M2M Connectivity Newsletter March 2016


MARCH 2016

We’re well into the new year and Information Security (InfoSec) within the IoT is already a hot topic, particularly popularised by the ongoing FBI/Apple encryption feud. The focus for many of our colleagues in this area is on Cloud Security and Data Loss Prevention (DLP).

There is a general climate of fear that more connected devices must equal the opening of more compromising access points. This is not necessarily true – many IoT devices are not yet developed enough to support a full IP stack. (Robert Richardson: http://bit.ly/1ppDjGv)

In addition, risk can be mitigated by isolating devices from the company IT network and by extension, the outside world. The ongoing development of IoT-specific OSs and APIs may also have a part to play in isolating and securing devices from attacks.

Although many of the headline stories feature serious network breaches, these make up only a tiny percentage, with the majority of compromises caused by vandalism or physical theft. The key thing to remember is that while the threat landscape is forever changing and developing, around 50% of system attacks can be stopped simply by ensuring that basic network security protocols are met. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report: http://bit.ly/1aMd8Cb). M2M Connectivity can provide consultancy and services to ensure you have the necessary security protocols in place across your network.

If you would like further details on any item in this newsletter please click here to request more information.

Darren Moroney – General Manager, M2M Connectivity



Skywave IDP
Orbcomm Cellular & Satellite

Skywave IDP-782

Skywave (now part of Orbcomm) have launched a new cellular and satellite-cellular terminal for vehicle tracking and driver monitoring.

The fully programmable, feature-rich IDP-782 delivers connectivity to assets over cellular and satellite networks.

Fleet managers get the best of both worlds: lower cost data transmission in areas with cellular coverage, and reliable, always-on satellite communications over the two-way IsatData Pro satellite network in remote locations – all from a single-source provider.

As part of a comprehensive fleet management solution, the IDP-782 can be used in security applications to track vehicle location, monitor driver behaviour, enable text messaging, e-forms and more. Available as a cellular-only or dual-mode satellite-cellular version.

5 Reasons to Choose IDP-782:

1. Flexible programming: Flexible platform supports the development of custom applications for specific customer requirements. Also configurable via device-level applications for quicker time to market.

2. Save on airtime: Automatically switch between cellular coverage when available and satellite in remote areas for significant cost savings. Also available as a cellular-only device.

3. Backup battery: The IDP-782 features a backup battery option to enable reporting for up to 2.5 hours when no vehicle power is available.

4. Feature-rich: Built-in 1-Wire, CANbus, accelerometer, dual SIM, sensor ports and more, allow for a robust tracking and monitoring solution. HSPA & GPRS hardware options available.

5. Security: Improve driver, vehicle and cargo security with reliable, always-on backup satellite communications.

For more information click here.




LoRaWAN and Sigfox

If you haven’t started looking into Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technology, now is the time!

LPWAN is evolving very quickly, and can be categorised into two groups; traditional telecom network, and standalone.

The telecom network group has the advantage of a mature ecosystem – standardisation body, hardware manufactures and MNOs. LTE-M (being renamed as LTE-MTC) and LTE-NB-IOT are the two important ones being actively standardised – one higher, and one lower throughput. The deployment speed should be high, once standards are finalised.

The standalone group has many players and the below two should be looked at first: LoRaWAN, network layer from the LoRa Alliance and physical layer from Semtech.

With the Australian bands added to the new version specification, the LoRaWAN modules for Australia are expected to be available in coming months. LoRaWAN looks flexible for both network operators or private network owners.

Sigfox, a private owned cellular-like network (but with ultra-narrow band technology) has deployed and obtained a lot of coverage in Europe. Currently Sigfox EU version modules are available, which will work in the proposed NZ network. For Australia (and USA) the 900Mhz versions are close to launch and expected within the next 1-2 months.

LoRa WAN and Sigfox wireless technologies present a change of paradigm in the way that sensor nodes communicate with the gateways.
In this case, the idea is to have a network of base stations already present in the city, so that only the deployment of the sensor nodes (end nodes) need be done. M2M Connectivity has a full suit of smart sensor products from Libelium for both technologies, along with modules from Radiocrafts for Sigfox.

For more information click here.


MC7305 Module Tips

Quickly Resolve Compatibility Issue

We have had enquiries regarding a compatibility issue with the MC7305 module, and RouterBoard 912UAG.

Once the module is installed, it won’t allow the terminal to open or type commands.

This may occur because the older version cannot recognise the module. (MC7305 works on later versions of Router OS without issues.)

To resolve this issue:
Remove module from the Router board.
Copy the latest version on your desktop (later than Router 6.29.1) and drag and drop it into winbox. (If you are using winbox when logged on to the Router board.)
Once file is copied, issue the commands on the terminal.
After the reboot:
Go to System > router board > USB, and select “miniPCie”.
Unplug the power supply from the router board and install the module
Once you hear the router board reboot, issue command: “Port Print” (press enter)
The 9 channels should become visible.

For more information click here.



Tallysman Wideband Amplifier

Tallysman™ Introduces Wideband Inline Amplifier covering all GNSS frequencies
(1–2 GHz)

Tallysman, a leading manufacturer of economical highperformance GNSS antennas and related products, is pleased to announce a new wideband 28dBinline amplifier covering the full GNSS spectrum from 1 to 2 GHz.

The TW125B is a low cost, rugged, waterproof,low noise, low current/low voltage, 1 to 2 GHzband, 28dB gain in-line amplifier, speciallydesigned to amplify all GNSS frequency signals,from GPS L5 (1164MHz) to GLONASS G1(1610MHz) and beyond.

The TW125Bprovides for much longer cable runs fromantenna to receiver, for applications such asmast-mount, large vehicle and timing systems,without degradation of system sensitivity.Its low loading allows for both the antenna and the TW125B in-line amplifier to be powered by theGNSS receiver. The amplifier adds just 12mA of load on the circuit, well within the capabilities ofmost GNSS receivers on the market. The TW125B passes DC supply to the antenna, therefore notrequiring additional hardware such as bias-T, power cable and power supply.

The amplifier is available with TNC, N-Type, or SMA connectors.The amplifier is REACH and ROHS compliant.

For more information click here.



M2M One

Are you having issues with your current SIM provider? M2M One offer flexible data plans, real-time SIM management and dedicated M2M technical support. All utilising Australia’s largest mobile network provider.

Did you know M2M One offers a 30 Day Free Trial SIM to M2MC customers?

The trial SIM provides:
150MB of Data
50 SMS Messages
M2M Control Centre Access

For more information about M2M One SIM cards and data plans click here.



Cradlepoint Tech Tips

Communication To Cradlepoint ECM Platform from Corporate Network

When using Cradlepoint modems behind a private network, you may find the use of ECM to manage devices can cause issues.

This issue can be resolved (enabling Cradlepoint modems to communicate to the device management platform) by allowing the following IP address in the firewall:

It is recommended that the following DNS names are used instead of IP addresses:
http://www.cradlepointecm.com and
This will prevent access problems if IP addresses are changed in future.

For more information click here.



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Office: 1 Barrett St, Kensington VIC 3031
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M2M Connectivity Pty Ltd | 1 Barrett Street | Kensington, VIC, 3031 | Australia

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