In its latest white paper, GSMA touts 5G, artificial intelligence and internet of things as the three-legged stool that will support ‘intelligent connectivity.’ On cue, the carriers chose MWC Americas this week in Los Angeles to announce new products and efforts that promise to push IoT forward with an emphasis on security.
“Underpinned by ubiquitous hyper connectivity, intelligent connectivity marks the beginning of a new era defined by highly contextualized and personalized experiences, delivered as and when you want them,” according to the white paper.
As well as delivering high quality mobile services, 5G will further scale the Internet of Things (IoT) to encompass 25 billion connections by 2025, according to a GSMA white paper.
Sprint, SoftBank Team to Create a More Secure IoT
Sprint unveiled the Curiosity IoT platform at MWC Americas, which will allow enterprises to manage IoT devices and connectivity over the air across multiple SIM profiles. To enhance security, Curiosity IoT takes advantage advances in network slicing to create a dedicated, distributed and virtualized core, built together with the new operating system by Ericsson.
Curiosity IoT uses Arm’s Platform Security Architecture (PSA) framework to provide a common secure foundation for IoT devices: a set of threat models, security analysis, hardware and software specifications. Packet Host enabled the advanced distributed core network using bare metal servers at the edge
Ivo Rook, senior vice president, IoT & product development at Sprint, said, “Curiosity IoT changes the way devices are managed over the air and how data is analyzed, while delivering unparalleled security from the chip to the cloud. Overall, Curiosity IoT reflects our unique approach in creating the absolute best operating and management environment for IoT – from system managers enhancing their increasingly IoT-centric operations to the most demanding applications in the immediate economy.”
Through the Arm Pelion Connectivity Management and Arm Kigen SIM solutions, customers can securely manage and provision SIM connectivity across all devices deployed anywhere using any network protocol including cellular, satellite or LoRa.
AT&T, G+D and Altair Team to Manage the Internet’s ‘Things’
Moving from the cell phones to devices in the Internet of Things requires a major shift in SIM management. AT&T is working with Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security (G+D), which is collaborating with Altair Semiconductor, to integrate a SIM into the modem chipset for deployment across licensed Low-Power Wide-Area cellular networks.
Currently, manufacturers buy Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards for IoT devices, which securely identify and authenticate the subscriber for the mobile network — just like for a smartphone.
With the integrated SIM, this model changes. The integrated SIM securely embeds SIM functionality into the chipset, processor and other module components. This all-in-one approach will enable modules to power smaller, less costly and energy-efficient IoT devices. All with the same carrier-grade security of a physical SIM.
“Traditional SIMs will still be in use for years to come. But we expect the integrated SIM will make it easier for large-scale global deployments of low-cost asset trackers, smart sensors and more over LPWA networks designed for the IoT,” according to an AT&T press release. “The solution integrates G+D’s industry-leading SIM solution with Altair’s ALT1250 chipset and AT&T’s nationwide U.S. LTE-M network. We expect to make the integrated SIM commercially available by the first half of 2019.”