensors and government’s focus on improving efficiency and service, IoT is allowing cities to transition towards real-time data-driven management across urban systems, including water, energy, waste, and transportation. The most basic IoT tools have been around for years, includingconnected streetlights, which switch off when no one is present to conserve energy, or send automatic notifications when a light has gone out. Building on these basic lessons, cities are expanding their IoT programs to enhance complex urban infrastructure.

CITY SYSTEMS

Cities are expected to spend $41 trillion on IoT technologies in the next 20 years. In the pursuit of smarter, more responsive city services, local governments have partnered with startups and major technology companies to begin experimenting with IoT across all dimensions of urban life.

Energy: The smart grid is one of the most well-developed and widely recognized IoT systems. Smart grids rely on smart meters, which relay information about a building’s energy usage back to a central management system, in order to efficiently allocate resources. Smart grids can be used to identify and address outages and promote conservation through demand-based pricing. Moreover, smart grid technology is essential to the integration of sustainable energy sources into the mainstream energy grid.

In addition to benefiting cities, new devices are also bringing the benefits of energy-related IoT to consumers. Citizens can reduce their energy bills with devices like Nest, which can sense when someone is home and adjust temperatures automatically, and the smart-me, which allows users to monitor energy use, turn off unused devices, and manage the temperature in a home or office from a smartphone.

Environmental conditions: Chicago’s Array of Things and Dublin’s CityWatch are models for the deployment of citywide sensor networks. Partnering with research institutions and corporations, these cities are installing sensors on lampposts to monitor environmental conditions including temperature, noise, and air quality. The government and its partners will use the data to manage incidents, identify patterns in microclimates, and make predictions about vehicle and pedestrian congestion. Moreover, these systems feed data into open data portals, where it is available to the public, allowing citizens to take part in tracking and responding to local environmental issues.

Water: Many cities face severe problems with water, whether they experience too much or too little rain. In California, local governments are using IoT to developinnovative ways to plan and manage irrigation, facilitating extensive water conservation and more effectively allocating their scarce resources. Other areas struggle to address flooding and wastewater management during storms. Without proper planning, cities are often forced them to dump raw sewage into local waterways. With the help of IoT, local authorities are learning to prepare for storms more effectively. Using tools developed by Opti, American cities can draw together systems that monitor the weather and those that control rainwater storage to determine when to hold onto water supplies and when to make room for new rainfall. With appropriate planning, cities can reduce overflow in combined sewers and minimize the pollution of waterways.

Citizens are also taking advantage of distributed sensor networks to plan for flooding. The citizen-led Oxford Flood Network has developed a system of sensors to gather data on water level from stream and groundwater sources and anticipate flood incidents. The system relies on sensors that use ultrasonic rangefinders, positioned above local waterways, to measure changes in the water level and indicate flood risks. The network makes use of TV whitespace between channels—made available by the local telecom provider—to transmit data, making information publicly available in real time.

Waste: Although waste management is traditionally a hands-on service, IoT companies are developing two-way communication tools to reduce labor and increase the efficiency of waste management systems. Among several companies that are working on innovative approaches to trash collection and monitoring, Big Belly has emerged as a leader. The company’s sensor-enabled trash receptacles measure waste levels in public bins and compact trash to reduce overflow. The bins share the data with local authorities, allowing them to enhance efficiency by planning collection routes where and when pickup is needed. The same logic is being extended to the home, with Enevo offering home trash monitoring to facilitate efficient collection.

Public transit: The IoT mentality has become an integral part of public transit, where many riders can now follow buses online through GPS or note the minutes until the next train. Some cities are taking the next steps in wiring their transit systems, like London, which has deployed an extensive sensor network throughout the Underground to monitor environmental conditions and detect systems in need of maintenance.

Mass transit IoT is also being adopted by regional train systems. Until recently, railways were unable to take advantage of sophisticated collision avoidance systems, like those used by airplanes and ships, because the nature of railroad tracks inevitably steered trains within inches of one another. The Rail Collision Avoidance System has made this possible by combining GPS and movement data. RCAS monitors trains in the local network and informs conductors if a train is approaching on the same track, helping the railways become even safer.

Parking: One of the most popular IoT applications is the use of sensors to track the availability of parking spaces. The search for parking in busy urban centers is frustrating for the driver, intensifies congestion on the roads, and increases pollution from circling cars. Moreover, cities lack the real-time data that would allow them to implement demand-based pricing. A number of startups, including Streetline, are trying to enhance the parking process. These companies use sensors to determine when a car is parked in a given spot. This data can be sent directly to drivers, helping to guide them more quickly to an available spot, or to cities, which can use the data to adjust pricing based on demand.

