Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Arrow, Infineon and Arkessa form cellular IoT partnership

Steve Rogerson
June 4, 2019
A partnership between Colorado-based Arrow Electronics, German electronics firm Infineon and UK-based Arkessa aims to secure cellular communications for the IoT.
Security remains one of the top concerns for organisations for connected devices. Infineon provides the secured hardware controllers based on GSMA’s eSIM embedded subscriber identity module specification that underpin the service. Arkessa provides secured mobile data services with the ability to provision and manage IoT devices from the factory into the field easily and effectively.
By working with Arrow, OEMs, system integrators and enterprises can obtain all the technology and service elements required to provide consistent connectivity for their IoT devices anywhere in the world, underpinned by security features from Infineon and flexible network access and provisioning by Arkessa.
The eSIMs provide for greater security and reliability in multiple IoT applications and can be flexibly coupled with cellular, NB-IoT and LTE-M services from Arkessa.
“The strength of this collaboration lies in bringing together market-leading technology partners to offer Arrow customers world-class and future-proof connectivity,” said Andrew Orrock, CEO of Arkessa. “We are delighted to be working with Arrow and Infineon to deliver the secure global connectivity that allows customers to deploy their IoT applications easily, efficiently and at scale, wherever their devices are in the world.”
In Industry 4.0, progress is highly dependent upon the security of M2M communications. Machines in smart factories are increasingly using cellular networks to exchange information that ensures smooth operation and improves efficiency. Infineon’s SLM family of security controllers are optimised for industrial applications, providing higher levels of endurance over a temperature range of -40 to +105˚C.
In addition to industrial, use cases across smart cities, retail and asset tracking can benefit from the secure connectivity to bring forward new business models and growth at a global scale.
“Deploying high-quality eSIMs from Infineon brings a number of advantages for a smooth adoption of cellular connectivity in IoT applications,” said Lars Wemme, senior director of mobile security at Infineon Technologies. “Manufacturers of connected devices and industrial machines can optimise their product designs and simplify manufacturing processes, as well as global distribution, without compromising on quality and security.”
Arrow’s expertise in IoT runs from the components, modules and software that comprise the edge of the IoT right through to the cloud services and analytics that exploit the data generated. It encompasses all the connectivity in between and the security necessary to protect the integrity of the network and its data.
“Cellular communication is an increasingly important strand of IoT,” said Aiden Mitchell, vice president at Arrow Electronics. “This new agreement will enable organisations to take advantage of the latest technologies to execute connected device strategies, using secure cellular services at scale, while staying focused on their own strengths and differentiators to create better outcomes for their customers and without being dependent on their clients’ networks.”