Oberthur Technologies and FICOSA Demonstrate at the Mobile World Congress 2013, a Complete Connectivity Solution for the Automotive Market


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LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France--February 22, 2013: Oberthur Technologies, one of the world's largest providers of security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies, and FICOSA an automotive parts and systems supplier, will demonstrate at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, a remotely provisionable SIM for the automotive market. A remotely provisionable DIM, will be integrated into an in-vehicle Telematic Unit (iVTU) from FICOSA, on Oberthur Technologies' booth.

“Thanks to Oberthur Technologies' know-how and leadership in the field of secure technologies, we are proud to showcase innovation that represents a major milestone in our efforts to promote connectivity solutions like the Subscription Manager and associated remote provisionable DIM, for the M2M environment”

The technology will demonstrate the selection of a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and remote download of the MNO profile within seconds, enabling fast activation without the constraints of physical access to the SIM.

Thanks to recent advancements in in-vehicle mobile connectivity, iVTUs fitted directly inside the vehicle, contain an integrated SIM. One of the challenges for vehicle manufacturers is the choice and subscription of MNO, once the vehicle is on the market. When the SIM is fitted in the vehicle, it is linked to a specific MNO with little possibility of modification during the vehicles' lifetime.

With the latest connectivity solution proposed by Oberthur Technologies and FICOSA, a provisioning of MNO is possible at any time. This represents a significant advantage, given the massive deployment of telematic systems expected in the coming years, due to global regulations such as eCall╣ and ERA GLONASS▓. FICOSA will demonstrate the innovation through the iVTUs thanks to their position as a Tier-1 supplier in the automotive industry.

FICOSA's iVTUs are recognised in the industry as best-in-class, thanks to winning global projects with many major automotive OEMs.

"Thanks to Oberthur Technologies' know-how and leadership in the field of secure technologies, we are proud to showcase innovation that represents a major milestone in our efforts to promote connectivity solutions like the Subscription Manager and associated remote provisionable DIM, for the M2M environment" said C├ędric Collomb, Managing Director of the Telecom Business Unit at Oberthur Technologies. "Working closely with FICOSA, one of the leaders in the automotive industry is proof of our ambition to be at the cutting-edge of M2M technologies."

"We live in an exciting age where new standards and mandates enable compelling, innovative features and services inside connected vehicles, a market with great growth potential, offering drivers completely new technologies. Cooperation between companies plays a key role in the evolution of this fast-paced M2M market and a good example is the combination of Oberthur Technologies' know-how in the field of security and FICOSA's iVTU technologies. FICOSA is well positioned in the M2M market, through their proprietary patented technology", said Jose Maria Forcadell, Advanced Communications Business Unit Director at FICOSA.

Come and visit Oberthur Technologies' booth (Hall 6-stand 6C81) from February 25th to 28th 2013, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, to discover the complete connectivity solution for the automotive market.

eCall╣: European initiative aimed at offering rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision, anywhere in the European Union.

ERA GLONASS▓: Government accident emergency response system in Russia with GLONASS technology for enhancing transportation safety.

About Oberthur Technologies
Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies: systems development, solutions and services for smart cards (payment cards, SIM cards, access cards, NFC) and for secure identity documents, traditional and electronic (identity card, passport, health care card). Created in 1984, Oberthur Technologies employs over 6 000 employees. With 50 sales offices across 5 continents, Oberthur Technologies' international network serves clients in 140 countries.
For more information: Oberthur

FICOSA is an industrial group based in Spain and a global and marketing of automotive systems and parts. Founded in 1949, the company, with headquarters in Barcelona (Spain), holds a team close to 8,5 centres and offices located throughout 19 countries in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
The Group invests 4% of its income in R&D, and operates one of the top technology development centres in Spain addressed to the automotive, electronics, energy and communications industries.
FICOSA has positioned itself for the future as a world leader in electronic systems with a global and more diversified business agenda and an expanded added value product line.

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