CN111651183A - Communication module upgrading method, device, system and storage medium based on soft card - Google Patents

Communication module upgrading method, device, system and storage medium based on soft card Download PDF

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CN111651183A
CN111651183A CN202010775035.8A CN202010775035A CN111651183A CN 111651183 A CN111651183 A CN 111651183A CN 202010775035 A CN202010775035 A CN 202010775035A CN 111651183 A CN111651183 A CN 111651183A
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Abstract

A communication module upgrading method based on a soft card, and equipment, a system and a storage medium thereof, wherein the communication module upgrading method comprises the following steps: starting a soft card and establishing an initialization connection with an operator network; acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through an operator network, writing the service code number into a soft card, and starting a communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card; and accessing a preset firmware server by using an operator network, acquiring the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server, and carrying out FOTA upgrade on the communication module. According to the technical scheme, the firmware version upgrading can be carried out on the communication module in the equipment of the Internet of things at any time, the situation that the communication module leaves the factory and burns the firmware version and is not changeable in the past is avoided, the customized firmware upgrading capability is achieved, the cost of manual maintenance equipment can be reduced, and the communication service quality of the equipment of the Internet of things and the communication adaptability of multiple application occasions can be improved.

Description

Communication module upgrading method, device, system and storage medium based on soft card

Technical Field

The invention relates to the technical field of Internet of things, in particular to a soft card-based communication module upgrading method, soft card-based communication module upgrading equipment, soft card-based communication module upgrading system and storage medium.

Background

In recent years, although the technology of the internet of things has been developed rapidly, at present, a large number of devices of the internet of things do not have the capability of wireless networking of WIFI or bluetooth, but only rely on a wireless cellular network provided by an operator. The internet of things device may be connected to the wireless cellular network through a communication Module, and the adopted communication Module may be an eSIM (embedded subscriber identity Module, abbreviated as eSIM). esims differ from traditional pluggable SIM cards in that SIM cards are embedded directly into devices in the form of eSIM chips. Because the eSIM has advantages of small size, high stability, and convenience for switching operators, the eSIM will play an increasingly important role in the field of mass internet of things communication such as car networking, shared bicycle, wearable equipment, smart home, remote intelligent meter reading, mobile sales terminals, and location tracking.

Currently, a communication module used in an internet of things device has multiple customized versions in the production process, and the following steps are required for the communication module to adapt to a normal version: a unified firmware version is burned in the chip in advance, and communication modules of each batch are upgraded to different versions in the production process, namely customized versions. However, there are some problems, such as the production line burning version has complicated steps, the production line burning version needs special stations to be executed and increases labor cost, and the situation of the communication module burning wrong version is easy to occur when the production line burning version is manually maintained.

Disclosure of Invention

The invention mainly solves the technical problems that: how to overcome the inconvenience of communication module firmware version upgrading in the existing thing networking equipment. In order to solve the technical problem, the application provides a communication module upgrading method, device, system and storage medium based on a soft card.

According to a first aspect, an embodiment provides a soft card-based communication module upgrading method, including: starting a soft card and establishing an initialization connection with an operator network; the soft card is arranged in a communication module of the Internet of things equipment and is used for carrying out network identification on the identity of a user; acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network, writing the service code number into the soft card, and starting the communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card; and accessing a preset firmware server by using the operator network, acquiring the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server, and carrying out FOTA upgrade on the communication module.

The starting of the soft card and the establishment of the initial connection with the operator network comprise: writing a preset seed code number into a soft card and performing network registration on the communication module; the seed code number comprises SIM card data required for establishing initial connection with an operator network; and setting a network access point name according to the seed code number in the soft card, and establishing initial connection with the operator network by using the network access point name.

The acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network and writing the service code number into the soft card, and starting the communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card comprises: accessing a preset service platform through the operator network to acquire a service activation code; the service platform is provided with a subscription management data preparation server for preparing a service code number; downloading a corresponding service code number from the subscription management data preparation server by using the service activation code, and writing the service code number into the soft card; the service code number comprises SIM card data required for communication and receiving service data with an operator network; and starting the communication module to establish communication connection with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card, and then receiving and transmitting service data with the operator network.

