How vehicle tracking evolved to what we know today

DaveConsumer, IoT, SME

image of vehicle tracking on phone

What is vehicle tracking?Vehicle tracking has been around for a long time but as often happens with really useful technologies, vehicle tracking was made possible by bringing together two existing capabilities. The first was the Global Positioning System (GPS), the second was the mass deployment of cellular telephony. Even so, it took four decades for those two technologies to get to a point where vehicle tracking became a commercial reality.A child of the Space RaceGPS was a child of the ‘space race’ between the USA and the USSR. Following the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik in 1957, researchers noticed that the frequency of signals coming from the satellite to a fixed point on the ground increased as it … Read More

Tank Monitoring for Small Businesses

DaveIoT, SME

tanks in a brewery

Why do I need Tank Monitoring?From fluids such as chemicals, fuel and water to bulk solids like cement, cereals and aggregates, these are just some of the critical inputs and outputs for many businesses. You may run a farm, a fuel depot for vehicles, an industrial process or a brewery but in each case the raw material or finished product will be stored in some kind of tank or silo and you will want to know how much of it you have. At first glance using IoT technology for tank monitoring may seem straightforward but there are many variations on this application. At the simplest level the IoT device generates an alert to know when a certain level has been … Read More

Skip Fill Monitoring

adminIoT, SME, Sustainability

full industrial skip

Why do I need Skip Fill Monitoring?Can you save money on fuel costs and reduce emissions if you plan a route that lets you pick up skips in the most efficient way? Do you have contracts with businesses, like newspaper printers, that rely on having skip capacity to run their businesses efficiently? Will customer satisfaction and recommendations increase if you can collect a skip as soon as it’s full, without your customer having to call you? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then your business may benefit from a monitoring solution that can automatically alert you when your skips are full and ready for collection. How does it work?Skip fill monitoring is part of a group of services … Read More

Smart Doorbell

DaveIoT, SME


Why do I need a Smart Doorbell?A smart doorbell or smart button can benefit your business in different ways. As a security device it allows you to know who is at your door or an unattended reception desk. Your operations may involve you being out in the yard and away from the building while you attend to stocktaking or repairs for example. A hotel can use a smart button to summon a taxi without the need to make a phone call or send an SMS.  You may be away from your premises but would like to know who is at your door and be able to communicate with them. You may also wish to give access to a trusted supplier … Read More

7 Important battery considerations for your IoT application



The availability of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) communications technology allows IoT applications to be implemented that were not possible before. These applications have no access to mains or vehicular power sources and must rely on batteries. If your device relies on batteries, then you have to work out what type of battery is best for you. The device has to work autonomously for the length of time required by the application. The problem facing designers of an IoT deployment is how to dimension the battery for the job the device is required to do. Using cellular network technologies such as NB-IoT or LTE-M, or alternatives such as LoRa or Sigfox, you can now envisage deploying IoT devices that will … Read More

Airtag review: How it compares to Tile


Apple Airtag and keyring

I am someone who can never keep track of things, so the much anticipated launch of Apple Airtags was great news. I’ve used Tile for a couple of years and I wondered how Airtags would compare. As with everything Apple opening the packaging was an event itself. The clean simple design never seems to tire and works well. When you finally get to the Airtag itself you are faced with a plastic skin and pull tag to activate the battery. It isn’t clear if the plastic used can be re-cycled – you would hope it could as I suspect there could be quite a number of these immediate discards. Up until this point the recyclability looks good.How to set-up an … Read More

Can IoT help the Circular Economy?

DaveIoT, Sustainability

Aerial view of forest

This year’s theme for Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth” and we’re reflecting on the requirement for a more sustainable approach to pretty much everything and whether IoT can assist in making that a reality. Since the industrial revolution our model of production and consumption can be summarised as ‘take-make-use-dispose’. Two hundred years later that model has been recognised as the cause of resource depletion, pollution, habitat loss and climate change. This is not sustainable. We have to move towards a different model, one of ‘take – make – repair – repurpose – recycle – remake’, to create a Circular Economy (CE). Many big corporations have developed or are developing CE strategies and practices, and many small and medium size … Read More

2G – Mobile’s Golden Oldie: still key for IoT

David2G, IoT

pie chart showing global mobile spectrum use

With so much focus on 5G, it is interesting to see how mobile operators are currently using all of the spectrum they have won over the past 30 years. Global Mobile Spectrum UsageAs a part of developing the knowledge base for our website, I looked at spectrum usage across the world. We decided this would be important to include as it would help our users understand what mobile services they had in countries they needed to operate in. Further to that, understanding the spectrum being used to offer those services could help decide on equipment choices – does the terminal support that frequency? Having drawn the information together for the majority of countries and carriers I thought it would be … Read More