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MetTel IoT SIM searches out strongest signal

Steve Rogerson
June 21, 2017
New York telecoms service provider MetTel has introduced an IoT SIM that intelligently roams to identify and automatically connect to the strongest signal globally.
It is said to ensure the best possible connectivity no matter the device or location, changing the game for the likes of supply chain complexity, retailers and home health care.
The single SIM can securely connect devices automatically to the IoT with the strongest signal via the four major US and 650 worldwide carrier. It provides real-time data on session activity that provides a current view of product status and location on anything from a mobile phone to a jet engine. It also archives the past 48 hours of sessions for reference and analysis.
Geo-fencing gives the SIM the ability to self-report proactively when it has entered special zones or reached its destination, so businesses are making informed decisions with always-on mobile tracking, engineering and analytics.
"The IoT single SIM represents a breakthrough given its ability to securely connect and continuously report the progress of any product or component as it treks through the global supply chain," said Max Silber, vice president at MetTel. "The single SIM is but one key part of the holistic approach MetTel takes to IoT. With always-on connectivity that isn't dictated by device, carrier or location, this can effectively decrease mobility costs for major organisations, increase supply chain automation capabilities, and bring telehealth connectivity and deployment into rapid adoption. The net outcome is ensuring the overall business process of delivering a service or product is streamlined, efficient and profitable."
MetTel serves as chief architect and general contractor working with a range of business partners including carriers, resellers and technology providers in a diverse, expanding ecosystem. The company serves a wide range of clients across industries that are connecting integral assets to the IoT network including parking meters, computing devices, digital displays, and a range of equipment in industries such as retail, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and distribution, and food and beverage.
While the SIM currently resides on a hardware chip, it uses an eSIM-ready infrastructure. This can change the way SIM profiles are managed. Conceptually, an eSIM can host multiple profiles and work with all form factors, morphing from one type of carrier SIM to another, thereby making it universal.
Although the eSIM has not yet arrived on the market, similar capabilities can be realised today with this IoT single SIM. The difference is that the eSIM's self-contained IMSI identity marker allows it to shift forms autonomously while MetTel's version has unlimited IMSI in the cloud, providing control over the single SIM's transformations from one carrier network to another.