The utilizing the operator network to access a preset firmware server, acquiring the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server and carrying out FOTA upgrade on the communication module comprises the following steps: uploading the current firmware version number of the communication module to a preset firmware server by using the operator network; the firmware server is used for storing and managing different firmware versions of the communication module in the Internet of things equipment; acquiring a download link of the latest firmware version number from the firmware server, and downloading an upgrade package corresponding to the latest firmware version number by using the download link; and releasing the upgrade package locally to carry out FOTA upgrade on the communication module.

According to a second aspect, an embodiment provides an internet of things device, which includes a communication module, where the communication module includes an agent process module and a card management module; the agent process module is connected with the card management module, and at least one soft card for carrying out network identification on the user identity is arranged in the card management module; the agent process module is used for starting the soft card and establishing initial connection with an operator network, acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network and writing the service code number into the soft card, and starting the communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card; the process agent module is also used for accessing a preset firmware server by using the operator network, acquiring the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server and carrying out FOTA upgrade on the communication module.

The communication module also comprises a file sharing module and a code number helper module; the shared file module comprises at least one preset seed code number, and the seed code number comprises SIM card data required for establishing initial connection with an operator network; the code number assistant module is connected with the agent process module and the card management module and is used for executing the code number writing function; the agent process module is connected with the shared file module; the agent process module obtains the seed code number by analyzing the shared file module, and writes the seed code number into a soft card in the card management module by using the code number assistant module so as to perform network registration on the communication module; and the agent process module sets a network access point name according to the seed code number in the soft card and establishes initialization connection with the operator network by using the network access point name.

The agent process module uploads the current firmware version number of the communication module to the firmware server by using the operator network, acquires a download link of the latest firmware version number from the firmware server, and downloads an upgrade package corresponding to the latest firmware version number by using the download link; the Internet of things equipment locally releases the upgrading packet to carry out FOTA upgrading on the communication module of the Internet of things equipment.

According to a third aspect, an embodiment provides an internet of things system, including a service platform, a firmware server, and an internet of things device; the service platform and the firmware server are in communication connection with an operator network, the service platform is provided with a subscription management data preparation server for preparing a service code number, and the firmware server is used for storing and managing different firmware versions of a communication module in the Internet of things equipment; the internet of things equipment is the internet of things equipment in the second aspect and comprises a communication module, and a soft card for carrying out network identification on the user identity is arranged in the communication module; the Internet of things equipment can acquire a service code number from the service platform through the operator network and write the service code number into the soft card, and can also access the firmware server through the operator network, acquire the latest firmware version of the communication module of the Internet of things equipment from the firmware server and perform FOTA (firmware over the air) upgrading on the communication module.

The service platform and the firmware server are synchronously provided with an international mobile equipment identification code of the Internet of things equipment, and the service platform orders a firmware upgrading package for the Internet of things equipment according to the international mobile equipment identification code; the firmware server binds the international mobile equipment identification code with the latest firmware version number of a communication module in the Internet of things equipment, and when the upgrade access of the Internet of things equipment is received, the download link of the latest firmware version number is fed back to the Internet of things equipment after the business platform confirms that the Internet of things equipment opens a firmware upgrade package.

According to a fourth aspect, an embodiment provides a computer-readable storage medium, which includes a program, the program being executable by a processor to implement the communication module upgrading method described in the first aspect.

The beneficial effect of this application is:

according to the above embodiment, a method, device, system and storage medium for upgrading a communication module based on a soft card are provided, wherein the method for upgrading a communication module comprises the following steps: starting a soft card and establishing an initialization connection with an operator network; acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through an operator network, writing the service code number into a soft card, and starting a communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card; and accessing a preset firmware server by using an operator network, acquiring the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server, and carrying out FOTA upgrade on the communication module. On the first hand, because the soft card is started to establish the initial connection with the operator network, the soft card function built in the communication module in the internet of things equipment before delivery can be fully utilized, and the communication module is accessed to the operator network through the self-contained connection service; in the second aspect, the service code number is obtained from the service platform through the operator network, and the data transceiving function of the communication module is started through writing the soft card, so that the communication module in the internet of things equipment can normally access the operator network and can receive and transmit service data with the operator network, and convenience is provided for upgrading the module firmware version through the operator network; in the third aspect, the firmware server can uniformly manage the firmware version of the communication module by accessing the firmware server to obtain the latest firmware version of the communication module and performing FOTA upgrade on the communication module, so that the communication module in the internet of things equipment can quickly download the latest firmware version in the firmware server through an operator network and automatically upgrade to a customized version; in the fourth aspect, the technical scheme of the application can upgrade the firmware version of the communication module in the equipment of the internet of things at any time, avoids the situation that the existing communication module is not changeable after leaving the factory to burn the firmware version, has customized firmware upgrading capability, can reduce the cost of manually maintaining the equipment, and can also improve the communication service quality of the equipment of the internet of things and the communication adaptability of multiple application occasions.

