UK SIM specialist Kigen is working with AT&T on embedded and integrated SIMs (eSIM and iSIM) for cellular networks in the Internet of Things (IoT).
AT&T will use the SIM OS from the Belfast-based subsidiary of Arm as well as data generation and key management services across its LTE, LTE-M and NB-IoT technologies. This will include eSIMs that hold the SIM numbers in memory and iSIMs that integrated the SIM into a chip.
Integrating SIMs in the early stages of manufacturing will merge SIM and chip procurement allowing high-volume manufacturers to optimise production and help new entrants to adopt cellular IoT.
Offering a range of SIM technologies will give manufacturers greater flexibility by sourcing their AT&T SIM at the stage of the device manufacturing process that best suits the customer. This might be at the point of contract manufacturing, module supply, or even at the chipset level by using an integrated SIM and merging both chip and SIM into a single component.
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Reducing complexity and accelerating time to market will attract new customers that are embarking on their cellular IoT transformation, or those that are accelerating the adoption of secure connected goods and bringing them to market sooner as a result of streamlining the chipset and SIM evaluation process.
Prior to this, device manufacturers had to purchase multiple SIM SKUs for each end-customer or market, which has complicated global product rollouts. Access to a new cache of SIMs that are compatible with cellular chipsets and secure IC vendors offers additional flexibility that results in supply chain optimisation. This streamlined approach also simplifies the manufacturing process by allowing suppliers, OEMs and licensees to identify the ideal SIM solution earlier in the design process, meaning device estates can scale sooner upon deployment.
“By working with Kigen we can help enable device manufacturers to streamline their IoT device development and manufacturing,” said William Stovall, vice president, Mobility, IoT and 5G, AT&T. “This collaboration will also offer AT&T customers the ability to bring more innovative and secure features to market sooner.”
“Scale is both cellular IoT’s most significant opportunity and hurdle. Removing the complications of placing security at the heart of IoT devices so that businesses can focus on accelerating their products is key,” said Vincent Korstanje, CEO of Kigen. “The combination of Kigen’s solutions across all types of SIM from our ecosystem with AT&T’s connectivity simplifies how businesses choose the right type of security, tuned to their manufacturing needs; offering trusted IoT that scales.”
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