Can You Afford to Ignore the Growth of Machine to Machine (M2M) Systems?
The simplest answer to the question of whether you can ignore the M2M growth is no. M2M growth is expected to double in the next several years with billions of pieces of data growing daily, moving around through a complex system of networks. If your business pauses to reconsider, your competition will undoubtedly be ahead of you when you do decide. M2M growth still lags somewhat behind the smartphone systems but, given just a few years, will eclipse the broadband usage those device require.
While M2M growth can be expected, how fast it will grow is still open to speculation. One report considers the M2M world as currently adolescent. With the global usage of M2M systems adding a quarter of a billion new connections annually, Machine-to-Machine Magazine recently wrote “as operators begin to scale deployments of M2M solutions across a range of vertical sectors”, it could easily add a forty percent increase year over year. It has already doubled since 2010.
Every market has phases. The M2M market is no different, moving rapidly from development to deployment in what seems like the blink of an eye. That said, the best partnerships are not only the kind that delivers good service and reasonably priced equipment but also the kind that provide value up the line as well a clear definition of how they plan on developing each technological advancement to your business needs and how they plan on adopting those expansions into your system.
These systems will continue to evolve over time. To give you an example of how quickly these adoptions can increase overall profitability, all you need do is look to the automotive industry. The giant leaps this group has achieved using M2M technology is evident in real-time traffic management or traffic optimization, capable of monitoring a host of information as required by the
How M2M Networks Can Eliminate Enterprise Inefficiencies
Every successful business wants to meet the same basic goals: The need to be efficient, the ability to reduce or eliminate redundancies, and in the process, to be profitable. In your business, you may view redundancies as inefficient, leading to lost profits. In a Machine to Machine (M2M) network however, redundancies mean gained profits.
Let me explain. We were introduced to new terminology last year and it is immediately understandable. It is called the Internet of Things, or IoT. This is a world where machines talk to each other, machine to machine or M2M and because of that communication, makes your business more profitable. Even IT folks are struggling with all of the M2M possibilities and when you begin to discuss the necessity of redundancy, they might even glaze over. M2M in the IoT means ROI.
Here is the world in a nutshell. Machines are massively distributed across a wide variety of different functions. In order to make it all connect, a service provider will need to move faster than your competition. To do this, gradual transitioning is not optimal. In order to see a significant increase in your ROI, the provider must understand the need for quick installations, even speedier configurations, and in the process, keep your key IT people up-to-speed with a variety of protocols, interfaces, and automation.
This will only be accomplished with a cloud. Not just any cloud but one of humbling size, capable of creating unbridled connectivity, deploying nodes numbering in the hundreds of thousands. This will require tools that will, in essence, flatten out the skill level needed to rollout these kinds of devices. Until then, a better-than-excellent provider like Broad Sky can make your access easier to the IoT world where M2M is much more fluid.
Network redundancy will need to be incorporated into the hardware as well. This will help achieve the sort of performance required, the type of connectivity expected, without the unexpected congestion that often occurs in these types of wireless associations.
Redundancies also need to be built into the overall security plan as well. This can be achieved with automatic failover linking data centers that will keep M2M networks available and connected in almost every possible situation. These types of safety nets are often grouped in virtual router redundancy protocols acting as an always-on pathway for individual routers. And always-on means always in business.
Five Ways to Make You More Valuable to Your Clients
Eventually, everybody attempts to build a piece of Ikea furniture. You begin with high hopes which are quickly dashed by wordless instructions, lack of tools, and absolutely no idea how all those flat pieces become the product you thought you bought. Your client probably thinks they can build their own broadband system only to find out just how difficult it really is. As an agent, looking to create value and long-term relationships, your client needs to understand the importance of bundling a backup and when you do, you become much stickier. Here’s five reasons why bundling a backup is important and how it can make you more valuable to your clients.
Backing Up Saves Money
Systems can and do fail. Despite an agent’s best efforts, files become corrupt and data can be misplaced. These disruptions can come from any direction at any time. Your client will find your ability to alleviate some of those concerns invaluable.
Failing to Backup Costs Money
One of the first things a client will see is the cost of backup. Not only are copies of files costly to maintain, redundancy in equipment can be seen as a potential expense they may not be willing to take. It is essential that they understand the costs of not taking these measures in advance.
Bundling a Backup
Most systems need a certain level of compatibility to operate successfully and achieve the always-on requirement your client’s business requires. When you can get routers, gateways and everything in between from a single reliable provider, you can create a system that gives your clients confidence and peace of mind.
