New SIM card technology could play a major role in accelerating the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).
According to a new report from Beecham Research, integrated SIM cards will be used in smart metering, demand response, energy data management and distributed resource management.
Unlike those found in phones, these SIM cards are not removable and so are tamper resistant.
Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO at Beecham Research, said: “The traditional removable SIM card found in mobile handsets is not suited for the IoT market and particularly not for applications like smart metering.
“Instead, the cellular IoT industry has moved towards a new approach with the eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card), which is integrated as an electronic component on the device’s circuit board as part of the manufacturing process.”
The report says the eUICC will improve reliability, flexibility, security and trust, while reducing cost and complexity and reducing commercial risk.
It suggests features like remote access and management mean it will prove very useful for utilities, which are facing increasing pressures to balance electricity supply and demand.
The technology will also allow for time consuming parts of the current metering system, such as manual site visits, to be reduced or avoided almost entirely.