Technical information? No, have these buzzwords instead.



  • I'm looking at doing some slightly different m2m work (sending data over the mobile phone networks) and a company called Telit have some new modules.

    Great, so I got a rep in. He was very enthusiastic about 'cloud to internet-of-things' and light on any kind of technical info such as what the heck their cloud service actually did other than existing.

    I asked for some technical data and got a brochure that was wall-to-wall PaaS, I-O-T, cloud-to-cloud and strategic advantage but no technical information at all.

    Try their website? Nope, just as bad: http://www.telit.com/services/m2mair-cloud/overview/

    I still have no idea what the hell they're actually selling. I'm not a luddite but this crap is getting out of hand, you can't just replace the technical info with a semi-random stream of buzzwords FFS.





  • @Gaska said:

    Crowdsourcing
    FTFY.


  • BINNED

    Telit is still alive? My first mobile phone was this thing:

    Freaking indestructible. Got rid of it after I lost the aerial somewhere (yes, it was detachable for some reason).

    They got a bit crazy with the designs after that though:

    Well... at least it melts at some point it won't look different.



  • @Onyx said:

    yes, it was detachable for some reason

    Looks like one of those stubby ones that Nokia used to have that broke off if you sat down with one in your back pocket too many times (or any number other circumstances.)

    Those needed to be detachable so they could be replaced.



  • TRWTF is putting phone in back pocket. Seriously, why people ignore the fact that they weigh 80kg, and by sitting down they put half of this weight on the costliest piece of equipment they have in their pants!?



  • @Cursorkeys said:

    I still have no idea what the hell they're actually selling.

    You mean the website doesn't clear it up?

    As illustrated, m2mAIR Cloud delivers five key features. 1) It’s good to go; 2) Usage is simple; 3) It’s a complete ONE STOP. ONE SHOP. solution; 4) It enables end-to-end solutions; and 5) solutions are secure. It’s powered by the deviceWISE platform, which provides mission-critical connectivity, security, scalability and enterprise-grade performance.
    Que?


  • @loopback0 said:

    1) It’s good to go;


  • Grade A Premium Asshole

    @Cursorkeys said:

    I'm looking at doing some slightly different m2m work

    You are working in the seedy part of craigslist?



  • @Gaska said:

    the costliest piece of equipment they have in their pants

    Hold on! My phone is not the costliest piece of equipment I have in my pants. :chicken:


  • area_deu

    Your wallet?



  • @Cursorkeys said:

    I'm looking at doing some slightly different m2m work
    @Intercourse said:
    You are working in the seedy part of craigslist?

    Trying to get private APNs to work does feel like you've been attacked by a :bear:



  • Replacement car key fobs are damn expensive these days.



  • A lot of "tech" companies are really just marketing companies



  • @boomzilla said:

    Replacement car keys are damn expensive these days.

    TRWTFTFY



  • If I unlock my car with the basic key it doesn't disable the alarm, which is...unhelpful.
    It also doesn't start the engine, which makes me wonder why they bothered making it.

    Edit: I still haven't worked out exactly what Telit are selling. I'm going to try calling their tech support line tomorrow. Their engineers will probably be able to explain as those sort of people are more bullshit-resistant.



  • I have a plastic wallet key that works the same way, useful for accidentally locking your actual keys in your car.



  • Yep, that would seem to be the only use I can think of for it.

    I have managed to lock my keys in the boot once due to the auto cental-locking if you don't open the passenger or drivers door within a couple of minutes of unlocking the car.
    In that case the basic key was at home 300 miles away (and wouldn't be any use if it had been on my keyring) and we just made a slim-jim and popped the drivers door that way.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Cursorkeys said:

    I still have no idea what the hell they're actually selling.

    Looks like it is something to do with the location of a mobile device. Maybe making apps that only work when they're used in a prescribed set of locations, so people can install them on their own phones without being able to use them to access company data when they're not at work?

    I could see there being a market for such a thing, and it wouldn't be technically too difficult to do to a useful level for this. Unlike desktops and laptops, mobile devices are usually locked down fairly hard, so the location data is mostly reliable (but not always!) and the crypto wouldn't be entirely trivial to defeat (cf. DRM).

    Or they could be talking about something completely different. I had to disable my buzzword bingo detector to reach the end of the page…



  • Pro-tip: this extension makes reading sites like that marginally more bearable.



  • @Cursorkeys said:

    I still haven't worked out exactly what Telit are selling. I'm going to try calling their tech support line tomorrow. Their engineers will probably be able to explain as those sort of people are more bullshit-resistant.

    I reckon their tech support will be first- and second-level helpdesk to cover password reset and server/network issues, and nothing else. There won't actually be an engineer for whatever this platform is in the whole company.



  • @cartman82 said:

    Pro-tip: this extension makes reading sites like that marginally more bearable.

    That is a definite improvement: "innovative butt-based Value Added Services".

    @dkf said:

    Looks like it is something to do with the location of a mobile device. Maybe making apps that only work when they're used in a prescribed set of locations, so people can install them on their own phones without being able to use them to access company data when they're not at work?

    That's exactly what part of it was sold as, although more for disabling equipment after unauthorised removal.
    The rep kept implying we could run our whole system on their cloud which is what I'm interested in. The pages do keep mentioning PaaS which I think usually means you can run your own code on their service not just use those management and location services they provide.
    I really want to know just the basics, what languages does it support, any databases or can it talk to other hosted db services etc...


    Edit: If it's just their management stuff available I wouldn't call that 'cloud' by any stretch. That's just a set of web services.



  • @Cursorkeys said:

    I really want to know just the basics, what languages does it support, any databases or can it talk to other hosted db services etc...

    None of this matters because cloud. That's the only word required to sell something to most companies as it gets beancounters and marketing types excited.



  • I should start a company that sells clouds.

    Just like those companies that name stars, except they're closer to the office.


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