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A BLUETOOTH TRACKER PRETENDS TO DO LPWAN GEOLOCATION AND … TRAGEDY

There’s one LPWAN technology, LoRaWAN, that pretends to offer real-time geolocation when for all practical purposes it does not. Still, a few of its backers promote this capability — which is at best characterized as a hack — and hope customers don’t get wise until after the implementation. Other bloggers are catching on as well: But even worse is …

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HOW TO SOLVE THE CELLULAR IOT PRISONER’S DILEMMA

It seems like we are finally getting clarity on features and pricing not just for high-powered cellular IoT like LTE CAT M1, but also the long-awaited NB-IoT as well. NB-IoT famously claims to be a low power, wide area networking (LPWAN) technology. This piece in Lightreading: “NB-IoT Gets Insecurity Complex” builds on other research we have …

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NOW THIS IS THE WAY TO MAKE GPS WAY BETTER FOR THE IOT

The IoT doesn’t appear on award-winning TV that often, but if you liked the TV series “Breaking Bad”, you might also be watching its prequel, “Better Call Saul”. Without giving away the plot, this season a small, long-range GPS tracking device is prominently featured in multiple episodes and, well, the battery doesn’t last very long. You can …

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THIS IOT TECHNOLOGY PRETENDS TO BE SOMETHING IT’S NOT

I’ve written before about Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN’s) and the pros and cons of cellular-based LPWAN’s as well as the same for those non-cellular technologies operating in unlicensed radio spectrum. One technology we at Haystack like is Semtech’s LoRa LPWAN radio. Long range, low power, and reasonable-ish pricing. Some freeware they helped create called LoRaWAN, however, is not good. …

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HERE ARE MY QUICK REACTIONS TO THE VERIZON IOT ANNOUNCEMENT

Here is the announcement No multi-year battery life. Usually when an LPWAN technology launches or tries to make waves, it emphasizes the “LP” (low power) part of the acronym. Verizon wisely and tellingly characterizes CAT M1’s battery store like this: “Verizon maintains a strong leadership position in IoT technology and solutions with a history of firsts, including …

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INTRODUCING TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION FOR THE IOT

Today we published what is probably one of our most important presentations. The topic is IoT security and we break some important new ground while offering something that almost everyone in the IoT space will find useful. A New Solution to the IoT Security Problem from Haystack Technologies Two-factor authentication is common in e-commerce today — if you try …

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THE MYTH OF NB-IOT

I ran across an analyst piece on the future of LPWAN’s and it does a better-than-average job of providing some realism about the future of the cellular industry’s best hope at penetrating the LPWAN space: NB-IoT. LTE is a notoriously expensive and battery-unfriendly technology that may be OK for certain “M2M” IoT applications where mains power is …

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