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Fig. 1 is a flowchart of a method for upgrading a communication module according to an embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 2 is a flow chart of the communication module establishing an initial connection with the carrier network;

FIG. 3 is a flow chart of the process of initiating the communication module to transmit and receive the service data to and from the operator network;

FIG. 4 is a flowchart of obtaining the latest firmware version and performing FOTA upgrade on the communication module;

fig. 5 is a schematic structural diagram of an internet of things device in the second embodiment of the present application;

FIG. 6 is a schematic structural diagram of a communication module;

fig. 7 is a schematic diagram illustrating the principle of service data transceiving between an internet of things device and an operator network;

fig. 8 is a schematic structural diagram of an internet of things system in the third embodiment of the present application.

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The present invention will be described in further detail with reference to the following detailed description and accompanying drawings. Wherein like elements in different embodiments are numbered with like associated elements. In the following description, numerous details are set forth in order to provide a better understanding of the present application. However, those skilled in the art will readily recognize that some of the features may be omitted or replaced with other elements, materials, methods in different instances. In some instances, certain operations related to the present application have not been shown or described in detail in order to avoid obscuring the core of the present application from excessive description, and it is not necessary for those skilled in the art to describe these operations in detail, so that they may be fully understood from the description in the specification and the general knowledge in the art.

Furthermore, the features, operations, or characteristics described in the specification may be combined in any suitable manner to form various embodiments. Also, the various steps or actions in the method descriptions may be transposed or transposed in order, as will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art. Thus, the various sequences in the specification and drawings are for the purpose of describing certain embodiments only and are not intended to imply a required sequence unless otherwise indicated where such sequence must be followed.

The numbering of the components as such, e.g., "first", "second", etc., is used herein only to distinguish the objects as described, and does not have any sequential or technical meaning. The term "connected" and "coupled" when used in this application, unless otherwise indicated, includes both direct and indirect connections (couplings).

For the clear understanding of the technical contents of the present application, some technical terms involved will be described herein.

The internet of things equipment is user equipment which takes the internet of things as a communication mode, wherein the internet of things is a network which is based on information carriers such as the internet, a traditional telecommunication network and the like and enables all common physical objects which can be independently addressed to realize interconnection. Thing networking equipment includes intelligent home equipment, intelligent wearing equipment, intelligent transportation equipment, intelligent electric wire netting equipment, intelligent medical equipment, intelligent logistics equipment etc. and wherein intelligent home equipment can specifically include robot, intelligent air purifier, the intelligent row of sweeping the floor inserts, intelligent kitchen guarding etc. and intelligent transportation equipment can specifically include sharing bicycle, intelligent signal lamp etc..

An Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC), that is, an Embedded SIM Card or eSIM Card, is to directly embed a conventional SIM Card into a device chip, rather than adding it as an independent removable component to the device. The eUICC card can be used to store user information, authentication keys, phone books, short messages, etc. The eUICC card allows a user to select an operator package more flexibly, or the operator can be replaced at any time on the premise of not unlocking equipment or purchasing new equipment, so that more mobile equipment use cost can be saved for common consumers and enterprise users, and more convenience and safety are brought.

A soft Card, that is, an embedded Universal integrated circuit Card (vUICC Card, abbreviated as vUICC) implemented by software, can implement the function of an eUICC Card through software, and is usually directly embedded in a baseband chip. In addition, the soft card has the function of card writing over the air of the eUICC card, and the user can realize the application advantages of one-place production and global sale.

The technical solution of the present application will be described with reference to some embodiments.

The first embodiment,

Referring to fig. 1, the present application provides a method for upgrading a communication module based on a soft card, which mainly includes steps S100-S300, which are described below.

