AT&T LTE-M Button Configuration

Before Button Configuration:
1. Set up an Amazon Web Service (AWS) Account.
2. Download the AWS 1-Click App from either the iOS App Store or Google’s Play Store.
3. Order an AT&T LTE-M Button here: https://marketplace.att.com/products/att-lte-m-button

Once you receive your LTE-M Button follow these steps to configure:
1. Open box by prying open the panel on the end that has the white sticker.

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2. Scan the sticker on the side of the box with the AWS 1-Click App. If you do not have the box available, you can always type in the SN code located on the device when you are in the app.

3. Configure the Button on your mobile device by opening the 1-Click App and signing in with your AWS password. This opens the app for button configuration.

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4. Click “Agree and Get Started” to set up your Button.

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5. Scan the Serial Number (SN) barcode on the box with your mobile device, or type in the SN number located on the device. The SN will auto-populate on the screen, press the claim button to add this button to your AWS Account.

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6. Click the button on the AT&T LTE-M device and press the finish button to finalize the claim. The LED light on the button will turn a solid green once it has successfully transmitted data to AWS. Once you see “Claim Succeeded” message on the screen, press the Finish Button.

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7. Log on to your AWS Console.
8. Click All Services, navigate to → Internet of Things → IoT 1-Click
9. Choose the 1-Click Service, this is what you will use to assign a Lambda Function to the device

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10. On the left hand side of the screen you will see the menu for managing 1-Click Devices

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11. Click on the Manage Option in the 1-Click Menu
12. Create a test project to attach for the AT&T LTE-M Button. Press the Create a Project  button.

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13. Enter a Project name and Description and press the next button.

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14. Press Start to Define a Device Template for the Lambda Function you want the device to use.

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15. Name the template, and set an action (Lambda Function). In this case, choose Send SMS.

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16. Scroll down to Create Placements and enter a device placement name and enter a phone number (+1xxxxxxxxxx) and write a message in the placement attributes.

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17. Press Choose a Device to add the AT&T Button to this placement, click on Choose to the right of the available devices on the screen, and then press the Create Placement Button at the bottom of the screen…

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18. You will now see this device in the Placements for this Project.

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19. Press the button once on the AT&T LTE-M Device. When the light on the device turns solid green a text is sent to specified the number.

AT&T LTE-M Button Configuration

AWS IoT Button Configuration

Once you have established your AWS account, you are ready for AWS Internet of Things (IoT) button configuration.

Order here https://www.amazon.com/AWS-IoT-Button-2nd-Generation/dp/B01KW6YCIM

Open box by prying open the panel on the end that has the white sticker

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2. Remove the documentation that is included in the box and then use your mobile phone’s camera to scan the QR code to open the “Getting Started” page on your phone.

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3. Review ‘Cloud Programmable Dash Button’ — read the intro description on what the button is, and what it can do.

4. Review ‘Trigger AWS Lambda functions from simple devices’ and the description of the IoT Service.

5. Configure the Button on your mobile device. Open the app: AWSBTNDev – sign in with your AWS password. This opens the app for configuring your button.

6. Click the Plus Sign to configure the new button

7. Click “Agree and Get Started” on the Set up your Button screen.

8. Scan the DSN barcode on the box with your mobile device. The DSN and Name values will auto-populate on the screen.

9. Go to Settings on your mobile device and connect to the button’s wireless network using the password provided on the screen. Utilize the automatic copy/paste function to transfer the password.

10. Select the wi-fi network and enter the password copied from the previous action.

11. Once the certificate has downloaded, set the button action. Select the Lamda function that sends an email on click of the button, then select “Set Action.”

12.Send test email via button click.

13. On first button click, verify the email address through Amazon Web Services automated email.

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14. Receive email via the AWS IoT button! Your first action is complete.

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AWS IoT Button Configuration

Setting up an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Account

To get started you will need to set up an AWS account – follow these easy steps
Sign up here for an AWS account. It’s free but requires credit card.

  1. Create account by adding name, company name and contact details. Choose Professional or Personal Account and enter your phone number with no spaces.

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2. Enter a credit card on the Payment Information screen – depending on the tier you choose (Personal or Professional) the card may or may not be activated.

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3. Type in your phone number and enter the security check then hit the ‘Call Me Now’ button.

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4. A four digit number appears on the computer screen.

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5. Receive a phone call and enter the four digit code on your keypad.

6. You will then be verified after entering the code correctly.

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7. Select a support plan – Basic (free), Developer ($29/month), Business ($100/month)

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 8. Confirm your email address at the custom link sent to your email address

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You can now sign into the AWS console and personalize your experience based on your role, level of service and interests. Dig in, check out the tutorials and make your way around the AWS site!

Setting up an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Account

Setting Up A Cloud Account & Hooking Up A “Smart Thing”

Check out the following blog series as Revolution11 walks you through some simple steps for setting up a Cloud Services account and hooking up a “Smart Thing.” Starting with the Wi-Fi and LTE-M button set-up, you will gain a basic understanding of how the Internet of Things (IoT) services function. Watch this space for information on expanding your workspace horizons with more examples of how to set up Cloud Services and Smart Things.

Setting up an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Account

AWS IoT Button Configuration

AT&T LTE-M Button Configuration

Capturing an IoT button click in a FileMaker Database

Capturing an IoT button click in a SQL Database

Curious? Let’s have a discussion on how Cloud Services or Smart Things can improve your business processes and procedures. Contact Revolution11 to get started today.

