Low-power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are becoming an emerging standard for the wireless Internet of Things (IoT) and there is an increasing need to add security features into IoT applications addressed by this standard – including smart cities, smart agriculture, smart manufacturing, and work safety. In pursuit of this, G+D Mobile Security, Murata, and STMicroelectronics have collaborated to launch an IoT platform to add cost-effective security features into such applications.
The joint solution aims to ensure integrity and confidentiality of the data exchanged and to allow the distribution of LPWAN keys in a fully secure manner, says ST.
ST notes: “The number of devices connected to the Internet is steadily increasing, and they are often used in a broad range of critical systems. Non-cellular connectivity, such as through LoRaWAN, will play an important role in vital IoT applications. Non-secure devices in these important systems are an easy target for manipulation and attacks and therefore pose a serious risk to the application and indeed the whole infrastructure.”
Furthermore, the firm explained that the new solution makes it easy to integrate security already at the device production facility, adding value to the product and protection to the IoT ecosystem in an efficient and convenient way.
The solution consists of G+D’s Key Management System that relies on an STSAFE-A secure element attached to an STM32 general-purpose microcontroller, and is built into a compact, cost-efficient LoRaWAN module designed by Murata.
“G+D Mobile Security is a technology leader in secure ID management, and it is only logical for us to extend our proven expertise in payment and telecommunication to the IoT market, where we see an increasingly urgent need to secure the IoT ecosystem. Our Key Management System can authenticate, manage and monitor an IoT device throughout its lifecycle, and our partner solution with Murata and STMicroelectronics is an easy way for IoT device manufacturers to implement security,” says Carsten Ahrens, CEO of G+D Mobile Security.
Akira Sasaki, General Manager IoT Module Products at Murata, added: “It is very important to us to enable our customers to secure the IoT ecosystem. This partner offering, developed with trusted security and technology experts like G+D Mobile Security and STMicroelectronics, addresses this requirement and shows that implementing security in the IoT can be easy, scalable and cost effective, to the benefit of our customers and the entire LoRaWAN IoT ecosystem.”
“ST is cooperating with G+D Mobile Security and Murata to offer LoRaWAN best-in-class secure solutions. Based on highly secure hardware, our solution ensures integrity and confidentiality of any communication through secure handling and storage of the secrets,” added Laurent Degauque, Secure Microcontroller Marketing Director, Microcontroller and Digital ICs Group at STMicroelectronics.
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