In recent years, India has witnessed a significant transformation in the realm of vehicle tracking and management, primarily due to the implementation of the AIS-140 (Automotive Industry Standard 140) requirement mandated by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India. This regulation has revolutionized how to track vehicle location in the country, making it essential for companies to adopt advanced technologies that ensure compliance while enhancing operational efficiency.
One such technology gaining momentum in this domain is eSIM (embedded SIM) or eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card). These technologies offer numerous benefits to companies operating in India, providing them with the flexibility, cost-efficiency, and freedom to choose from a variety of vendors. In this article, we will explore why eSIM technology is essential for Indian companies to thrive in the AIS-140 landscape and how Kigen, a fast mover in the eSIM ecosystem, is catalyzing India’s growth.
In India, more than fifty percent of the population uses public transport daily. The safety and security of vehicles and passengers on Indian roads is the central component of India’s growth and digitalization for Intelligent Mobility. Vehicle and passenger route data, movements, and frequency allow for better transit management and emergency response across the vast range of Inner city, inter-city, and highway/longer route transport.
The AIS-140 mandate, issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, aims to enhance the safety and security of vehicles on Indian roads. eSIM-enabled telematics are also mandated for the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) directive for insurance companies as well as fleet management companies across India. This regulation requires all commercial vehicles to be equipped with a vehicle location tracking device, an emergency button, and a one-way communication system, among other specifications as per below:
The primary objective of AIS-140 is to ensure real-time tracking of commercial vehicles, making it easier to respond to emergencies, reduce accidents, and enhance the overall efficiency of the transport system. However, to achieve these goals, companies must leverage cutting-edge technology that can provide a seamless, cost-effective, and versatile solution.
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eSIM technology, or embedded SIMs, are designed to replace traditional physical SIM cards in connected devices. These eSIMs are soldered onto a device’s motherboard, making them a perfect fit for the AIS-140 requirements, especially in the Indian context. Here’s why eSIM is essential for Indian companies to achieve flexWhy eSIM and iSIM are the enablers of flexible, remote, secure IoT scaleibility, cost-efficiency, and vendor choice:
1. Flexibility in Compliance: One of the key advantages of eSIM technology is its flexibility. Unlike physical SIM cards, eSIMs can be remotely updated enabling swift and efficient updates and compliance with evolving regulations. In the dynamic landscape of the AIS-140 requirement, this flexibility is crucial for companies, as it allows them to adapt quickly to changing standards and stay on the right side of the law.
Example Scenario 1: Imagine a fleet management company that operates in multiple Indian states, each with slightly different AIS-140 compliance certifications. With eSIM technology, this company can easily adjust its tracking devices to meet the specific requirements of each region without physically replacing SIM cards, thereby reducing downtime and ensuring continued compliance.
2. Cost-Efficiency: Cost-effectiveness is a major concern for companies, especially in a price-consciousconsciousmarket like India. eSIM technology offers significant cost savings by eliminating the need for physical SIM cards, which can be expensive to distribute, install, replace, and maintain. Additionally, eSIMs enable remote diagnostics and troubleshooting, reducing the need for costly on-site technical support.
Example Scenario 2: A logistics company with a large fleet of vehicles can significantly cut operational costs by remotely managing and updating eSIMs on its tracking devices. This eliminates the need for physical maintenance and minimizes downtime, resulting in substantial cost savings over time.
3. Choice of Different Vendors: Another essential benefit of eSIM technology is easily switching between multiple vendors. Companies are not tied to a single network provider, giving them the freedom to choose the most cost-effective and reliable connectivity option.
Example Scenario 3: An India-based e-commerce company that relies on various vehicle tracking solutions can now choose from different vendors to optimize their tracking services based on performance and cost. eSIMs allow them to switch between vendors seamlessly without replacing SIM cards.
4. Ease of deployment: India has multiple telecom circles and local regulations to cater to. Giving OEMs and service providers the ability to build with one SKU brings cost benefits and operational efficiencies.
Example scenario 4: A device manufacturer wants to support intra-city and inter-state tracking with last-mile delivery updates for improved experience. For optimal performance, the device needs to hop multiple telecom circles in a compact footprint and also be cost-effective to operate. Using MFF2 eUICC in the device allows it to meet its desired physical characteristics. Typically, OTA-based MFF2 solutions may only allow switching between two profiles, falling short in some regions. Instead, an RSP-capable solution can increase the number of profiles to achieve the best-quality coverage.
Kigen’s commitment to this market is evident in its partnerships with local and international businesses, aiming to create a thriving eSIM ecosystem in India. By offering cutting-edge eSIM technology, Kigen empowers Indian companies with the tools they need to meet AIS-140 compliance while maximizing flexibility, cost-efficiency, and vendor choice.
The AIS-140 requirement has brought about a significant shift in India’s vehicle tracking landscape. To thrive in this rapidly evolving regulatory environment, Indian companies must adopt advanced technologies that offer flexibility, cost-efficiency, and the freedom to choose from different vendors. eSIM technology stands out as a game-changer in this context, providing companies with the means to meet compliance requirements while minimizing operational costs.
Kigen’s pioneering role in the eSIM ecosystem for India cannot be overlooked. The company’s commitment to innovation and collaboration is accelerating the growth of eSIM technology in the country, making it an essential partner for businesses aiming to excel in the AIS-140 era.
With eSIM technology and Kigen’s support, India’s vehicle tracking and management industry is poised for a future of enhanced efficiency and compliance.
The stage is set for new OEMs and ODMs to rise to support India’s growth. This is indicated by the high demand seen in customers who seek design-level integration of Kigen eSIM technology into their product sets. M2M IoT devices require chipset-agnostic, single SKU products, which can efficiently manage their inventory flow and field activations. Kigen is closely working with such partners and enabling iSIM-enabled products for the Industry requirements. We take along our OEM, ODMs, and MNOs to the forefront of this new business evolution.
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