Presto Protects IoT Chips With Secure Manufacturing & Test

Supporting the growing need for IC security in IoT applications, Presto Engineering is offering a comprehensive manufacturing and test service that is tailored to ensure IoT chips are made to high standards of security.

Presto says it can manage the entire chip manufacturing and testing process to make chips with levels of security right up to that needed for banking standards.

IoT devices’ connection to the Internet provides a potentially vulnerable route for hackers. Presto notes that an IoT chip connected to the internet should have two levels of security built into the design of the ASIC itself to stop unauthorized access.

The first is Cryptography to protect communication and maintain the confidentiality and integrity of data as it moves across the network. The second is Authentication to verify that only authorized computers or people have access.

Turning the design into a chip requires a highly secure manufacturing supply chain. Presto claims “it can manage the entire chip manufacturing and testing process to make chips with levels of security right up to that needed for banking standards, including the secure provisioning of the cryptographic keys. The latter ensures that processors will only execute code and updates identified with the correct secret keys.”

Handling these securely in the manufacturing supply chain is vital to an effective security strategy and is covered by the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation standards. These range from the basic Evaluation Assurance Level 1 to Level 7 for government and military, with Level 5 being typical for banks, payment systems, and other highly demanding commercial application.

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Globalstar IoT Solution Protects Norway’s Reindeer from Train Collisions

Globalstar IoT Solution Protects Norway’s Reindeer from Train Collisions

Globalstar IoT Solution Protects Norway’s Reindeer from Train Collisions

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd*, announced today that its technology is at the heart of the SaveMyReindeer solution.

Developed by specialist animal tracking provider, FindMy, this IoT solution is designed to prevent trains from colliding with reindeer in Norway’s hinterland.

Hundreds of kilometres of Norway’s railroads, reaching inside the Arctic Circle, traverse territories inhabited by the region’s indigenous Sami people, for whom keeping herds of reindeer as livestock has for millennia been central to their culture and economy. These animals roam free, often migrating into Sweden and Finland.

Each year, trains kill about 6,500 of the Nordic region’s 600,000 reindeer, with an estimated loss of €8.5 million of livestock. In 2016 the Norwegian mapping authority, Kartverket, sought a solution as part of its annual hackathon series. FindMy emerged the winner and SaveMyReindeer was developed as a proof of concept.

FindMy, formerly known as FindMySheep, uses the Globalstar network and STX3 chipset for its animal tracking collars and services, including SaveMyReindeer.

SaveMyReindeer uses data from the Norwegian Railway Directorate on the real-time location of each train combined with open data from Kartverket to create a moving geo-fence 40-50 km around the train. By comparing the geo-fence area with GPS data from FindMy collars already keeping tabs on reindeer, the system warns train drivers when they are approaching the animals so they can either accelerate to get out of the herd’s way, slow down or stop the train. The reindeer owner simultaneously receives an alert on their smartphone warning them that their animals may be in danger, giving them the opportunity to move the herd out of harm’s way.

Because reindeer are herd animals, any collision with a train can injure as many as 50 of them at a time. Train conductors are authorised to carry guns to humanely kill any seriously hurt animals, but soon this will no longer be the case. Now, local authorities will be dispatched to deal with injured animals. With SaveMyReindeer, Globalstar’s satellite network will give these agencies the precise GPS location of the incident so they can reach the location quickly.

As well as fewer reindeer deaths, preventing collisions reduces the impact of trauma on train staff and improves the reliability of the train service. The SaveMyReindeer system is now being considered for testing elsewhere on the Norwegian national railroad system.

FindMy and Kartverket are also considering how this system could make Norway’s highways safer. The solution could feed warnings to smart signs – live electronic displays which indicate optimal speed limits based on current weather conditions and traffic, and which mitigate the dangers of animals roaming onto highways.

