Following the tremendous adoption of the eSIM by the automotive and other industrial sectors, Avnet and IDEMIA have collaborated to develop a solution that will help in the design of future-proof ‘plug & play’ cellular-connected products. eSIM offers M2M and IoT customers more flexibility and openness in the way they choose their telecom operator and upgrade their products in the field.

The new ‘plug & play’ eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) and SM-SR (Subscription Management Secure Routing) solution is intended to address the growing communication requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. It will offer product future-proofing capability to IoT application solution providers and other businesses, Avnet says.

Users can benefit from the solution by easily choosing a mobile network operator (MNO) without eventually having to manually change the eSIM card in their cellular connectivity-based devices, machines and sensors that are already deployed in the field.

The product bundle is also unique as it already includes an initial prepaid cellular connectivity allowance with a cellular carrier profile that has been downloaded to the eUICC during the manufacturing stage.

“Across multiple industrial segments, the embedded SIM adoption is tremendous, driven primarily by critical benefits amongst the device lifecycle connectivity management, sustainability in harsh environment and deployment simplification,” said Yves Portalier, executive vice president for connected objects activities at IDEMIA. “Several market segments such as automotive are already growing fast, so by combining the strengths of IDEMIA, Avnet and our connectivity partners, we can help to drive the adoption of this solution to all IoT use cases and applications.”

Avnet Silica says it will be the first division of Avnet to deploy the solution and will manage the delivery, integration and service operations for an estimated 10,000 industrial customers requiring cellular support services.

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Upasana Dewan

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