No two businesses are alike. A company like Broad Sky Networks can work directly with you to make the systems those businesses currently have become more efficient, no matter the size or reach. It might be building a T1 or Cable Access with a Broad Sky 4G LTE backup or integrating broadband wireless with their terrestrial systems.
In order for you to sell your services to a client, you need to be able to find the highest level of backend support in the business. This goes beyond just the hardware. Instead, you expect the best equipment, competent support, satisfaction guarantees, and of course reliability. Broad Sky offers nationwide Field Services in support of RF site surveys, pro installation and maintenance of all equipment.
How to Avoid System Outages in the Connectivity of the Cloud
There are two words that no business should ever hear: system outage. Because most businesses have developed a vertical system with shared data being used simultaneously, all of the applications in the silo need connectivity. Many of these businesses will ask this question, often after the fact: how can these system outages be avoided? And the answer will almost always be, ‘the cloud’. Connectivity to the cloud allows your business to become untethered to any one system and the chance that it might fail. Always in the cloud means always doing business.
So how do you get to the cloud? Let’s begin with a look at your current system architecture. In many instances, your business is currently feeling the storage and usage weight of data. Because data and the continuous access to it not only from within your own enterprise but also from your customers, who may be connecting from a variety of devices, connectivity on every level is key to staying profitable. Once your systems begin to feel the strain, outages can occur.
Is the cloud the answer? In almost every situation, the answer is yes. Businesses consider the cloud as an alternative and the always on connectivity it supplies as an option. The cloud should be considered as much more. The always-on connectivity it provides complements a number of current and future plans you may already have in place. Your company should approach the concept well-informed and understand the all of the benefits moving your business’s connectivity to the cloud can provide and why.
Businesses are subject to any number of natural and man-made disasters. You may insure the business, but the core needs of the enterprise will be disrupted. While you can protect people and property, the key pieces in your company’s rebuilding will come from a quick recovery. The cloud provides the business with the knowledge that key infrastructures are safe.
It doesn’t matter if you choose a shared cloud or develop your own private cloud, the cost savings involved goes beyond just the labor savings. While a single administrator can be employed to manage all your cloud applications, and because of the system’s virtualization and consolidation, physical upgrades and maintenance of company-owned systems are reduced as well.
The CradlePoint COR Series is built for your M2M network. It’s an affordable, highly-featured compact router designed for critical business and enterprise applications that require 24×7 connectivity.
- Fully integrated router/bridge
- Integrated 4G LTE, HSPA+, and 3G EVDO models (no modem option available)
- Ruggedized metal housing
- External modem and WiFi antennas
The AirLink® GX440 mobile gateway delivers high performance, mission-critical cellular communication and GPS location.
- Water and dust resistant design
- Option to add Wi-Fi, more I/O, or Ethernet ports
- Built-in GPS for in-vehicle deployments
The CradlePoint AER 2100 is designed for the distributed enterprise to intelligently manage converged wired and wireless connectivity for a highly reliable “connected experience” at the edge.
- Optimized for WAN Diversity™ with integrated wired and wireless 4G WAN (including private network support)
- Dual-band concurrent 802.11ac high performance WiFi
- Cloud-managed for zero-touch onsite configuration at installation
- Advanced routing and best-in-class, cloud-based security options
- Extensible and easily integrated best-in-class, enterprise applications via an Open API
- Certified dual modem models for a “cut-the-wire” solution
The CradlePoint CBA750B Integrated Mobile Broadband Series adapters enable easy-to-install wireless WAN connectivity in fixed-business locations.
Includes integrated high-performance business-grade modem (no modem option available)
- Drop into existing network for a turnkey failover solution
CradlePoint ARC MBR1400 Series routers enable easy-to-install wireless connectivity in ﬁxed-business locations. Ideal for distributed enterprises such as branch ofﬁces, retail POS locations, restaurants, and small businesses, the MBR1400 provides wired Ethernet and 3G/4G wireless WAN connectivity to keep your business up and running.
Includes integrated high-performance business-grade modem (no modem option available)
- 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz WiFi
- Advanced routing and security features including VPN, VLAN, WAN Affinity, and more
- Go further with an Extended Enterprise License
The Cisco 819 ISR is available in both non-hardened (Cisco 819G) and hardened (Cisco 819HG) versions. Both models include support for 4G LTE wireless WAN (WWAN) speeds. Support for 4G offers cost-effective, rapidly deployable, reliable, and secure primary or backup connectivity. With support for industrial-grade components, the hardened Cisco 819HG extends the ISR M2M Gateway footprint and provides deployment flexibility. The Cisco 819HG is an ideal solution for stationary and mobile environments where space, heat dissipation, exposure to extreme temperatures, harsher environments, and low power consumption are critical factors.