Last updated: 17 January 2017
That “thing” revolutionized music in 2001. Fast forward to 2017. A portable music device that cannot connect to the Internet probably doesn’t even have a place on the shelves today, unless you are in an antiques store; and all that, in the space of less than two decades. The journey from the first telephone to the first mobile/cellular network took over a century. Communication has been the backbone of technological revolutions. Longer distances; lesser latency; larger data; the often polarized concepts are now a bare minimum of human expectation. And connectivity, on-demand, has bred new expectations from a generation that cannot conceive life without it.
We just saw the end of CES, and a fascinating future of new connected appliances and gadgets. Everything is connected. Everything is turned on. “Things” today, and more importantly connected things, come in all shapes and sizes. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) are at an important juncture or crossroad – how to get these fabulous innovations connected. The Embedded SIM (eSIM) and Remote SIM Provisioning (RSP) will power the world of Mobile IoT, and is expected to play a big role in the $1 trillion market potential* for Mobile Network Operators by the year 2020.
While eSIM and RSP have achieved a high level of maturity and acceptance in the industrial IoT applications, the subject is still new in the consumer IoT world. In order to pay tribute to the role of mobile/cellular technology in the Internet of Things, Gemalto has established a dedicated site where we get insights from industry experts, discover the evolution of the SIM to an eSIM, and indulge with the not-so-IoT-savvy friend of ours! See how Gemalto helps you in Turning Things On for the Internet of Things.
*GSMA Connected Living Report