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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 UICC.

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What happens when an M2M customer wants to change from one operator to another?

One of the most significant advances made in the IoT and M2M industries has been the development of Remote SIM Provisioning, which allows the “over the air” provisioning of an initial operator subscription, and the subsequent change of subscription from one operator to another.

As such, OEMs and Operators need to agree on a process on how this initiation and potential transfer occurs. In this short video, Executive Director, Embedded SIM, Gary Waite, explains how some the key questions relating to this process and how they can be successfully addressed.

 

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Transforming the connected car market

The connected car a huge market opportunity for auto manufacturers, operators and connected service providers and of one the main growth areas of M2M and IoT. According to Machina Research, the total global revenue for the Connected Car sector stood at $37.5 billion in 2015, and is predicted to increase massively to $151.8 billion in 2020.

Recently, the auto sector took a huge leap in enabling the next generation of connected cars by supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification to underpin vehicle connectivity. This will provide enhanced security for a range of connected services, enable the vehicle to be connected by multiple Operators and allow the selection of local Operators’ connectivity at the vehicle’s country of destination.

The GSMA’s Embedded SIM Specification uses Remote SIM Provisioning technology and therefore enables late stage programming of M2M devices. In the auto sector, this will massively simplify production and will accelerate the growth of the connected car market as a result – this will of course apply to other sectors that also use M2M and IoT solutions. But what is this smart new technology and how does it work?  In this short video, our SIM expert Gary Waite explains in simple terms how this innovation is transforming the connected car market.

 

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Automotive industry adopts GSMA Embedded SIM Specification to accelerate connected car market

General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan, Scania and Volvo Cars Support Specification for Delivery of Range of Connected Vehicle Services; 22 Live Operator Solutions Now Commercially Available

London: Leading companies from across the automotive and transportation sector are supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification to help accelerate the growth of the connected car market, the GSMA announced today. The interoperable specification has been backed by international brands including General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Nissan, Scania and Volvo Cars, and will enable automakers to remotely provision connectivity over the air to vehicles with an operator of their choice. It will help to deliver a range of in-vehicle services such as infotainment, real-time navigation, insurance and breakdown services, as well as telematics and remote diagnostics. The use of the specification will also help to quickly connect vehicles with local operators, regardless of where the cars are manufactured.

“The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification has progressed from the first availability of commercial solutions to industry adoption in a very short space of time. The automotive sector is set for huge growth and it is clear that a common, global standard will help mobile operators to provide scalable, reliable and secure connectivity to vehicles regardless of location,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “This approach will help car manufacturers offer any type of in-car connected service through a single SIM, which can be provisioned with the profile of a mobile operator once the car is shipped, as well as at the end of a contract, without the SIM needing to be changed.”

The connected car market is set for exponential growth. Gartner Research has forecast that one in five vehicles will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, equating to more than 250 million connected vehicles in service1. Additionally, Machina Research estimates that the total number of connections in the connected car market will grow at a CAGR of 31 per cent from 182 million in 2015 to 693 million in 20202. Analyst house Berg Insight also notes that in-vehicle embedded telematics systems shipped 1.9 million units in 2014, a figure that is expected to reach 15 million by 20203.

“Jaguar Land Rover is putting connectivity at the heart of its vehicles to deliver a range of safety, security, convenience and infotainment features for our customers. The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification allows Jaguar Land Rover to reduce manufacturing complexity, adapt to changing regulatory frameworks and work with the best mobile operators, on a country-specific or regional basis, improving the customer offering to deliver the next generation of connected services over the lifetime of our vehicles,” commented Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

“The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification solves a number of fundamental issues in auto manufacturing principally in-market localisation and lifecycle management that enable us to provide an efficient, robust and global product,” said Fredrik Callenryd, Senior Business Strategy Manager, Scania CV AB.

“The Renault – Nissan Alliance is a global industry innovator for technology for mainstream and mass-market consumers. Supporting the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification will help sustain our innovations by enforcing a reliable and stabilized solution and enable us to offer more flexible and agile solutions. We will be able to offer our customers ease of use and a high quality of service which are Renault – Nissan’s main objectives,” commented Alexandre Corjon, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global VP, Electrics Electronics & Systems Engineering.

