Telit Introduces GE863-SIM Module with Gemalto M2M Embedded SIM

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the US-based m2m mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (AIM:TCM) is unveiling the GE863-SIM, an innovative module solution integrating Gemalto’s “Embedded SIM” product, m2m card. The new quad-band module in the GE product range is the result of close technological cooperation with Gemalto, the world leader in digital security.

This new module has been designed specifically for the requirements of m2m applications. Telit’s customers stand to benefit from the SIM’s enhanced reliability, as well as considerable cost savings and efficiency in the development and production of their m2m solutions. The first Telit GE863-SIM modules will be available from October 2007.

The GE863-SIM GSM/GPRS module is the first ever to feature the innovative “m2m card” concept within an m2m card. Gemalto is the first supplier of these SIMs, which include m2m-specific features and are embedded directly into the module during manufacturing. This eliminates the need for manual SIM insertion and configuration, significantly reducing the related costs.

“Gemalto is a world-wide leader in the development of SIM-based solutions and services and particularly active in the m2m market. Given the business opportunity of the m2m market, the choice of the technological partner quickly became strategic, and the name of Gemalto came across as obvious,” says Roger Dewey, President & CEO of Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc.

The m2m card product developed by Gemalto is of particular importance, since the SIMs used in the m2m sector need to meet stringent demands such as a 10-year service life; operating temperature range between -40°C (-40°F) and +85°C (185°F) as well as vibration, shock, and humidity resistance.

“In order to respond to m2m industry challenges, Gemalto is developing a new long-life SIM card, with special m2m specifications and Over-The-Air mechanisms. This new, more robust and immovable SIM will reduce the logistics on behalf of the mobile network operators (MNOs) and reduce the cost of ownership for all players within the value chain,” says Jean-François Schreiber, SVP of Gemalto Operated Services.

The new GE863-SIM has the same form factor and software interfaces as all the other modules in the GE863 product range. This means that it can be integrated into existing customer designs with only minimal adaptations. The tried-and-tested BGA assembly concept (Ball Grid Array) facilitates straightforward, cost-saving assembly without plugs or cables. With its small external dimensions, the GE863-SIM is also particularly ideal for applications where a compact format is crucial.

The GE863-SIM GSM/GPRS module, with its m2m card, which remains under full control and administration of the MNOs, is suitable for all m2m segments. The Automated Meter Reading (AMR) segment will greatly benefit from the advantages of this new module due to the fact that AMR applications require the SIM card to have a long service life and, in their standard form factor, are a common target of fraud and theft.

The GE863-SIM also offers numerous opportunities for the MNO and the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) interested in entering the rapidly growing m2m market. Operators of mobile network services will therefore in the future not only be able to set up access to the mobile networks, but also bundle hardware and services in a single offering.

About Telit
Telit is a leading global wireless technology company. It develops, manufactures and markets GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSDPA and CDMA/EVDO enterprise communication modules for machine-to-machine (m2m) applications which streamline business processes by enabling machines, devices and vehicles to communicate via mobile networks. Telit’s products are sold and deployed worldwide through offices in China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the USA. Telit Communications PLC is listed on the AIM (Ticker: TCM).