New M2M SIM from Vodacom Business

MOBILE

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
New M2M SIM from Vodacom Business

Vodacom Business in South Africa has unveiled a new Machine to Machine (M2M) SIM, that can be soldered onto a circuit board and used for a variety of industries.

M2M is reported to be a fast-growing field, with possible uses in a range of industries.

The SIMs are highly durable and long-lasting, resistant to temperature extremes, and because an M2M SIM is thin and soldered onto a circuit board when it is being printed, it cannot be removed.

M2M has uses from remote controlling of vending machines and utility meters, to managing outdoor electronic billboards via the internet.
Vodacom Business’ s new M2M VQFN-8 SIM is a SIM card that is packaged in a standard Very ThinQuad Flat Narrow 8 pin (VQFN-8) semiconductor chip.

This SIM is soldered onto the customer's printed circuit board when their product is being manufactured, thus eliminating removal and fraud, says Vodacom.

It also has a long lifespan operating system which ensures 500 000 read/write cycles to its EEPROM memory (vs 100 000 of 2FF SIM plastic SIM cards) to ensure it will not fail in the field; soldering makes it vibration resistant in highly mobile applications and rough terrain; and has an extended operating temperature range so it can operate in harsh environments.

The SIM can be used in a variety of applications such as:
•       Monitoring and Control
•       Commercial applications
•       Fleet and Asset Management
•       Security and Surveillance
•       Human Touch / Consumer applications
•       Metering

M2M lays the foundation of the concepts, services and offering that will be delivered to our local markets by Vodacom Business, says Gabi Strijp, Executive Head Enterprise Mobility Solutions at Vodacom Business. We see M2M as an emerging market that will bring a wide range of solutions to enterprises, especially the public sector.

M2M is the remote wireless data interchange between two or more devices, or a central server, without direct relationship with an end customer, in order to support a specific business process or product.

Vodacom Business sees the customer as being an enterprise and not a consumer. M2M is in most cases a business to business (B2B) offering but is starting to appear in B2C consumer electronic applications such as eReaders and in future, connected gaming devices. In the B2B space, M2M can be defined a business process efficiency tool which automates previous human intervention.

The M2M market is growing significantly in both South Africa as well as international markets as it offers enterprises the ability to significantly reduce costs, provide managed services, and improved service delivery and efficiency.

The VQFN-8 SIM allows our customers to continue to innovate in the M2M market by producing smaller, more secure and robust devices for the variety of industries which they serve, says Strijp.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

MTN names new Group President & CEO

MTN has announced plans to appoint Vodacom executive Rob Shuter as the new MTN Group President and CEO.  Read More

Airtel, Tigo Ghana sanctioned in NCA 3G Report

Ghana’s National Communication Authority has sanctioned Airtel and Tigo Ghana for failing to cover district capitals, including Karaga, Bimbilla and Wulensi, with a 3G network.  Read More

Surfline Ghana partners this year’s MOBEX

Surfline Communications says it has partnered Coaster International and other stakeholders to present Ghana’s biggest ICT fair and seminar, MOBEX 2016. Read More

New Airtel Premier Retail shop opens at the Achimota Mall

Airtel has opened a bespoke customer experience center at the Achimota Mall to exclusively cater to the telecommunication and lifestyle needs of its high value and Premier customers. Read More

MTN Rwanda launches youth campaign

MTN Rwanda has announced the launch of its new youth proposition campaign which is targeted at the youthful subscribers on its network. Read More

Internet of Things to overtake mobile phones by 2018: Ericsson Mobility Report

Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer Ericsson Mobility Report reveals that the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018. Read More

Safaricom launches youth platform

Safaricom has announced the launch of BLAZE, a platform that seeks to empower youth using the power of mobile.  Read More

Vodafone sweeps awards in two separate events

Vodafone Ghana is cementing its reputation for social media excellence, with a series of awards. Read More

Winners emerge in Samsung’s “Inspire Bigger Dreams” campaign

The Samsung Electronics “Inspire Bigger Dreams” competition has produced three winners. The campaign was aimed at encouraging Nigerians to keep their dreams alive, dream bigger and aspire to greater heights.  Read More

Simplifying and enhancing security on MTN’s information systems key to improving customer experience

In the first hundred days in his new role, MTN South Africa’s new Chief Information Officer, Benjamin Marais, says his focus was to simplify information technology processes internally and externally, and beef up security of the systems in order to enhance customer experience. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early

Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.