To date, 22 mobile operators worldwide have commercially launched solutions based on the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification. New operators to launch commercial solutions include AIS, América Móvil, KPN, MTN, Rogers Wireless, Swisscom, Taiwan Mobile, Telenor, TIM as well as members of the Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association. The adoption of an interoperable specification will reduce fragmentation and help the industry to take advantage of the Internet of Things, an addressable market estimated to be worth US$1.1 trillion by 2020 according to Machina Research4. AT&T, Bell Canada, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Indosat, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Tele2, Telefónica Brasil, Telefónica Group, TeliaSonera and Vodafone have already made commercial solutions available to the market.

GSMA Intelligence research highlights that 76 per cent of global M2M connections are now serviced by mobile operators that are deploying or are committed to the GSMA solution, underscoring the momentum behind the specification5. For more information on the GSMA’s Embedded SIM please go to: http://www.gsma.com/connectedliving/connected-living-mobilising-the-internet-of-things/.

GSMA Connected Living Programme at Mobile World Congress 2016
The GSMA’s Connected Living Programme will showcase the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification at Mobile World Congress 22-25 February in Barcelona. There will be a number of live demonstrations of the specification in the GSMA Innovation City located at Stands 3A11 and 3A31 in Hall 3, Fira Gran Via, including scenarios from Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association. There will also be a number of workshops, seminars and presentations highlighting the impact of the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification on the international market. The GSMA Innovation City will be open during Mobile World Congress exhibition hours. For further information on Mobile World Congress 2016, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com.

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GSMA Embedded SIM Specification underpins Mercedes-Oberthur Technologies deal

Yesterday, Oberthur Technologies (OT), a leading global provider of embedded security solutions and Daimler AG, one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers of commercial vehicles, announced a new partnership to connect Mercedes-Benz passenger cars based on the GSMA’s Embedded SIM Specification.

The solution will be implemented in Daimler’s vehicles as early as March 2016, beginning with the new Mercedes-Benz E-class. The GSMA Specification will allow operators to provide connectivity for all such automobiles, enabling each car with services such as emergency calls, remote maintenance, telediagnostiscs, live traffic information, remote door locking and entertainment.

Because OT’s solution is fully compliant with the GSMA specification, it will enable remote subscription management technology, meaning that a mobile network operator can be selected ‘over-the-air’ without changing any physical components. As a result, the German car manufacturer will have access to a much greater market of operators across the globe. Ultimately, this makes it much easier for the auto manufacturer to ship market-ready connected cars to any location on the globe.

This partnership follows news in October 2015, stating that nearly 75 per cent of global M2M connections are now serviced by mobile operators that are deploying or are committed to the GSMA solution. This collaborative project underscores the momentum behind the specification, and as the number of adopters of the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification increases, economies of scale will drive down the cost.

It is clear that operators see the value of providing commercial solutions based on an interoperable and united global standard that will allow them to provide scalable, reliable and secure connectivity. For more information on the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification, please click here.

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Webinar: The Embedded SIM – creating new business opportunities for you in the IoT

Over the last year the GSMA has been removing barriers to adoption of embedded SIM technology to support new business opportunities and allow more devices to become connected than ever before as part of the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).

If you are developing connected products that address the IoT, or considering this for the future, this webinar is essential. Discover how the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification can help reduce costs, increase flexibility, boost security, improve customer experience, and drive economies of scale.

 This webinar was originally broadcast on December 2, 2015
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Embedded UICC Consumer Protection Profile Version 1.1

The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification has the backing of 25 of the world’s largest mobile operators and over 75% of all M2M connections worldwide. The creation of a single, common and interoperable specification for remote provisioning is starting to make a difference for how operators and the wider mobile ecosystem including OEMs can take advantage of the fast-growing Internet of Things market.

Critical to this, of course, is security and a seldom discussed but incredibly important process called ‘Protection Profile’ (PP) which ensures that the Specification has the same levels of security as a standard SIM card.

A PP evaluates the security features of IT products and systems. The PP for the GSMA Embedded SIM will detect a security problem if one arises and then specify the requirements needed to address it.

The diagram below explains the process:

Protection diagram

This means that an M2M device with an Embedded SIM that is issued with a GSMA Protection Profile Certificate has an easily identifiable guarantee of security, helping the industry as a whole to scale. The GSMA Protection Profile is also certified by BSI (The German Federal Office for Information Security).

The latest version of the eUICC Protection Profile, called ‘SGP.05 Embedded UICC Protection Profile’ is available here.

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Inside the GSMA Innovation City

Showcase of connected solutions at MWC Shanghai points to the limitless potential of the IoT

SHANGHAI – The GSMA Innovation City is not just an opportunity to witness the power of mobile in our ever-connected world, but the rare chance to experience an environment  where state of the art IoT solutions, devices and services make everyday life easier, safer and more interesting.  The Connected Living programme is at the forefront of shaping the IoT – using the power and dynamism or mobile to improve people’s lives all over the globe.  Read our highlights of the Innovation City below.

