A tech firm is claiming the humble SIM card has cracked the ability for businesses to switch the telecoms provider of its energy data – the same way mobile phone consumers can switch networks.
Be it smart meters, substations or transformers, hardware often has SIM cards to collect data remotely.
Firms are currently unable to switch network provider, claims the ICT business Maingate.
Engineers would have to make this change manually by replacing thousands of SIM cards, says the firm, leaving many firms “locked-in” even if they want to get a better deal.
It claims its new SIM card service called Connect Flex is “agnostic” and works with all providers.
UK Managing Director David Owen said “openness and transparency” is the key to “applying the Internet of Things to the smart energy ecosystem”.