M2M SIMs: the definitive business guide

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Logistics

Using IoT sensors, logistics managers can track goods and packages wherever they are in the world, keeping on top of delivery schedules. Connected vehicles can broadcast their position in real time, allowing for to-the-minute arrival estimates.
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Manufacturing

M2M sensors embedded in machinery can connect to central maintenance platforms, giving engineers real time reports on the state of equipment and any maintenance requirement. This information can be used to schedule repairs before machines fail, potentially saving huge sums of money.
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Retail

M2M can play a huge part in intelligent stock control, with sensors alerting supply chain managers when certain goods are running low.
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Telemedicine

M2M devices allow for the remote and automatic monitoring of patient vital statistics, and can even dispense medicine when required.
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Security

In the security sector, M2M connects vital systems – like alarms and CCTV – to each other and to central platforms, allowing for the remote monitoring of properties and premises. It also allows human security guards to be instantly notified if suspicious activity is detected, through a connected mobile device.
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Scalability

Wireless technology has made it much easier to scale mobile operations, because devices can be quickly added to the network without the need for extra physical infrastructure. M2M SIMs allow devices to access private or public wireless services, depending on the circumstances.
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Low cost

M2M SIMs are made in bulk and sold cheaply, making them ideal for large industrial projects. The IoT requires a large number of M2M devices to connect in a network, so cost-effectiveness is a key consideration. M2M SIMs are often significantly cheaper than standard mobile carrier SIM cards.
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Network agnostic

Many M2M SIMs access the same mobile carrier networks as your mobile phone. The difference with many multi-network M2M SIMs is that they can access any one of several mobile carrier networks. That makes them highly resilient. If one network drops out, your devices simply connect to the next strongest signal. That’s essential for security firms that operate alarm and CCTV systems. Multi-network SIMs mean these services never suffer outages that compromise security and trigger false alarms.
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Fixed IP

Some devices need a fixed IP address for remote access – a CCTV camera is a case in point. These are easily accessed through M2M SIMs.
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Easy monitoring and management

M2M SIMs are easily monitored from a central platform or portal. These management portals can track data usage, location, activities and the current status of any SIM in their network. SIMs can be activated or deactivated with the click of a mouse. The information provided on data usage is particularly important. A good management platform will allow you to track data usage for individual devices and for your SIM estate as a whole, helping you avoid data breaches and overage charges.

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