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Robust end-to-end security for IIoT

Adesto Technologies, IBM and NXP Semiconductors are demonstrating a solution that enables building control systems to communicate securely with IoT Cloud analytics.

Adesto's SmartServer IoT edge server and the IBM Watson IoT Platform, together enabled by NXP’s ready-to-use A71CH secure element for IoT devices, provide an extra layer of security for businesses connecting their systems securely to the IBM Cloud.

“While the IoT holds great promise, the connectivity of everything also creates significant vulnerabilities. Connected devices are potential targets for unauthorised network access, malicious control, and data theft,” said Philippe Dubois, vice president and general manager of IoT security at NXP Semiconductors.

IBM Watson IoT Platform is a managed, cloud-hosted service designed to enable companies to quickly connect and derive value from their IoT devices. It has been designed to allow organisations to capture and explore data for devices, equipment, and machines, and discover insights that can drive better decision-making.

Adesto’s open, extensible SmartServer IoT is said to simplify the complexities of interoperability between the diverse set of legacy systems, disparate devices, and the numerous emerging and traditional protocols in industrial and building automation to enable seamless and secure access to data. It provides built-in device and data management for sensors, meters, actuators and controllers through a growing range of protocols including BACnet, LonWorks and Modbus.

NXP's A71CH that is ‘ready for IBM Watson IoT’ is an off-the-shelf solution that is designed to provide a root of trust (RoT) at the chip level and delivers chip-to-cloud security right out of the box. Through integration with Adesto’s SmartServer IoT, it enables customers with additional security when connecting their buildings to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform without exposing keys for the lifetime of a device.

NXP’s A71CH Plug & Trust Secure Element that is ‘ready for IBM Watson IoT’ features X.509 certificates and keys trusted by Watson IoT Platform and injected at NXP secure certified facilities.

NXP’s trust provisioning service has been designed to make sure keys are kept safe, and credentials are injected in a trusted environment. When embedded into devices, the chips have the necessary keys to establish a secure TLS connection with IBM Watson IoT enabling seamless device-to-cloud connections.

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Bethan Grylls

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