Cars and drivers: Of all the forms of transportation, driving remains the most dangerous. Government officials are exploring ways to leverage IoT to make the roads safer by connecting the vehicle and the driver with the surrounding environment. The US Department of Transportation is testing the uses of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, enabling cars to sense and respond to possible risks on the road. Cities are also connecting to drivers within their cars: Walnut Creek, CA has implemented a system that connects with drivers’ smartphones, pushing alerts when the light changes from red to green to discourage distraction while driving.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR IOT

National leaders are beginning to gauge the importance of IoT to economic development, safety, and sustainability. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron has promoted the broad implementation of IoT in the public sector by dedicating $122 million to fund research for the development of IoT applications. TheEuropean Union is also hoping to extend the use of IoT, funding research directed at developing new IoT systems for the public good. In the US, the White House supported IoT discoveries through the Smart America Challenge, which brought together government officials, academia, and private industry to explore the potential for smarter and more responsive infrastructure.

CHALLENGES

While IoT offers unparalleled opportunities to enhance efficiency, improve public safety, and support development, it also presents several important challenges that cities will have to negotiate in order to realize these benefits.

Design and analysis together: Cities already have lots of data in their existing systems—the challenge is often that they lack the skills or the technology to use it. In order to make the Internet of Things valuable, cities must ensure that the data-gathering systems are designed together with analytics: the data that is collected should be easily understood and to put to use by the governments that collect it. In addition to enhancing the systems for data collection and analysis, governments must also focus on recruiting tech-savvy leaders who can envision and implement cutting-edge systems.

Privacy and security: Cities must take seriously their role in ensuring the privacy and security of citizen data. Unless citizens trust their governments to ensure privacy, it will become increasingly difficult for cities to get this data at all. Defense from cyberattacks is also a growing concern, particularly with regards to critical infrastructure—hacking smart meters can cost millions, but a more malicious intruder could compromise safety for residents. In order to successfully implement IoT, cities should make privacy and security a top priority.

With smart and forward-looking leadership, IoT has the potential to create a revolution in city planning and management. By embracing the potential of IoT, governments can improve service delivery, increase sustainability, and make their cities safer and more livable places for all residents.

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By Laura Adler.

The Internet of Things is everywhere, with sensors and communication technologies embedded in all the materials of daily life. Today, the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) is also everywhere: it is has become one of the most widely-discussed concepts of the digital age, driving major changes across industries from marketing to renewable energy. The total number of IoT connections is predicted to increase four-fold by 2020. As the IoT mentality gains momentum, cities are finding innovative ways to take advantage of the increasingly networked physical world.

What is the Internet of Things? IoT brings formerly inert objects into the dynamic world of information technology. It encompasses a range of technologies, from sensors that monitor environmental conditions to RFID tags that can allow users to interact with objects. In the world of IoT, everything produces data that can be gathered and analyzed. Once-passive objects become dynamic, capable of conducting remote updates and on-the-fly improvements. Fundamentally, IoT means a shift from reactive to proactive systems; from delayed problem management to automatic sense-and-respond capabilities.

Driven by the declining cost of sensors and government’s focus on improving efficiency and service, IoT is allowing cities to transition towards real-time data-driven management across urban systems, including water, energy, waste, and transportation. The most basic IoT tools have been around for years, includingconnected streetlights, which switch off when no one is present to conserve energy, or send automatic notifications when a light has gone out. Building on these basic lessons, cities are expanding their IoT programs to enhance complex urban infrastructure.

CITY SYSTEMS

Cities are expected to spend $41 trillion on IoT technologies in the next 20 years. In the pursuit of smarter, more responsive city services, local governments have partnered with startups and major technology companies to begin experimenting with IoT across all dimensions of urban life.

Energy: The smart grid is one of the most well-developed and widely recognized IoT systems. Smart grids rely on smart meters, which relay information about a building’s energy usage back to a central management system, in order to efficiently allocate resources. Smart grids can be used to identify and address outages and promote conservation through demand-based pricing. Moreover, smart grid technology is essential to the integration of sustainable energy sources into the mainstream energy grid.

In addition to benefiting cities, new devices are also bringing the benefits of energy-related IoT to consumers. Citizens can reduce their energy bills with devices like Nest, which can sense when someone is home and adjust temperatures automatically, and the smart-me, which allows users to monitor energy use, turn off unused devices, and manage the temperature in a home or office from a smartphone.

Environmental conditions: Chicago’s Array of Things and Dublin’s CityWatch are models for the deployment of citywide sensor networks. Partnering with research institutions and corporations, these cities are installing sensors on lampposts to monitor environmental conditions including temperature, noise, and air quality. The government and its partners will use the data to manage incidents, identify patterns in microclimates, and make predictions about vehicle and pedestrian congestion. Moreover, these systems feed data into open data portals, where it is available to the public, allowing citizens to take part in tracking and responding to local environmental issues.

Water: Many cities face severe problems with water, whether they experience too much or too little rain. In California, local governments are using IoT to developinnovative ways to plan and manage irrigation, facilitating extensive water conservation and more effectively allocating their scarce resources. Other areas struggle to address flooding and wastewater management during storms. Without proper planning, cities are often forced them to dump raw sewage into local waterways. With the help of IoT, local authorities are learning to prepare for storms more effectively. Using tools developed by Opti, American cities can draw together systems that monitor the weather and those that control rainwater storage to determine when to hold onto water supplies and when to make room for new rainfall. With appropriate planning, cities can reduce overflow in combined sewers and minimize the pollution of waterways.

