RACO Wireless, a machine-to-machine (M2M) provider, on Tuesday announced that OnAsset Intelligence, a service provider of remote monitoring and freight intelligence, has deployed its asset tracking service internationally using the embedded multi-mode international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) SIM developed by RACO Wireless in collaboration with mobile security solution provider Giesecke & Devrient, T-Mobile USA, and Everything Everywhere Limited.
Historically, M2M providers looking to expand their solution globally have had two options - redesign and redeploy their application for use in a specific country or region or allow the application to roam internationally. However, those providers selecting the latter option have had little visibility into and control over which global networks were used or the transmission costs associated with roaming in different countries, creating an opportunity that is ripe for excessive costs, says RACO Wireless (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA).
According to John Horn, president of RACO Wireless, the new multi-mode IMSI SIM lets M2M providers keep just one global stock-keeping unit (SKU). For consumers tracking a product that move between the U.S. and Europe, the SIM will automatically switch between T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., USA) and Everything Everywhere (London), providing the best rate internationally. In countries outside of the U.S. and Europe, the SIM can tell which of the two carriers has the best roaming rate in that particular country and choose that network.
OnAsset’s (Irving, Texas, USA) SENTRY FlightSafe device helps global shipping companies track and monitor the location and condition of high-value cargo, and was the first wireless device approved for use on commercial aircrafts. Before using the IMSI SIM , the products being tracked on an aircraft could land in any area of the world and were not able to self-select a network to roam on based on price, which drove the prices up, says RACO Wireless.
"More and more, our M2M partners are looking to expand their application beyond the U.S.; however, the lack of visibility into and control over transmission costs where the device is located at any given time has been a risk factor," said John Horn, president of RACO Wireless. "Bottom line, this saves enterprises a lot of money and a lot of headaches in finding the least-expensive way for devices to communicate information and data."
RACO Wireless  is currently working to add more international carriers, including one in Asia and Latin America, says Horn.