IoT News Roundup

Semtech LoRa technology selected for Australia's first IoT network ••• CALLUP to introduce remote SIM card management system for the IoT ••• Bridge Alliance, Gemalto offer eSIM solution for consumer IoT devices ••• Itron, Bsquare provide app community for grid edge devices ••• SALUS Controls chooses Ayla Networks to connect smart building products to the IoT ••• Microsoft intros new blockchain product-tracking project ••• Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset-management system ••• MITRE announces winner of Internet of Things challenge.
By Rich Handley

CALLUP to Introduce Remote SIM Card Management System for the IoT

CALLUP, a provider of mobile device management and value-added services solutions for the telecommunications industry, has announced that it plans to introduce an Internet of Things-based subscriber identity module (SIM) card management system at the Mobile World Congress, to be held from Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. The system, known as CALLUP IoT Engine, will be displayed at CALLUP's booth at the event.

The CALLUP IoT Engine can remotely manage the entire life cycle of SIM cards embedded in various devices, such as smart meters, home appliances, in-vehicle systems and personal devices, from activation to upgrades, and on to to SIM card cancellation and swap. The new engine, an IoT-enhanced version of the CALLUP SIM OTA system, is utilized by various mobile operators worldwide, according to the company, and offers features and interfaces allowing easy integration with third-party systems.

"The cellular world is evolving from phones to various devices and objects, and we are witnessing an increasing number of connected devices in various environments, from homes to smart cities," said Alon Roth, CALLUP's CEO, in a prepared statement. "The innovative SIM card management system will help the expansion of the Internet of Things, including the deployment of IoT-dedicated networks."

The CALLUP IoT engine enables mobile operators and IoT network operators to issue control commands on SIM cards using application programming interfaces (APIs), or via a user interface. It can update any file on the card's file system, provided it is allowed to be modified over the air. Status and reports can be collected in real time or as a request for report at a later date. The system will automatically repeat the update process on SIM cards that could not accept the original update for various reasons, such as devices that were turned off.

Bridge Alliance, Gemalto Offer eSIM Solution for Consumer IoT Devices

The Bridge Alliance has announced that it is offering consumer eSIM remote subscription management, optimized for the latest generation of Internet of Things devices across its members' footprint in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.

With connectivity for consumer IoT devices like Samsung's Gear S3 Frontier 4G, the company explains, customers can connect to any Bridge Alliance member network and have immediate internet access via their devices. They will also be able to remotely manage their mobile subscriptions using a platform powered by Gemalto.

"In addition to being the largest mobile alliance in the APAC, this makes us the first mobile alliance to offer effortless connectivity for industrial and consumer IoT devices," said Eileen Tan, the Bridge Alliance's CEO, in a prepared statement. "We are pleased to partner with Gemalto for this solution and enable our members to embrace the latest innovation, in support of GSMA's embedded SIM specifications for consumer devices."

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