IoT complexity should not threaten security

The Internet of Things is at the center of everyone’s hopes as well as concerns now! No one doubts any more about the development of the IoT market, as can be witnessed by their numerous applications. At the same time, the multiplication and the diversity of IoT devices triggers an exponential growth of security threats. The SIM concept has demonstrated for decades that it was able to deliver the most suitable combination between security and cost to the telecom industry. Now, the secure transactions industry is at work structuring its answers to the need of security for the IoT market. Variety of designs, from hardware to software G+D Mobile Security in a partnership with SIMCom, announces

From taboo to mainstream

One is always criticized for being right too early. The eSIM, which was a taboo a few years ago, is now a mainstream technology. eSIM in IoT is totally accepted while eSIM in consumer handsets is just at its beginning as demonstrated by the launch of the latest iPhone and a few Android models incorporating eSIMs. Our industry is coming up with a wealth of eSIM related announcements ahead of the Mobile World Congress. According to a recent eSIM survey by Gemalto, more than 250 eSIM management platforms are already deployed worldwide, which represents 25% of all mobile operators. Operators have started to transform their mobile connectivity lifecycle management policy to fully embrace the eSI

Standardize or make first?

While 5G is to be the #1 buzzword of the coming week at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, not everything is standardized, and we are not anywhere close to reaching a point of maturity where any equipment with a 5G label could plug seamlessly with any other 5G-labeled equipment. We are still in a period when industrialists are running to push their - not finalized - products and drive mobile network operators to implement them in order to create a precedent and to see their development becoming a standard, without forgetting potential licensing income. In these troubled times, standardization bodies remain extremely active to drive a more sensible approach, that has many times dem

Facing facial recognition

Since biometry has been becoming more mature, biometric authentication meant fingerprinting for most users. Then, face recognition became more reliable and more widely spread, for instance, as a means of unlocking one’s handset and, now, the face is increasingly used as a means of authentication. One-to-one authentication, or in other terms controlling that the candidate face matches the one recorded in a database at enrolment stage does not create any issue to anyone. Users just discuss the convenience of using their face rather than their fingers in the context of authenticating themselves to their smartphone. But the massive progress of computing power leads to use face recognition as a p

Microsoft Wallet disappears, other Pay Wallets keep struggling

Microsoft Wallet is retired Microsoft just announced its intention to retire Microsoft Wallet at the end of February. Microsoft Wallet, launched in 2016 and later rebranded as Microsoft Pay, was Microsoft’s answer to Apple Pay and Android Pay, bringing the equivalent NFC payment functions to Widows-based smartphones. Like Android Pay, Microsoft Wallet used HCE (Host Card Emulation) to complete in-store payments. At its launch, Microsoft Wallet succeeded in signing large US issuers such as Bank of America, TD Bank and US Bank. However, after years of existence, Microsoft Wallet suffered from the setbacks of Windows Mobile and the lower than anticipated takeoff of “Pay” wallets. According to F

Less handsets? More spending on services!

TMT Predictions, Deloitte As usual, at the beginning of the year, Deloitte published its TMT predictions for 2019. These predictions include tons of market metrics about a wide variety of topics. According to Deloitte, worldwide technology expenses have been decreasing since 2013, when they peaked at US$ 1,045 billion (EUR 912 billion), to reach US$ 930 billion (EUR 812 billion) in 2018 and, then, are anticipated at US$ 870 billion (EUR 759 billion) in 2019. Smartphones account for 59% of these total technology expenses. According to Deloitte, innovation is not as fast now as it was in the first decade of this century. This lack of innovation combined with the permanently increasing price o

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