Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Arm, Vodafone look to simplify IoT

William Payne
February 28, 2019

Arm and Vodafone have agreed to work to reduce the complexity and costs faced by organisations implementing IoT solutions. The new agreement expands on the companies’ collaboration around integrated SIM (iSIM) technology. The new agreement combines iSIM, IoT software and network services with the aim of reducing complexity and enabling open, remote provisioning of IoT devices.

Bringing together Vodafone's IoT global platform and connectivity, and Arm’s IoT software and services, the two companies plan to provide enterprises with programmable, connected system on chip designs that eliminate the need for traditional SIM cards. The aim is to allow customers to deploy securely, provision remotely and manage massive numbers of IoT devices across global markets at a significantly lower cost and complexity.

The partnership between Arm and Vodafone aims to enable remote provisioning for devices using Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) technologies. According to the two companies, it will provide secure, open, standards-based deployment to any application and service provider across the globe. 

Joint solutions from Arm and Vodafone are planned for the first quarter of calendar year 2020.

“Fragmentation, security and cost are three limiting factors in IoT, and we believe a strong partner ecosystem is critical in solving these challenges,” said Dipesh Patel, president, IoT Services Group, Arm. “This partnership will enable global enterprises to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of securely connecting their IoT devices at scale so that they can quickly drive real value and actionable insights from their IoT data through our Pelion IoT platform.”

“Vodafone has been focused on building its global IoT platform & connectivity, to enable the fast deployment of IoT services,” said Stefano Gastaut, IoT Director, Vodafone. “Working together with Arm, we will combine the strengths of both companies to benefit our customers and break down the barriers, such as cost and complexity, which are hindering the adoption of IoT for many.”