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20 Enterprise eSIM IoT Opportunities for Telcos

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A study by Juniper Research indicates that there will be 195 million Internet of Things (IoT) connections globally by 2026. This is 786% greater than the 22 million IoT connections in 2023. More importantly, Juniper Research predicts the growth in eSIM IoT connections will outpace the growth in eSIM smartphone connections. 

By all indications, more enterprises will adopt eSIM IoT solutions. This trend is driven primarily by the new GSMA eSIM IoT specification that makes bulk eSIM provisioning and profile management possible even for constrained IoT devices. Telcos can capitalise on this by procuring eSIM personalisation, management, orchestration, and entitlement services and offering turnkey, eSIM-enabled solutions to enterprise clients.

This article enumerates some eSIM IoT applications in the enterprise sector. These represent eSIM IoT business opportunities for telcos.

20 Enterprise eSIM IoT Opportunities for Telcos

1. Smart Cities

Telcos can play a pivotal role in developing smart city infrastructure. eSIM technology enables easier management and deployment of sensors and devices for traffic control, public safety, climate control, facility utilisation monitoring, ventilation control, and utility management. 

Smart cities can mean contracts with city governments and urban planners for a wide range of connectivity and technology solutions. There are virtually unlimited eSIM IoT possibilities in smart cities, and telcos can provide not only the eSIM connectivity platform and eSIM orchestration but also related services, such as big data collection and data analysis.

2. Healthcare Monitoring

Telcos can provide solutions for remote patient monitoring, where medical devices equipped with eSIM transmit patient data to healthcare providers, enabling real-time health monitoring and telemedicine services.

The healthcare monitoring sector means opportunities to work with hospitals, third-party healthcare companies, health service startups, and the manufacturers of health monitoring devices.

3. Agricultural IoT Solutions

eSIM technology can revolutionise how farming is done. Livestock can be equipped with eSIM-connected biosensors that continuously monitor their heart rates, temperature, respiration rates, etc. Livestock farmers can use the data from these biosensors to automate farming workflows, such as milking, feeding, insemination, etc.

Meanwhile, agriculture farms can have sensors that track soil moisture, nutrients, ambient temperatures, sunlight levels, etc. The data from these sensors can trigger automatic watering and fertilisation systems. These can lead to efficiency and resource savings.

Telcos are in an excellent position to offer eSIM IoT solutions for agriculture. They can provide not only eSIM connectivity but also the technology itself (software and hardware) for precision farming.

4. Automotive Industry

Telcos can provide enhanced connectivity solutions for the automotive industry. This includes connected car services like real-time navigation, vehicle diagnostics, emergency services, and emerging opportunities in autonomous vehicles.

5. Industrial Automation and Monitoring

eSIM IoT can lead to greater efficiency in industrial operations. Telcos can offer machinery monitoring, predictive maintenance and supply chain management solutions, contributing to smarter manufacturing processes.

6. Retail and Inventory Management

eSIM technology can be used in smart inventory management systems, helping retailers track stock levels in real-time to avoid stock-outs and improve supply chain efficiency. Telcos can partner with retail businesses to provide eSIM IoT solutions, such as eSIM-equipped robotic process automation bots that can automatically perform inventory monitoring, purchase ordering and other tasks.

7. Logistics and Fleet Management

eSIM IoT can enable better fleet management, route optimisation and cargo tracking, enhancing the efficiency of transport and delivery services. Warehouses and e-fulfilment centres can become more efficient with connected trackers and monitoring equipment.

8. Asset Tracking

Telcos can offer services for real-time tracking of valuable assets across different industries, reducing theft and loss.

9. Energy and Utility Management

The energy sector can benefit from eSIM IoT solutions in smart grid management, energy consumption monitoring and predictive maintenance of infrastructure.

10. Consumer Electronics and Home Automation

Telcos can offer construction companies, property developers, housing managers, hotels, and resorts that deploy connected devices like smart thermostats, security systems and appliances, all managed through eSIM technology.

11. Environmental Monitoring

eSIM IoT applications can monitor air quality, water levels and other environmental indicators. Telcos can provide crucial monitoring solutions to governments and environmental agencies.

12. Smart Metering

Utility companies, property management companies and other entities can deploy eSIM-enabled smart utility metres for electricity, gas and water, enabling efficient usage tracking and billing. Telcos can facilitate the rollout of these smart metering solutions.

13. Wearable Tech

Telcos can provide wearable tech companies and startups with eSIM connectivity and management solutions to power their fitness trackers, smart watches and consumer wearable devices.

14. Smart Parking Solutions

IoT solutions can help urban areas and commercial establishments manage parking spaces efficiently. Telcos can provide eSIM parking management systems.

15. Connected Education Tools

Universities and schools can use eSIM IoT sensors to enhance learning experiences and simplify campus management, and telcos can provide solutions designed specifically for educational organisations.

16. Disaster Response and Management

eSIM IoT sensors can automate water level monitoring in rivers, seismic movement monitoring near fault lines, track rainfall volumes, etc. Telcos can work with disaster response and management agencies to enable these solutions.

17. Smart Retail Experiences

Retail spaces can be equipped with eSIM IoT-connected devices to monitor traffic volumes, traffic flow, dwell times, etc. Telcos can work with stores to provide these eSIM IoT devices and develop IoT solutions to personalise shopping experiences and make store management more efficient.

18. Hospitality Industry Services

Lifts, golf carts, lights, curtains, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems may be automated and connected through eSIM IoT to enhance customer experiences. Telcos can provide hospitality companies with connectivity solutions and implement related automation.

19. Construction Site Management

eSIM IoT devices can automatically monitor and track equipment and personnel in construction sites. Telcos can provide construction companies with equipment- and personnel-tracking systems.

19. Construction Site Management

eSIM IoT devices can automatically monitor and track equipment and personnel in construction sites. Telcos can provide construction companies with equipment- and personnel-tracking systems.

20. Elderly and Child Care Monitoring

Telcos can work with companies that offer IoT-enabled monitoring solutions for vulnerable groups like children and the elderly.

eSIM IoT: Unlocking Business Opportunities for Telcos

The new GSMA eSIM IoT specification is driving an increase in eSIM IoT connections. Telcos can and must take advantage by offering industries and enterprises eSIM IoT connectivity, eSIM orchestration, eSIM management, and the related systems (software and hardware) that enable eSIM IoT applications.

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