Gemalto deploys M2M services in Saudi Arabia

Gemalto, a digital security provider, announced on Monday that Mobily, a mobile operators in Saudi Arabia, has selected its Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) services. The devices will be installed for upcoming Saudi M2M projects in the power management and transportation industries such as smart grid metering and fleet tracking.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands), M2M technology can open up new channels and business opportunities for Mobily (Saudi Arabia). Embedded in smart grid metering, the MIMs allow utility companies in Saudi to collect and monitor electricity consumption data remotely and in real time. Used for fleet tracking, the modules enable logistics companies to monitor the flow of vehicles for route optimization with up-to-date traffic information, says Gemalto.

Gemalto's MIM is compliant with the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council, which is a council involved in developing open standards for the microelectronics industry.

The modules are designed with robust material to withstand extreme temperatures and environments, including the ability to sustain temperature ranges from -40 to +105 degrees Celsius. It also resists vibration, humidity, corrosion and other harsh environmental factors often required in machine-to-machine applications, says Gemalto.

The MIM leverages Gemalto's operating system which features the Extended Life Mechanism, an exclusive memory management system that enhances the lifespan of the device. These purpose-built product features ensure the device is adapted to the industrial application to prevent service disruptions, says the company.

"With M2M connectivity forecast to exceed 2 billion devices by 2020, the use of MIMs will help expand the mobile operator's horizons to provide new services and diversify revenue channels," says Benoit Jouffrey, vice president M2M value added services at Gemalto.

Gemalto already has a presence in the Middle East with offices in Dubai, Oman, Turkey and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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