34 Bridge Alliance members can now access Gemalto On-Demand Connectivity for Industrial and Consumer IoT devices
Gemalto , the world leader in digital security, has been selected to supply its On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) solution for Bridge Alliance, a partnership of 34 leading mobile network operators (MNOs) in Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, representing over 800 million customers. Deployed by Gemalto, On-Demand Connectivity, when paired with embedded SIMs (eSIM), eliminates logistics challenges of provisioning online connectivity in different territories forInternet of Things (IoT) device makers and service providers.
Through the remote subscription management, users can easily connect to any Bridge Alliance Member Operator’s network, allowing them to immediately access the Internet with their devices, and manage their mobile subscriptions with ease. This solution is compatible with GSMA’s Embedded SIM M2M specifications for industrial IoT applications, and GSMA’s Embedded SIM specifications for consumer devices.
IoT is one of the fastest-growing markets today. Based on IHS Markit’s 2016 projections, there will be 20 billion connected devices in use in 2017. This installed base of IoT devices will continue to expand to 30 billion in 2020, and hit 75 billion in 2025*. There is also a market shift from highly specialized to cross-industry IoT devices. An example is the use of connected light bulbs, which can be implemented for different sectors.
“We are focused on providing customers with world-class, seamless connectivity services for both industrial and consumer IoT devices,” said Eileen Tan, Chief Executive Officer at Bridge Alliance. “Our partnership with Gemalto allows us to automate the provision of connectivity services over-the-air to meet the exacting demands of our customers.”
“IoT is the backbone of many emerging trends and technologies like Industry 4.0 and Big Data“, said Sashidhar Thothadri, Vice President of Sales South Asia & Japan at Gemalto. “As the interest grows, we are excited to deliver a truly flexible way to connect any IoT device – from connected cars to wearables and other industrial M2M applications – across a large geographical footprint, thanks to Bridge Alliance members’ networks”.
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and significantly reduced complexity of LTE-M
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is partnering with LTE chipmaker Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) to revolutionize Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity with LTE-M technology. The companies are demonstrating at GSMA Mobility Live! in Atlanta, the first Cat M1 IoT solution, based on Sequans’ genuine Cat M1 chip, delivering the greatest level of network efficiency and simplicity achieved to date. The solution significantly improves power saving capabilities to extend the lifespan of IoT devices while boosting performance in indoor environments. It is ideal for low bandwidth IoT use cases including alarm systems, asset trackers, smart meters, smart city controllers, wearables and industrial sensors. New low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network technologies like LTE-M will give network operators the opportunity to generate significant revenues from the billions of connected things.
The LTE-M demonstration leverages a Gemalto wireless module that uses dedicated Cat M1 technology based on Sequans’ Monarch chip to enable a whole new level of low power, low bandwidth IoT connectivity. The module connects to Ericsson’s RBS6000 Multi-Standard base station updated with Cat M1 software. The solution is capable of supporting more than 10 LTE frequency bands from a single hardware device allowing for true global coverage. Dynamic power management technology enables more than 10 years of battery life for standard IoT devices. Samples of Gemalto’s forthcoming LTE Cat M1 wireless module are expected to ship in Q4 2016.
“Gemalto is the ideal partner to deliver evolving IoT-optimized LTE solutions enhanced by digital security expertise,” said Georges Karam, Sequans’ CEO. “Our successful Gemalto-Sequans partnership has led to major first to market LTE innovations that combine our respective key capabilities and offer customers distinct competitive advantages not available elsewhere.”
“Cat M1 will enable a wide range of new IoT applications to the benefit of Industry and Society at large. We are pleased to work with Sequans and Gemalto to foster the development of an early Cat M1 ecosystem to support, for example, a multi-function Vehicle Telematics application as enabled by this demo” said Thomas Norén, VP Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson.
“The potential of next generation LTE technology to expand the IoT market presents an enormous opportunity for low power, low bandwidth Cat M1 devices, as well as for applications best addressed by LTE Cat 1,” said Andreas Haegele, Senior Vice President M2M at Gemalto. “Together with Sequans, Gemalto is continuing to deliver first to market IoT connectivity solutions that drive the market forward.”
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has been selected to provide its LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solutionand embedded SIMs (eSIMs) for KDDI, a leading operator in Japan with over 40 million subscribers, to enable secure connectivity for connected cars and IoT applications worldwide. As a result, KDDI can now provision any requested operator’s profile on connected cars equipped with pre-embedded eSIM, allowing automakers and solution providers to offer seamless remote subscription over the air throughout the lifecycle of the car. Motorists can access optimized real-time information about traffic and nearby amenities, navigation, vehicle diagnostics, and emergency services, anytime, anywhere.
Gartner forecasts that by 2020, there will be a quarter billion vehicles on the road with some form of wireless connectivity, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things1. The lack of flexible and interoperable remote subscription management is a major challenge in deploying IoT. Gemalto’s solution, based on global GSMA specifications, will simplify logistics for OEMs and automakers.LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity is integrated to several IoT connectivity platforms, offering utmost flexibility to KDDI.
“Gemalto has been our trusted partner for a long time, and has helped us launch many successful projects,” said Keiichi Mori, Executive Officer, General Manager, IoT Business Development Division, Solution Business Sector at KDDI. “Their solution is based on interoperable GSMA standards, and will provide a common and consistent way to connect devices in the future. With long-lasting relationships with over 500 mobile operators worldwide and a strong local presence, they can help us expand our services to other IoT applications, to obtain rapid growth in the connected world.”
