STOCKHOLM -- The machine-to-machine (M2M) market is characterized by devices, being used in business critical applications spread over large parts of the world and over long life cycles. An example is smart metering or smart grid, where meters or power stations are increasingly connected over mobile networks and typically have life times measured in decades. The same applies to the automotive market, where connected cars communicate via the mobile internet for various applications from entertainment to telematics solutions. In these environments, operators face a number of challenges.
M2M device makers today need to manage a number of variable parameters when manufacturing and issuing their devices. Firstly, the country where the device will be sold or the network they will connect to is not known. Secondly, the UICC are at an increasingly pace soldered into devices at the manufacturing stage. Finally, the durability of the device could imply a change in the connectivity provider during its lifecycle. The combination of these factors requires flexibility and openness in the subscription management.
To address these challenges, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and leading digital security vendor Gemalto forge a partnership to provide Dynamic Device Subscription Management.