Setting Up A Cloud Account & Hooking Up A “Smart Thing”

Rev11 Helps You Transition To The Cloud

Increasingly, most Revolution11 clients, whether they are large or small businesses, established or startups, are transitioning to cloud-based services. Many companies are already using cloud-based solutions like Gmail, Google Drive, and Quickbooks. These services bring the benefits of scale, elasticity, price and the ability to efficiently manage day-to-day operations in the real world.

Scale
In the past, companies bought their own servers and housed them in their own server rooms. The hardware then had to match the software, databases and applications needed to run the business, which generally required having staff on hand to manage the hardware and keep the software up-to-date. An inordinate amount of time was spent on the planning required to provision and deploy new hardware and software — IT organizations spent a lot of money to keep up with the growth of the companies they served.

Cloud Services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud make it possible for businesses to grow without the need for physical server rooms or backend hardware. By subscribing to cloud services, you don’t have to employ a large IT staff, but you can still deploy new servers and applications in the cloud as your company needs them.

Elasticity
Growing companies are always concerned with securing the tools necessary to drive productivity. But what happens when that growth slows down? How does a company meet one-time and seasonal needs? Cloud services enable leadership to utilize tools such as server-less functions and computing-on-demand, and gives IT staff the ability to easily spin up and shut down hardware instances to make sure companies are only paying for needed computing time.

Price
Companies used to purchase their software through a confusing myriad of pricing models. Invariably, businesses ended up licensing (and paying for) a lot more software than they actually used. Cloud services give companies the ability to use a variety of databases and services that do not require expensive licensing. And, for maximum flexibility, both AWS and Google Cloud allow you to bring your own licenses for products like Microsoft, Oracle and FileMaker servers.

Things
Cloud services increasingly help companies keep track of “things” in the real world, and take action based on the interaction of the thing and a human, another object, or a condition. What does this mean? You can be alerted when the fancy projector is moved in your office, you log-in to access the warehouse with a smart phone or Bluetooth Keychain beacon, or quickly learn the current quantity or a SKU using just voice control.

How Can Revolution11 Assist Your Transition to Cloud Services?
Let Revolution11 help you transition your current infrastructure to the cloud by assessing your needs and creating a plan to move your tools to cloud-based services.

Not ready to move your existing databases and applications to the cloud, but ready to take advantage of the services offered by AWS and Google Cloud? Revolution11 has the experience to show you how to leverage your existing platform and supplement it with cloud-based services. Your company can easily build new applications using your current databases, and cloud services make it easy to gather information via SMS or voice services — deposit the results in your existing databases for a wide variety of applications. Let Revolution11 show you how easy it is to control your current databases with a voice assistant like Alexa!

Rev11 Helps You Transition To The Cloud

Why IoT Now?

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Smart, Connected… The IoT Buzz is True
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a buzzworthy topic as new devices are developed and the general public gains a better understanding of their intrinsic value.  Companies have been reluctant to deploy IoT-based solutions, or even explore deployment options, for various reasons: security on the devices themselves and the networks they run on are a cause of concern, as is the complexity and expense of creating solutions that utilize IoT devices. Marrying solutions to existing enterprise resources also rates as a point of concern. The changes in the IoT landscape over the past 18 months are discussed below — as Revolution11 has been a leader in the forefront of IoT research and development, it is crystal clear that the elements for a successful IoT deployment are well within the reach of developers far and wide.

Dedicated to IoT
In the past 12 months the four major mobile carriers in the US have each rolled out networks dedicated to low power IoT devices. LTE-M is the abbreviation for LTE Cat-M1 or Long Term Evolution (4G), category M1. This technology is for IoT devices to connect directly to a 4G network, without a gateway and on batteries. These networks are not ‘phone’ networks adapted for IoT devices, they were specifically designed for Machine-to-Machine communications. With distinct price plans, they are generally geared toward those providing the services, not the consumer directly.

Learn more about LTE-M Networks

Certified Modules Bring About Change…Quickly
Expense and the difficulty of integrating sensors and other IoT devices into business solutions are often seen as barriers to entry. Prototyping solutions using arduinos or Rasberry Pis was an easy fix, but when the time came to scale a customized group of sensors or devices to move into production, the sourcing, testing, and certifying by mobile carrier was an incredible roadblock which was expensive and time-consuming. Within the past couple of years pre-certified components and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) vendors who produce the parts have, thankfully, arrived on the scene. It is now possible to build your IoT sensors or devices using these pre-certified modules.

Learn more about AT&T’s validated chipsets and modules

Incorporate IoT Solutions Into Your Organization…Today
The time is now to incorporate IoT solutions into your organization! AT&T has an easy-to-use design tool known as “Flow,” along with convenient APIs and efficient data services. Don’t worry about storing huge amounts of data that the sensors generate on your own servers — the data from these services are a snap to incorporate into other IoT frameworks utilizing Amazon and Google.

Learn more about AT&T Flow

Development
In our business this is what we look for, first and foremost. Developing and deploying an IoT solution is now within reach and has quickly become practical for organizations of all formats and sizes… what is the downside to efficient, reliable tracking of your assets in real time? None, really — just to name one of the MANY applications that IoT services deliver to your business. IoT gives deeper meaning to the “things” that are all around us, and enables this technology to monitor (just about anything) and notify stakeholders of performance metrics on demand. Our experience tells us that this is a win-win solution for many developers.

Need more information? Contact Revolution11 to discuss your IoT ideas.

Download a PDF of this entry here: Why IoT Now?

Why IoT Now?