Citizens are also taking advantage of distributed sensor networks to plan for flooding. The citizen-ledOxford Flood Network has developed a system of sensors to gather data on water level from stream and groundwater sources and anticipate flood incidents. The system relies on sensors that use ultrasonic rangefinders, positioned above local waterways, to measure changes in the water level and indicate flood risks. The network makes use of TV whitespace between channels—made available by the local telecom provider—to transmit data, making information publicly available in real time.

Waste: Although waste management is traditionally a hands-on service, IoT companies are developing two-way communication tools to reduce labor and increase the efficiency of waste management systems. Among several companies that are working on innovative approaches to trash collection and monitoring, Big Belly has emerged as a leader. The company’s sensor-enabled trash receptacles measure waste levels in public bins and compact trash to reduce overflow. The bins share the data with local authorities, allowing them to enhance efficiency by planning collection routes where and when pickup is needed. The same logic is being extended to the home, with Enevo offering home trash monitoring to facilitate efficient collection.

Public transit: The IoT mentality has become an integral part of public transit, where many riders can now follow buses online through GPS or note the minutes until the next train. Some cities are taking the next steps in wiring their transit systems, like London, which has deployed an extensive sensor network throughout the Underground to monitor environmental conditions and detect systems in need of maintenance.

Mass transit IoT is also being adopted by regional train systems. Until recently, railways were unable to take advantage of sophisticated collision avoidance systems, like those used by airplanes and ships, because the nature of railroad tracks inevitably steered trains within inches of one another. The Rail Collision Avoidance System has made this possible by combining GPS and movement data. RCAS monitors trains in the local network and informs conductors if a train is approaching on the same track, helping the railways become even safer.

Parking: One of the most popular IoT applications is the use of sensors to track the availability of parking spaces. The search for parking in busy urban centers is frustrating for the driver, intensifies congestion on the roads, and increases pollution from circling cars. Moreover, cities lack the real-time data that would allow them to implement demand-based pricing. A number of startups, includingStreetline, are trying to enhance the parking process. These companies use sensors to determine when a car is parked in a given spot. This data can be sent directly to drivers, helping to guide them more quickly to an available spot, or to cities, which can use the data to adjust pricing based on demand.

Cars and drivers: Of all the forms of transportation, driving remains the most dangerous.  Government officials are exploring ways to leverage IoT to make the roads safer by connecting the vehicle and the driver with the surrounding environment. The US Department of Transportation is testing the uses of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, enabling cars to sense and respond to possible risks on the road. Cities are also connecting to drivers within their cars: Walnut Creek, CA has implemented a system that connects with drivers’ smartphones, pushing alerts when the light changes from red to green to discourage distraction while driving.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR IOT

National leaders are beginning to gauge the importance of IoT to economic development, safety, and sustainability. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister David Cameron has promoted the broad implementation of IoT in the public sector by dedicating $122 million to fund research for the development of IoT applications. TheEuropean Union is also hoping to extend the use of IoT, funding research directed at developing new IoT systems for the public good. In the US, the White House supported IoT discoveries through the Smart America Challenge, which brought together government officials, academia, and private industry to explore the potential for smarter and more responsive infrastructure.

CHALLENGES

While IoT offers unparalleled opportunities to enhance efficiency, improve public safety, and support development, it also presents several important challenges that cities will have to negotiate in order to realize these benefits.

Design and analysis together: Cities already have lots of data in their existing systems—the challenge is often that they lack the skills or the technology to use it. In order to make the Internet of Things valuable, cities must ensure that the data-gathering systems are designed together with analytics: the data that is collected should be easily understood and to put to use by the governments that collect it. In addition to enhancing the systems for data collection and analysis, governments must also focus on recruiting tech-savvy leaders who can envision and implement cutting-edge systems.

Privacy and security: Cities must take seriously their role in ensuring the privacy and security of citizen data. Unless citizens trust their governments to ensure privacy, it will become increasingly difficult for cities to get this data at all. Defense from cyberattacks is also a growing concern, particularly with regards to critical infrastructure—hacking smart meters can cost millions, but a more malicious intruder could compromise safety for residents. In order to successfully implement IoT, cities should make privacy and security a top priority.

With smart and forward-looking leadership, IoT has the potential to create a revolution in city planning and management. By embracing the potential of IoT, governments can improve service delivery, increase sustainability, and make their cities safer and more livable places for all residents.

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History And Evolution Of Telematics http://omnim2m.com/history-and-evolution-of-telematics/ http://omnim2m.com/history-and-evolution-of-telematics/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:44:41 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12531 With the introduction of GPS technology to the public, the world of business and logistics were transformed  Informatics and telecommunications formally merged back in the 1960s when the U.S. Department of Defense developed GPS systems to track asset position and improve communication on the battlefield. Telematics gained traction among competing superpowers pursuing technology-driven warfare tactics […]

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With the introduction of GPS technology to the public, the world of business and logistics were transformed 

Informatics and telecommunications formally merged back in the 1960s when the U.S. Department of Defense developed GPS systems to track asset position and improve communication on the battlefield. Telematics gained traction among competing superpowers pursuing technology-driven warfare tactics and the innovation soon made waves across the enterprise market and the consumer sector alike. Telematics consists of three interdependent breakthroughs of the modern technology era: Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, GPS and Internet.

Milestones in the history and evolution of telematics:

1960: Introduction of GPS technologies by the U.S. Department of Defense for military and intelligence applications amid heightened Cold War in the decade. The technology was originally inspired from the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik launched in 1957.

1960s: The invention of Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), the first network to use Internet Protocol suite.

1968: M2M conceptualized by the Greek inventor and scientist Theodore G. Paraskevakos while he was working on the Caller ID technology.

1978: The term ‘Telematics’ coined in a technology development report to the French prime minister.

1988: Major EEC research programs launched to experiment vehicle telematics with the objective of improving road safety and reducing environmental impact.

1993: GPS technologies reach the consumer market as the U.S. government offers full GPS access to civilians.

Early 2000s: Enterprise-wide use of telematics technologies for use in Web-based fleet management systems with real-time information updates to remote networks. Slow tracking rates limited to one or two instances per hour.

Mid 2000s: Consumer market flooded with GPS-based vehicle navigation systems.

Late 2000s: Advancements in cloud and M2M technologies enable super-fast and precise tracking of GPS data and other sensor parameters accessible for real-time reporting.

Present: Unprecedented innovation in Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M based telematics data management capabilities for the enterprise and consumer market.

Business Implications for the Evolving Telematics Ecosystem

Present-day telematics technology is synonymous with fleet management systems and at the heart of m2m and IoT-based business model innovation. UPS may be the king of m2m, adopting m2m technologies early on to revolutionize their fleet, and drive wider adoption within other enterprise companies. IoT sensors installed in UPS vehicles produce 1.25 billion telematics records per week and include a combination of customer delivery information, driver behavioral data and other GPS-based fleet management information. Results include savings of nearly one million gallons of fuel annually, faster and more accurate delivery, enhanced resource utilization and increased revenue streams.

The consumer market itself is experiencing a similar boom with global integrated telematics to reach 88 percent for new cars by 2025 according to a recent research report. Employing commercially viable telematics strategies is key to business success in today’s ever-connected era. Advancements in M2M, GPS and sensor technologies is altering the face of competition, presenting telematics big data as one of the most valued assets for business organizations.

The technology is essentially changing the industry structure, creating new ways for companies to outperform their competition, and even spawning an entire line of business from the organization’s existing operations. However, the strategic significance of telematics goes beyond blind investments and encompasses the wider practice to reshape business operations, products, and the entire value chain.

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IoT Applications: Flexible Architectures Drive Growth http://omnim2m.com/iot-applications-flexible-architectures-driving-growth/ http://omnim2m.com/iot-applications-flexible-architectures-driving-growth/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:53:55 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12516 Just like the chameleon, IoT software architectures must be able to adapt The buzz surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) connecting virtually unlimited end-point devices is almost entirely centered around the convergence of high-speed processing, intelligent gadgetry, ubiquitous connectivity and massive bandwidth. However, the expansive vision of advanced IoT applications and the promised rewards are increasingly […]

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Just like the chameleon, IoT software architectures must be able to adapt

The buzz surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) connecting virtually unlimited end-point devices is almost entirely centered around the convergence of high-speed processing, intelligent gadgetry, ubiquitous connectivity and massive bandwidth. However, the expansive vision of advanced IoT applications and the promised rewards are increasingly dependent on capabilities of IoT software solutions, platforms and middleware blending high-profile IoT hardware technologies to enhance functionality and deliver the desired results.

A typical enterprise IoT use case involves a myriad of sensors, data loggers and gadgets generating a deluge of IoT data from across large distributed systems. The size of deployment itself is not the only consideration for progressive organizations pursuing long-term growth with IoT initiatives. The ability to increase the capacity of the IoT system to establish IoT applications based on evolving business requirements is just as important in determining the long-term feasibility of IoT initiatives. Flexible, scalable and agile IoT system architecture serve well to address these concerns and present IoT systems as adaptable solutions in the modern data-driven and connected workplace.

Limitations surrounding hardware capabilities, cost and security cause several hurdles with effective generation, transmission and utilization of the vast IoT data deluge. Furthermore, establishing large distributed ‘islands’ of IoT systems opens the door to privacy, security and compliance risks affecting long-term financial viability of IoT applications. IoT architectures must help establish globally interconnected IoT systems among siloed environments lacking integration and interoperability. The IoT industry is addressing these concerns by presenting novel frameworks for network management, programming and content delivery.

