Yes, Mobile SIMs will be everywhere; even in unimaginable places? Can you think of any?
Yesterday, on the train to Ganiyari, Chattisgarh met Mr.??? Didn’t get his name. working for Easun Reyrolle , leader in the field of electrical power management and learned that he manages a project in Gwalior fitting Power boxes (There must be a better name?, this is a quickpost, will get back to it later) which uses GPRS and updates the consumption to the server. He also added that ‘unlike GSM which only helps pull this data, GPRS pushes the data to the server allowing the power companies to track min-min consumption of individuals, and companies.
The states of Punjab, Uttarkhand, UP have actively been pursuing these power projects replacing the easily tampered power meters of the yester years.On questioning whether Easun Reyrolle is the only manufacturer of these system, he answered no, and that the competition is big.
Proving the point that Mobile SIMs would someday outnumber the world poplulation and we would have mobile UIDs which are present in our everyday devices ACs, Refrigerations, Household Electricals allowing us to control their usage through cool mobile UIs (mostly Android devices, unless Apple brings down its iOS phones).
A year and half back, still in my previous work as Design Researcher for a Research Consulting firm working on a problem ‘Tackling the Power Theft Problem’ for a major Power Company.
A workshopping excercise in the design public conclave gathered teams to come up with ‘New Ideas Around Power theft’
More here: http://designpublic.in/blog/new-ideas-around-power-theft/
The teams came up with different solutions [link to the blog post from designpublic here] With one of the ideas to use the image of gods and goddess on the meter to address to the god fearing power thieves; Mobile IDs would be the watch dog of the future, and we may be the world would be spending more to stay away from it.