Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:13 | James Barton
One of Saudi Arabia’s leading operators is deploying dedicated M2M services – a first for the Middle East. Market leader Mobily is using Gemalto’s Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment, allowing its M2M services to meet the high durability requirements of Saudi Arabia’s industrial environments and acute climates.
The Gemalto devices will be installed for upcoming Saudi M2M projects in the power management and transportation industries such as Smart Grid Metering and Fleet Tracking. Embedded in Smart Grid Metering, the MIM solution allows utility companies in Saudi to collect and monitor electricity consumption data remotely and in real time. Used for fleet tracking, the solution enables logistics companies to continuously monitor the flow of vehicles for route optimization with up-to-date traffic information.
MIM is fully compliant with JEDEC* standards and is designed with robust material to withstand extreme temperatures and environments, including the ability to sustain temperature ranges from -40 to +105 degrees Celsius. It also resists vibration, humidity, corrosion and other harsh environmental factors often required in machine-to-machine applications. The solution leverages Gemalto’s operating system which features the Extended Life Mechanism, an exclusive memory management system that dramatically enhances the lifespan of the device. These purpose-built product features ensure the device is perfectly adapted to the industrial application to prevent service disruptions.
“Adopting the MIM standard...will definitely have a positive impact on various industries who aspire to automate processes for more reliable, cost effective and real time operations. With M2M connectivity forecast to exceed 2 billion devices by 2020, the use of MIMs will help expand the mobile operator’s horizons to provide new services and diversify revenue channels,” said Benoit Jouffrey, Vice President M2M Value Added Services at Gemalto.
* JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) is a global leader in developing open standards for the microelectronics industry
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