The concept of ubiquitous IoT – that refers to multiple individual IoT implementations integrated together to establish a ubiquitous IoT system – is widely adopted to maximize the potential of IoT applications. Connecting and scaling individual unit IoT systems to accommodate unpredictable variable IoT demands as a pool of distributed IoT applications is actually a software-oriented IoT requirement. Dynamic collaboration among these siloed unit IoT units necessitates a strong cloud-based backend system to access information and execute desired operations across the centralized IoT system. As part of the flexible architecture enabling dynamic collaboration among siloed IoT units, the system must form a feedback loop starting from sensing, reaching the centralized computing system, and returning with the desired IoT operation such as control automation that span across multiple IoT devices, sensors and machines.

Devising a flexible, scalable and agile IoT systems architecture is an ongoing and evolving process owing to the rapid pace of technological advancements and the inclination toward expanding IoT applications across all functional areas of the organization. These trends naturally require hardware resources from multiple vendors, varied connectivity capabilities, and scalable third-party cloud services. IoT platforms such as OmniM2M enable this flexibility with the ability to connect to anything using Open APIs, secure M2M connectivity, configurable cloud-based rules engines, built-in feedback loops as well as direct connections. With this approach, OmniM2M customers can invest in IoT hardware of their choice, avoid vendor lock-in and minimize IoT costs while maximizing return on investments.

Organizations cannot afford to go into overload with the overwhelming needs to expand and scale IoT applications as the business grows. The IoT platform itself needs to scale accordingly and help organizations establish a flexible architecture for elastic ubiquitous IoT applications.

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GeoTraq to Acquire OmniM2M and Ci2i in $12 Million Stock Deal http://omnim2m.com/geotraq-to-acquire-omnim2m-and-ci2i-in-12-million-stock-deal/ http://omnim2m.com/geotraq-to-acquire-omnim2m-and-ci2i-in-12-million-stock-deal/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:44:35 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12520 SEATTLE, July 28, 2015 — GeoTraq, Inc. (OTC: GTRQ), a development stage company focused on developing next-generation wireless location technology, announced it intends to acquire OmniM2M, a technology company focused on IOT and Ci2i, a technology consulting company focused on analytics. Under the terms of the Letter of Intent, GeoTraq will issue to the shareholders of […]

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SEATTLE, July 28, 2015 — GeoTraq, Inc. (OTC: GTRQ), a development stage company focused on developing next-generation wireless location technology, announced it intends to acquire OmniM2M, a technology company focused on IOT and Ci2i, a technology consulting company focused on analytics.

Under the terms of the Letter of Intent, GeoTraq will issue to the shareholders of OmniM2M and Ci2i a total of 120m common shares. Both OmniM2M and Ci2i had combined gross revenues of over $1m in 2014. The acquisition will create immediate additional revenues to GeoTraq from existing OmniM2M and Ci2i contracts, and significantly increase the company’s bottom line and overall shareholder value.

“This is a significant step forward in the realization of our vision, and a strong validation of our company and strategy,” said Gregg Sullivan, CEO of GeoTraq. “The acquisition of these two companies will form part of a larger well-capitalized company with a broad portfolio of enterprise solutions that will significantly amplify our ability to deliver cutting edge technology.”

Ajay Sikka, CEO of both OmniM2M and Ci2i commented, “Joining a publicly traded company will unlock value for our Shareholders and allow both our companies to be part of a larger growth model. This is a winning proposition for our customers, partners, employees and shareholders.”

Mr. Sullivan will continue his role as CEO. As a major shareholder, Mr. Sikka will join the Board of Directors. The acquisition will close pending satisfactory due diligence, final acquisition agreement and board approval. The company will continue to comply with all SEC reporting requirements.

About OmniM2M

OmniM2M offers an end-to-end solution in the IoT/M2M space – Hardware, Software, and Connectivity – all for a simple monthly fee. M2M as a service (MaaS). OmniM2M’s unique device independent software stack allows tremendous flexibility with hardware devices and integrating them with the enterprise software environment. For further information please visit the Company’s website at www.OmniM2M.com.

About Ci2i

Ci2i provides M2M/IoT, Analytics and Marketing solutions. The company is focused on providing services and support as one integrated managed service offering for 10+ years. Ci2i has made it to the Inc. 500 fastest growing list. Ci2i’s customer list includes Microsoft, Staples, Accenture, Pactera and many others. For further information please visit the Company’s website at www.Ci2iServices.com.

About GeoTraq

GeoTraq Inc. is a technology provider established to manufacture and sell cellular transceiver modules and associated services specifically enabled by Cell-ID with all its inherent advantages over GPS and RFID to provide solutions for the tracking, asset recovery and location based industries. For further information please visit the Company’s website at www.GeoTraq.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which include among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with development stage companies including without limitation, other risks associated with new technologies.

 

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IoT Hardware: Top IoT Chip Manufacturing Companies http://omnim2m.com/iot-hardware-top-iot-chip-manufacturing-companies/ http://omnim2m.com/iot-hardware-top-iot-chip-manufacturing-companies/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12481 One of the biggest challenges facing today and tomorrow’s product manufacturers is the demands of the Internet of Things on their business. Before ‘IoT’, there was a clear(er) line between what was analog and what was digital. As the cloud economy booms, software development continues to thrive, and electronics get smaller and smaller, we continue towards […]

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One of the biggest challenges facing today and tomorrow’s product manufacturers is the demands of the Internet of Things on their business. Before ‘IoT’, there was a clear(er) line between what was analog and what was digital. As the cloud economy booms, software development continues to thrive, and electronics get smaller and smaller, we continue towards a future where everything from your toothbrush to your car tires, are becoming connected. This new reality is forcing traditional product companies to go beyond creating a website or online customer service portal for their customers. This new change is demanding brands of all size, understand more about the three things that enable IoT products; hardware, software, and connectivity.

