What I’ve learnt from 25 years in the Machine to Machine (M2M) Industry

Well it only took 25 years but I thought with all the hype surrounding The Internet of Things it was time to share some of my insights from over 25 years in an industry that’s gone through a couple of name changes and facelifts.  You can call me a late adopter in a world of early adopters. My staff roll their eyes, but being in the company of the crusty two way radio and satellite guys always gets a laugh when talking about the ‘new’ ideas and the good old days of ‘fast’ data. Much has changed in ‘telemetry’, ‘telematics’, M2M, ‘IoT, ‘IoE’ (Insert new marketing here), and the gadget developers over the years are always so optimistic! Does anyone actually have a pet tracker from any decade? A lot has happened since Moving Data’s incorporation in 1990 when 600bit/sec to a device was an expensive breakthrough, so I’m starting with self indulgence. The most important lessons I have learnt in M2M  I don’t know your business! Little devices and ‘small’ data can only enable brains, not solve the big problems.  The subject matter experts within your organisation collaborate and provide actionable information, not the technology. I rejected route optimisation solutions in 1995 at TNT Logistics, simply because routes are better calculated by the human brain – it gives the driver job satisfaction What about tabular data output – If someone can’t get it to the accountant, shouldn’t you stick with paper based processes and MS-Excel? My most satisfying M2M project There’s nothing more satisfying than providing Radio and M2M solutions for community benefit. Telecommunications in Australia is all about...