WISeKey partners with Sigfox to launch Secure Element

WISeKey partners with Sigfox to launch Secure Element

WISeKey International Holding Ltd , a leading cybersecurity and IoT company, today announced in partnership with Sigfox its new Secure Element for Sigfox-enabled connected devices at the Sigfox World IoT Expo in Prague.

“We have been closely partnering with Sigfox to design Secure Element to facilitate the introduction of security in IoT devices,” said Benoit Makowka, Vice President of the IoT business line at WISeKey Semiconductors.

“Sigfox has designed strong security mechanisms at the heart of its communication solution from day one,” said Laetitia Jay, Chief Marketing Officer at Sigfox.

“Partnering with WiseKey allows our customers to build robust security processes to secure all their entry points by increasing the level of authentication, integrity and confidentiality of the data coming from their devices when they are transported through the Sigfox global network.”

Sigfox’s specified security mechanisms such as the Sigfox Payload Encryption provide authentication, confidentiality, integrity and privacy of the communication. The Secure Element from WISeKey will further increase the level of security by embedding these mechanisms in a tamper resistant environment.

WISeKey’s Secure Element, called VaultIC184, consists of a tamper resistant silicon chip, based on a state-of-the-art secure microcontroller, a Sigfox specific Application Programming interface, based on the latest specifications, allowing device manufacturers an easy integration of the chip, as well as a provisioning service, transferring the burden of device personalization to WISeKey’s secure Personalization Center.

Moreover, a versatile flavor of the security module, VaultIC405S, implementing next to the specific Sigfox requirements general purpose Elliptic Curve Public Key cryptography PKI primitives, complements the product offer and is a perfect solution for companies providing multi-network Internet of Things solutions requiring a state-of-the-art security coverage on all network types. Designed for low cost, power and surface constrained devices, it proposes industry standard I2C connectivity, very low power consumption and a very small footprint.

With this Sigfox specific secure add-on, WISeKey expands its offerings for securing the IoT to the very promising Low Power Wide Area Networks, of which Sigfox is a forerunner.

VaultIC184 and VaultIC405S are part of WISeKey’s global end-to-end scalable security framework WISeKeyIoT, a Public Key Infrastructure based overall response to mitigate ever increasing risks of cyber-attacks in IoT.

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China Telecom and Ericsson launch open IoT platform

  • China Telecom IoT Open Platform enables enterprise customers to deploy, manage and scale IoT connected devices and applications globally
  • Based on Ericsson Device Connection Platform, part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator, used by more than 25 operators and supports over 2,000 enterprise customers.


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China Telecom and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have launched the China Telecom IoT Open Platform – a global connection management platform that will support China’s “One Belt One Road” strategy and accelerate the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services.

The China Telecom IoT Open Platform enables enterprises to deploy, control and scale the management of IoT devices through partnerships. With this platform, enterprise customers can integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity service offered by China Telecom to create highly reliable IoT solutions. China Telecom and its industry customers will use the platform to drive the digital transformation of industries in China and beyond.

Magnus Rahm, Head of Global Service Operations, Ericsson, says: “The IoT market is growing very rapidly and we aim to use our expertise in this area to help our customers capitalize on this opportunity. Together with China Telecom, we can play a key role in realizing the tremendous potential of the IoT by reinventing processes, creating new services, and capturing new revenue.”

The China Telecom IoT Open Platform is powered by Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform – a global, unified platform that is being used by multiple enterprise customers in various industries to manage IoT connection services worldwide. The platform offers enterprise customers reliable connectivity based on service-level agreements and a common, unified overview of devices and access networks.

Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform was launched in 2012 and now supports more than 25 operators and over 2,000 enterprise customers as part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform. Ericsson also collaborates with the Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association to realize the vision of a seamless customer experience with worldwide coverage and superior service quality for IoT applications.

