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Callup launches IoT SIM card management engine

Steve Rogerson
March 10, 2016
Israel-based Callup has introduced an IoT SIM card management system. The IoT Engine can remotely manage the entire life cycle of SIM cards embedded in various devices, such as smart meters, home appliances, in-vehicle systems and personal devices from activation, through various upgrades, to SIM card cancellation and swap.
It is said to allow easy integration with third party systems. For example, when a new SIM-based device is approved by the client’s billing system, it calls the IoT Engine, which activates the device remotely, over the air, while updating the billing system during the process.
“There are billions of connected devices worldwide and more and more devices are constantly being added,” said Alon Roth, Callup’s CEO. “This requires a huge quantity of SIM cards, which is growing almost every day. Managing these SIM cards, whether they are removable or non-removable, requires remote management. We are proud to offer IoT Engine, which will help the expansion of the internet of things, including the deployment of IoT-dedicated networks.”
The engine enables mobile operators and IoT network operators to issue control commands to SIM cards using rich API, or through a user interface. It can update any file on the card’s file system, provided it is allowed to be modified over the air. Status and reports can be collected in real time or as a request for a report at a later time.
The system will automatically repeat the update process on SIM cards that could not accept the original update for various reasons, such as devices that were turned off.
The engine’s capabilities complement device management capabilities, including the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) device management server, which is enabled for firmware over the air updating and other services. This set of capabilities for remote device management is part of Callup’s MDM+ suite for complete end-to-end device management.
Founded in 1999, Callup provides value added services and mobile device management. It is a subsidiary of the One1 Group, headquartered in Israel and listed on the Tel Aviv stock exchange.