Hologram Presents new eUICC SIMs and Platform for IoT

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Hologram Presents new eUICC SIMs and Platform for IoT

Hologram customers will from now on be able to unlock a new level of cellular IoT connectivity. The company just introduced Hologram Hype – a new eUICC SIMs and platform. It was developed to help organizations scale faster across different markets by providing over-the-air, updatable access to Hologram’s portfolio of cellular IoT connectivity partners and profiles. Hologram calls it a key to flexibility for IoT projects, regarding coverage, performance, and pricing.

Software is eating the world,

quotes Hologram founder and CEO Ben Forgan.

With IoT, software is also ‘eating’ the physical world, creating opportunities for companies to build exciting products and generate efficiencies through automation. Hologram is doing our part with Hyper, our eUICC platform, by turning connectivity into software.

As markets are changing faster than ever, global IoT organizations must be able to scale quickly while staying connected in a telecom world that is also evolving constantly. IoT developers face different challenges:

  • Managing Diverse Use Cases with a Unified Platform
    An IoT temperature sensor only needs to transfer a small amount of data each day, requiring minimal data traffic in bytes, while a 24/7 security video camera needs a constant connection and transfers much higher data amounts in the gigabyte range.
  • Need for Global Coverage
    Achieving a worldwide deployment with traditional SIM cards requires logistical acrobatics. IoT organizations are on the lookout for solutions that can simplify the launch process and enable global reach without complicating the supply chain.
  • Complex Access Technologies
    There are no more global quad-band 3G standards across 850/900/1800/1900MHz. Fragmentation across LP-WAN cellular IoT technology means LTE connectivity is far more complex than its predecessor—and NB-IoT, LTE-M, and 5G bring their own complications. Today’s devices must be suited to support more than 10 LTE bands to function in the European Union alone.
  • Evolving Regulatory Standards
    IoT devices must be aligned with regulatory standards and seek required certifications from any country’s governing bodies, where it is used. As projects expand around the globe, devices and their communications hardware must align with many local telecommunications policies in different regions – and in some places, those standards are shifting. The Complexity of Global Scalability

In addition to supply chain problems, swapping out SIMs requires another operations process that can inhibit growth in new markets.
eUICC (embedded SIMs) has seen traction in the consumer market with Google Pixel and Apple iPhone. So far, adoption for M2M/IoT has not taken speed. IoT devices need extra-resilient architecture and additional capabilities.
In IoT-devices, eUICC software functions differently – they have to be equipped with a fall-back mechanism, allowing the device to reconnect automatically if the provisioned network profile loses its connection. For the transmission of critically important data, GSMA includes additional security standards. That’s where Hologram Hyper brings the solution: It allows access to the eUICC SIM hardware, an eUICC operating system (which lives on the SIM itself to enable profiles), an eUICC platform (remote server provisioning or RSP), and carrier integrations or other agreements that are eUICC-capable.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Hologram

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