JT shows how to manage IoT device certification

  • February 14, 2024
  • Steve Rogerson

Jersey Telecom (JT) worked with development partner RoamsysNext to introduce an IoT certification manager (ICM) in response to the projection that the number of IoT devices will double to 27 billion by 2025.

This addresses the difficulties faced by mobile network operators (MNOs), mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and enterprise partners who are struggling with network congestion and performance issues due to uncertified IoT devices.

Network congestion occurs when there’s an overload of signalling and data traffic that exceeds the network’s capacity to manage. To tackle these issues, operators have at times resorted to blocking devices based on IMSI and traffic patterns, which can be imperfect.

ICM reduces the network issues that stem from IoT devices, ensuring improved service quality for customers and businesses. It provides insights and analytics, allowing operators to identify and, if required, take actions against uncertified or unfamiliar devices that may disrupt network performance or pose security risks, safeguarding the user experience.

Going beyond optimising network performance, ICM enhances cyber security, ensuring only trusted and secure devices connect to the network. This also helps OEMs guarantee that their devices function as originally intended on networks.

Underpinned by a comprehensive dataset, this system facilitates the alignment of the Type Allocation Code (TAC) with certification data to identify each IoT device uniquely. It offers a user-friendly interface equipped with features such as a search tool, bulk entry, data export and device verification against the manufacturer’s records.

“As an MNO, we’re well aware of the challenges posed by the existing and growing number of IoT devices,” said Marcus Irwin, head of product innovation at JT (www.jtglobal.com). “With ICM, we’re offering operators worldwide a ground-breaking option that not only optimises network performance but also strengthens cyber security. It’s the game-changer we all need to stay ahead in this rapidly evolving landscape. What truly sets ICM apart is its remarkable ability to consolidate multiple data sources into a single interface. This allows operators, resellers, aggregators, enterprises and manufacturers to easily identify IoT devices on their network, verify their global certifications, and make well-informed decisions based on high-quality intelligence.”

Michael Grasmück, CEO of Luxembourg-based RoamsysNext (roamsys-next.com), added: “Our commitment to data enrichment and consolidation is unparalleled. ICM is the answer to the industry’s need for a comprehensive, single source that enables operators to address network congestion and improve services for their customers and businesses.”

ICM (international.jtglobal.com/jt-iot-certification-manager) is available to mobile network operators, MVNOs, enterprise businesses and OEMs through a yearly subscription.