Advantages of Using Industrial SIM Cards to Enable M2M Communications

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 5:00:00 AM Carmi Brandis  
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From automotive telematics and fleet management systems to in-home healthcare services, Machine to Machine (M2M) communication is a key aspect of the emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market sector. According to CISCO, 27.1 billion networked devices and connections will serve 4.6 billion users globally by the year 2021, and these devices will greatly depend on M2M communication to perform their functions.

Industrial SIMs, Built with the Needs of IIoT in Mind

SIM cards have a well-earned reputation for connecting people ever since their introduction in 1991, and M2M SIMs perform this same service for communication between devices. Depending on the task, however, companies who wish to upgrade to SIM-enabled IoT solutions, including M2M communications, may require industrial SIMs. Industrial SIMs are designed to handle tasks in more rigorous environments than the standard phone SIMs. While standard SIM cards are still up to the task of IoT/M2M connectivity, industrial M2M SIMs give devices and users more versatility and longevity than their everyday counterparts.

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Since they often find themselves in harsh environmental conditions, industrial SIMs can operate in temperatures as low as -40°C and as high as 105°C, whereas standard SIMs only possess a 25°C to 85°C temperature range. Industrial SIMs also enjoy a much longer life span than standard SIMs due to their 17-year data retention capability, increased storage capacity, and as many as 8 million read-write cycles. Industrial SIMs can come in any form factor, depending on the size of the device and the purpose it serves. For example, wearable IoT devices use smaller micro-SIMs to maximize space. For larger devices, like GPS tracking used to manage automotive fleets, tougher industrial SIMs are corrosion resistant and can withstand high temperatures and vibrations that are encountered during travel.

One advantage of SIM technology for M2M communication comes through the programming of a SIM application toolkit (STK), a set of commands that define how the SIM should interact directly with the outside world and which initiate commands independently of the handset and the network. This enables the SIM to build up an interactive exchange between a network application and the end user, as well as control access to the network. For applications that require a menu-based approach, STK programming facilitates easy monitoring of M2M applications so IoT managers can receive quick updates about the status of their assets using M2M communication.

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M2M SIM Solutions with Neo

Neo offers the ultimate IoT network solution for your business. Using the Aeris network, Neo SIMs give your machines the ability to quickly send and receive data on-demand to or from one another in nearly any location throughout the U.S. Neo SIMs on the Aeris network utilize GPRS, Edge, and UMTS services to provide GSM and LTE coverage that reaches more than 200 million people and even more machines. SMS capability enables your devices to interact, and a VPN/private link connects your devices directly to your corporate network using encrypted communication that is segregated from external traffic through the Aeris network. A sophisticated set of APIs provided by Neo are able to perform large scale network operations in real time to help you excel on the IoT/M2M playing field.

To get started with your M2M SIM IoT solution, contact Neo today.

Topics: sims, Neo SIM card, IIOT