Sierra Wireless announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 the world’s first ‘plug-and-play’ cellular modules and routers with pre-integrated global connectivity, IoT operation management and security. This new technology will dramatically reduce the time to launch IoT solutions, streamline operations and enable business model flexibility, thereby accelerating the global IoT economy.
These new cellular modules and routers enable customers to select a single pre-certified solution to instantaneously connect and remotely manage a fleet of IoT products and services across the globe, and over the lifetime of the deployment. This is a vast improvement to today’s practice of procuring devices, then sourcing multiple connectivity subscriptions and SIM cards for global coverage, and finally integrating disparate provisioning and management platforms.
“The complexity of deploying IoT solutions is the biggest challenge for businesses today,” said Philippe Guillemette, CTO, Sierra Wireless. “Our new technology is much more than a SIM in a device, it’s an industry breakthrough that truly simplifies the IoT ecosystem. Our customers can focus on transforming their business and rely on Sierra Wireless to securely connect, monitor and collect data from their devices, at the right time, with the right SLA, and at the right cost.”
With built-in security from device, through the mobile network, to the cloud, Sierra Wireless’ innovative technology allows users to remotely provision and change connectivity providers over the air without ever physically accessing their devices. This reduces risk and gives companies the flexibility to develop and scale IoT applications and services over time and around the world.
“Sierra Wireless’ long track record and leadership experience in IoT gives them unique insight into the many hurdles businesses must overcome to bring their connected products to market,” said Dan Shey, Managing Director and Vice President, B2B, ABI Research. “Having both connectivity management and device management on a single platform is a significant advantage that will allow users to leverage data from their devices and the network to drive their business. Sierra Wireless is also bringing the flexibility to access global MNOs over the air, which is a key factor in enabling the global IoT economy.”
“Nube uses Sierra Wireless’ device to cloud solution for our gas monitoring solution throughout Latin America, which helped us get to market faster than expected and better manage our devices in the field,” said Chris Gnanakone, CEO and Founder of Nube. “Now, with the integration of the SIM and subscription directly into the module, this will further streamline our manufacturing, reduce the total cost of our device and make our IoT operations even more efficient.”
Sierra Wireless is piloting the fully integrated solution with select customers, and it will be available for large scale deployments in the second half of 2017 in select embedded module and router products. These devices come pre-integrated with Smart SIM connectivity, the latest eUICC remote provisioning technology and the AirVantage® IoT Platform for application enablement—providing all of the IoT infrastructure needed to create, connect and manage IoT solutions.