Never in the history of technology has the embedded customer identification module (eSIM) been given a bigger marketing boost than with the launch of Apple’s eSIM-only iPhone 14, and to expand the technology to enterprises, BICS and Thales have launched Unlock announced a collaboration to Internet of Things (IoT) potential by removing barriers to eSIM adoption in IoT devices.
Connectivity and the partnership between global IoT enabler BICS and global technology company Thales is based on the shared belief that, despite being increasingly common in modern smartphones, enterprises have begun to adopt IoT devices, such as smart meters or eSIM for smart devices. have struggled. The level of integration required with mobile operators.
To address this, Thales and BICS are working to remove the need for complex integrations with mobile network operators, instead allowing eSIMs to connect directly to an operator’s remote SIM provisioning platform. They will build a “leading” eSIM activation solution for IoT devices, with BICS as a connectivity provider partner.
He says this approach has been proven in the consumer electronics sector, and is now bringing ease of use to IoT implementations. As a result, companies say that the eSIM Connectivity Activation service allows for very simplified logistics and manufacturing due to the need for only one Stock Keeping Unit (SKU).
Installation is also faster and less complicated. In particular, locations with uneven coverage will greatly benefit from the flexibility it offers. Enterprises developing IoT connected devices can now integrate eSIM with much less investment, effort and deployment time.
“This new IoT eSIM solution will be a major turning point in the industry,” said Thierry Uguen, Head of IoT Product Portfolio Management at Thales. “With our IoT Connectivity Activation service, we have highly optimized the cost and effort required by the mobile industry to manage SIM profiles on IoT devices.
“We are excited that BICS is joining us as a partner for Connectivity Activation. Together, we aim to advance an open ecosystem of eSIM for IoT, ultimately enabling enterprises to unlock the vast potential of eSIM. BICS is the right connectivity partner to support our customers with international IoT deployments. They share our goal of unlocking the power of IoT for enterprises. ,
Thierry Euguen, Thales
As a global connectivity partner, BICS will support this ecosystem by enabling the provision of eSIM inside the Thales Sinteron module. These modules can then connect to global mobile network operators with Thales IoT Connectivity Activation service.
Boasting an unparalleled 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 simpler. and make it reliable. Fostering easy, flexible, global connectivity will help enterprises take that missing step to drive their international IoT projects to success.
“This partnership is extremely exciting for BICS and the industry as a whole,” said Luc Vidal-Madjar, Head of M2M/IoT Business at BICS. “Removing the barriers to eSIM management with IoT devices will drive wider adoption of eSIM in the industry and finally allow eSIM to deliver on its long-awaited promise of greater flexibility for IoT connectivity.
“Unlocking the use of eSIM in this way will be an important step in supporting large and bold global IoT deployments. For consumers and enterprises, this will eventually bring IoT closer to becoming a reality at large. In turn, this will mean a plethora of new smart products for users and promising new business opportunities such as Industry 4.0, smart metering, smart cities or connected alarm systems.