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One of Connected Living’s flagship demonstrations at Innovation City was of a smart parking application using a profile swap – based on the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification. This occurs through parking sensors that communicate via GSM. Depending on the location, the user selects the appropriate local subscription which will be downloaded over-the-air to the embedded UICC of the parking sensor. This enables smart parking, to be easier and more efficient for both the user and supplier.

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Connected cleaning robots simplify the process of household cleaning. Using sensors, they are able to automatically clean areas without the need for specific instructions. As with other devices in the ‘connected home’ we can expect this to be remotely activated by mobile, which is also fed real time data on how the machine is performing.

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The latest display of cellular-connected wearables is also on display at the Innovation City,  demonstrating the value of Embedded SIMs in wearable devices. These devices enable runners to collect and monitor all the relevant health and fitness data, and give the user maximum mobility. They also allow parents to monitor their children’s location from a distance offering them the flexibility to go out without their smartphone, but still access contact and data.

Those looking to discover how the latest connected car can improve life on the road, need look no further than the demonstration of the Tesla Model S, with connectivity provided by operator, China Unicom and Jasper’s in-car IoT platform. Tesla is well known for having developed a range of all-electric, high performance, long distance cars. Having connectivity provided by a mobile network operator completes this cars’ status a vehicle of the future, with connectivity enabling live infotainment and real-time diagnostics.

ICVR demo

Attendees are able to experience the full potential of how mobile can shape the IoT and transforming peoples lives, in our Occulus Rift VR demo which takes people on a journey through the mobile network.

The Innovation City will be available for all attendees of MWC Shanghai on Friday 17th July, 09:00 – 16:00 CST, Location: SNIEC, Hall W4, B130 & E130.

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Connected Living experts address Mobile 360 Latin America as region prepares for rapid growth of M2M

RIO, BRAZIL – On 13th-14th May, 2015, the GSMA’s Connected Living programme exhibited the latest programme advances and addressed attendees at Mobile 360 Latin America, the premier mobile event in the region.

During the event, Connected Living showcased the Future IoT Networks Roadmap, in which anyone can view and download the key initiatives and resources that the programme has released, and discover the programme’s vision in the years to come. Attendees were also able to experience a journey through the mobile network – an immersive virtual reality experience using Oculus Rift.

Our programme experts Jeanine Vos, Executive Director, Gary Waite, Executive Director – Embedded SIM and Dr Shane Rooney, Executive Director, Future IoT Networks, also addressed the Conference and Workshop, where they discussed the M2M opportunities for Connected Living, operators and those in the wider ecosystem.

The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification – and its potential to transform the M2M market was top of the agenda during the Workshop. Other area of focus were the GSMA’s IoT Connection Efficiency Guidelines, the security of the IoT and a range of technologies designed to address applications requiring low power, wide area and small amounts of data transfer use cases.

Market Opportunity

According to GSMA Intelligence, Latin America is the third-largest M2M market globally, with approximately 17.2 million cellular M2M connections. By 2020, this will more than treble to 63.7 million, representing a huge opportunity for mobile network operators (MNOs) and other players in the wider IoT ecosystem.

As a continent which has a distinct mixture of developed and emerging markets, MNOs providing M2M connectivity and the value added services that derive from this, will have an opportunity to provide a wide range of M2M services and solutions.

Steps, in the form of appropriate regulation, have already been taken to increase the ease with which operators and other ecosystem players can innovate and deploy in this space through regulations. In Brazil, the region’s largest market, various regulations and laws have been enacted to encourage the growth of M2M:

  • In September 2013, Minister of Communications announced plans to reduce the tax on M2M communications, providing a stimulus for operators to develop M2M services.
  • The Departamento Nacional de Trânsito (DENATRAN) has also published an updated timeframe for the compulsory installation of location devices in new vehicles. Its June 2013 resolution states that by 2015 all new vehicles produced for the domestic market must have an M2M device to allow vehicle tracking and remote blocking services.
  • The Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) approved a resolution that regulates the basic requirements for smart meters. The resolution states that energy distributors have to start offering smart meters to consumers in a time bound manner, although the smart meter installation is only performed when requested by the consumer.

The implementation of regulations such as those above, will enable the M2M market to scale more rapidly and allow for a more cost-effective delivery of public services that can improve the lives of many people in the region.

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