Who stands to benefit from the eSIM revolution?

Sure, physical SIM cards have shrunk over the years, but that’s not enough to ensure their place in devices that need to get smaller, cheaper, safer and easier to manage. Enter the embedded SIM (eSIM). It stands to eradicate the physical SIM and is changing the way people work in critical industries by solving key issues and enabling new IoT opportunities.

Cards require manual programming and physical handling, adding time and complexity to workflows. Remotely provisioned eSIM technology helps developers scale new features quickly, with no downtime or disruption. In seven use cases across different industries, eSIM’s reliable network connectivity provides a foundation companies use to build more efficient processes and better experiences for developers and, ultimately, customers.

Here’s what happens when physical SIM cards aren’t a factor in doing business anymore.

1) Automotive

Automakers don’t have to outsource connectivity anymore. They handle eSIM in their vehicles as a managed device. Now, it’s easier to deliver cars to any country and store profiles for multiple services. When new revenue models like subscription services become available, they’re relayed to the vehicle without the need to visit the dealership.

Primary benefits: Reduced costs and improved reliability and customer service.


2) Shipping and logistics

With no SIM card to switch out during transit, service providers can change network profiles using remote SIM provisioning (RSP). It’s easier to ship tracked assets anywhere on any network in the world. With more control over logistics, companies can take on higher-quality shipments and make better informed decisions while streamlining their operations.

Primary benefit: Reduced costs, easy alignment with cellular M2M modules.


3) Object tracking and site monitoring

SIM card tampering could and did cause tracking interruptions. But eSIM can expand object tracking and site monitoring range through low power wide area (LPWA) networks. Facilities or campuses that use real-time location systems which historically need a dedicated reader or access point infrastructure and RFID or Wi-Fi technology nearby to track items. Instead, an eSIM-enabled device that’s managed via RSP can remove that friction and unnecessary infrastructure.

Primary benefit: The eSIM can change profiles if an item moves to another location on a different network. It provides more mobility, and reduces the risk of tampering or disruption.


4)  Smart energy

eSims can deliver the security and connectivity utility companies need when deploying utility-specific hardware and software on a mesh network.

Primary benefit: Security is essential. The variety of off-the-shelf smart energy devices available with eSIM technology also increases the options available to OEMs working in  in this particular use case.


5) Wearables

The physical Sim card takes up space, and in devices, space often comes at the expense of battery life. That slowed innovation in wearable devices until eSIM came along. eSIM gave designers freedom to create smaller devices that either consumed less power or gave room for more battery and more sensors. Critical health-related devices evolved, and healthcare providers could prescribe devices and monitor them using RSP.

Primary benefit: Longer battery life, wider usage of critical healthcare devices.


6) Agriculture

Corporate agriculture businesses span several geographic regions and need to track livestock and people in each location. eSIM devices can track at that individual level and also provide centralized network management.

Primary benefit: Cuts down on service calls to remote areas and reduces the risk of tampering. Also makes it easier to manage multiple sites at once. Operators can choose the right wirelines technology to suit their terrain.


7) Home security

eSIM technology roots home security to an independent cellular-based connection that’s also linked to a monitoring service that cannot be physically tampered with. If the owner moves, the security hub can easily be re-provisioned to another network.

Primary benefit: More control over the subscription for the service provider, less worry about tampering.


The portability and mobility of the eSIM makes all the difference in these use cases and continues to help developers innovate. Kigen’s eSIM and iSIM solutions, can be the partner for companies across industries, unlocking benefits and lowering the barrier to entry.