World's first secure IoT beacon device launched

05-12-2019 | WISeKey | New Technologies

WISeKey, ON Semiconductor and Tatwah, has released what is claimed to be the world’s first secure IoT Beacon device.

The device embeds the Bluetooth 5 RSL10 SIP from ON Semiconductor. The all-in-one solution is completely certified to worldwide regulatory standards and provides Bluetooth 5 features while sustaining the industry’s lowest power in standby and active modes. The family is supported by a comprehensive SDK highlighting an Eclipse-based IDE, mobile applications and support for FreeRTOS, FOTA and mesh networking.

The device features two certified tamper-resistant microcontrollers – the VaultIC405 and VaultIC407 from WISeKey – that enable the RSL10 SIP to securely store digital certificates. These certificates are employed for the Secure IoT Beacon to process the cryptographic algorithms needed to create the security protocol while guarding sensitive data and calculations against hackers. The microcontrollers offer a Common Criteria (CC) EAL5+ platform and FIPS 140-2 level 3 security mechanisms for secure asset tracking, product authentication, and sensor data integrity. These features aid with several IoT applications comprising predictive maintenance, healthcare asset tracking and patient management, closed-loop trusted digital payment protocols and other wearable applications.

Carlos Moreno, WISeKey’s VP Corporate Alliances, noted, “We are proud to partner together with market leaders such as ON Semiconductor and Tatwah combining cutting-edge technologies and expertise to support the markets requirements and aggregating this innovative Secure IoT Beacon to our portfolio.”

Bruno Damien, IoT Strategic Marketing Director for EMEA at ON Semiconductor, noted: “Security is a crucial aspect for a number of IoT beacon-based applications, including asset tracking, identification, and micropayments. We are pleased to see our RSL10 SIP used to develop the first secure Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon. Long-lasting battery life and miniaturization are important factors of technology adoption as they enable compact and easy-to-use devices with data analytics performed in the cloud.”

Egon Konopitzky Tatwah’s Senior Executive Vice President added: “With our innovative mindset, Tatwah is continuously investing in Bluetooth Low Energy beacon tag solutions enriching features, enforcing performances and providing state-of-the-art secured devices. The partnership enables customers to implement new, truly and highly secure Bluetooth Low Energy technology for mature and emerging market segments.”

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