SIM cards to revolutionize Machine to Machine Communication
Ever Heard of SIMs for Machine? The answer would be no. Yet it is going to be a possible innovation in a few days. Machine-to-Machine communication (M2M) in devices like CCTV cameras and ACs will be possible and deployed mainly in the smart cities. Department of Telecom will issue ‘Know your customer’ guidelines to ensure availability of mobile SIM cards for such equipments. A provision for SIM transfer would be initiated because devices will change hands. There would be no tele-verification whatsoever. Some communication would be allowed on platforms such as SMSs, Voice and Data but on a pre-defined number. For such M2M services, SIM card will be issued in bulk. Certain norms and regulations will be applicable on these SIMs and mostly these regulations will facilitate development of smart cities which have devices with sensors that will communicate using SIMs or internet connection.
Apart from M2M communication, government body will look at encryption, privacy and security from an Indian perspective. Department of Telecom will soon have a virtual network operator license – the third license, which seeks to separate network operations from delivery of services. Such a VNO (Virtual Network Operator) license would help system Integrator to get into agreement with telecom operators for providing M2M services. The M2M segment is expected to revolutionize the telecom sector at a more rapid pace compared to the sale of SIM for mobile communication.