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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Intelligent Parking to Help Pay for Smart City Development Neill Young, Vertical Innovation Lead, GSMA Smart cities are one of the key beneficiaries of IoT technology, and a key component in making them economical will be intelligent par...

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Mobile and Auto Industries in Harmony over IoT Technology Dr Shane Rooney, IoT Executive Director, GSMA Connected vehicles are poised to become perhaps the single most noticeable feature of IoT in daily life. Bringing cars online will m...

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Interview: Setting the Pace for the Industry Craig Miller explains how Sequans plans to lead the development of Mobile Internet of Things chipsets   Craig Miller, VP of Marketing, Sequans In the fourth quarter of 2016,...

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Four Years From Now: a Glimpse into the Near Future of Mobile IoT 2017 was the year Mobile IoT became a commercial reality.  Connectivity to the Internet of Things through LPWA in licensed spectrum – the most secure and reliable means to do ...

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Simplicity the key to Growth in Mobile IoT say Operators Mobile IoT is now a commercial reality. 38 operators globally offer solutions through LPWA in licensed spectrum; there are now 15 commercially-launched networks, and 26 Mobile Io...

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AT&T Hackathon Yields Solutions in IoT from Infrastructure to Bicycles Among the most stimulating events in the lead-up to the Mobile World Congress was the Developer Hackathon. In partnership with AT&T, a special weekend session dedicated to th...

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Webinar: Mobile IoT (LPWA) for Smart Cities October 25, 2017 Mobile IoT, also known as Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) in licensed spectrum, is ideal for smart cities solutions. Benefited from its low power consumption, low device cost, long ba...

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Huawei Eco-Connect Europe 2017 October 26, 2017 In an increasingly complex and global world marked by tough competition and disruptions in the economic area, growing challengesof societies to provide opportunities and future t...

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Smart City Expo World Congress November 14, 2017 Smart City Expo World Congress aims to be the place to collectivise urban power, to increase the strength of cities, to identify business opportunities, to establish partnerships...

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Workshop: Reshaping Vehicle and Mobility Ecosystems: Mapping the Terrain for Str November 14, 2017 The transformation of the mobility sector — encompassing not only the automotive sector (incumbent OEMs; Tesla) and new entrants from the technology sector, e.g. Google’s...

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Webinar: Accelerating the Commercial Drones Market using Cellular Connectivity November 15, 2017 Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are an increasing feature of modern life. As their usage grows, the role of mobile networks becomes more important in providing secure ...

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International Advanced Mobility Forum 2017 November 30, 2017 The connected vehicle market is one of the highest growth areas of the Internet of Things, with a potential application revenue of $USD 253 billion by 2025 (Machina Research, 201...

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