Remote SIM Provisioning for Machine to Machine

What is the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification?

The GSMA’s Embedded SIM Specification provides a single, de-facto standard mechanism for the remote provisioning and management of machine to machine (M2M) connections, allowing the “over the air” provisioning of an initial operator subscription, and the subsequent change of subscription from one operator to another. GSMA Embedded SIM is a vital enabler for Machine to Machine (M2M) connections including the simple and seamless mobile connection of all types of connected machines.

M2M offers a huge market opportunity

Mobile networks are being used to connect all sorts of devices; automated reading of utility meters, intelligent connectivity of cars and commercial vehicles to enable drivers to access navigation, infotainment or breakdown services, traffic lights, home security and assisted living. The number of mobile connected devices is expected to be 10.5 billion by 2020, resulting in a huge new market opportunity, predominantly in the machine to machine (M2M) and consumer electronics sectors. All parties in the M2M ecosystem will struggle if we remain solely dependent upon the traditional SIM card, which is predicated on only associating with one network operator.

This is because changing SIM cards is problematical for many business-to-business (B2B) customers. For the industry, optimising manufacturing process is a key challenge that GSMA Embedded SIM solves by providing a global product for a global manufacturing process with local provisioning when the product is deployed in the field. It also solves the challenge of managing those devices in the field when many M2M devices are remotely located, often hermetically sealed, their after sale location is not known during production and furthermore their product life cycles are lengthy. Many of the interfaces and processes needed to make the remote provisioning of SIMs work are virtually identical to current SIM personalisation processes and interfaces used by mobile operators today.

The latest version of the GSMA specification now includes Profile Interoperability that will simplify the process of connecting M2M devices and enhance the flexibility for how mobile network operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do business in the future.

The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification has been backed by over twenty operators, two leading M2M Alliances and a host of OEMs. The full array of documents pertaining to the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification can be found below, or alternatively in our resources, along with other Connected Living case studies, documents, reports and guidelines.

The importance of Embedded SIM certification to scale the Internet of Things As a provider of connected devices why should you care about test and certification of Embedded SIM? Because it enables your devices to reach market faster since they do not need...

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Webinar Highlights: Changing of the SIM Card – Are You Ready for Remote SI Remote SIM Provisioning is one of the most exciting technologies in the M2M market and has the potential to accelerate the delivery of millions of connected devices across the g...

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Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UICC Technical Specification v3.1 This document provides a technical description of the GSMA’s ‘Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UICC’. Download...

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Architecture for Embedded UICC Test Specification v3.1 These test specifications are to be used by test labs to develop test for the principal components and interfaces of the GSMA’s Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UI...

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The GSMA IoT Webinar Series 2016-17 This webinar series explores key initiatives to accelerate the delivery of new connected services and devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics will be explored and discuss...

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Simplifying the adoption of compliant M2M solutions The recent backing of the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification from a large number of global auto manufacturers suggests that it is on the way to becoming the de-facto standard mechan...

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A Breath of Fresh Air: IoT Big Data Helping to Improve London’s Air Quality Poor air quality in major cities can expose citizens to air pollution and lead to health risks such as asthma attacks, lung cancer, heart disease or chronic bronchitis. Air quali...

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Mobile Industry Launches Universal Hallmark for NB-IoT Organisations operating in the broader NB-IoT market now have the opportunity to illustrate the authenticity of their products following the mobile industry’s launch of the uni...

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Connecting Cities to a Smart Future Start-ups at Expo highlight how Mobile IoT can make cities effective and efficient Smart manhole covers, remote controlled streetlights, sophisticated damage detection systems, s...

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Ecosystem Meets at Turning Point for Connected Vehicles Dr Shane Rooney, IoT Executive Director, GSMA As we look ahead to 2026, connected vehicles constitute one of the greatest areas of promise for the industry.  Analyst house Machi...

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Mobile IoT to Help Utilities Meet Phenomenal Demand for Smart Capabilities Of all the industries set to deploy IoT technology in the years ahead, those in the utilities sector have among the most to gain.  That was a key take-away from discussions at t...

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GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative Helping Operators Target European Connected Energy Ma The GSMA today announced that mobile operators deploying new Mobile IoT networks will be able to benefit from the European connected energy market estimated to be worth USD$26 bi...

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Webinar: Building a Connected Product with Mobile IoT (LPWA) – A Guide for January 23, 2018 Built for IoT applications that require long battery lives, are low cost, and often operate in remote and hard to reach locations, Mobile IoT technologies (low power wide area in...

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6th Mobile IoT Summit February 25, 2018 Mobile IoT, also known as Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) in licensed spectrum, presents a huge opportunity for the mobile and IoT industries.  Machina Research estimate that by 2025...

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IoT at MWC18 February 26, 2018 The Internet of Things will be central to Mobile World Congress 2018. You can discover the range of our activities below.   6th Mobile IoT Summit 13:00-17:30, Sunday 25 Febr...

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Generating Value through IoT and Big Data February 27, 2018 GSMA Seminar Theatre 1, CC1.5 – download directions Mobile operators are becoming increasingly successful in establishing services to commercialise their anonymised data, a...

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Mobile IoT Innovators Networking Reception February 28, 2018 Join the Mobile IoT Innovators Networking Reception for a relaxed afternoon and enjoy an informal chat with leading industry experts and pioneering companies in the Mobile IoT ec...

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IoT Security and Drones – Creating a Connected and Secure Future February 28, 2018 GSMA Seminar Theatre 1, CC1.5 – download directions Session 1: Securing a Better Future With 30 billion connected devices by 2026, the risk of cybersecurity breaches, leake...

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