MWC 2016: Avnet Memec,Silica and Morpho partner for the commercial deployment of flexible connectivity for IoT.
Morpho (Safran), a global leader in identity and security solutions, and Avnet Memec - Silica, an Avnet, Inc. company (NYSE: AVT), today announced their partnership for the commercial deployment of flexible connectivity services for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, including embedded SIM and remote SIM provisioning solutions.
The partnership with Morpho enables Avnet Memec - Silica, one of the leading distributors of electronic components in Europe, to offer flexible connectivity services for its electronic components by integrating the MorphoFlex™ modular eSIM (also known as eUICC) and remote SIM provisioning capability into their overall IoT service offering and the recently launched reference platform “Visible ThingsTM”.
Fully compliant with the latest GSMA V3.0 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) remote SIM provisioning specifications, the MorphoFlex™ portfolio commercially deployed by Avnet Memec - Silica includes eSIMs in multiple form factors, providing mobile network operators with agnostic connectivity and supporting the SIMalliance interoperability profile. Additionally, MorphoFlex™ remote SIM provisioning enables flexible connectivity throughout the entire lifecycle of the device.
Following the recently announced adoption of the eSIM by the automotive industry, Avnet Memec - Silica and Morpho are now making a similar eSIM solution available for the industrial IoT.
The joint solution enables the optimization of logistics, leading to a significant reduction in stock keeping units, as it is no longer necessary to build and ship multiple variants of the same solution to address different country connectivity requirements.
Yves Portalier, Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Business Unit at Morpho, pointed out the benefits of the joint solution: “The partnership with Avnet Memec – Silica creates an ideal platform to leverage the extensive possibilities of flexible connectivity services for future-oriented IoT applications. Managing connectivity on as needed basis decisively enables service providers to optimize coverage, costs and capability.”
Philippe Fremont, VP of Technical Marketing EMEA with Avnet Memec - Silica comments: “When it comes to the SIM card, our M2M and IoT customers will always be asking for more flexibility and openness in the way they choose their telecom operator and upgrade their products in the field. We believe that the eSIM is the right answer and that associating with Morpho and major M2M telecom operators for our eSIM program will help us empower our customers to bridge gaps between communication, services and IoT future needs.”
The integrated Avnet Memec - Silica and Morpho solution will be demonstrated at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at Embedded World in Nuremberg, and is commercially available now.
Morpho (Safran) is a global leader in identity and security solutions for an increasingly digital and connected world. We employ more than 8,600 people in 55 countries and generated revenues of more than €1.5 billion in 2014. Backed by more than 40 years of experience in biometrics, our unique expertise lies in developing innovative technologies for a wide range of markets and applications for people, governments and business. Morpho contributes to managing identities, protecting borders, detecting threats, supporting law enforcement and providing trusted on-line transactions and services. Our solutions protect identities, ensure safety and safeguard privacy, for easier everyday lives.
Avnet Memec - Silica is the European semiconductor specialist of Avnet, Inc., one of the leading global distributors. Customers may expect state-of-the-art technologies, comprehensive technical support and advanced supply chain and logistics services. Avnet Memec - Silica is a partner of leading semiconductor manufactures and innovative solution providers over many years. With a team of more than 200 application engineers and technical specialists, Avnet Memec - Silica supports projects all the way from the idea to the concept to production.