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Sierra Wireless smart SIM to debut at MWC

Steve Rogerson
February 18, 2016
Smart SIM technology and a connectivity service that provides claimed superior coverage and service quality to accelerate the deployment of global IoT applications have been introduced by Canadian company Sierra Wireless.
With the addition of its global smart SIM offering, due to debut at next week’s Mobile World Congress, the company says it can now deliver the most comprehensive, fully integrated device-to-cloud service, including hardware, managed connectivity and cloud services for multi-operator, multi-regional IoT deployments.
“Our smart SIM technology allows us to provide our customers with a connectivity service designed for the coverage and quality of service that their IoT use cases require,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice president at Sierra Wireless. “When combined with our IoT acceleration platform, this unique, fully integrated device-to-cloud service accelerates our customers’ time-to-market.”
The smart SIM automatically selects networks based on the best service available in any given location. It comes with multiple operator profiles already installed, effectively combining several MNO roaming SIMs into one physical smart SIM. The on-board patented applet then intelligently selects the best available regional network operator at any given time. This results in better coverage and service up-time.
Sierra Wireless’ fully redundant core network is designed and built for IoT connectivity and applications. The multi-operator smart SIM selects the best available cellular network in any given location, ensuring the best data connection at all times. In the event a device loses network signal, whether in-transit or otherwise, the smart SIM will detect this and re-establish the connection with another network automatically.
“The QoS capability of Sierra Wireless’ innovative smart SIM technology was a key factor in our vendor selection process because we needed to maximise coverage across multiple network operators,” said Chris Gnanakone, founder and co-CEO for Nube, an energy management company based in Latin America. “It was important for us to choose a partner that could eliminate much of the technical risk. We were able to get to market faster because Sierra Wireless’ hardware is pre-integrated with the cloud platform.”
A single smart SIM and unified IoT acceleration platform are said to simplify global IoT deployments, saving customers the time and expense of having to arrange multiple service agreements, SIMs and platforms, and the management of disparate vendors.
“In the payments industry it is crucial that our terminals are connected at all times, allowing our customers to transact business,” said Daniel Nordholm, CTO for Bambora, a global payments company headquartered in Sweden. “The broader coverage benefits of the Sierra Wireless smart SIM ensure we can deliver service to our customers at all times. We were also looking for a single SIM to serve all of our terminals regardless of geography in order to drive down the complexity and cost of deploying and supporting our global customers."
Sierra Wireless has more than 700,000 SIM subscribers globally that count on its connectivity offering to power IoT deployments. Users can manage and automate all aspects of the smart SIM using the IoT acceleration platform, providing a simple way to integrate SIM logistics into connected products or services. The platform can also manage third-party network operator SIMs, providing a single unified connectivity management platform for all deployed SIMs. 
By integrating connectivity management, operations management and application enablement services into one platform, users spend less time integrating multiple platforms, allowing them to accelerate their deployment of connected products and services.
Sierra Wireless’ connectivity service operates on 2G and 3G today, and LTE will be available worldwide in the second quarter of this year. The smart SIM is already LTE-ready and available today and will be on show at next week’s at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.