IDEMIA and Arkessa Partner on eUICC to Drive Growth in Industrial and Enterprise IoT

IDEMIA and Arkessa Partner on eUICC to Drive Growth in Industrial and Enterprise IoT

IDEMIA and Arkessa Partner on eUICC to Drive Growth in Industrial and Enterprise IoT

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity for an increasingly digital world, and Arkessa, a leading M2M/IoT connectivity service provider, have today announced the extension of their partnership to deliver eUICC and Subscription Management services to global Enterprise and Industrial IoT customers.

Arkessa’s connectivity management services include a global cellular footprint built on international roaming and local network integrations with the leading mobile network operators (MNOs) reducing barriers for IoT.

The platform now includes IDEMIA eUICC and subscription management services and brings consistency and reliability to the installation process and operational performance. The ability to switch or localise SIM profiles without the burden of recalling or visiting devices gives Enterprise IoT customers greater freedom to customise according to business needs, technical or commercial.

This freedom, combined with a range of radio technology choices from 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT, LTE Cat M to 5G, is accelerating Cellular IoT adoption on a global scale. The combined capability of Arkessa and IDEMIA will simplify and reduce the barriers for large scale Enterprise IoT deployment.

The eUICC based solution is transforming how OEMs design and deploy enterprise-grade IoT solutions. OEMs in all sectors most notably in the Automotive, Consumer and Household appliance markets, can now build global connectivity into their products which enable a superior user-experience resembling what is usually only seen with premium smart-phone or e-reader devices. IoT devices do not typically have screens making the network services the critical components in delivering a zero-touch provisioning and operational experience.

Yves Portalier, Executive Vice-President for Connected objects activities at IDEMIA declares:

“Arkessa’s multi-network MVNO platform coupled with IDEMIA’s eUICC and Subscription Management services mean that we can deliver future-proofed and secure connectivity solutions globally and for all types of IoT businesses.”

“We appreciate Arkessa’s leading go-to-market position thanks to their strong international channel partnerships.”

Andrew Orrock, CEO at Arkessa says: “We are excited to extend our partnership with IDEMIA and take a leadership position in Enterprise IoT solutions and services. The control, flexibility and global reach of eUICC is having a profound impact on IoT businesses and we see an astonishing opportunity pipeline across the whole range of sectors that Arkessa serves. Healthcare, automotive, robotics, household and office appliances, drones, retail and vending are all strong examples.”

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Interview: Driving economic growth in the smart city of tomorrow

Interview: Driving economic growth in the smart cities of tomorrow

How does a smart city best leverage IoT technology to drive economic growth, Internet of Business asks Vanja Subotic, director of product management at Chordant, part of InterDigtal?

Smart city technologies could drive more than 5 percent incremental growth and $ 20 trillion in additional economic benefits over the coming decade. That’s the bold claim made in a new report commissioned by mobile technology R&D specialist Interdigital on behalf of its Chordant smart cities-focused business, and produced in partnership with market research company ABI Research, Roles of Smart Cities for Economic Development. 

Those are some pretty big numbers and presumably involved some fairly complex calculations in the background, so Internet of Business spoke to Vanja Subotic, director of product management at Chordant InterDigtal, to discuss some of the issues raised in the report.

Read more: Cisco announces $ 1 billion smart cities fund

What’s the connection?

Internet of Business [IoB]: Your report makes a strong argument that smart city development is important to the wider economic development of cities – but can you explain the connection?

Interview: Driving economics growth from smart cities

Vanja Subotic of Chordant (InterDigital)

Vanja Subotic: Smart city developments, which include improvements in mobility, infrastructure, established practices and the overall quality of life, are instrumental in attracting businesses and consequently citizens living in those cities and working for those business. It is a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ situation, where smart city technologies aid in economic development, but increased economic development requires more investments in smart cities.

IoB: And how will open data policies impact the development of smart cities?

Vanja Subotic: Open data policies enable public data sharing among different city departments and outside with individuals and businesses. This in turn allows stakeholders to better understand situations and trends, while solving various challenges. By bringing all data assets into one environment cities can open the door to innovation that will result in efficiencies and benefits to citizens.

Read more: Juniper Research names UK’s top ten smart cities

Hoping it sticks

IoB: InterDigital has already said that this is not a case of deploying technology and ‘hoping it sticks’, but of city administrators making careful, strategic decisions. What do they need to consider in order to maximize their chances of success?

Vanja Subotic: Even in the technology realm, city administrators need to consider standards-based solutions to promote thriving ecosystems. Beyond that, there are other important factors to consider. City administrators will need to ask themselves what kind of cities they want to become and what the priority services and areas should be. This will require city stakeholders to think carefully about public-private partnerships, open data policies, citizen input and participation. This of course won’t be possible without a seamless procurement and execution process.

IoB: Are there any significant pitfalls that smart city administrators should look out for?

Vanja Subotic: Deploying technology isn’t always a simple process, so there are definitely pitfalls to be considered by smart city administrators. For example, not understanding existing governing structure, departments and data can hamper efforts, while struggling to secure funding and failing to apply a priority/phased approach can also significantly reduce the success of smart city projects. City administrators should also take into account working with legacy systems, the needs of citizens and properly ensuring an equitable approach across the socio-economic strata.

Read more: Climate change will be among KPIs for smart cities by 2020, says Gartner

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Open standards and interoperability are the key to Smart City growth

Smart City applications may still be in their infancy but the Internet of Things (IoT) is a true game changer in terms of the opportunity it presents to unlock operational efficiency and improve quality of life, says Phil Beecher, president of the Wi-SUN Alliance.

