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Mobile Industry Leaders Kick Start Drive for More Connected Devices

Embedded SIMs to play a key role in boosting capabilities of electronic devices.

SFR, Vodafone, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Gemalto will demonstrate how a new standard for embedded SIM cards and related infrastructure is set to speed the delivery of a wide range of connected devices at the CARTES & IDentification congress in France.

Embedded SIMs are set to play an increasingly important role in society as more and more electronic devices beyond handsets will include a wireless data connection to improve the customer experience.

The pilot implementation will show how the mobile industry is progressing plans to create a common standard for management of embedded SIMs, paving the way for the delivery of the first commercial products from 2012.

Embedded SIMs can be built into a broad range of connected devices then activated both before and after the customer or enterprise has received their device. Mobile operators are then able to remotely set up a customer’s personal account onto a device, maintaining the same end-to-end security as today.

Earlier this year the GSMA committed to drive a worldwide standard for embedded SIMs, making it easier for manufacturers across a wide range of sectors to design connected devices that will work on any network in any country.

The pilot architecture is based on the recommendations of the GSMA Taskforce set up to drive a common standard.

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