Step S100, starting a soft card and establishing an initialization connection with an operator network; the soft card can be arranged in a communication module of the Internet of things equipment and is used for carrying out network identification on the identity of the user.

It should be noted that the internet of things card for identifying the identity of the user by the soft card (vUICC) can be considered, the most important is to identify who uses the number and match with the corresponding service package, and the soft card itself has no communication function and needs to be used in cooperation with a communication module of the internet of things device. The communication module is a core component in the Internet of things equipment, can convert data into a signal capable of being transmitted, and transmits the signal out through a wireless network; data transmission and interconnection can be realized only by the communication module, and the communication module is a communication basis of the Internet of things equipment. At present, a communication module in the internet of things device has the characteristic of small integrated circuit volume, and according to different categories such as 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, NB-IoT, WiFi, bluetooth and the like of a network, a baseband chip, a data processing chip, a soft card, an antenna and other micro circuits are integrated on the communication module.

It can be understood that the soft card that starts the communication module in the internet of things device can perform network identification on the user identity in the operator network, and if the soft card contains SIM card data (data such as network access permission and authentication key) required for establishing an initialization connection with the operator network, the communication module of the internet of things device can access the operator network and establish an initialization connection with the operator network. The initialization connection here means that the device is allowed to access the network but is not yet able to access the network and perform data transceiving.

In this embodiment, the operator network may be an entity that performs network operation and provides services; the network operator needs to know not only the network operation status from the network perspective but also the network operation status from the service perspective and can effectively utilize the network resources when providing multimedia services and applications. For example, a china telecommunication network, a china mobile network, and a china unicom network can be used as the operator network.

And step S200, acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network, writing the service code number into the soft card, and starting the communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card.

In this embodiment, after the internet of things device successfully establishes the initial connection with the operator network, the service data may be received and transmitted only by acquiring the corresponding service code number from the service platform. For example, the internet of things device accesses a preset service platform through an operator network, and obtains a service code number from the service platform, wherein the service code number includes SIM card data required for receiving and transmitting service data; and writing the acquired service code number into a soft card of the communication module, and transmitting and receiving service data between the Internet of things equipment and the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card.

It should be noted that the service platform may be used by a device manufacturer or a device operator to manage a network server of the internet of things device, and has functions of ordering a firmware upgrade package, a network communication package, and allocating a service number for the internet of things device. For example, the service platform may be a network server for manufacturers of smart homes, a network server for manufacturers of intelligent transportation, a network server for manufacturers of intelligent medical care, and the like.

Step S300, accessing a preset firmware server by using an operator network, obtaining a latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server, and performing FOTA upgrade on the communication module.

In this embodiment, the firmware server may be set in the cloud and perform data interaction with the internet of things device through the operator network, different firmware upgrade versions of the communication module may be configured in the firmware server in advance, and the firmware upgrade version is selected reasonably according to the upgrade requirement of the communication module in the internet of things device, and preferably, the latest firmware version of the communication module is obtained from the firmware server to perform FOTA upgrade on the communication module.

In one embodiment, the firmware server may be an OTA server, and the OTA server is capable of implementing a firmware management function for remotely managing the internet of things device through an air interface of the mobile communication and providing a firmware upgrade service of the communication module. By applying The OTA (over The air) technology, The mobile communication can not only provide simple voice, text, picture and video services, but also provide services for downloading The firmware, so that The service content is not limited by a platform, and more personalized data service types close to The requirements of users are continuously developed. Through OTA over-the-air download technology, the Internet of things equipment can quickly download the latest firmware version of the communication module to the local so as to upgrade and install the firmware.

It should be noted that FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) refers to a cloud upgrading mode for downloading Firmware Over The Air of a terminal device, and an internet of things device acquires an intelligent terminal system upgrading package by using a network according to needs and an easy-to-expand mode, and performs cloud upgrading through FOTA to complete system repair and optimization. The essence of FOTA is firmware upgrade, including upgrade of driver, system, function, application, etc., and has no direct relation with hardware, the applicable terminal range is very wide, and basically, the FOTA can provide upgrade service for all terminals in the market, and no matter for network operators or terminal equipment manufacturers, the terminal upgrade requirements of a large number of users can be processed at the same time through cluster application, grid technology and distributed service terminals.

