Idemia and Soracom deliver IoT-optimised eSIM

  • July 20, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Japanese IoT connectivity firm Soracom is working with French technology company Idemia to deliver IoT-optimised eSIM capability.

The joint offering pairs Idemia’s eSIM technology with Soracom’s cloud-native IoT connectivity platform.

Soracom, a provider of IoT connectivity, announced the partnership with Idemia, a specialist in identity technologies, to offer SMBs, SMEs and enterprises in North America and Europe expanded embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) capabilities based on Idemia’s IoT-optimised Dakota Smart eSIM technology. The offering is the first deployment of Dakota Smart in the USA.

This GSMA-certified eSIM is designed to meet the needs of IoT devices, even low-cost devices with highly constrained memory, power and processing capability. Idemia’s eSIM technology features low-power capabilities, including suspend, resume and eDRX, making it more power efficient for LTE-M and NB-IoT services while supporting all cellular standards from 2G to 5G where available. It is available in standard MFF2 (5 by 6mm), ultra-compact plug-in card (2 by 2mm) and chip scale package (CSP) form factors with commercial- and industrial-grade versions available.

The cloud-native Soracom platform is also intended for the needs of the companies and teams building experiences around connected devices. Soracom’s global connectivity and network management tools help reduce total cost of ownership, accelerate speed to market, and ensure complete control over every connection in a user’s IoT fleet.

In addition to the GSMA-standard remote SIM provisioning capability, Dakota Smart is compatible with Soracom’s multi-IMSI subscription containers, which extend profile management capabilities to any Soracom SIM or eSIM connected with Soracom’s standard global data plan. This allows profile-swapping where multiple profiles are available without interrupting access to Soracom platform services.

“Many potential IoT applications have strict requirements in terms of highly constrained memory, power and processing capabilities,” said Kenta Yasukawa, CTO at Soracom. “Together, Soracom and Idemia are removing these barriers to entry, making it simple for companies to build new, leading-edge IoT experiences for their customers around the world.”

Jason Rousseau-Hall, business director for IoT at Idemia, added: “The ever-evolving world of IoT demands and drives innovation to help bring this connected world to life. We are delighted to be part of the Soracom journey as they expand their global reach and technology evolution. Utilising our flagship eSIM, with its full range of connectivity options, form factors and dedicated IoT features, together we will enable new innovations in this diverse ecosystem.”

With nearly 15,000 employees, Idemia is used by more than 600 governmental organisations and more than 2300 enterprises spread over 180 countries.

Founded in 2015, Soracom serves more than 20,000 start-ups, SMBs and global enterprises across all industries, from agriculture, energy, construction and transportation to consumer electronics, manufacturing, real estate and healthcare.