SIMCom SIM7070 series Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) module size is 24mm*24mm, not only has Kigen’s GSMA-compliant eSIM remote management capability, but also equipped with Infineon’s industrial application-oriented, excellent size design eSIM security controller.
SIMCom, Kigen and Infineon announced that the eSIM module will be available immediately, a first for the European market.
· The eSIM module can help simplify the production and logistics processes of OEMs and MVNOs, and accelerate the development of large-scale IoT, thus transcending geographical restrictions and quickly achieving a million-level breakthrough in the total installed capacity.
SIMCom is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of M2M wireless modules and solutions. Its NB-IoT module SIM7070 series is only 24mm*24mm in size. It can now support the embedding of compact eSIM based on Infineon security controller. At the same time, the controller is loaded with GSMA compliant remote SIM management software from Kigen (UK). The safety controller is available in the smallest SMD package currently known.
This is a huge technological breakthrough, with eSIM and Remote Configuration Management (RSP) technology alleviating a key bottleneck in the deployment of large-scale IoT devices. As the IoT ecosystem grows, the potential benefits of eSIM are being tapped. The eSIM does not require a physical SIM, enabling remote configuration management of cellular-connected devices to connect to the network. eSIM has been applied in a variety of scenarios, covering consumer electronics, home IoT, industrial IoT (such as smart metering), and logistics (asset tracking).
“IoT devices are getting smaller and more functional, which poses a big challenge to module suppliers. Thanks to the cooperation with Infineon and Kigen, SIMCom’s NB-IoT module SIM7070 series Now supporting embedded eSIM can help customers to facilitate integration and effectively reduce warehousing and logistics costs,” said Yang Tao, Chairman of SIMCom.
NB-IoT is expected to be an important part of IMT-2020 or 5G to address the drastic demand for low-speed, low-bandwidth connections in utilities, homes, and industries. SIMCom SIM7070 series NB-IoT modules can support Cat-M/Cat-NB/GPRS/EDGE wireless communication modes. It adopts LCC form factor design and has a compact size of 24mm*24mm, which makes it ideal for compact product design. At the same time, it has strong scalability and has a series of rich interfaces such as UART, GPIO, PCM, SPI, and I2C. The SIM7070 family is currently used in metering trackers and other scenarios that require low-latency, low-throughput data communications over a wide range of radio propagation conditions.
In addition to offering the OPTIGA® Connect eSIM turnkey solution, Infineon leverages its security controller hardware expertise to support a wide range of IoT solutions for its partners. The SLM17 32-bit eSIM security controller embedded in the small 2mm*2mm SMD package of SIMCom’s SIM7070 module is optimized to meet the needs of a large number of cellular IoT applications, with an extended temperature range of -40°C to 105°C. Thanks to the highly robust NVM technology and resistance to harsh environments such as vibration or moisture, the SLM17 has a lifespan of over 10 years and a data retention period of over 10 years with a very low failure rate.
“The deployment of 5G and the shift to cloudification and virtualization are reshaping the industry. Through our partnership with SIMCom and Kigen, we are actively supporting this transformation and facilitating integration between SIMCom customers and mobile operators. At the same time, we are meeting the industry’s pressing needs for scalability, ease of deployment and broad coverage,” said Juergen Rebel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Embedded Security at Infineon.
In this cooperation, Kigen will provide SIMCom’s SIM7070 eSIM module with a GSMA-compliant eSIM operating system and M2M remote SIM provisioning service, enabling over-the-air switching of SIM profiles from different mobile operators or IoT connectivity providers, thereby achieving continuous local connection. Kigen is a leading global supplier of SAS certified SM-DP and SM-SR.
Kigen’s eSIM service also supports mobile network operators and device manufacturers looking to simplify logistics as they scale security device deployments. Device manufacturers who choose cellular connectivity can distribute their devices to customers worldwide and offer a single certified eSIM-enabled product. Equipment and customers can be managed through a unified RSP management solution, and Kigen can remotely provide product upgrades and new services, supporting innovation and service differentiation. Through this integration, device manufacturers can retain their network choice flexibility with Kigen’s bundled eSIM support services.
“One obstacle to scaling IoT is the complexity that device manufacturers face when accessing off-the-shelf hardware, especially low-power cellular IoT. The collaboration with SIMCom and Infineon brings all elements together, even the smallest devices It also connects easily and at scale. With Kigen’s GSMA-certified eSIM operating system and remote SIM provisioning service, device manufacturers can create a single product to win new customers in new regions and work with their preferred connectivity network. said Vincent Korstanje, CEO of Kigen.
The eSIM Internet of Things era has great promise
In the 5G era, the challenge that enterprises, MNOs and IoT service operators will face is how to activate millions of devices quickly and securely. MNOs can offer unique M2M and IoT services without adding manpower-intensive processes, opting instead to use proven M2M RSP solutions. RSP-based solutions expand their customer base and help them capitalize on the opportunities presented by massive IoT and 5G growth.
Device manufacturers who choose cellular connectivity can distribute their devices to customers worldwide through a single, certified eSIM-based product. Costs are reduced by eliminating the need to store and manage different SIM card forms.
Enterprises can use RSP to virtually manage a fleet of devices that are securely deployed in different geographic areas. Enterprises can easily add and manage new devices and new customers through a unified RSP management solution. Product upgrades and new services can be delivered remotely, thereby supporting innovation and service differentiation.
By cooperating with Infineon and Kigen, SIMCom’s SIM7070 series solutions will have a broad potential market and contribute to the realization of global interconnection.