In this embodiment, referring to fig. 2, the step S100 described above mainly relates to a process of starting a soft card and establishing an initialization connection with an operator network, and the step may specifically include steps S110 to S120, which are respectively described below.

And S110, the Internet of things equipment writes the preset seed code number into a soft card of the communication module and performs network registration on the soft card.

The seed code number here includes SIM card data required for establishing an initialization connection with an operator network, for example, includes authentication data required for establishing an initialization connection, and specific content and data format may be different for different operators or different communication protocols, so the application does not limit the specific content and data format of the seed code number. In one embodiment, the preset seed code number may include: public Land Mobile Network (PLMN), International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI), Integrated Circuit Card Identity (ICCID), authentication Key (KI), Operator root Key (OP), and so on.

And step S120, the Internet of things equipment sets a network access point name according to the seed code number in the soft card, and establishes initialization connection with the operator network by using the network access point name.

In a specific embodiment, an Agent process (Agent) is set to implement intelligent connection management, bridging a server and a terminal, and then the Agent may obtain a seed code number (Profile) by parsing a Shared file (Shared Profile), and write the seed code number (Profile) into a soft card by means of a Local seed code number Assistant (LPA for short) to perform network registration; then, the Agent sets a network Access Point Name (APN) to establish an initialization connection with the operator network.

Those skilled in the art can understand that starting the soft card to establish initial connection with the operator network can make full use of the soft card function built in the communication module in the internet of things device before leaving the factory, and access the operator network through the self-contained connection service, so as to provide convenience for the communication module to access the internet of things.

In this embodiment, referring to fig. 3, the step S200 mainly involves starting a process of the communication module to transmit and receive service data to and from the operator network by using a service code number written in the soft card, and the step may specifically include steps S210 to S230, which are respectively described as follows.

Step S210, the internet of things device accesses a preset service platform through an operator network to obtain a service activation code. The service platform may be configured with a subscription management Data Preparation server (SMDP + for short) for preparing a service code number.

Specifically, the service platform can be arranged at a cloud end and performs data interaction with the internet of things device through an operator network. Then, when the internet of things device accesses the service platform, the SMDP + first prepares a service Activation Code (AC) and sends it to the Agent in the internet of things device.

Step S220, the internet of things device downloads a corresponding service code number from the subscription management data preparation server by using the service activation code, and writes the service code number into the soft card. The service code number here includes SIM card data required for communication with the operator network to transmit and receive service data.

Specifically, the Agent in the internet of things device downloads the allocated service code number from the SMDP + according to the service AC by means of the LPA, and further, the Agent writes the downloaded service code number into the soft card through the LPA.

Step S230, the internet of things device starts the communication module according to the service code number written in the soft card to establish communication connection with the operator network, and then performs service data transceiving with the operator network.

Specifically, since the service code number includes SIM card data (such as networking key, package service, etc.) required for communicating with the operator network to receive and transmit the service data, the Agent in the internet of things device can read the service code number written in the soft card to start the communication module to smoothly network, thereby realizing the receiving and transmitting operation of the service data.

Those skilled in the art can understand that the service code number is acquired from the service platform through the operator network, and the data transceiving function of the communication module is started through writing the soft card, so that the communication module in the internet of things equipment can normally access the operator network, and service data is transceived with the operator network, thereby facilitating the subsequent module firmware version upgrading through the operator network.

In this embodiment, referring to fig. 3, the step S300 mainly relates to a process of obtaining the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server and performing FOTA upgrade on the communication module, and the step may specifically include steps S310 to S320, which are respectively described as follows.

Step S310, the internet of things device uploads the current firmware version number of the communication module to a preset firmware server by using the operator network. The firmware server is used for storing and managing different firmware versions of the communication module in the Internet of things equipment.

It should be noted that when a communication module in the internet of things device needs to perform network system upgrade or multimedia service upgrade, the firmware version of the communication module needs to be upgraded to obtain the update service. After the current firmware version of the communication module is uploaded to the firmware server, the firmware server analyzes the current firmware version and matches the latest firmware version number.

Step S320, the internet of things device obtains a download link of the latest firmware version number from the firmware server, and downloads the upgrade package corresponding to the latest firmware version number by using the download link.

