Oberthur Technologies and FICOSA Demonstrate a Complete Connectivity Solution for the Automotive Market

Oberthur Technologies, one of the world’s largest providers of security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies, and FICOSA an automotive parts and systems supplier, will demonstrate at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, a remotely provisionable SIM for the automotive market.

A remotely provisionable DIM®, will be integrated into an in-vehicle Telematic Unit (iVTU) from FICOSA, on Oberthur Technologies’ booth.

The technology will demonstrate the selection of a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and remote download of the MNO profile within seconds, enabling fast activation without the constraints of physical access to the SIM.

Thanks to recent advancements in in-vehicle mobile connectivity, iVTUs fitted directly inside the vehicle, contain an integrated SIM. One of the challenges for vehicle manufacturers is the choice and subscription of MNO, once the vehicle is on the market. When the SIM is fitted in the vehicle, it is linked to a specific MNO with little possibility of modification during the vehicles’ lifetime.

With the latest connectivity solution proposed by Oberthur Technologies and FICOSA, a provisioning of MNO is possible at any time. This represents a significant advantage, given the massive deployment of telematic systems expected in the coming years, due to global regulations such as eCall¹ and ERA GLONASS². FICOSA will demonstrate the innovation through the iVTUs thanks to their position as a Tier-1 supplier in the automotive industry.

FICOSA’s iVTUs are recognised in the industry as best-in-class, thanks to winning global projects with many major automotive OEMs.

Thanks to Oberthur Technologies’ know-how and leadership in the field of secure technologies, we are proud to showcase innovation that represents a major milestone in our efforts to promote connectivity solutions like the Subscription Manager and associated remote provisionable DIM®, for the M2M environment” said Cédric Collomb, Managing Director of the Telecom Business Unit at Oberthur Technologies.

“Working closely with FICOSA, one of the leaders in the automotive industry is proof of our ambition to be at the cutting-edge of M2M technologies.”

We live in an exciting age where new standards and mandates enable compelling, innovative features and services inside connected vehicles, a market with great growth potential, offering drivers completely new technologies. Cooperation between companies plays a key role in the evolution of this fast-paced M2M market and a good example is the combination of Oberthur Technologies’ know-how in the field of security and FICOSA’s iVTU technologies. FICOSA is well positioned in the M2M market, through their proprietary patented technology”, said Jose Maria Forcadell, Advanced Communications Business Unit Director at FICOSA.

eCall¹: European initiative aimed at offering rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision, anywhere in the European Union.
ERA GLONASS²: Government accident emergency response system in Russia with GLONASS technology for enhancing transportation safety.

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