KDDI taps Gemalto for connected cars and IoT

Enterprise Innovation editors
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Japan's KDDI has selected Gemalto to provide the platform to enable secure connectivity for connected cars and IoT applications worldwide.

Gemalto will provide its LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution and embedded SIMs (eSIMs) to the operator.

As a result, KDDI can expect to provision any requested operator's profile on connected cars equipped with pre-embedded eSIM.

Motorists can access optimized real-time information about traffic and nearby amenities, navigation, vehicle diagnostics, and emergency services, anytime, anywhere.

Gartner forecasts that by 2020, there will be around 250 million vehicles on the road with some form of wireless connectivity, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things. The lack of flexible and interoperable remote subscription management is a major challenge in deploying IoT.

Gemalto's solution, based on global GSMA specifications, is designed to simplify logistics for OEMs.

“Gemalto's solution is based on interoperable GSMA standards, and will provide a common and consistent way to connect devices in the future," said Keiichi Mori, executive officer and general manager of KDDI’s IoT business development division.

"With long-lasting relationships with over 500 mobile operators worldwide and a strong local presence, they can help us expand our services to other IoT applications, to obtain rapid growth in the connected world.”

Michael Au, Gemalto president for South Asia and Japan, said IoT is increasingly turning connected cars into powerful hubs for value-added services such as infotainment, real-time vehicle telematics, and usage-based insurance, offering plenty of opportunities to OEMs and service providers.

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