IDEMIA will be targeting the smart vehicle market with its New Generation (NG) DAKOTA eSIM technology. The 5G eSIM was designed specifically for smart vehicle applications, and is the first such product to meet the GSMA’s compliance framework for connected cars.
The GSMA established that framework to help support the development of smart cars and to encourage interoperability as the market expands. In that regard, 90 percent of new cars sold will be connected cars by 2024.
eSIM offerings like the DAKOTA NG (now in version 3.4) will enable connectivity in many of those vehicles. The IDEMIA eSIM is built with the new SLI37 chip from Infineon, which is similarly compliant with the latest GSMA standards. The chip boasts CCEAL 6+ certification, and will help guarantee that any personal information stored on the DAKOTA eSIM will remain private and secure. It will also support over-the-air software updates to make sure that it does not become more vulnerable as technology progresses.
Cars with the DAKOTA v3.4 NG are not expected to hit the road until 2022, though IDEMIA has placed older versions of DAKOTA in cars that have already left the lot. The new solution can support a range of vehicle-to-everything connected services and driver assistance features, and can do so with a single chip to minimize costs for automotive manufacturers.
“We are thrilled that GSMA has approved our next generation 5G eSIM based on Infineon’s latest platform optimized for automotive applications,” said IDEMIA Automotive EVP Yves Portalier. “Our future-proof eSIM will give [carmakers] a vast array of enhanced services.”
“Our cooperation with IDEMIA and the GSMA approval set an important milestone in building the trust necessary for the mass uptake of connected car technologies,” added Infineon VP and IoT Security Head Benoit Rousseau.
The evaluation of the DAKOTA NG was carried out in an independent laboratory. The eSIM is optimized for smart cars, though it can be used in more run-of-the-mill IoT devices. The GSMA also approved IDEMIA’s embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card for use in IoT devices back in June.