There is still some way to go before we see widespread adoption of Smart City technology, but it’s gathering pace and spearheading the charge are cities including Chicago, Copenhagen and Paris.

Recent research undertaken by the Wi-SUN Alliance to find out what the main challenges are for IT leaders in organisations in smart city and other IoT development sectors in the UK, US, Denmark and Sweden revealed that IoT implementation is happening further and faster than perhaps many would imagine: over half (51%) of those investing have already fully implemented an IoT strategy.

For a city to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace essential citizen services must be reliable, timely and efficient. Consequently, choosing the right communication network technology is a foundational step towards enabling a range of Industrial IoT and Smart City solutions

IoT networks, just like the internet, should be built on a set of standard protocols and structured to provide the flexibility to support this growing range of applications, as well as provide highly resilient connectivity. They must also be fault tolerant while providing the capacity to deal with very large numbers of devices.

Our own independent research also verified this with over half (52%) saying that standardisation is what they’re looking for when evaluating these technologies. Other key criteria included network topology (58%) and communication performance (53%).

It’s heartening to see respondents so advanced in their planning and understanding of networks — with most (53%) favouring a combination of star- and mesh-based networks.

Mesh-based architectures such as Wi-SUN have been designed with flexibility and adaptability in mind and to maintain highly reliable connectivity even in the most challenging environments. With star-based networks, a physical obstruction can cause localised loss of coverage to part of the network that will prevent these systems from operating.

Within a mesh network, any device can connect seamlessly with its peers and can create multiple redundant connection paths across the network. Thus, mesh networks become more reliable and resilient as they grow. If there happens to be a temporary outage, e.g. through power failure, the mesh will automatically re-route network traffic through an alternate connection path. Similarly, if the landscape changes, then the mesh will adapt to ensure continuous connectivity.

A mesh architecture provides greater resilience and flexibility than a star-based technology, making it a far better choice for Smart City networks.

The use of open standards is also important in IoT networks as it negates the need to be locked into one vendor and provides yet another advantage for Smart City applications. Solutions built on open standards, supported by a certification programme for interoperability, provide the network operator with a choice of vendors, competitive pricing and the confidence of a continuity of supply.

In order to support multi-service networks, it makes sense for a local authority or municipality to use the same communications infrastructure for a wide variety of applications, such […]

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Why smart city technologies are set to drive ‘trillions’ in economic growth over the coming decade

Smart city technologies are set to drive the economic development of cities by more than 5% and drive more than $ 20 trillion in additional economic benefits by 2026, according to an ABI Research report.

The report, titled ‘Roles of Smart Cities for Economic Development’, was commissioned by InterDigital on behalf of its Smart Cities-focused business, Chordant. In order to capitalise on the economic benefits, cities must begin preparation and investment now, the report noted.

Jim Nolan, executive vice president, Chordant at InterDigital, said: “These recent findings further emphasize the importance of technology as a driver for economic development in our future smart cities. The benefits are clear: trillions in incremental GDP growth will significantly transform the way we live and how our cities operate. But it’s not as simple as deploying technology and hoping it sticks. Cities will have to become strategic in the way they deploy smart city technology to ensure that it maximizes its potential.”

Smart city technologies are set to impact three dimensions majorly over the next decade. They are Open Data Policies, having a potential incremental GDP growth of nearly $ 1 trillion without investments in physical infrastructure; public investments multiplier effect of up to 10 times, with a potential incremental GDP growth of $ 10 trillion; and structural smart urban economy growth, with an expected increase of 2.8% by 2026, driven by next-generation technologies like AI and blockchain.

Similarly, Cisco is also working towards the smart cities initiative. The company had in November contributed $ 1 billion to the City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program, a smart cities fund, wherein Cisco teamed up alongside Digital Alpha Advisors, a private equity firm, and pension fund investors APG Asset Management and Whitehelm Capital. Alongside this, Cisco has also added a new functionality to its Cisco Kinetic for Cities digital platform.

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Why IoT in agriculture is set to see ‘incredible’ growth until 2025

The use of IoT solutions in agriculture can bring in a revolution to the industry by enhancing productivity, minimising agriculture wastage, and overcoming climate related natural calamities, according to a new missive from Transparency Market Research.

Enhanced agricultural productivity implies a decline in the number of undernourished individuals, the count of which stands at 795 million between 2014 and 2016, as per the Food and Agriculture Organization data. 

The need for IoT in the agricultural industry is driven by the need to monitor health and performance of livestock and the uncertainties in climate change, which negatively impacts agriculture production. However, the growth of IoT in agriculture market is restrained due to a lack connecting services in agriculture. It is anticipated that the IoT in agriculture market will witness incredible growth during 2025. The increasing use of internet and smartphones is anticipated to make significant growth opportunities for the IoT in agriculture market throughout the world.

The use of IoT in agriculture incorporates advanced technologies and solutions for real-time monitoring of agricultural fields via real-time collection and analysis of data. In addition, IoT can be used for several other agricultural tasks such as examining livestock, inventory management, soil monitoring, climate control, moisture monitoring, nutrient monitoring, crop scouting, yield monitoring, smart logistics and the list continues.

At a time when unfavourable weather conditions throughout the world are affecting production, integration of IoT is expected to show significant rise to surmount these issues.  Cisco Systems, AGCO, Semios Technologies, SenseFly, DeLaval and Advanced Ag Solutions are among some of the leading providers of advanced agricultural IoT solutions.

Meanwhile, a new report from ReportLinker has projected that the IoT market will grow to $ 561.04 billion by 2022 from $ 170.57 billion in 2017, at a CAGR of 26.9%. 

Read more: The Internet of Things in agriculture: A guide

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