Wavecom inSIM Technology to Facilitate Reliable Cellular Connections for M2M Devices in Brazil
According to an announcement by Vivo, Oberthur Technologies and Wavecom (News
), Vivo is testing to validate Wavecom's inSIM technology for its machine-to-machine (M2M) subscription offer.
The three companies that are active in different domains of mobile operation, wireless connectivity, and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) secured element respectively, have combined their efforts to deliver one fully integrated—ready to be deployed solution to ensure cellular subscription for M2M devices at low costs.
Vivo is a Brazilian cellular carrier and active in the country's M2M industry with various important nation-wide projects. According to Resolution 245, a Brazilian government law voted in 2007, a tracking and anti-theft device must be installed in all new vehicles leaving the factory, produced in Brazil or imported, starting in 2009.
The device will be equipped with an integrated wireless module, such as a Wavecom Wireless CPU, through which it will send and receive information to and from a monitoring service centers.
The tracking devices and other M2M applications, such as smart utility meters or wireless payment terminals, have specific needs related to the security and reliability of the SIM card.
Usually, the traditional SIM cards are designed for consumer electronics and supplied as plastic cards. These cards are not able to cope with extreme industrial requirements such as resistance to extreme temperatures, humidity, shock and vibration.
inSIM technology reduces the risk of disconnected devices by ensuring proper functioning in harsh environments also. PSA Peugeot Citroën Group’s Automotive Design (ADN) Center had awarded the inSIM embedded SIM concept with the trophy for innovation in March 2008.
The project is being supported by Oberthur Technologies, a supplier of innovative smart card based solutions, by deploying its Opera M2M advanced smart card technology to contribute in the inSIM solution.
Hilton Mendes, director of Vivo, noted that the ability to combine the SIM function into the inSIM module greatly enhances the security and reliability of the cellular connection, and also simplifies the logistics chain.
Vivo is looking forward to providing the benefits of inSIM to its subscribers for their vehicle tracking and other M2M subscriptions, added Mendes. Arvind Arora is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arvind's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Jessica Kostek