Over the next month, we will be covering these three areas in depth, starting first, with the top IoT chip manufacturing companies that are enabling today’s generation of ‘smart’ products for the home and business.

Texas Instruments

Stock Ticker: TXN

Market Cap: 44.48B

Primary IoT Offerings: Processors and microcontrollers, connectivity technologies, sensors, analog and digital ICs.

IoT Target Verticals: Wearables, Manufacturing, Building Automation Healthcare Smart Cities, Automotive.

IoT Tagline: Connect More.

Texas Instruments (TI) offers a broad portfolio of microcontrollers, processors, sensors and wireless connectivity technologies that allow business organizations to develop IoT applications specific to their unique requirements. TI wireless connectivity products cover over 14 digital communication standards for stringent compliance, productivity and innovation requirements of next-generation industries. Extensive network partnership with cloud vendors further enable business customers to complement IoT-enabled services. TI IoT building blocks include front-end nodes such as power management, analog signal chain and advanced sensing technologies generating precise data, hybrid gateways or bridges for IoT data transmission and a vast cloud infrastructure offering third-party IoT cloud services.

The rich blend of connectivity and processing solutions are primarily developed to serve advanced IoT requirements in organizations facing compliance challenges, industrial automation requirements, and productivity needs.

More info on IoT offerings: http://www.ti.com/ww/en/internet_of_things/iot-products.html

At the heart of every Internet of Things (IoT) system, microscopic transistors process millions of discrete computing steps almost instantaneously. These semiconductor devices drive the plethora of IoT advancements for business organizations to transform operations, automate mundane processes, establish insightful decision-making capabilities and ultimately yield unprecedented new revenue streams. Global chip manufacturers continue to lead breakthrough innovation in IoT chip manufacturing, fabricating twice as many transistors every 18 months as per the prevalent Moore’s Law. The best among top IoT chip manufacturers include:

 

Intel

Stock Ticker: INTC

Market Cap: 115.41B

Primary IoT Offerings: Processors, cloud infrastructure, and analytics solutions.

IoT Target Verticals: Automotive, energy, retail, industrial, healthcare, building automation, IoT Vendors.

IoT Tagline: Intelligent Systems.

Intel is at the heart of the IoT revolution with decades of industry-proven experience in manufacturing advanced processing technologies for businesses and consumers following the rapid pace of Moore’s Law.

Intel offers end-to-end IoT solutions connecting smart sensors and devices across the cloud infrastructure and instigating automated machine operations. The Intel IoT platform provides a foundation for third-party applications to connect and perform tailored IoT functionality in a secure environment specific to unique customer requirements. Intel processing chips capture sensor data, verify and transmit raw information to the cloud database yielding actionable insights using advanced Intel analytics capabilities.

Vast developer support and an endless range of semiconductor products make Intel one of the top IoT chip manufacturing companies in the world for organizations investing in customized IoT systems.

More info on IoT offerings: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/internet-of-things/overview.html

 

Qualcomm

Stock Ticker: QCOM

Market Cap: 124.26B

Primary IoT Offerings: Processors, networking, and IoT software.

IoT Target Verticals: Automotive, Education, Healthcare, Smart Cities, Consumer, IoT Vendors.

IoT Tagline: Internet of Everything.

As a global leader in mobile processor and connectivity technologies, Qualcomm delivers off-the-shelf IoT products for a range of industry verticals. The company is inclined toward consumer-oriented IoT applications with initiatives such as smart home and smart cities. Qualcomm IoT products allow consumers to transform the existing home network and power infrastructure into a connectivity hub for mobility-based IoT use-cases.

Qualcomm products for automotive, mobile, healthcare and education allow organizations from these verticals to develop consumer-facing IoT applications. Notable products include the Snapdragon processor powering over a billion mobile devices globally, wireless connectivity systems and advanced software IoT applications that allow business organizations to empower their customers with next-generation IoT capabilities.

More info on IoT offerings: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/internet-of-everything

 

ARM

Stock Ticker: ARMH

Market Cap: 22.07B

Primary IoT Offerings: Processors and microcontrollers, sensors, networking technologies, cloud infrastructure.

IoT Target Verticals: IoT Vendors.

IoT Tagline: The Architecture of the Digital World

ARM operates on a distinct business model of creating and licensing its technologies as intellectual property to third-party IoT vendors. Licensees of ARM processors for IoT applications range from consumer technology giants Apple and Samsung, to enterprise technology vendors IBM, Qualcomm and Intel, among others.

