Gemalto to provide solution for Samsung Gear S2 with 3G connectivity

Gemalto, the specialist digital security, has provided the solution to Samsung Electronics for the launch of their latest Gear S2 . Gemalto’s solution will allow users to securely connect to the cellular networks. As a result, they will be able to make voice and data calls, check emails and notifications, or access applications, directly from their wrist, without being tethered to their smartphones.

The wearables market is poised for a rapid growth with worldwide shipments set to exceed 126 million units by 2019. Many smart wearables are coming to market, driven by consumer demands for a more convenient and connected lifestyle. According to a survey conducted across five countries – China, Germany, South Korea, UK, and the US, 56% of smartphone owners say that cellular connectivity is an important factor in buying a smartwatch. Samsung Gear S2, which comes in a circular design with unique rotation bezel and intuitive UX that offers extended battery life of 2-3 days, is optimised for seamless, everyday use. Consumers will be able to stay connected in a fun, personalised and secure way, anytime and anywhere.

Gemalto solugears2tion for Samsung Gear S2 includes the embedded subscriber identification module (eSIM) which resides inside the smart watch and the advanced over-the-air (OTA) management platform which is necessary to activate, deactivate and remotely manage the watch mobile network subscription and related information. The platform can also be used to manage the other secure information residing in the watch, such as payment, enterprise network or building access credentials.

Suzanne Tong-Li, President for Greater China and Korea at Gemalto said: “This is yet another milestone in our successful cooperation with Samsung, following the recent launch of Samsung Pay in Europe. As the Internet of Things evolves and focus shifts towards smart wearables that go beyond reporting and monitoring, we will support Samsung to design many more innovative products to reach specific markets.”

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