Date published: 08-07-2021
IoT SIM cards (just like the ones you can buy from Luner) are powering a revolution. Machine-to-machine communication is becoming a global phenomenon, and cellular IoT connectivity is the next major opportunity for business growth. Every sector of the economy is exploring how they can use IoT SIM cards and integrate the connectivity that IoT SIM cards bring into their products and operations.
IoT’s Influence is Growing
Indeed, study after study shows that IoT technology is gaining momentum around the world and companies worldwide are already using IoT SIM cards to bring life to their own IoT projects.
The M2M and IoT connectivity sectors have extremely complex requirements. The industry itself, the connected devices, and the extent of mobility all have an impact on what’s needed from your IoT SIM cards and your solution as a whole.
For example, a car and a camera can both have incorporated global connectivity thanks to IoT SIM cards, but they each have very different technical and functionality requirements, as well as working environments. To make matters more complex, the technology behind IoT SIM cards and solutions is changing fast.
Legacy networks are not designed for this new wave of IoT SIM cards and solutions. This means that they leave a big impact on network performance – but that’s not all. With this being a relatively new technology, there’s a lack of broader knowledge and acceptance, and with that a lack of skills, asset management know-how, and best practice.
However – this is where Luner breaks away from other providers of IoT SIM cards. We saw this revolution coming and have immersed ourselves in it. We’ve amassed a team of experts that will help you get the most out of your IoT SIM cards, while our approach to business also gives you maximum flexibility in your data plan and payment arrangements. This flexibility will also mean that as you grow and your needs in terms of functionality and the number of IoT SIM cards that you require increases, Luner can easily adapt and accommodate those new needs.
So, as we stand on the eve of a revolution, we thought it might be prudent to tell you how IoT SIM cards, M2M communication, and other tech work together to bring you a world of near-endless possibilities – both at work and at home.
M2M (Machine-to-Machine) Explained
The best place to start explaining how it all works is how it all began – with M2M communication. So what exactly is Machine-to-Machine communication? Essentially it is an exchange of information between machines that does not require the involvement of humans. Because there’s no human there to transfer the message from one machine to the other, a network of some sort is required. Thankfully, we have one of those in the form of the Internet (or more specifically, the Internet of Things) – but it could also be done using other networks such as 4G or LTE.
M2M communication all starts with a sensor on a device of some sort, which is connected to a base station. This base station could be something like a Wi-Fi router, or it could be any particular wireless technology base station. The important thing is it provides connectivity between the device with the sensor on it and the base station. This is what M2M or IoT SIM cards need in order to enable the flow of data between the device with the sensor and the base station. This flow generally runs from the sensor to the base station, but data can also be sent the other way and received by the IoT SIM card in the device. This could be (among many other things) a command to pause sending data, or a software or security update.
There are many different types of sensors that can be hooked up to IoT SIM cards too – from more basic functionalities like temperature sensors, heart-rate monitors, accelerometers, and of course GPS reporting. These days, it’s really hard to find a metric or variable that can’t be recorded and reported on using smart devices and IoT SIM cards – and they do this via M2M communication sent over the internet of things.
M2M In Practice
What does an M2M or IoT solution look like in the real world, and what can the combination of IoT SIM cards and smart devices help your business achieve? To show you this we’re going to present an example use case.
Our use case begins at an automotive distributor, supplying private customers and small garages with car parts. They understandably have a warehouse to store their inventory in – a warehouse in which conditions must be tightly controlled to keep their stock in working order. Too much moisture in the air can cause packaging (if not parts themselves) to deteriorate, while a warehouse that’s too hot or too cold will have detrimental effects on things like body panels and automotive paints, as well as the warehouse staff.
To keep both of these things in check the distributor uses a ‘smart’ air conditioning system to regulate temperature – If the temperature in the warehouse (measured by smart thermostats incorporating IoT SIM cards) drops below a certain level as identified by the distributor, the smart thermostat tells the air conditioning system to turn on and blow hot air to increase temperature. If the temperature rises above an upper limit – again set by the distributor – the thermostat tells the air conditioning to again turn on and blow cold air to lower the temperature.
Likewise, humidity sensors connected to dehumidifiers can monitor the amount of moisture in the air inside the warehouse. Once this rises above a given upper limit, IoT SIM cards in the humidity sensors tell the dehumidifiers to turn on and bring the humidity inside the warehouse back to an acceptable level. Once all of the IoT SIM cards are correctly configured, deployed into their devices and the devices are switched on, all of these environment monitoring and control operations happen automatically – there’s no need for further input from a human being.
It doesn’t stop there either. IoT SIM cards with GPS reporting functionality help the distributor’s fleet of delivery trucks find the most efficient delivery route for the orders that they are carrying, constantly monitoring and adapting the route to get around traffic snares. At the same time, these IoT SIM cards – which are installed in a ‘black box’ inside each truck – are reporting the current location of each delivery vehicle back to HQ. With this information, automated text messages can be sent automatically to customers expecting a delivery, letting them know when it’s expected to arrive.
And when that truck does arrive? The driver gets out carrying a tablet with another IoT SIM card in it. He hands it to the customer who signs for their delivery and hands it back. Tapping ‘confirm’, the driver sets in motion another flurry of operations. Upon receiving that confirmation, the IoT SIM card in the tablet instantly calls for an invoice to be generated and printed at HQ, and an automated ‘thank you’ email sent to the customer with a soft copy of the invoice attached. With confirmation that the order has been received, the IoT SIM card also contacts the stock inventory database so that it can deduct the items in the order from inventory and keep stock levels up to date.
The Impact of IoT SIM Cards & Tech
Again, all of these things are being done without the need for human interaction. Throughout the transaction that we’ve described above, from the warehouse to the customer’s doorstep the only time humans were needed was to pick the stock in the warehouse, load and drive the truck, and obtain confirmation of receipt from the customer. Everything else was handled automatically by smart devices containing IoT SIM cards.
Think about how much more work you could get done if you didn’t have to go and periodically check the conditions in your warehouse and turn devices on or off… If you didn’t need to spend time typing up invoices or on the phone chasing up your delivery drivers… If you didn’t need to do stock-takes as often…This is the true value of IoT SIM cards and tech. It’s not there to put hard-working people out of a job, it’s there to free us up to do more of the things that really matter to our businesses – the things that computers can’t do, such as finding awesome new clients or new business opportunities, or coming up with your next advertising campaign.
How Can You Get Involved?
Well, without a doubt you’re going to need some IoT SIM cards, and we firmly believe that the best place to do that is Luner. Why is that? Well, no matter the size of your business or the solution that you wish to implement, our IoT SIM cards have the adaptability you need to get the job done well. That adaptability comes not only in terms of the functions and roles that our IoT SIM cards can take on, but also in the wide range of coverage and billing options that we offer.
We know that the IoT industry is constantly changing and evolving, and when it does your solution and the demands placed on your IoT SIM cards change with it. The Luner team wanted to offer payment options that could change with you too – and that’s why with us, you can buy IoT SIM cards on either a pre-paid ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis or a post-paid contract. What’s more, we never lock you into a long term deal, so you also have the opportunity to switch between plans as and when your circumstances call for it.
So, for top-quality IoT SIM cards offering unrivalled capability and flexibility, join the IoT revolution with Luner today.