“Reindeer husbandry is an ancient and important element of Norway’s economy and also hugely significant in the culture of our indigenous people,” said Kristin Skjerven, Senior Advisor with Kartverket. “FindMy’s IoT solutions are already proven in protecting sheep and cattle and SaveMyReindeer holds even more potential to prevent needless incidents, while helping the nation’s railway users suffer fewer disruptions and improving train staff welfare.”

Halvor Mjoen, Founder of FindMy, said:

“When designing SaveMyReindeer, we knew that only satellite would give us the reach we needed in remote regions. Other requirements were low power consumption and minimal maintenance since reindeer live outdoors year-round. Low cost was also a key requirement to drive higher volumes of collars, and allows us to develop new international markets – Globalstar plays a big part in making all of this possible. Moreover, we have only just scratched the surface as to how IoT can be used; we believe there will be many more meaningful and practical applications.”


  • SaveMyReindeer uses Globalstar-enabled IoT satellite tracking to prevent trains colliding with herds of free-roaming reindeer in Norway, Sweden and Finland
  • Solution will save countless animals’ lives by alerting owners and train drivers to danger
  • FindMy solutions already track over 30,000 sheep and cattle in Norway, Sweden and Finland
  • Globalstar satellite technology chosen for its ubiquitous reach, low power consumption and affordability
* a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies

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How GE’s security head protects the industrial IoT

Nasrin Rezai, the global chief information and product security officer at GE, (left) talking to me about how CISOs need to view security when everything can be connected. Photo by Phillip Van Nostrand for Newsweek.

When it comes to securing enterprises and manufacturing plants, the CISOs at big organizations have to get their hands dirty on the operational technology side. They can’t leave sensors in the office hallways, for example, or HVAC systems to the facilities or plant operators anymore.

That’s the message that Nasrin Rezai, the global chief information and product security officer at GE, shared with an audience of security professionals this week at the Structure Security conference held in San Francisco. I interviewed Rezai, who has the unenviable job of overseeing not just GE’s internal security but also the production and protection GE provides to clients.

Rezai focused mostly on the gaps that currently exist between the IT side of the house and operations. Both sides have lessons to learn when it comes to working together and any smart executive needs to take control of both if they really want to get a handle on their security because attacks came come from anywhere.

She also brought up the challenge of securing more connected assets and said that if companies want to do this, they have to start building automation into their efforts. Her staff is now focused less on threat detection, which can be mostly automated, and more focused on analyzing when events might turn into new threats. Rezai’s message was echoed by Melissa Arnoldi, a senior executive vice president at AT&T, who also pushed for more automation in security.

Both women emphasized that security talent is tough to find so training internal staff to grow into more analysis roles is essential. This is easy for companies to say, but tough to do. AT&T does this by training workers using courses it developed with Georgia Tech and also with Udacity.

Finally, for executives worried about cyber security in a more connected world, having both board-level and CEO-level support is essential. “Security is part of your company culture,” said Rezai. She told me she reports quarterly to the CEO and is involved with aspects of GE’s business as it connects new things and releases new products and services.

In the wake of Equifax’s hack, which was brought up dozens of times at the event, it seems clear that it’s not enough to talk about “Designing security into your product” or bolting it on after a breach. The new focus should be on making security part of your company because it’s not just the products that will be connected, but also the workforce and the operations.

If the CEO and board aren’t getting involved, your company isn’t doing this right.

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Truck-tracking solution protects cargo with IoT and blockchain

One of the biggest challenges in the logistics and transportation industry is the protection of its assets and cargoes. In reality, moving freight with multiple transport companies, ensuring transparency and timely delivery creates the perfect conditions for a blockchain solution to thrive because correctly monitoring and tracking all transactions involves so many different charges and parties. To help organizations overcome the challenge, AOS SAS (AOS) – a Bogotá company specializing in providing business solution – and IBM are collaborating to enhance efficiency in the logistics and transport industry. The new truck-tracking solution integrates IBM Blockchain and Watson IoT, leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) services on IBM Cloud for trucks and loads mapping, and blockchain to manage transactions between carriers, local authorities and clients.

