For the doom and gloom merchants out there a world where computers and electronic devices could talk to one another in almost any circumstance, might be the stuff of nightmares. However, it might not be that far off and could revolutionise the way electronic devices are designed and the way we live out lives.
The GSM Association (GSMA) is to explore the creation of a SIM that can be embedded and remotely activated in any electronic device. If, or realistically when, such technology is available it could give network connectivity to almost every consumer and business device from cameras to smart meters.
The task force looking into the development will be made up of experts from AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, in co-operation with existing SIM producers.
With analysis expected to be completed at the start of 2011by January the aim is to have a set of open standards available as soon as possible, with new look devices even on the shelves by 2012.
Do you think this technology would be a step too far?