ARM IoT offerings range from sensors and processing chips to networking equipment and cloud servers establishing an end-to-end IoT hardware infrastructure. The company also provides development platforms such as the ARM mbed solution for third-party IoT vendors and business organizations to create IoT applications based on ARM microcontrollers.

More info on IoT offerings: http://www.arm.com/markets/internet-of-things-iot.php

 

Atmel

Stock Ticker: ATML

Market Cap: 3.16B

Primary IoT Offerings: Microcontrollers, memory products, custom ICs and wireless technologies.

IoT Target Verticals: Automotive, Smart Energy, Consumer, IoT Vendors.

IoT Tagline: Atmel and Internet of Things.

Atmel is leading the “Industrial Internet” movement with advanced logic memory components, microcontrollers, and capacitive touch solutions. Atmel IoT offerings are geared toward consumer, industrial, communications and automotive verticals. Atmel adopts the ARM Cortex for its processor technologies.

The current generation of Atmel microcontrollers extends the industry-proven Atmel 8051 microcontroller architecture for next-generation IoT use cases. The extensive portfolio of Atmel microcontrollers is designed for pin-to-pin compatibility with end-of-lifecycle legacy 8051 devices still working effectively across a range of IoT and automation applications.

Atmel also develops other devices constituting the front-end of IoT systems including sensors, wireless solutions, touch screens and wearable gadgets, among others.

More info on IoT offerings: http://www.atmel.com/applications/iot/default.aspx

 

Freescale

Stock Ticker: FSL

Market Cap: 4.28B

Primary IoT Offerings: Microcontrollers, memory products, custom ICs and wireless technologies.

IoT Target Verticals: Automotive, Consumer, Industrial, Healthcare, Energy, IoT Vendors.

IoT Tagline: Connected Intelligence.

Freescale IoT solutions include embedded processors, microcontrollers and multi-faceted sensors used in industrial, healthcare, automotive, smart energy as well as consumer applications. The company refers to its Internet of Tomorrow philosophy as an advancement of IoT in terms of highly connected and secure end-nodes within enterprise-wide cloud networks.

Freescale’s off-the-shelf IoT applications are primarily aimed at automotive, healthcare and smart energy industries. The company also adopts ARM processors for IoT vendors and business organizations to develop custom IoT systems. These systems are complemented with Freescale Sensor Data Analytics capabilities guiding insightful decisions from the data generated by Freescale sensors and the wider IoT infrastructure.

More info on IoT offerings: http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/homepage.jsp?code=IOT-INTERNET-OF-THINGS&nodeId=0229AB

 

While this list does not encompass the full spectrum of chip makers currently in the IoT space, it highlights some of the key IoT chip manufacturing companies. Stay tuned next week as we continue to explore the three fundamental areas of IoT, this time focusing on the radio modules that are enabling connectivity between devices.

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IoT Applications: Changing and Influencing Business Behavior http://omnim2m.com/iot-applications-changing-influencing-business-behavior/ http://omnim2m.com/iot-applications-changing-influencing-business-behavior/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:39:09 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12460 The automobile changed more than the family, it also transformed the service and product economies. As the cost of sensors and internet connections continue to decrease, emerging IoT products and services will have a similar disruption on businesses. IoT is evolving faster than organizations can adapt using traditional business models. IoT applications are driving customer and […]

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The automobile changed more than the family, it also transformed the service and product economies. As the cost of sensors and internet connections continue to decrease, emerging IoT products and services will have a similar disruption on businesses.

IoT is evolving faster than organizations can adapt using traditional business models. IoT applications are driving customer and employee expectations, values and behavior. The real opportunity with the disruptive technology lies in pursuing and adapting to this digital transformation. Business organizations have competed on grounds of product features as the primary value proposition ever since the industrial revolution 250 years ago. Incremental product feature innovation led to price competition, compromising quality until the time product would become obsolete.

With Internet of Things, the competition is no longer limited to individual product features. Connected technologies enabling business services and product offerings themselves are not one-and-done. Real-time push updates and the ability to learn and respond to customer usage trends, lock-in customers and forces additional investments for enhanced functionality. This capability levels the playing field among small vendors and large enterprises that now compete on grounds of innovation instead of operating budget and scale.

Changing Business Models

This IoT-mindset forces disruptive business model innovation to encourage the customer’s willingness to pay for products and services promising unique customer experience. Business models leveraging IoT applications and cloud technologies for value creation address real-time and emerging customer needs in a predictive manner. All product updates incorporating specific customer usage behavior and pushed across the cloud network have immense synergy value. The connected infrastructure establishes information convergence and delivers high-value tailored services secondary to the initial value offerings considering the extreme customer segmentation. The product initially working as a standalone solution to specific, known problems transforms into smart solutions address issues that emerge in the future.

For instance, smart thermostats can learn usage patterns to program themselves to turn on and off automatically, follow appropriate schedules when no one is at home, or follow instructions from mobile phones on the go. In contrast, traditional thermostats following pre-defined schedules do little to optimize house temperature when needed and turn off energy-hogging cooling or heating systems when no one’s at home.