Step S330, the Internet of things equipment locally releases the upgrade package to carry out FOTA upgrade on the communication module. It should be noted that after the upgrade package corresponding to the latest firmware version number is downloaded to the internet of things device, the installation can be completed through links such as verification and release.

Those skilled in the art can understand that the firmware server can uniformly manage the firmware version of the communication module by accessing the firmware server to obtain the latest firmware version of the communication module and perform FOTA upgrade on the communication module, so that the communication module in the internet of things device can quickly download the latest firmware version in the firmware server through an operator network and automatically upgrade to a customized version.

Example II,

Referring to fig. 5, the present embodiment further discloses an internet of things device based on the communication module upgrading method disclosed in the first embodiment, where the internet of things device 1 includes a communication module 11, and the communication module 11 includes an agent process module 111 and a card management module 112.

The agent process module 111 is connected to the card management module 112, and at least one soft card for network identification of the user identity is built in the card management module 112. It should be noted that the soft card in the card management module 112 may be an internet of things card for identifying the identity of the user, such as a vUICC card; the soft card is used for identifying who uses the number and matching the corresponding service package, and the soft card has no communication function and needs to be matched with the communication module 11 of the internet of things device 1 for use.

The agent process module 111 is configured to start the soft card, establish an initialization connection with the operator network, acquire a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network, write the service code number into the soft card, and start the communication module 11 to perform service data transceiving with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card. In addition, the process agent module 11 is further configured to access a preset firmware server by using an operator network, obtain a latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server, and perform FOTA upgrade on the communication module. The Agent process module 111 can be regarded as an execution component of an Agent process (Agent) for implementing intelligent connection management, a bridge server and a terminal.

Further, referring to fig. 6, the communication module 11 further includes a shared file module 113 and a code number helper module 114, which are respectively described as follows.

The shared file module 113 includes at least one preset seed code number, where the seed code number includes SIM card data required for establishing an initialization connection with an operator network, for example, includes authentication data required for establishing the initialization connection, and specific content and data format may be different for different operators or different communication protocols, so that the application does not limit the specific content and data format of the seed code number. In a specific embodiment, the Shared file module 113 may be regarded as a Shared file (Shared Profile), in which a plurality of preset seed code numbers are stored, and the seed code numbers are selected from the Shared Profile when needed.

The code number helper module 114 is connected to the agent process module 111 and the card management module 112, and the code number helper module 114 is configured to perform a code number writing function. In one embodiment, the code number helper module 114 may be considered an LPA, and the seed code number and the service code number may be written to the soft card.

In the present embodiment, referring to fig. 6, the agent process module 111 is connected to the shared file module 113. The agent process module 111 obtains the seed code number by parsing the shared file module 113, and writes the seed code number into the soft card in the card management module 112 by using the code number helper module 114, thereby performing network registration on the soft card. And, the agent process module 111 may set a network access point name according to the seed code number in the soft card, and establish an initialization connection with the operator network using the network access point name.

Further, referring to fig. 6 and 7, the internet of things device 1 is in wired/wireless network connection with the operator network W1, and the operator network W1 is in wired/wireless network connection with the service platform 2 and the firmware server 3 and performs data interaction. Then, the agent process module 111 in the communication module 11 uploads the current firmware version number of the communication module 11 to the firmware server 3 by using the carrier network W1, acquires a download link of the latest firmware version number from the firmware server 3, and downloads the upgrade package corresponding to the latest firmware version number by using the download link; and, the internet of things device 1 can locally release the upgrade package to perform FOTA upgrade on the communication module 11 of itself.

Further, referring to fig. 7, the internet of things device 1 may further include an application module 12, where the application module 12 is connected to the communication module 11, and is configured to implement a terminal application function of the internet of things device; the communication module 11 functions to connect to the operator network and forward data for the application module 12. If the internet of things equipment is an intelligent home product, the application module 12 can be an application component (such as an alarm component, a display component, a camera shooting component, a sweeping component, an unlocking component and the like) related to the intelligent home.

Carrying out the third step,

Referring to fig. 8, the present embodiment discloses an internet of things system based on the internet of things device 1 disclosed in the second embodiment, which includes the internet of things device 1, a service platform 2 and a firmware server 3, which are respectively described below.

