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Sierra Wireless launches Smart SIM with global IoT connectivity service


Vancouver-based Sierra Wireless has launched its Smart SIM technology and connectivity service that provides customers with improved coverage and service quality to accelerate the deployment of global IoT applications.

With the addition of its global Smart SIM offering, Sierra Wireless delivers a comprehensive, fully integrated device-to-cloud solution, including hardware, managed connectivity and cloud services for multi-operator, multi-regional IoT deployments.

Sierra Wireless IoT card

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“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,” says Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice-president, cloud and connectivity services at Sierra Wireless. “When combined with our IoT Acceleration Platform, this fully integrated device-to-cloud service accelerates our customers’ time-to-market.”

There are three unique benefits to the Sierra Wireless Smart SIM:

* Coverage – 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.

* Smart network connectivity and Quality of Service (QoS) – 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 possible 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.

* Cost-effective simplicity – with a single Smart SIM and unified IoT Acceleration platform, Sierra Wireless vastly simplifies 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 (see white paper for more information).

“The QoS capability of Sierra Wireless’ innovative Smart SIM technology was a key factor in our vendor selection process because we needed to maximize coverage across multiple network operators,” adds 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 in our solution. We were able to get to market faster because Sierra Wireless’ hardware is pre-integrated with the cloud platform.”

“In the payments industry it is crucial that our terminals are connected at all times, allowing our customers to transact business,” says 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 solution 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 their IoT deployments. Customers manage and automate all aspects of the Sierra Wireless Smart SIM using the IoT Acceleration Platform, providing a simple way to integrate SIM logistics into their connected product or service. The IoT Acceleration Platform is unique in the industry in that it can also manage third-party network operator SIMs, providing customers a single unified connectivity management platform for all deployed SIMs.