The new test setup brings great benefits over previous ways of swapping profiles, one of which involved physically desoldering the embedded SIM and replacing with another, bringing delays and the risk of damage. Another alternative is to use commands in the TCU, which can be complicated due to the use of proprietary software and may lead to undesired changes in TCU firmware.
As well as the automotive industry, the system can be used in any applications that use embedded SIMs, such as in the rapidly growing Internet of Things.
Martin Varga, EMEA Wireless and Custom Solution Team Leader at Anritsu says: “Working with our partners, the integration of this unique new solution shows that Anritsu has the ability to support a wide range of demanding test environments. By speeding up the testing of vehicles with embedded SIM cards and giving testers complete control of the test regime, it will bring immense benefits to any industry where this technology plays a leading role.”
Cyril Vialleton Architecture Network Security for Connected Car at Groupe PSA says: ‘’Today this technology brings many advantages to Groupe PSA, such as great flexibility for the teams in charge of current and future telematics gateway development of our vehicles. It also allows validation of the eSIM use cases — the OTA MNO migration campaigns for our connected services international development, for example, and enable simplified homologation process approvals for emergency call (eCall) of our vehicles.’’
Christine Caviglioli VP Automotive at Thales says: “With more than 240 connectivity platforms already deployed, Thales has proven expertise in eSIM technology and related subscription management services. Our partnership with PSA and Anritsu demonstrates how to swap connectivity provider for vehicles in a laboratory environment. Together we are building trust in the safety of connected cars”