The service platform 2 and the firmware server 3 are both in communication connection with the carrier network W1, the service platform 2 is configured with a subscription management data preparation server (SMDP +) for preparing a service code number, and the firmware server 3 is configured to store and manage different firmware versions of a communication module in the internet of things device 1.

It should be noted that the service platform may be used by a device manufacturer or a device operator to manage a network server of the internet of things device, and has functions of ordering a firmware upgrade package, a network communication package, and allocating a service number for the internet of things device. The firmware server can be an OTA server, and the OTA server can realize the remote firmware management function of the Internet of things equipment through an air interface of mobile communication and provide the firmware upgrading service of the communication module.

Referring to fig. 5, the internet of things device 1 includes a communication module 11, and a soft card for network identification of a user identity is provided in the communication module 11. Specifically, the internet of things device 1 can obtain the service code number from the service platform 2 through the operator network W1 and write the service code number into the soft card, and can also access the firmware server 3 through the operator network W1, obtain the latest firmware version of its own communication module from the firmware server 3, and perform FOTA upgrade on the communication module 11.

In this embodiment, the service platform 2 and the firmware server 3 are synchronously configured with an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of the internet of things device 1. The service platform 2 can order a firmware upgrade package for the internet of things device according to an International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), wherein the firmware upgrade package comprises some network standards and upgrade contents in the aspect of multimedia services, and only when the service platform (such as a network server managed by a manufacturer) subscribes for the internet of things device, the service platform can enable a user to enjoy the relevant upgrade contents.

In addition, the firmware server 3 binds the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) with the latest firmware version number of the communication module 11 in the internet of things device 1, and when receiving the upgrade access of the internet of things device 1, confirms whether the internet of things device 1 subscribes a firmware upgrade package from the service platform 2, if so, feeds back a download link of the latest firmware version number to the internet of things device 1 after the firmware upgrade package is opened, and if not, considers that the upgrade cannot be performed and no further processing is performed.

Technical personnel in the field can understand that the technical scheme can upgrade the firmware version of the communication module in the equipment of the internet of things at any time, avoids the situation that the communication module leaves a factory and burns the firmware version and is not changeable in the past, has customized firmware upgrading capability, can reduce the cost of manual maintenance equipment, and can also improve the communication service quality of the equipment of the internet of things and the communication adaptability of multiple application occasions.

Those skilled in the art will appreciate that all or part of the functions of the various methods in the above embodiments may be implemented by hardware, or may be implemented by computer programs. When all or part of the functions of the above embodiments are implemented by a computer program, the program may be stored in a computer-readable storage medium, and the storage medium may include: a read only memory, a random access memory, a magnetic disk, an optical disk, a hard disk, etc., and the program is executed by a computer to realize the above functions. For example, the program may be stored in a memory of the device, and when the program in the memory is executed by the processor, all or part of the functions described above may be implemented. In addition, when all or part of the functions in the above embodiments are implemented by a computer program, the program may be stored in a storage medium such as a server, another computer, a magnetic disk, an optical disk, a flash disk, or a removable hard disk, and may be downloaded or copied to a memory of a local device, or may be version-updated in a system of the local device, and when the program in the memory is executed by a processor, all or part of the functions in the above embodiments may be implemented.

The present invention has been described in terms of specific examples, which are provided to aid understanding of the invention and are not intended to be limiting. For a person skilled in the art to which the invention pertains, several simple deductions, modifications or substitutions may be made according to the idea of the invention.

