Despite growing increasingly common in modern smartphones, enterprises have struggled to adopt eSIMs for IoT devices, such as smart meters or smart appliances, due to the level of integration required with mobile operators.
To solve this, Thales and BICS are removing the need for complex integrations with mobile network operators, by allowing the eSIM to connect directly to an operator’s remote SIM provisioning platform.
Having proven its feasibility in the consumer electronics space, the same concept is being introduced into the IoT space by the duo. The eSIM Connectivity Activation service allows for greatly simplified logistics and manufacturing due to the need for only a single SKU.
Installation is faster and less complex. Particularly, locations with uneven coverage will benefit greatly from the flexibility Connectivity Activation offers. Enterprises developing IoT-connected devices can now integrate eSIMs with far less investment, effort, and deployment time.
“This new IoT eSIM solution will be a major turning point in the industry,” says Thierry Uguen, head of product portfolio management IoT at Thales. He claimed that the IoT Connectivity Activation service has drastically optimised the costs and efforts needed for the mobile industry to manage the SIM profiles on IoT devices.
BICS will support this ecosystem by enabling the provisioning of eSIMs inside Thales Cinterion modules. These modules can then connect to mobile network operators anywhere in the world with the Thales IoT Connectivity Activation service.
With a unique global coverage for any IoT technology (2G/3G/4G/5G/LTE-M and NB-IoT) and its SIM for Things solution, BICS aims to make enterprises’ global IoT projects even more simple and reliable. Fostering easy, flexible global connectivity will help enterprises take that missing step to scale their international IoT projects towards success.
Said Luc Vidal-Madjar, head of M2M/IoT Business at BICS: “Removing the obstacles for eSIM management with IoT devices will lead to far broader adoption of eSIMs in the industry and will finally allow eSIMs to deliver on their long-awaited promise of greater flexibility for IoT connectivity.
“Unlocking eSIM use in this way will be a critical step in supporting bigger and bolder global IoT deployments.”Luc Vidal-Madjar
“For consumers and enterprises, this will ultimately bring massive IoT closer to becoming a reality. This in turn will mean large numbers of new smart products for end-users and promising new business opportunities such as for industry 4.0, smart metering, smart cities or connected alarm systems,” he concluded.