Sony teams for iSIM in cellular IoT chip

January 11, 2022 // By Nick Flaherty
Sony teams for iSIM in cellular IoT chip
floLIVE introduces an iSIM providing regulatory-compliant global connectivity for connecting IoT devices at scale using Sony Altair IoT chip

Sony Semiconductor Israel has worked with iSIM provider Kigen and 5G IoT connectivity company floLIVE to integrate SIM technology into its latest Altair chip

The three companies have successfully developed an integrated SIM (iSIM) powered by Kigen’s iSIM OS and embedded with floLIVE’s global connectivity in Sony’s Altair ALT1250 cellular IoT chipset. The combination reduces the size, cost and complexity of the LPWAN chipset for NB-IoT and CAT-M designs, reducing latency and extending battery life.

floNET is floLIVE’s global connectivity service; through a globally distributed array of core mobile network instances, it provides enterprise customers with localized connectivity that adheres to privacy and data sovereignty regulations such as GDPR in Europe, and is permanent roaming safe.

“Sony is at the forefront of the next generation of connected devices, and to make that happen, we collaborate with vendors who have new approaches to enabling IoT connectivity”, said Aviv Castro, VP Business Development at Sony Semiconductor Israel. “floLIVE offers broad global coverage in our target markets and can address local regulatory challenges. This not only encourages IoT adoption, but also supports specific customer requirements for privacy and scale.”

"Kigen initiated the iSIM technology with a vision to simplify the manufacture of global IoT products and scale seamlessly,” said Vincent Korstanje, CEO at Kigen. “This collaboration with Sony and floLIVE combines the best of security through Kigen iSIM OS with out of the box LPWAN connectivity on proven iSIM chipset so OEMs can focus on meeting regulatory and local market needs.”

Having developed its own global software connectivity infrastructure, floLIVE can customize any element of the solution to meet specific customer requirements. The solution supports additional cellular technologies such as 5G, for future use cases.

“Our joint solution is a unique offering in the IoT space, and will be a model for other solutions in the market,” said Nir Shalom, CEO of floLIVE. “We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with Sony and Kigen to leverage our highly-effective over-the-air multi-IMSI solution that is in line with Sony’s own target to extend battery life and optimize data usage, and Kigen’s advanced, highly-secure integrated SIM OS.”;;

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