PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paris, 29th September, 2010
From 7th to 9th December 2010, CARTES & IDentification, the global event for digital security and smart technologies, is opening up to new markets by creating the “Internet of Things” Pavilion. This is a unique opportunity – via various conferences and workshops, an exhibition area and special events – to get acquainted with this new world, and above all understand its challenges and potential.
M2M and radio communications technologies meant a growing number of “things” could exchange data without human intervention. The Internet of Things was born. The potential is significant and the challenges in terms of communication methods (M2M, RFID, NFC, WIFI, ZIGBEE, etc.), auto ID, network infrastructure, data and data transfer security, as well as respect for confidentiality are crucial. This marks a new direction for the GSM SIM (Subscription Identity Module) card, which could be renamed MIM (Machine Identity Module), and new prospects for the smart card industry.
A new era for telecoms
Will the number of wireless cellular connections (GSM and LTE) between machines eventually overtake those between people? This is a possible scenario since one of the world leaders in M2M (Cinterion) was recently acquired by the world leader in digital security and SIM cards, Gemalto. M2M, whose modest early success mirrors that of GSM in 1991, is due to grow to even more impressive proportions (the 5 billion mark has recently been reached for cell phone users)1. And the number of target devices for M2M is estimated at between 50 and 70 billion, i.e. between 10 times the current number of wireless subscribers to cellular networks and 10 times the current population of the planet.
According to ABI Research, the number of M2M modules incorporating a MIM (Machine Identity Module) card delivered globally is likely to increase four-fold in six years (2009-2015). This means it would rise from 28 million to 114 million by 2015. This market is driven by several key applications, namely automobile, fleet management, energy and healthcare, in which the presence of the MIM card is absolutely critical for obvious reasons of safety and confidence in the data transmitted.
Significant advances have recently been made by ETSI in relation to standardizing the specification of these MIM cards. This will naturally encourage their adoption and implementation by “trade” integrators.
For the “smart security" industry, these developments offer new prospects for growth: delivery of new SIM cards, new secure elements and extended services to offer.
The Internet of Things (IoT) – a “clickable” world
The idea of connecting the virtual world of the internet to the physical world of objects2 and machines will rely on the development of IP networks, particularly IPv.6, which will increase the potential from four billion web addresses to more than 600,000 billion. It will also rely on future generations of cellular networks, particularly LTE (an All-IP network), which will provide bandwidths of more than 100 MB/sec. However, it will be built above all on convergence of wireless technologies (UMTS, HSPA, LTE, Wi-Fi, Wimax, etc.) and contactless technologies, such as those deployed with mobile telephony or home automation applications (NFC, Bluetooth and ZigBee). The total of 800 million NFC phones in 2015 is likely to grow in conjunction with payment and ticketing applications via the reading of RFID tags placed on objects or machines.
The “attitude” tag and safety
The global tags market is already growing strongly3. It will be given a new lease of life through these applications. Like M2M, the Internet of Things markets claim to be secure and trustworthy.
"Security must obviously be an integral part of equipment and objects – a SIM card, a circuit which is physically secure in terms of hardware as well as software – but it must also be considered throughout the data processing chain: in terms of network protocols, applications and services," emphasizes Jean-Pierre Delesse, head of the working group on new form factors with Eurosmart, the international trade body for Smart Security.
The Internet of Things comes into its own
Experts from around the world will present the latest advances and their vision of the sector from 7th to 9th December 2010 at Paris Nord Villepinte, in a completely new conference cycle focusing on this field.
1. STATE OF THE ART (Tuesday 7th December 2010)
The first day of the conference will provide an overview of existing technologies (RFID, GPS, NFC, etc.) and present the main challenges facing the Internet of Things.
2. PROSPECTS (Wednesday 8th December 2010)
In the Internet of Things, the participants are now humans, IT systems, organizations… and things! This more forward-looking day projects us into the future.
3. CASGRAS (Thursday 9th December 2010)
This third day is dedicated to the CASAGRAS2 project, which is supporting the work of the European research cluster into the Internet of Things, and addressing applications, technologies and services on an international scale.
Finally, the "Internet of Things" pavilion will contain an exhibition area for sector players and a "Smart M2M" demonstration area run by EUROSMART with Gemalto, Infineon Technologies, NXP, Oberthur Technologies and ST Microelectronics. A "Smart Objects" showcase will present communicating objects.
1 In 1992, there were 200,000 GSM subscribers. The 100 million mark was reached in 1998 (with 138 million). The billion mark was reached in 2003. Ten years ago there were 720 million subscribers, less than the current number of Chinese cell phone users.
2 One current example of a communicating object is the market in consumables and critical spare parts. When fitted with an RFID tag, these objects identify themselves when they are used or connected to equipment which houses them, thereby preventing counterfeiting.
3 According to IDtechEx, 2.3 billion tags are set to be delivered this year compared with 1.98 billion last year.
About CARTES & IDentification 2010
The CARTES & IDentification Trade show will open its doors from December 7th to 9th at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. The world leading event on digital security and smart technologies will bring together all the international players of the sector who will present their innovations to the 20,000 visitors and 1,300 delegates expected. This year, CARTES & IDentification will celebrate its 25 years.
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