With the advance of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) communication, mobile operators see an opportunity to increase revenue, tackle new markets, and evolve their mobile services.
M2M SIM cards were developed to improve M2M applications, as they tend to need a robust secure element in order to resist higher temperatures, extreme levels of vibration and humidity, bad connectivity, data transmission in remote areas, endure a long-life span, and a faster implementation.
They secure machine identities while communicating via wireless networks and guarantee secure authentication and information encryption during the exchange between machines.
For industries such as automotive, tracking, industrial analytics, healthcare, agriculture, and many more, M2M is the driving factor for digital transformation and the M2M SIMs are the vehicle to offer new value-added services and provide security to the ecosystem.
These SIMs are configured to work with 2G and 3G networks when in remote areas or to reduce battery usage for data transmission or remote management as well as 4G and 5G use cases whenever a project demands higher speeds for data sharing or real-time services. They are also compatible with LPWAN networks, such as NB-IoT.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is predicted to grow USD 1.6 trillion in size by 2025, according to Statista. Apart from consumer electronics, machine to machine (M2M) connections are a big part of the IoT ecosystem.
By 2023, M2M markets will reach 3 billion connections with the help of 5G networks and a large number of diverse uses cases from industrial solutions to smart cities.