KDDI turns to Gemalto to secure connected car, IoT applications

KDDI has selected Gemalto for its LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution and embedded SIMs (eSIMs) for providing secure connectivity for connected cars and IoT applications worldwide.
KDDI, the Japanese operator with over 40 million subscribers, will now be able to provide requested operator’s profile on connected cars having the pre-embedded eSIM installed, thus claiming to provide seamless remote subscription over the air throughout the life-cycle of the car.
Motorists can now use optimized real-time information about traffic and nearby amenities, navigation, vehicle diagnostics, and emergency services from any location.
“The Gemalto solution is based on interoperable GSMA standards, and will provide a common and consistent way to connect devices in the future. With long-lasting relationships with over 500 mobile operators worldwide and a strong local presence, they can help us expand our services to other IoT applications, to obtain rapid growth in the connected world,” conveys Keiichi Mori, Executive Officer, General Manager, IoT Business Development Division, Solution Business Sector, KDDI.
LinqUs On-Demand Connectivity intends to provide flexibility to KDDI with several IoT connectivity platform integrations.
With Gartner forecasts that there will be a quarter billion wireless connected vehicles on road by 2020, connected cars has become a major element of IoT. The product from Gemalto claims to simplify logistics for OEMs and automakers and is based on global GSMA specifications.
“IoT is increasingly turning connected cars into powerful hubs for value-added services such as infotainment, real-time vehicle telematics, and usage-based insurance, offering plenty of opportunities to OEMs and service providers,” said Michael Au, President South Asia and Japan, Gemalto.
Vina Krishnan