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We are often asked the question: Is Aeris a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)?

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Introduction Many of you probably remember Commander Data, the android on the hit science-fiction television show Star Trek: The Next Generation, based on the original Star Trek series created by Gene Roddenberry. If you were a fan of the series, you know about the location on Commander Datas back that, when pressed, would cause him […]

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Introduction

When cellular radio modules first became available for M2M Applications in the old Analog AMPS days, these did not use a standard form factor. Each manufacturer designed their own circuit board, and implemented unique pin configurations, connectors, and data interface protocols for their Customers needs. Over the years, the module form factors and interface protocols evolved and changed along with the chipsets and wireless technologies, but most manufacturers of M2M radios continued using their own new form factor design (although there were some inter-company efforts to standardize on a format). Recently, the wireless radio industry has popularized a form factor: Mini PCI Express, also referred to as Mini PCIe, that is now a used for a variety of embedded radio applications. This is now a common standard form factor for high-speed 3G and 4G radio modules as well, although not all embedded cellular radio manufacturers have begun providing modules using it.

Where to Get Detailed Specifications

For the electrical and physical specifications of Mini PCIe, the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) has provided all the details at the PCI-SIG web site, but this requires membership (and annual dues) to get access to the full, formal specifications. The module manufacturers also provide specifications with their products, of course. Edge connectors to use with these Mini PCIe modules are available from companies like Molex and others.

Brief Discussion of Mini PCIe

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Introduction Some weeks ago, I posted on the LTE spectrum fragmentation problem and its impact on M2M. As well as a comment to people who had purchased the new Apple iPad that uses LTE. Since then, a few changes and interesting events have occurred. Band 26 Approved First, in the latest 3GPP Release 11 update […]

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Introduction

This week, I begin a series of posts on the best practices for M2M data transportsinterspersed periodically with other topics.

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Introduction

Some weeks ago, I posted about Aeriss Rapid Provisioning System that allows Customers to rapidly provision Devices for operation on the Aeris Network Services.

I briefly touched on the differences between Provisioning and Activatingtodays post will explain these in a bit more detail.

The Why!

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Introduction In a post in this blog some months back, I wrote on LTE spectrum usage and its impact on M2M deployment using LTE. Since then, with more research (on radios, spectrum, etc.) I have become more concerned that this issue is going to have a very significant impact on M2M deployments in the future, […]

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Typical Provisioning

To understand the need for rapid provisioning and activation, first lets briefly examine the typical processes by which consumers purchase and activate new handsets and data cards, etc.

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Why Deploy an M2M Application? Recently, I was a presenter on two panel sessions at the M2M Evolution 2012 Conference in Miami, Florida. One panel was entitled: Why is Smart Grid an M2M Market? Not too surprisingly, the same question can be asked of many markets: Why is Fleet Management an M2M market? Why is […]

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We Get Similar Support Questions Our Network Support personnel are often asked very similar questions by Customers regarding their problematic Devices that operate on our network. The majority of the questions are generic and could be related to any M2M Device or M2M Application. The Questions Tend To Be Device-Related Not surprisingly, far more than […]

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