Telit partners Deutsche Telekom on NuSIM initiative
May 9, 2019
Telit has become a partner in Deutsche Telekom's NuSIM initiative, which takes a different approach to IoT system design by moving the subscriber identity module's (SIM) functionality to the cellular chipset.
The IoT device has the mobile operators' credentials securely programmed during manufacturing, eliminating the need for the traditional physical SIM card. As a result, the NuSIM architecture:
- Streamlines design and manufacturing processes by eliminating the need for contacts, circuit paths, card holders and other components associated with physical SIMs.
- Enables compact device form factors that would not be possible with a physical SIM card, such as for healthcare wearables and industrial sensors.
- Increases battery life by leveraging power saving methods that are achievable only when the modem and SIM share the same underlying hardware.
- Enables faster IoT deployments because each module ships with a fully operational integrated SIM.
- Eliminates overhead costs related to SIM logistics, such as stock keeping and handling.
"NuSIM is a game-changer for IoT by enabling a new range of devices that are inexpensive to design, manufacture and own, have significantly longer battery-life, and can be rapidly deployed," said Omer Harel, director of SIM technologies at Telit. "Telit's expertise positioned us quite uniquely to provide guidance to the NuSIM initiative particularly in constructing test cases and running them for Deutsche Telecom."
Italy-based Telit is a long-time Deutsche Telekom partner and was the first module supplier to become an active contributor in the NuSIM initiative. Telit's role includes contributing to the NuSIM design process and serving as a test bed for the technology.
"Deutsche Telekom is proud to work with Telit and other industry-leading partners to bring NuSIM to the market," said Stefan Kaliner, head of UICC development at Deutsche Telekom. "Moving the SIM functionality from the physical SIM card directly to the chipset brings significant cost, time and space savings across the IoT value chain. The new form factor paves the way for further innovation as companies develop the next generation of mobile IoT applications."