Series Archives: Machine to Machine Communications
Telephone Numbers Are For People Not Machines

Telephone Numbers Are for People, Not Machines

Through the years, new technologies and capabilities have been so popular they put a strain on numbering resources. Cell phones and faxes were blamed for many area code exhausts in the ‘80s and ‘90s. After the Telecommunications Act of 1996, when competition for local telephone service was introduced, we witnessed the greatest threat to area […]

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How to Name Your M2M Devices

How to Name Your M2M Device

A standard method for naming and addressing Machine to Machine (M2M) devices is going to be critical as these devices proliferate. A standard method will ensure that the devices are useful to the widest group of people, are interoperable among many networks and services, and propagate as useful tools for all. There are many ways […]

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Say hello to the future of machine to machine addressing

Say Hello and Address Machine to Machine Appropriately

We love phone numbers at Neustar, of course we do. In fact, Tom has shown in Part 1 of this series, Telephone Numbers Are For People, Not Machines, that in the particular case of Machine to Machine (M2M), using phone numbers to address those devices and machines (and not people), can be short sighted. My colleague, […]

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Future M2M Applications

Future M2M Applications

In previous posts, my colleagues laid out a great case that even if mobile networks are being used to provide communications for M2M systems, the industry should use a new addressing scheme.  Using traditional telephone numbers (TNs) on a network will simply exhaust our supply of TNs, and will require costly upgrades of many systems. […]

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