BICS, a global connectivity enabler, has today announced the launch of a pioneering solution for any Internet of Things (IoT) application built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), to automatically on-board devices wherever they are in the world. As a member of the AWS Partner Network (APN), BICS can now combine the worldwide multi-network cellular coverage of its SIM for Things solution with CESANTA’s VCON cellular connectivity module, allowing AWS customers to expand their geographic IoT footprint to over 200 countries.
The solution will officially launch at MWC19 Barcelona (25 – 28 February). Attendees can visit BICS’ booth (Hall 2, booth 2E40) to see demos of the new solution, conducted throughout the show.
Powered by BICS’ global network, the service is designed to enable IoT devices using ‘SIM for Things’ to be seamlessly provisioned and available to AWS IoT, and for managers of diverse IoT device fleets to utilise AWS’s powerful suite of services. By leveraging SIM for Things’ multi-network support and roaming technology, combined with BICS’ 600+ operator partnerships, customers will be able to provision and remotely manage IoT devices throughout the world. The combination of SIM for Things and VCON provides a secure, ready-to-go AWS connectivity and provisioning solution, enabling data reporting, remote device control, and device software updates that optimise brand protection.
The global IoT market continues to grow at a rapid pace, with the number of connected devices forecast to reach 75.4 billion by 2025 (IHSMarkit Inc.). BICS’ SIM for Things will facilitate this growth, and, via the collaboration with AWS and CESANTA, can enable businesses to quickly and easily expand and manage IoT-based services worldwide.
BICS and CESANTA have simplified the process for companies seeking to integrate cellular reach with AWS, accelerating the time-to-market of IoT propositions. The off-the-shelf connectivity solution significantly reduces engineering efforts, cuts the time required to develop new products, and minimises operating costs, due to the power and capabilities of AWS IoT.
Through its secure, reliable connectivity and multi-network infrastructure spanning more than 200 countries, connectivity enabler BICS has the worldwide coverage required to support IoT applications. BICS’ roaming technology and established commercial agreements with operators ensure that high-volume fleets of IoT devices can be located or travel anywhere in the world and remain connected.
"This is a huge step forward for cellular IoT. With faster time to market and lower development costs, AWS IoT customers who choose BICS’ SIM for Things and CESANTA VCON can guarantee true global connectivity for their products and solutions. Cellular IoT solutions can be deployed far more quickly than was previously possible, meaning business owners and stakeholders will also be quicker to enjoy the return on IoT investments,” said Mikaël Schachne, VP Mobility and IoT Business at BICS.
"BICS’ SIM for Things and CESANTA VCON provide a ready-to-go secure AWS connectivity and provisioning solution. Data reporting, remote device control, and fail-safe device software update that guarantee brand protection, are delivered out-of-the-box” said CESANTA CEO Anatoly Lebedev.