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Cellular technologies are taking two paths for M2M/IoT markets

    • Applications needing high speed, high throughput connectivity rely on LTE (Cat 4-18) and now also 5G for connectivity. Examples of use cases are video surveillance and failover connections in business….
    • Other applications are more centred around low throughput but high battery life applications and the LTE Cat M1/NB-IoT and Cat 1 networks, which are also included as part of future 5G, are ideal. These technologies are also ideal for upgrading form lower speed 3G hardware. As those networks are turned off  Examples include remote sensing and asset tracking…

M2M has spent over 17 years delivering cellular technologies for M2M/IoT, from early days with analog, CDMA and 2G/GSM and 3G networks, to now specialising in the LTE networks across Australia and New Zealand and planning for 5G.


In a country with as diverse and disparate terrain as Australia the reality for a large number of M2M/IoT applications that focus on remote monitoring, management and control is that cellular coverage may not be enough. Recognising this fact M2M Connectivity have been working with major satellite hardware and airtime providers globally to offer our customers one of the largest ranges of M2M/IoT specific satellite solutions in Australia.

M2M Connectivity stock a range of modems and accessories for Satellite telemetry covering one way (Simplex) and Two Way (Duplex) Data Communications that operate on the Inmarsat, Orbcomm, Iridium and Globalstar satellite networks globally.

Whether your application requires short burst simple messaging or prolonged IP connectivity, M2M Connectivity have a solution that will suit your requirements.

Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN)

An emerging technology designed specifically to benefit the millions of devices predicted to be connected to The Internet of Things (IoT) Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology uses available public radio spectrum to allow transmission of M2M/IoT data over long range with minimal power consumption and overheads.

Currently supporting both LoRaWAN, a MAC protocol for a high-capacity long-range and low power star network that the LoRa Alliance has standardised and SIGFOX a specific global series of networks designed and dedicated to the IoT; M2M Connectivity can provide hardware and services to aid in the construction of your own private IoT network or hardware that is compatible with Australian & New Zealand public LPWAN networks.

Short Range

There are times when location, budget or environment make implementing long range technologies such as cellular and satellite impractical. In these instances M2M Connectivity can assist customers with a range of short range RF technologies that can be integrated along side long range applications or stand alone as a single solution.

Whether it’s building a localised short range mesh network for M2M/IoT applications like smart metering, utilsing WiFi to reduce costs for a Smart Home solution or implementing Bluetooth/Zigbee protocols for low emission medical monitoring.  M2M Connectivity can provide a range of hardware and design services to suit your needs.

Included in our range of supported short range technologies are: Zigbee, Bluetooth, Tinymesh, RC232 and WiFi.

GPS/GNSS and Positioning

A major facet of most M2M/IoT applications is being able to locate a remote device or asset at a moments notice and with a high level of accuracy, this is where incorporating positioning technology like GNSS/GPS receivers provide a crucial component.

GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) offer global coverage with support of GPS, GLONASS and QZSS.

The Global Positioning System (GPS), a U.S. space-based global navigation satellite system, the Russian GLONASS and the QZSS (fully operational from 2013) from Japan,  all provide reliable positioning, navigation, and timing services to worldwide users on a continuous basis in all weather, day and night, anywhere on or near the Earth.

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