IDEMIA and Microsoft are working together to build better mobile infrastructure. The new multi-year arrangement will leverage IDEMIA’s connectivity solutions (including its eSIM technology) and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to make sure that the mobile ecosystem remains stable as the number of connections increases all over the world.
The resulting solutions will provide support for both M2M and consumer IoT connections. The former covers use cases like device authentication and smart cars that can communicate with other vehicles, while the latter covers everything from smartphones to wearable devices. The joint IDEMIA and Microsoft solutions will make internet services more reliable and more readily available, and with geo-redundancy and improved security to guard against DDoS attacks.
The two companies are also hoping that the collaboration will lead to the development of new (and more efficient) mobile technologies. For example, IDEMIA and Microsoft will be able to host remote eSIM subscription management services to make things simpler for mobile operators and device manufacturers.
“We are very excited to strengthen our collaboration with Microsoft,” said IDEMIA Strategic Alliances VP Ea Chaillioux. “The combination of the IDEMIA and Microsoft Azure expertise will enable us to deliver the best-in-class eSIM Remote Subscription Management services that secure connectivity for consumers, devices and citizens across the world.”
“Access to secure Connectivity services has never been as critical as it is today,” added Microsoft Azure IoT GM Tony Shakib. “Our collaboration with IDEMIA will enable us to equip Mobile Operators with the secure, scalable infrastructure they need to future-proof their business, while offering consumers reliable and innovative services that improve the way they connect.”
IDEMIA and Microsoft have already launched joint services in their respective home countries of France and the United States, with plans to expand to other regions over the course of 2022. The GSMA has approved IDEMIA’s eSIM cards for use in connected vehicles and in consumer IoT devices.