“IoT is increasingly turning connected cars into powerful hubs for value-added services such as infotainment, real-time vehicle telematics, and usage-based insurance, offering plenty of opportunities to OEMs and service providers,” said Michael Au, President South Asia and Japan at Gemalto. “With simplified subscription management, KDDI is strongly positioned alongside Japanese car manufacturers to take a lead in this relatively new market worldwide.”
The Embedded SIM Initiative Aims to Accelerate the M2M Market Addressing Key Sectors Including Transportation and Utilities.
The GSMA has announced the publication of its specification to enable the remote ‘over the air’ provisioning and management of Embedded SIMs in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices. The specification, which has the backing of the world’s leading mobile operators and SIM suppliers, will help to ensure interoperable technical solutions and further accelerate the rapidly growing M2M market. First deployments of the GSMA-compliant Embedded SIM solution are expected to roll out in 2014.
“The number of mobile connected devices is expected to reach 11 billion by 2020, growth that will be led predominantly by advances in the M2M market,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “This level of growth will be heavily dependent on the adoption of a common, global and interoperable SIM provisioning and management architecture that enables the M2M market to flourish. The specification released today will have a significant impact on the M2M marketplace, as it will help provide lower operational costs and drive economies of scale.”
The use of traditional SIMs – which require insertion and replacement – in M2M devices for transportation, utility metering or other applications can present challenges, as M2M devices are often remotely located and hermetically sealed. A specific non-removable SIM is embedded into the M2M device at the point of manufacture and can later be remotely provisioned with the subscription profile of the operator providing the connectivity, which can be subsequently changed or modified over the air. This eliminates the need to intervene to replace SIM cards over the lifetime of each M2M product, reducing ongoing operational and logistical costs.
The Embedded SIM specification allows mobile network operators to provide scalable, reliable and secure connectivity for M2M connected devices. Further, the industry-standard Embedded SIM eliminates the need for each operator to develop their own technical solution for the remote provisioning of their SIMs and also facilitates operator switching if required at the end of a contract.
The Embedded SIM project has the backing of operators and SIM products and solutions partners from across the globe, including AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Morpho (Safran), NTT DOCOMO, Oberthur Technologies, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telenor and Vodafone.
“This is an important step in ushering in a new era for M2M technology and as the global leader in providing M2M solutions we are pleased to have worked closely with the GSMA and industry partners to deliver a specification that works in the industry’s best interests,” said Cameron Coursey, vice president of Product Development and Operations, AT&T Emerging Devices.
“Without a globally recognized, standardised and harmonised connectivity solution the automotive industry will become unnecessarily complex and fragmented. As a car manufacturer an Embedded SIM that can be remotely provisioned is absolutely key for us in driving efficiency and simplicity and is to be welcomed. We thank the GSMA and partners for agreeing this specification,” commented Marcus Keith, Project Management Audi connect.
“The embedded SIM specification is the result of close collaboration between MNOs and major innovative industry players in the M2M sector. By defining an interoperable technical framework covering remote subscription management, the industry has marked another element for a strong start for large scale deployments of Machine-to-Machine applications” said Norbert Muhrer, Senior Vice President of M2M, Gemalto.
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“The OTA provisioning and management of Embedded SIMs is the biggest revolution for the SIM since its invention for mobile phones. Working together we have created the secure and flexible technology to connect up billions of M2M devices and enable the Internet of Things,” said Carsten Ahrens, Group Senior Vice President, Division Server Software and Services Division 3S at Giesecke & Devrient.
“The growth of the M2M market is a major evolution in the telecoms industry. It requires a flexible solution for managing secure access to networks over the long term. Morpho is pleased to contribute to initiatives supporting the development of new telecommunications businesses”, said Yves Portalier, Senior Vice President Telecoms, Morpho, e-Documents Division.
“A unified solution for Embedded SIMs is critical to meet the needs for global M2M applications. This specification, which was developed through cross-industry efforts, will boost the adoption of Embedded SIMs in all regions, including Asia,” commented Koichi Takahara, Managing Director of NTT DOCOMO’s M2M Business Department.
“The creation of a single, global Embedded SIM specification is welcomed by operators, security products and solutions providers and business partners alike, as it enables the activation of globally distributed devices anytime, anywhere. Therefore, it will create a stronger global M2M ecosystem,” said Christian Lefebvre, Managing Director Telecom Product Line at Oberthur Technologies.
“Vodafone remains convinced that a prerequisite for Embedded SIM applications is interoperable standards. We very much welcome the release of such standards for the M2M arena, which will help to accelerate innovative solutions developed with our partners,” commented Stephen Packer, Head of Platforms and Enablers, Vodafone Group Terminals.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.
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Easy-to-use development board simplifies M2M solution design for Java community, enabling prototypes in just hours
Amsterdam, Sept 23, 2013 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is again simplifying Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and expanding the Internet of Things (IoT) with the launch of the Cinterion® Concept Board for developers. The IoT gives physical objects the ability to automatically transfer information over a network, which creates a platform for smart decisions and continuously improved process and interactions. With the Internet of Things’ ubiquitous intelligence, people can be alerted to the nearest parking space, available taxi or cycle path all with a simple app. The Cinterion Concept Board is designed to expand these IoT possibilities through speeding up the creation of innovative solutions in digital signage1 , automated building applications, remote monitoring and control of devices2 and more.
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2) Example of remote monitoring and control: connecting streetlights to an intelligent network for just-in-time lights on / off, thus reducing waste of electrical power
3) Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments