The new era of the Internet of Things is driving the evolution of conventional Vehicle Ad-hoc Networks into the Internet of Vehicles (IoV). That we often mention “connected cars” means the car equipped with internet access. This allows the car to share internet access with other devices both insides as well as outside the vehicle.
In-car entertainment (ICE), or in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) are the names often given to the touchscreen interface in a car’s center console. ICE / IVI system is a collection of hardware and software in automobiles that provides audio or video entertainment. It originated with car audio systems that consisted of radios and cassette or CD players and now includes automotive navigation systems, video players, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Carputers, in-car internet, and Wi-Fi. Once controlled by simple dashboards knobs and dials, ICE/IVI system can even include steering wheel audio controls and hands-free voice control.
Redtea Mobile is supplying eSIM solutions for connected cars . Instead of inserting a “plug-in SIM card” in the car’s ICE/IVI system somewhere behind the dashboard, as was previously the case, the SIM is now securely embedded or integrated into the vehicle’s M2M SIM module. The solution is based on a secure virtual identity that is only activated after the vehicle is shipped. It allows a local subscription to be downloaded to the M2M SIM when required, then installed and activated.
Thus, this new generation of SIM cards is no longer tied to a specific country or mobile network operator. Instead of installing various SIM cards in the communication electronics of every vehicle, Redtea Mobile offers the flexibility of supporting multiple countries and regions and mobile network operators with a single SIM. As part of the service, Redtea Mobile takes on the responsibilities of the subscription manager, generating the subscription, ensuring secure download and monitoring the quality of the service.
Redtea Mobile shipped their Internet of Vehicle connectivity service to FAW X40 in March 2017, and to Dongfeng Fengshen AX4 in September 2017.