The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless has launched a global SIM for M2M and IoT devices, allowing enterprises to manage and update mobile operator profiles and policies remotely.
The company said the SIM – announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow – would be integrated with its platform services and meet demand for more efficient and cost-effective M2M device activation.
US operator T-Mobile has unveiled a new service that eliminates roaming costs for M2M communications between the US and Canada, promising to extend the offer to additional markets this year.
Branded eSIM, the service means that M2M customers can enjoy local data rates when travelling from one country to the other.
T-Mobile (Bellevue, WA, USA) says the potential cost savings are enormous, giving the example of a trucking company whose vehicles make regular trips between the US and Canada.
Digital security specialist Oberthur Technologies says its M-Connect solution is to support M2M connectivity services being offered by in1SIM.
Under a deal between the two players, market trials are planned for this year with energy distribution companies based in Northern Europe.
Oberthur (Levallois-Perret, France) says a combination of its technology with that of in1SIM will answer a need for a “global and reliable” solution for connecting smart objects to mobile networks.
Digital security player Gemalto and telematics specialist Hirschmann Solutions have unveiled details of a new partnership on the remote subscription management of advanced M2M applications.
The companies say their solution combines Hirschmann’s (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) global asset tracking solution with modules from Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) that support high-speed connectivity on a range of networks.
The GSM Association (GSMA) has published a new embedded SIM specification that has secured the backing of some of the world’s biggest operators and could provide a major boost to the M2M industry.
US operator AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) has gone as far as saying the initiative represents an important step in terms of ushering in a new era for M2M technology.
The specification enables remote ‘over the air’ provisioning and management of embedded SIMs in M2M devices and has been designed to ensure that different technical solutions are interoperable.
“As continued deployments of machine to machine (M2M) applications across diverse geographical and vertical markets worldwide give rise to an increasingly fragmented ecosystem, industry players must put security, remote programmability and interoperability at the heart of their plans for development, or risk inhibiting the sector’s prospects for growth,” says Bruno Basquin, Chair of the M2M and eUICC Working Group at SIMalliance.
UK-based mobile phone giant Vodafone has formed an agreement with Brazil’s Datora Telecom that will allow it to enter the Latin American country’s burgeoning M2M market.
Vodafone (Newbury, UK) said it was looking to support the growing number of multinational businesses that want to provide M2M services in Brazil.
It plans to work with Datora (Sao Paolo, Brazil) on providing customers with high-quality M2M communications services.
Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has signed what it calls a “nearly double-digit million euro contract” with cargo monitoring service provider arviem for the provision of M2M services.
The operator describes the deal as an “important building block” for expanding its presence in the M2M market.
The two companies are to work together on providing real-time monitoring services for freight consignments, with Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) contributing hardware and SIM cards while arviem (Baar, Switzerland) provides the software needed to evaluate data.
Mobile network operators could have the most to gain from the crossover of embedded SIMs into smartphones, tablets and consumer electronics devices, according to ABI Research, despite the widespread assumption they would lose out from such a development.
According to the market-research company, embedded SIMs could open up new M2M applications – with greater appeal for hesitant consumers – by allowing users to switch networks.