Last week colleagues Juriaan Buikema and Antonio Sanches attended the Emebedded World conference in Nürnberg. This fair focuses on topics such as: hardware, systems, distribution, services, embedded vision and tools. In this article we discuss innovative developments and trends that stood out during the Embedded World. The following topics are covered; the iSIM, RSP platforms and One SIM.
First of all, the iSIM. Before discussing the iSIM, it is important to understand the difference between the iSIM and the eSIM. An eSIM is a small chip that is built into a device and has the same functionality as a physical SIM card. The main difference is that the eSIM can be activated and configured over the internet, without the need to install a physical SIM card. This makes it easier for users to switch carriers and have multiple mobile plans on one device.
The iSIM, on the other hand, is a SIM card that is fully integrated into the hardware of a device, such as a smartphone or a smart speaker. It is a fixed chip that cannot be removed or replaced. The iSIM is specifically designed for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other smart devices that do not have physical SIM card slots.
An iSIM provides the same functionality as the eSIM, but is designed for devices that are so small that they cannot have physical SIM card slots. The iSIM is also very secure, as it does not allow physical access to the SIM card and because the security software is embedded directly in the hardware of the device. Another difference is that the eSIM is currently supported by many mobile operators around the world. While the iSIM is still under development and currently only supported by a limited number of manufacturers and operators.
The second topic is RSP platforms. An RSP platform (Remote SIM Provisioning platform) is a software platform for managing SIM cards remotely. This allows you to configure, activate and deactivate the SIM card. An RSP platform allows mobile operators and device manufacturers to manage the SIM cards remotely, without requiring physical access to the SIM cards.
Traditionally, SIM cards were configured and activated by physically inserting them into a device and then connecting to the mobile network. This process is time consuming and costly. Especially for devices that are located in remote locations or are produced in large numbers.
With the emergence of eSIM and iSIM, remote management of SIM cards is possible. For example, the process of SIM card configuration and activation has been considerably simplified and accelerated. An RSP platform makes it possible to remotely configure, activate and deactivate SIM cards via secure networks and protocols. An RSP platform consists of several components. Think of; a back-end system for managing SIM cards, a front-end interface for configuring the SIM cards, and management tools for monitoring platform performance. RSP platforms are commonly used by mobile operators, device manufacturers and IoT solution providers to simplify and automate the management of remote SIM cards.
Finally, we will discuss the technique: one SIM. One SIM is a technology that makes it possible to have multiple mobile subscriptions on one SIM card. This allows users to easily and flexibly switch providers and use multiple numbers on one device, without having to swap physical SIM cards.
Traditionally, each mobile operator had its own SIM card. This resulted in users having to purchase and install a separate SIM card for each operator in their device. This makes it difficult and inconvenient to switch providers. But also to have multiple mobile subscriptions on one device.
With One SIM, users can have multiple mobile subscriptions on one SIM card. This makes it easier to switch providers or use multiple numbers on one device. This is made possible by creating virtual SIM profiles on the physical SIM card. These profiles each represent a unique telephone number and/or subscription. Mobile operators mainly use One SIM to give their customers more flexibility in managing their more mobile subscriptions. One SIM is also used in devices such as smart watches and other IoT devices where it is not practical to use multiple physical SIM cards.
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