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G&D helps Aeris remotely manage IoT devices

Steve Rogerson
December 17, 2015
 
German technology provider Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is supplying California-based IoT company Aeris with plug-in and embedded SIMs and the corresponding over-the-air (OTA) management of the data contained within those SIMs to support the Aeris cellular network, which was designed and built exclusively for the IoT.
 
The ability to manage its devices remotely optimises Aeris’ IoT and M2M services across a wide range of international industries.
 
For Stefan Auerbach, member of the G&D board, the cooperation with Aeris is “further strengthening G&D’s presence in the M2M and IoT market. As with all connectivity, security is the key. G&D is an expert in mobile security and has a proven track record enabling secure connectivity for the myriad devices that comprise the internet of things. G&D delivers robust solutions for the secure, remote management of subscription data and trusted identities. We look forward to a productive partnership with Aeris.”
 
The wide range of M2M devices in fields such as healthcare, automotive, fleet telematics, point of sale and utility monitoring and control requires specialty products. G&D supplies SIM technology in the various form factors appropriate to the device. This could include a physical SIM card that plugs into a device or may be an embedded secure element as used in automotive applications.
 
“With G&D’s SIM solutions coupled with the Aeris multi-technology connectivity platform, we can ensure the two major cornerstones of our services: a highly optimised and flexible global cellular coverage as well as a high level of security for the sensitive data,” said Amit Khetawat, head of product management at Aeris. “G&D’s OTA management capabilities enable us to optimise cellular coverage based on cost or coverage for already deployed M2M devices in a secure manner. As such, we prevent the need for device recall or truck-rolls of the deployed devices.”
 
A specific use case is the ability to help customers manage technology obsolescence – such as the 2G sunset – by dynamically switching to a different carrier or different technology without the need for a truck-roll.
 
“Deployment of new M2M and IoT devices is happening at an exponential rate in the USA,” said Scott Marquardt, president of Giesecke & Devrient in America. “The resulting communications requirements are evolving just as rapidly on security, speed, flexibility, cost and reliability. G&D is helping Aeris create an even more compelling solution for their customers with our state-of-the-art OTA remote credential management. No matter where a device is located, it can be securely updated over-the-air with the appropriate network credentials and security protocols. The G&D solution obviates the need for costly and possibly difficult physical exchange of SIM cards.”
 
Aeris is an operator of end-to-end M2M services and a technology provider enabling other operators to deliver profitable M2M services.