Spirent Communications and Oasis Smart SIM, a Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) connectivity and management provider, have announced a strategic partnership aimed at removing connectivity and network provisioning barriers for the rapid development of connected products and devices, such as cameras, smart vehicles, logistics and production goods.
The partnership marks both firms’ entry into the connected Internet of Things (IoT) business which analyst Gartner, Inc. forecasts will result in 6.4 billion connected devices worldwide in 2016, reaching 20.8 billion by 2020.
Prior to launching the new product, Spirent and Oasis undertook extensive research into the hurdles that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face in making diverse connected products, ranging from white goods in the kitchen to those used in animal management, suitable for sale in world markets.
It became clear that old technologies and business models based on use of the traditional SIM were not suitable for IoT device activation and subscription provisioning on a global scale.
The partnership between Spirent and Oasis will introduce a unique two-click software solution, including USIM functionality, that OEMs can embed into products for seamless cellular service activation in any of the world’s markets, as well as life-cycle management.
The new product will be showcased on the stands of Spirent (Hall 6, Stand 6J37) and Oasis (Hall 2, Stand 2D13/15/19MR) at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona (22-25 February, 2016).
“Spirent and Oasis have teamed up to help manufacturers build better and smarter products for the connected world,” said Dennis Juul Poulsen, general manager of Spirent’s IoT Connectivity and Subscription Management business.
“Be it a connected truck or a pair of smart running shoes, OEMs in whatever vertical market now have a solution that provides customers with seamless instant connectivity and the freedom to choose whatever cellular service provider they wish.”
“Spirent’s unique automatic access point name (APN) setup and remote subscription management solution with Oasis’ embedded smart USIM functionality is a game changer in connected products and devices,” added Olivier Leroux, CEO of Oasis Smart SIM.
“OEM vendors now have a leaner way to manufacture, distribute and maintain connected products compared to solutions centred on the traditional SIM.”