MetTel on Thursday launched a new Single SIM that the company said will automatically connects devices to the strongest signal – so that Internet of Things devices will have the best connectivity regardless of location.
Max Silber, vice president of mobility and IoT at MetTel, sad that the IoT Single SIM is a "breakthrough" due to its ability to continually report the progress of products as they move through the supply chain.
"MetTel has been in the IoT space for a while now – going back to when folks referred to it as M2M – so the new Single SIM is built on years of expertise and providing customers with reliable solutions that offer the best connectivity, flexibility, and security," he said. "We developed the Single SIM based on customers’ needs and our inherent understanding of the business challenges they face. We’re constantly working with them to ensure we’re providing the best communications solutions available given the nuances of each of their industries."
The New York-based solution provider created the Single SIM to intelligently roam and identify the strongest signal in 165 countries, through the four major U.S. and 650 worldwide carriers. The IoT Single SIM also features geofencing capabilities enabling it to self-report its location so customers can use it to view real-time data about regarding their product's status and location.
MetTel said it is working with a range of clients who are connecting integral assets to the IoT network – such as parking meters, computing devices, and digital displays. The company also hopes its solution will make an impact in various vertical markets such as retail, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage.
In the health care space, MetTel's product could help improve connectivity for medical devices in remote locations, allowing faster deployment and up-time on prepackaged devices. This could ultimately benefit doctors by enabling a better connection between patients and physicians, lowering re-admission rates, and increasing cost improvements for health care organizations.
"The Single SIM is but one key part of the holistic approach MetTel takes to IoT," said Silber. "With always-on connectivity that isn’t dictated by device, carrier or location this solution can effectively decrease massive mobility costs for major organizations, increase supply chain automation capabilities, bring telehealth connectivity and deployment into rapid adoption and ensure the overall business process of delivering a service or good is streamlined and efficient."
MetTel has taken steps over the past few years to push into the IoT market. In January, the company tapped Verizon Wireless veteran Andrew Nash to spearhead its IoT business.
MetTel is also building out multi-carrier global connectivity solutions for software and hardware OEMs to accelerate their IoT designs and implementations. The company is focusing primarily on applications like fleet management, logistics, and asset tracking.
"MetTel plans to continue to innovate around IoT. We want to give our clients the flexibility and the freedom to avoid getting locked into any specific technology or network," said Silber. "Our mission is to provide an easy on-ramp to IoT; the best global connectivity; to simplify and integrate networks and work closely with our customers to deliver practical innovation – unique, customized solutions that drive new efficiencies, raise productivity and spark innovation – without the pain and sacrifice of pure disruption."