AT&T, the second largest US mobile telco, says it's adopting Giesecke & Devrient's AirOn platform to enable device makers to embed once and then manage the embedded SIMs 'over the air'. By I.D. Scales.
The AirOn capability means that AT&T can offer manufacturers of both connected consumer and M2M devices a completely embedded and "over-the-air" management solution for the products, no matter where they roam. Or, as AT&T puts it, "seamless access to a global platform for service management, application development, professional services and product support."
A single SIM is embedded at manufacture but it can be updated, over the air, with subscription credentials to enable it to be used with different telcos in different countries (not just rely on AT&T's roaming agreements to get coverage outside the US).
This capability is fast becoming standard as the industry moves to 'soft' SIMs.
AT&T is a foundation Jasper Wireless service management platform user. The AirOn technology will enhance AT&T's management abilities in the M2M arena.
AT&T this year announced its single worldwide SIM solution, under which enterprise can use on a local or in-country network while managing M2M services outside the US. AT&T also offers global roaming itself in more than 200 countries. Taken together it claims these solutions eliminate the need for manufacturers to broker multiple connectivity agreements of their own.
“With the introduction of our new single worldwide SIM solution and the ability to provision over the air, we’re giving our device makers the convenience of coverage around the globe, while also enabling enhanced global services like local telecom.” according to Chris Penrose, senior vice president, emerging devices, AT&T.
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