IoT’s essential role in rollout of smart city technology and Telecom26’s IoT service
17 January 2023

IoT’s essential role in rollout of smart city technology and Telecom26’s IoT service

17 January 2023

Last year Shanghai was named as the smartest city in the world, followed by Seoul, Barcelona, Beijing and NYC. We discussed this and the role of Telecom26 and IoT in enabling smart cities in this blog.

The IoT Agenda website defines a smart city as one that uses “ICT to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare” and writes that “emerging trends such as automation, machine learning and the IoT are driving smart city adoption” and “any area of city management can be incorporated into a smart city initiative”.

Smart Cities Dive, which provides in-depth journalism and insight into the most impactful news and trends shaping cities and municipalities, ran an interesting piece recently 13 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2023 with readers sharing their thoughts about how cities will evolve in 2023. These comments caught the eye of our IoT experts focused on smart cities and smart cars: 

“Connectivity will continue to be of essential importance. Not only must individual vehicles, processes, utilities, etc., be connected, but everything that can be connected should and will be connected”

“Real-world data will encourage further fleet EV adoption. Leaders will have access to real-world insights that they can use to shape their EV adoption road maps and have a true impact on their bottom lines. Backed by data, first-movers will give more companies around the world the confidence to make the shift to EVs.”

One of Telecom26’s customers is GlobalmatiX, a rising star in the telematics industry. We provide global mobile connectivity provider for its in-car fleet management systems  - and the initial rollout of the Telecom26 eSIM Telematic service was to GlobalmatiX’s customer MSS Holding AG, operator of the rental car companies Fleet Service, Helvetic Mobility and licensee of the Enterprise, Alamo and National brands in Switzerland.

GlobalmatiX’s disruptive and innovative telematics solution has already been installed in thousands of vehicles worldwide to provide remote vehicle diagnostics information to fleet managers in real-time.  Smart cars for smart cities.

Smart City Initiatives and IoT

Smart City World is packed full of interesting IoT initiatives from around the world. From electric bikes to intelligent traffic lights, lamp posts to air quality.

One issue that will need addressing as Smart City technologies are adopted is the need to standardise components.  To take smart lamp posts as an example.   The CTO for the city will chose their preferred local operator to provide connectivity to the lamp post for the one SIM in each sensor.  However, when the technology is commoditised and manufactures or suppliers or integrators want to ship turnkey solutions to cities around the world, the SIMs will need to be integrated into the sensor. 

Telecom26 and IoT Connectivity

Enter Telecom26’s Global SIM cards which can connect to 1100+ cellular networks belonging to more than 620 mobile operators in 220 countries.  Problem solved.

At the heart of Telecom26’s IoT service are our global eSIMs and physical SIM cards.  One of our SIMs in an IoT device provides access to all of the networks covered by our global roaming service.

Our global IoT SIMs remove the need to worry about the coverage of a single MNO, or the existence of roaming alliances. They automatically select the best performing network in the area, cross-border, while providing enterprises with the freedom to change SIM profiles and services with ease.

We can also customise our offering, and build routing profiles for each IoT device according to a customer’s needs and budget. For example, for organisations that are more price sensitive we can ensure that our Global IoT SIM cards automatically connect to the cheapest service in the area, rarely access expensive satellite links - and make the most of wifi for data-heavy up and downloads.

In a nutshell, Telecom26 enables data connectivity, anywhere - so that your IoT device can connect to the best available network, regardless of location.

We offer a full range of connectivity options including 5G, LTE, WiFi, private networks, 2G, 3G and 4G, as well as offshore connectivity capabilities.

As a global mobile connectivity provider, Telecom26 is helping with the rollout of IoT networks across a range of vertical markets. You can read more in these previous blogs:

Catching-up in-person

We will be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February – 2 March and will be launching several new services and discussing lots of other global and maritime connectivity subjects including:

  • Our growing global network of 5G partners
  • Our eSIM packages – Telecom26 provides a complete range of eSIM and eUICC solutions that enable seamless profile delivery and management and remove the need to ship and deploy physical SIMs

If you’d like to arrange to meet there then please book a meeting.

Or if you’d like a call to discuss how our IoT SIM cards and global connectivity service can help improve IoT connectivity for your devices, then please contact us.

Telecom26 is a full operator member of the GSMA and the ITU.

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