This example demonstrates how IoT applications and cloud technologies add immense value to a mundane home product. Along with the primary benefit of optimizing house temperature, IoT enables secondary benefits such as shrinking electricity consumption and controlling cooling and heating systems from mobile devices away from home as an even better value proposition in competition with otherwise better thermostat products. The competition is therefore drawn away from price and product quality and shifted toward IoT and smart connectivity to enable recurring revenue streams.

Influencing Business Future

The pervasive trend of leveraging IoT applications for business presents opportunities for ongoing disruptive business model innovation that encompasses a myriad of megatrends branching out from the technology itself. IoT has accelerated the growth of Big Data technologies, cloud computing, mobility, consumerization of IT and a range of intelligent, connected, analytics-driven and consumer-oriented technology use-cases for business. For those who can master it, IoT will become a business of its own. Advancements in digital communication technologies between machines and infrastructure is leading to virtual, automated and information-driven collaboration without physical human intervention. Personalization of technologies has shifted consumer preference and produced new grounds of competition for business organizations that go beyond the initial product offering itself.

Progressive business organizations must combine IoT applications and business models to adapt and capture unprecedented business opportunities resulting from the prevalence of connected products and services.

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Portable Data Loggers: USB, Wifi and Cellular http://omnim2m.com/data-loggers-usb-wifi-cellular/ http://omnim2m.com/data-loggers-usb-wifi-cellular/#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:08:02 +0000 http://omnim2m.com/?p=12436 With a wide range of businesses, comes a wide variety of portable data loggers varying in design, types, applications, and costs. The technology is no longer optional for organizations pursuing improved control over parameters that tend to vary without warning. The ability to capture information is not always the key value proposition for effective portable […]

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With a wide range of businesses, comes a wide variety of portable data loggers varying in design, types, applications, and costs. The technology is no longer optional for organizations pursuing improved control over parameters that tend to vary without warning. The ability to capture information is not always the key value proposition for effective portable data logging solutions considering the high precision and accuracy advanced sensor technologies promise these days. Transmitting this information over to a centralized information repository through reliable, secure and cost-effective data transmission channels is essential to achieving data logging goals effectively.

USB Data Loggers

Physical connectivity is the old-school way of transmitting virtually unlimited data logger information into hard drives. Advantages include the use of USB port as a free data transmission medium to cost-effective data storage drives available for PCs. All of this isn’t entirely appealing as the value for money with alternatives easily trumps the free badge of USB connectivity.

To start with, users can easily lose data in transit if the USB connection is disturbed, leaving users with no way to recover the lost information unless portable data loggers provide built-in storage capabilities usually offered as a rare, impractical and costly option. Traditional PC-based data loggers also fail to carry the true IoT philosophy of real-time information updates and control automation since the data is only transferred manually to computers when it is available. PC storage limitations further add to the impracticality of this system considering stringent compliance requirements that necessitate data retention for prolonged periods of time.

USB portable data loggers work well for organizations with limited monitoring requirements, although investments in IoT for expansive parameter monitoring present endless value propositions for organizations of all sizes, verticals, and operating budgets.

Pros: cheap, high-storage capacity, long battery life, no signal required

Cons: manual connection, vulnerable to theft, no real-time updates

WiFi Data Loggers

Perhaps the real competition for data logger connectivity lies between WiFi and cellular communication systems. Both enable real-time monitoring with ongoing data transmission to back-end servers without the risk of losing data in transit – unless of course some network outage delinks all connected devices, computers and systems.

WiFi connected data loggers can serve as a starting point for small organizations such as individual restaurateurs looking to track food storage and preparation temperatures. However, WiFi networks can only handle limited devices, offer limited bandwidth across small ranges and promise minimal security for transmission of sensitive business information generated by IoT devices.

Pros: no manual connection, leverages large WiFi network, real-time monitoring

Cons: permission-based WiFi networks, battery life,  security, limited range

 

Cellular Data Loggers

Machine to Machine (M2M) connected cellular data loggers address these concerns and offer immense value for money in terms of reliability, practicality, security, functionality and cost. Cellular providers such as Verizon boast an industry-proven track record of maintaining maximum uptime for dedicated and secure corporate M2M networks running business IoT applications. Advantages over WiFi and PC-based USB connectivity include robust connection over long ranges that stretch across geographic borders, virtually unlimited bandwidth at a reasonable price, enterprise-grade security and integration with cloud networks for wider IoT Big Data and business analytics applications.

WiFi may be on a collision course with advanced M2M cellular communication technologies in terms of performance but has yet to fill a myriad of gaps that hinder wide adoption of IoT technologies across the enterprise market. Most of these issues would never surface if organizations deploy the right IoT connectivity systems in place.

Pros: secure network, long-range, independent connectivity

Cons: equipment cost, battery life, data plan

 

Summary

Portable data loggers come in many flavors to fit a variety of industries and one solution does not stand tall above the rest for capital and connectivity reasons. As the market continues to grow and monitoring becomes more and more connected with software management products, we will continue to see movement from USB style data loggers to the always connected cellular data loggers available today.

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