Spirent, traditionally a testing and measurement company, has joined hands with Oasis, a global Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) connectivity and management provider, to enter into the world of Internet of Things. Both the companies today announced a strategic partnership, to develop connected products and devices, such as cameras, smart vehicles, logistics and production goods. Both the companies would also work towards removing connectivity and network provisioning barriers in the IoT space.
The partnership between Spirent and Oasis will introduce a unique two-click software solution, including USIM functionality that OEMs can embed into products for seamless cellular service activation in any of the world’s market, as well as life-cycle management.
The new product will be showcased at the ongoing Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.
The partnership marks Sprent’s, predominantly a testing and measurement company, entry to IoT, an area analyst Gartner forecasts, will result in 6.4 billion connected devices worldwide in 2016 reaching 20.8 billion by 2020.
“Spirent and Oasis have teamed-up to help manufacturers build better and smarter products for the connected world,” says Dennis Juul Poulsen, General Manager of Spirent’s IoT Connectivity and Subscription Management business. “Be it a connected truck or a pair of smart running shoes, OEMs in vertical market, now has a solution that provides customers with seamless instant connectivity and the freedom to choose cellular service provider they wish.”
Spirent and Oasis undertook extensive research into the hurdles that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face in making diverse connected products. It became clear that old technologies and business models based on use of traditional SIM were not suitable for IoT device activation and subscription provisioning on a global scale.
“Spirent’s unique automatic access point name (APN) setup and remote subscription management solution with Oasis’ embedded smart USIM functionality is a game changer in connected products and devices,” adds Olivier Leroux, CEO of Oasis Smart SIM. “OEM vendors now have a leaner way to manufacture, distribute and maintain connected products compared to solutions centered on the traditional SIM.”