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.
With the SIM, customers will be able to transfer connected devices from one operator to another to take advantage of local support, comply with international roaming restrictions and address cost constraints.
The technology means that SIM profiles can be altered on-demand – or based on pre-defined rules – taking into consideration reporting and audit controls, as well as automated assignment to proper policies, rate plans and service conditions.
“For multinational enterprises, the challenge of managing a single global IoT service cannot be underestimated,” said Carrie MacGillivray the program vice president of mobile services and IoT for market-research player IDC. “It starts with the development process and continues throughout the service lifecycle.”
“The downstream operational impact of moving from operator to operator can be a real headache,” added MacGillivray. “That’s why a global IoT service – starting with a global SIM – is about more than being able to swap SIM profiles between operators; it’s about making operational processes such as policy management, diagnostics and auditing seamless between local operator partners.”
Jasper Wireless (Mountain View, CA, USA) acknowledges the level of demand for a global SIM from enterprise customers that need to support connected devices on a global scale.
“The combination of our network of over 15 mobile operator group partners, representing more than 100 national operators, and the new Jasper Global SIM software module means enterprises can develop connected products and services safe in the knowledge that they are future-proofed,” said Daniel Collins, the chief technology officer of wireless at Jasper.