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SpotSee and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions Launch Logistics IoT Products

SpotSee and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions Launch Logistics IoT Products

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions and SpotSee Partner to Develop SpotBot BLE, Combining World-Class Bosch Hardware with SpotSee Connectivity Network and Platform.

SpotSee, a global internet of things (IoT) connectivity platform, and Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions (BCDS), a market leader in the design and development of innovative connected devices for the IoT, have teamed up to target the internet of logistics.

The companies have recently collaborated to develop the SpotBot BLE, a transport data logger that measures and transmits impact, tilt, temperature and humidity through Bluetooth communication.

“Bosch has a deep history of being a technology partner with market leaders,” said Markus Lang, CEO, BCDS. “We are delighted to collaborate with the SpotSee team to provide logistics customers with world-class IoT products and services.”

The SpotBot BLE is a cost-effective, simple and reliable way to bring transparency to the entire supply chain. The device operates using hardware and engineering support from Bosch that is connected and displayed through the SpotSee mobile application.

Alarm thresholds for each parameter measured by the SpotBot BLE (impact, tilt, temperature, and humidity) can be individually configured based on the sensitivities of the products being transported. At the end of the journey, data from the device is easily downloaded to the mobile application to quickly identify potential damage caused by threshold violations and to understand where in the supply chain they might have occurred.

SpotBot BLE“Our mission is to give unbiased, virtual eyes to logistics, quality and supply chain managers across the globe,” said Tony Fonk, CEO, SpotSee.

“Combining the Bosch innovative sensors with our unique SpotSee platform and 40 years of logistics monitoring experience is an ideal fit for both companies.”

SpotSee is an end-to-end solution that helps customers spot damage in their assets and see it in real time using best-in-class hardware, low-cost connectivity, device management and cloud-based analytics. SpotSee has over 300 distributors and resellers throughout the globe, serving thousands of customers including most of the Fortune 500.

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Matternet to launch medical drone delivery in Switzerland

Matternet to launch medical drone delivery in Switzerland

Back in March, logistics company Matternet was granted permission to launch a drone delivery service over populated areas in Switzerland. Now, with the unveiling of the Matternet Station, the final piece of the puzzle is in place.

Getting packages from one place to another isn’t the main challenge facing prospective commercial drone delivery services. The question is how to integrate those services into our everyday lives, in ways that don’t make sending or receiving a parcel more complicated or even more dangerous than it needs to be. Menlo Park, California-based logistics company Matternet appears to be on the verge of solving that problem.

Observers of Amazon’s progress will have noticed countless patents detailing systems made up of futuristic warehouses, delivery hives and parachutes. To begin with, Matternet has set its sights a little lower. Instead of dropping parcels on your doorstep, the focus is on the urban transportation of medical supplies. This is enabled by Matternet’s own docking stations.

Read more: Flytrex launches drone delivery trial in Iceland

On-demand courier services

The aim of the Matternet Station is to be a hub for autonomous urban drone deliveries. Instead of attempting to navigate the complexities of a door to door service, the station enables customers to send a package from one place to another within the logistics network.

The first Matternet Stations will service hospitals and medical centers in Switzerland, automating the on-demand transportation of blood and pathology samples between facilities. The network in Switzerland will allow samples and supplies to be received by hospitals within 30 minutes.

The Matternet Station is seen as the final piece of the jigsaw in Matternet’s drone logistics network. Together with the company’s autonomous M2 Drone and the Matternet Cloud platform, users now have everything they need to send and receive packages.

The Matternet Station is small enough to be seen as nothing more than a futuristic mailbox. It covers two square meters and can be installed on the ground or on rooftops. The base station has been designed to simplify the delivery process. Interactions with it are more in line with what you might expect from a vending machine than a logistics hub.

The Matternet Station is equipped with technology that guides the M2 Drone to a precise landing point on the station’s platform. After landing, the drone is locked in place, its battery is swapped and its payload is removed. The package can be taken from the station when the user scans the correct QR code with a smartphone. The sending process is similarly straightforward.

