SIM cards definitely rule the remote connectivity industry whether we like it or not. They’re the go-to option when implementing IoT and can be used in almost any device. Multi-network roaming SIM cards are just one type of M2M SIM that’s out there. They’re great for businesses trying to implement connectivity whilst on the move.
There are endless opportunities that arise when using multi-network roaming SIMs (as long as they’re implemented properly). Industries including fleet management, telematics and GPS tracking are just a handful that benefit from this kind of solution.
What is a multi-network roaming SIM?
There are two kinds of multi-network data SIMs, steered and non-steered. Both kinds are able to connect you to multiple network providers, but there’s a key difference.
Steered SIMs have a primary network that they’ll default to when that particular one is available. This means that even when a better connection is available on a different network it’ll always prioritise the default network. The only time a steered SIM will connect to a different network is when the primary one isn’t available.
Non-steered roaming SIMs are often the preferred choice when it comes to M2M. These don’t have a primary network; non-steered solutions are free to connect to the strongest connection available. As they aren’t steered to a specific network, users will find that their M2M solution performs better.
Benefits of using multi-network roaming SIMs
A question that often surfaces when looking for the right solution is, “why do I need to roam multiple networks?”. Unfortunately the answer is different for each individual business; however, we can outline some of the key benefits.
Connectivity on the move
One of the biggest benefits when it comes to multi-network roaming SIM cards is the ability to stay connected on the move. By being able to freely roam networks, you can rest assured that your application won’t lose connectivity; well, at least very rarely.
Depending on your tariff (and provider), you can stay connected almost anywhere in the world. InfiSIM are able to provide businesses across the globe with connectivity in 172 countries through 294 networks. So if your IoT application is present across a number of countries, a multi-network solution would be perfect.
Multi-network solutions allow you to choose exactly which zones or countries you need connectivity in when building your solution.
M2M connectivity for GPS Tracking
GPS tracking is a key area in which M2M multi-network roaming SIM cards excel. In order to track devices connectivity is required around the clock; no matter where it is in the world. Businesses that need to track fleets etc. can’t afford to lose connectivity in the remotest of places.
Where non-roaming solutions amplify the chances of losing signal, multi-network roaming SIMs minimise the likelihood of going offline.
Remote access to devices
With most roaming solutions the user often needs to access their devices’ data remotely. This is because they can’t manage the solution in person as it’s on the move or in another location. If you do need to remotely access your devices, you can attach a fixed IP or VPN to the SIMs. This will enable secure two-way connectivity, allowing you to receive the necessary information.
M2M SIM management
As multi-network roaming SIMs are M2M solutions, you’ll get all the benefits of a standard M2M SIM card. This includes access to a SIM management platform. You’ll be able to view your data usage, activate SIMs, deactivate SIMs, and manage your entire SIM estate. M2M functionalities put you in control of your own SIMs, enabling you to get the most out of your roaming SIMs.