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1. A communication module upgrading method based on a soft card is characterized by comprising the following steps:
starting a soft card and establishing an initialization connection with an operator network; the soft card is arranged in a communication module of the Internet of things equipment and is used for carrying out network identification on the identity of a user;
acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network, writing the service code number into the soft card, and starting the communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card;
and accessing a preset firmware server by using the operator network, acquiring the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server, and carrying out FOTA upgrade on the communication module.
2. The method for upgrading a communication module according to claim 1, wherein the starting the soft card and establishing an initialization connection with the operator network comprises:
writing a preset seed code number into a soft card and performing network registration on the communication module; the seed code number comprises SIM card data required for establishing initial connection with an operator network;
and setting a network access point name according to the seed code number in the soft card, and establishing initial connection with the operator network by using the network access point name.
3. The method for upgrading a communication module according to claim 2, wherein the acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network and writing the service code number into the soft card, and starting the communication module to perform service data transceiving with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card comprises:
accessing a preset service platform through the operator network to acquire a service activation code; the service platform is provided with a subscription management data preparation server for preparing a service code number;
downloading a corresponding service code number from the subscription management data preparation server by using the service activation code, and writing the service code number into the soft card; the service code number comprises SIM card data required for communication and receiving service data with an operator network;
and starting the communication module to establish communication connection with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card, and then receiving and transmitting service data with the operator network.
4. The method for upgrading a communication module according to claim 3, wherein the accessing a predetermined firmware server by using the operator network, obtaining a latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server, and performing FOTA upgrade on the communication module comprises:
uploading the current firmware version number of the communication module to a preset firmware server by using the operator network; the firmware server is used for storing and managing different firmware versions of the communication module in the Internet of things equipment;
acquiring a download link of the latest firmware version number from the firmware server, and downloading an upgrade package corresponding to the latest firmware version number by using the download link;
and releasing the upgrade package locally to carry out FOTA upgrade on the communication module.
5. The Internet of things equipment comprises a communication module, and is characterized in that the communication module comprises an agent process module and a card management module;
the agent process module is connected with the card management module, and at least one soft card for carrying out network identification on the user identity is arranged in the card management module;
the agent process module is used for starting the soft card and establishing initial connection with an operator network, acquiring a service code number from a preset service platform through the operator network and writing the service code number into the soft card, and starting the communication module to receive and transmit service data with the operator network according to the service code number written in the soft card;
the process agent module is also used for accessing a preset firmware server by using the operator network, acquiring the latest firmware version of the communication module from the firmware server and carrying out FOTA upgrade on the communication module.
6. The internet-of-things device of claim 5, wherein the communication module further comprises a shared file module and a code number helper module;
the shared file module comprises at least one preset seed code number, and the seed code number comprises SIM card data required for establishing initial connection with an operator network;
the code number assistant module is connected with the agent process module and the card management module and is used for executing the code number writing function;
the agent process module is connected with the shared file module; the agent process module obtains the seed code number by analyzing the shared file module, and writes the seed code number into a soft card in the card management module by using the code number assistant module so as to perform network registration on the communication module; and the agent process module sets a network access point name according to the seed code number in the soft card and establishes initialization connection with the operator network by using the network access point name.
7. The internet of things device of claim 6, wherein the agent process module uploads the current firmware version number of the communication module to the firmware server by using the operator network, acquires a download link of the latest firmware version number from the firmware server, and downloads an upgrade package corresponding to the latest firmware version number by using the download link; the Internet of things equipment locally releases the upgrading packet to carry out FOTA upgrading on the communication module of the Internet of things equipment.
8. The Internet of things system is characterized by comprising a service platform, a firmware server and Internet of things equipment;
the service platform and the firmware server are in communication connection with an operator network, the service platform is provided with a subscription management data preparation server for preparing a service code number, and the firmware server is used for storing and managing different firmware versions of a communication module in the Internet of things equipment;
the Internet of things equipment is the Internet of things equipment as claimed in any one of claims 5 to 7, and comprises a communication module, wherein a soft card for carrying out network identification on the identity of a user is arranged in the communication module;
the Internet of things equipment can acquire a service code number from the service platform through the operator network and write the service code number into the soft card, and can also access the firmware server through the operator network, acquire the latest firmware version of the communication module of the Internet of things equipment from the firmware server and perform FOTA (firmware over the air) upgrading on the communication module.
9. The system of claim 8, wherein the service platform and the firmware server are synchronously provided with an international mobile equipment identity of the internet of things equipment, and the service platform orders a firmware upgrade package for the internet of things equipment according to the international mobile equipment identity;
the firmware server binds the international mobile equipment identification code with the latest firmware version number of a communication module in the Internet of things equipment, and when the upgrade access of the Internet of things equipment is received, the download link of the latest firmware version number is fed back to the Internet of things equipment after the business platform confirms that the Internet of things equipment opens a firmware upgrade package.
10. A computer-readable storage medium, characterized by comprising a program executable by a processor to implement the communication module upgrade method according to any one of claims 1 to 4.
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