A digitized transaction cycle minimizes error and risk

Traditionally, supply chain transactions are completed manually, creating delays and a higher risk for recording error, which can cause differences between what was recorded and what was actually loaded. By digitizing this process using blockchain and IoT, the relevant information is captured directly from the sensors placed on the trucks, and entered onto the blockchain, creating a single, shared repository that all authorized participants can access and which can only be altered with consensus from all parties.

Protecting assets and cargoes with the IoT and Blockchain

The truck-tracking solution is designed to monitor what is happening with the trucks, captures the input and output weight to define available capacity, in addition to identifying which silo and person will carry the load. The data is then correlated against external information, such as weather, humidity, temperature and the driver’s data, providing customers with a much more accurate delivery time estimate.

Visibility, transparency and security throughout the cycle

Once the truck leaves the distribution point, an automatic message is sent to the customer, informing them about the load, weight and estimated time of arrival. If part of the delivery is returned, the invoicing can be automated depending on the actual load delivered. Also, through the sensors located on the trucks, an information repository is generated using IoT and blockchain, which tracks all the exchanges, stops and transactions made by each truck and its respective load, from the distribution point to the final customer. This heightened level of transparency can help increase accountability between shippers and their customers, promoting the flow of business.

“The proper handling and use of information on transactions and exchanges related to cargoes is key to the logistics and transportation industry. Therefore, our main objective with this solution is to provide transparency and security throughout the transport cycle.”

– Ricardo Buitrago, Director of Innovation at AOS

The implementation of this type of blockchain and IoT solution in the cloud is an opportunity to access critical data on-demand and make more informed decisions for the benefit of business,” said Jorge Vergara, IBM Colombia CTO. For AOS, this is project is of great relevance for the entire logistics industry in the country.

Digitizing supply and logistics for shipping

Shipping is another environment where any delays caused by manual errors can result in spoilage and lost profits. For example, Maersk found that just a simple shipment of refrigerated goods from East Africa to Europe can go through nearly 30 people and organizations, including more than 200 different interactions and communications among them. If paperwork is misplaced or mixed up, a container of perishable food stuffs could sit around for days.

In a similar bid to digitize the supply and logistics process for shipping, IBM and Maersk are collaborating with a network of shippers, freight forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and customs authorities to build a new global trade digitization solution. The solution will help manage and track the paper trail of tens of millions of shipping containers across the world by digitizing the supply chain process from end-to-end to enhance transparency and the highly secure sharing of information among trading partners.

When adopted at scale, the solution has the potential to vastly reduce the cost and complexity of trading, saving the industry billions of dollars.

  • Help reduce fraud and errors.
  • Reduce the time products spend in the transit and shipping process.
  • Improve inventory management and ultimately reduce waste and cost.

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How Monsanto protects crops with artificial intelligence

Tractor cultivating field at spring,aerial view

Monsanto, the leading producer of genetically modified crops (GMOs), has announced a partnership with Atomwise. The controversial corporation will use Atomwise’s artificial intelligence expertise to discover molecules that could protect crops quicker.

Atomwise uses deep learning algorithms to discover molecules that might have the desired effect, rather than look at every individual molecule. The program has not been active long, but already has partners at Stanford University and UC San Diego.

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It takes 11 years and $ 250 million for the typical crop protection to come to market, according to Monsanto. Atomwise could reduce the time and cost, while also improving the chances of finding multiple ways to protect a crop from disease or pests.

“Each growing season, farmers around the world are challenged with yield-robbing pests and diseases, yet the average crop protection product takes up to 11 years and more than $ 250 million to commercialize,” said Jeremy Williams, Monsanto’s agricultural productivity innovations lead. “Discovering new solutions is critical, and this collaboration will help bring much-needed crop protection solutions to farmers faster.”

Artificial intelligence is being deployed in all sorts of ways to speed up the discovery process in medicine. Technology companies believe the deployment of deep learning and big data could significantly reduce the time spent looking into cures for diseases, while also potentially preventing another outbreak like ebola or AIDS.

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