To ensure that stations aren’t overrun with aerial congestion, each comes with an ‘automated aerial deconfliction system’ that manages drone traffic in the vicinity.

Matternet CEO, Andreas Raptopoulos, believes that the speed of Matternet’s service will have a big impact on patient care and end up saving the healthcare industry a substantial amount compared with its use of traditional couriers.

“With the Matternet Station, we’re introducing an extremely easy-to-use interface that enables true peer-to-peer drone delivery,” he said.

“For healthcare systems, an integrated Matternet network means that medical items can be delivered to any hospital facility within 30 minutes. This level of speed and predictability creates substantial opportunities for improved quality of care and operational savings.”

Read more: French postal service given go-ahead to start drone deliveries

Medical supplies head the queue for innovation

There has been plenty of hype surrounding the prospect of autonomous delivery. It’s one of many opportunities in the drone industry to capture the imaginations of entrepreneurs. But as much as retailers are pushing for door to door services to become a reality, regulators in countries such as America are progressing with caution.

In the States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently restricts flights that go beyond the line of sight of the pilot and those that fly over people. That goes some way to explaining why Amazon currently tests in the UK and companies like Matternet and Flytrex have set up in Switzerland and Iceland, respectively.

Yet when lives are at stake, it’s clear that there’s less room for caution. For that reason, medical drone delivery services are leading the way around the world. Matternet can take inspiration from established services in Africa, where Zipline is delivering vital supplies to the people of Rwanda and Tanzania.

Read more: Amazon patents inner-city drone delivery towers

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Vancouver-based IoT firm Helios raises $4 million to launch first satellite

Vancouver-based IoT firm Helios raises $ 4 million to launch two satellites

Helios Wire, a connected technology company based in Vancouver, has raised $ 4 million in financing to continue developing its satellite-enabled IoT service.

The company is set to use this funding to continue the development of its new IoT system and to launch two satellites as part of its plans to “democratize the IoT from space.”

Focusing on the masses

Helios Wire says it is looking to bring satellite-enabled machine-to-machine and IoT connectivity to the masses and is doing this by using a priority mobile satellite system.

Although the technology is still in the early stages, it will supposedly enable ultra-low-cost, short-burst data services that cover a plethora of connected assets.

Called the Helios System, it’s suitable for both existing and emerging IoT and M2M applications, including those in industries such as transportation, logistics, security/public safety, energy, industrial/construction, agriculture, and animal management.

Blending different tech

To make this all possible, the company is “blending terrestrial based networks with our constellation of low earth orbiting satellites in order to use the combined dataset for analytics, for information and for actionable insight-as-a-service.”

Helios plans Christmas launch

Scott Larson, CEO and co-founder of Helios Wire, confirmed that his company is planning to launch its first satellite later this year, thanks to the recent funding increase. “We’re extremely pleased with the level of investor interest in Helios Wire’s mission,” he said.

“The funds from this round of financing will be put towards the launch of our first satellite this Christmas, as well as the two other satellites scheduled to be launched during the second half of 2018.”

“We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in the way industries operate. Our goal is to make certain that companies and organisations, regardless of size, are able to participate in the enabling technologies of IoT, particularly in the industrial sectors.”

Read more: Swiss company ELSE raises $ 3 million to launch IoT nanosatellite

Democratizing IoT

Larson added that many companies find IoT technology expensive and that he wants to change this. “Today, Industrial IoT is frequently considered to be costly, inaccessible, and best-suited for larger, international organisations; but that won’t always be the case.”

“For instance, a small-scale farmer will be able to use Helios Wire’s economical IoT service to optimally manage a handful of fields. As well, multinational shipping corporations and exporter/importers will be able to optimize fleets and shipments.”

“For small-to-medium sized businesses, the Helios system would reduce capital and operational expenses and infrastructure costs, allowing for more rapid technological adoption.”

Read more: NASA looks to bring IoT to space with wireless comms test

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