Powering Industry 4.0 with Cellular IoT

The rise of industry 4.0 is driven by IoT, AI and ML, blockchain, augmented reality, and other technology types that have revolutionized operations across numerous industries from manufacturing to oil and gas.   

Still, smart sensors and actuators remain the primary application of industry 4.0. Collecting, analysing and integrating critical data for stakeholders to make fast, informed decisions. In turn, this optimizes efficiencies, maximize revenue and reduces costs for organizations.  

In this article, we explore eUICC enabled eSIM use cases across different verticals, and how they are driving the next wave of industrial revolution.  

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The integration of cyber-physical systems continually collect and analyze data around, and to optimize physical processes 

 

eUICC enabled eSIMs 

eUICC refers to software on the SIM card that allows for the remote provisioning and management of operator profiles. SIMs of all form factors (e.g., 2FF, 3FF, 4FF and MFF2) may or may not be eUICC compatible.   

eUICC eSIMs like we have at ZARIOT can host multiple operator profiles. With them, users can easily connect their devices onto any carrier network without having to physically swap out SIM cards. This makes connecting devices directly onto the right networks easier than ever before.   

 

Advantages of eSIMs  
  1. Rapid global scalability – Devices can seamlessly connect to any global network worldwide on-demand. This is because eUICC eSIMs can be provisioned remotely for devices deployed across different networks or locations 
  1. Reduced costs – eSIMs are highly durable. They can withstand repeated vibrations and high temperatures for up to 10 years, reducing operation costs significantly. eSIMs also eliminate the need to juggle connectivity contracts with multiple providers  
  1. End-to-end security – With the GSMA IoT SAFE as a foundation, eSIMs act as a root of trust. ZARIOT’s award-winning cellular core security also ensures protection against cyber threats and unauthorized access 

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How is the eSIM powering IIoT?  

Let’s take a look at examples within the manufacturing, logistics, energy and mining industries.

 

Smart manufacturing 

In the manufacturing industry, IoT devices with eSIM technology leads to higher productivity and improved quality. With minimal investment, personnel can set up a device connected to the cloud to monitor processes from virtually anywhere.

These insights support predictive maintenance and reducing maintenance costs and equipment downtime as manufacturers can detect errors immediately, rather than at later stages when repair is more expensive.   

Production flexibility is one of the goals of Industry 4.0 where manufacturers produce small batches with no added costs 

The integration of information technology (IT) systems with operational technology (OT) systems is also vital. Meaning that data and insights from other devices can be used immediately by other factory assets and shared across other components in the enterprise software stack, including resource planning and other business management software.  

 

Supply chain 

Industrial operations are dependent on a transparent and efficient supply chain. For instance, if a production line at a manufacturing facility is disrupted, the entire supply chain is affected down to the end customer. ESIMs with their secure and global connectivity transforms the way stakeholders share data to reduce wasted time and cost 

With enriched data, companies can use predictive models to stock and produce goods at just the right time to meet demand. Our partnership with SmartAxiom also uses blockchain technology to enable greater transparency and immutability in the supply chain.     

 

Energy and utilities  

By implementing eSIM technology, both energy consumers and suppliers can monitor usage and equipment conditions in real-time. Cellular connectivity is also ideal for monitoring remote assets such as wind turbines and solar panels. Helping to identifying issues before costly equipment failure.  

There is also the issue of regulatory compliance where governments around the world such as France, Germany and the UK, are rolling out key green initiatives that will speed up the adoption of smart meters.    

 

Mining & oil and gas extraction  

These industries have always been a challenging and dangerous, necessitating advanced technology to protect workers while streamlining operations. ESIMs can be integrated onto wearable smart tokens that gather worker time, location, and movement data to prevent accidents. Additionally, ZARIOT eSIM solutions are also fully compliant with global data and privacy regulations (I.e. GDPR, California Privacy Rights Act).  

Smart sensors enable oil and gas rigs to reduce capital costs by up to 20% 

 

Conclusion 

Why wait to begin your IoT journey? Don’t get left behind as industry 4.0 charges ahead. 

Let us help you accelerate your projects regardless of which stage they’re at. We can also help you implemented important cybersecurity measures across the value chain to maintain your reputation as a trusted provider.     

Reach out to our experts here or learn more about our solutions on our resource page.   

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