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New secure IoT beacon

WISeKey, ON Semiconductor and Tatwah have released what they say is the world’s first secure IoT beacon device.

The IoT beacon device brings together tamper-resistant microcontrollers from WISeKey, ON Semiconductor’s Bluetooth 5 RSL10 System-in-Package (SIP), and is integrated by Tatwah, a designer and manufacturer of Bluetooth low energy beacons.

“Security is a crucial aspect for a number of IoT beacon-based applications, including asset tracking, identification, and micropayments,” commented Bruno Damien, IoT Strategic Marketing Director for EMEA at ON Semiconductor. “We are pleased to see our RSL10 SIP used to develop the first secure Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon. Long-lasting battery life and miniaturisation 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, “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.”

The beacon also features an Eclipse-based IDE, mobile applications and support for FreeRTOS, Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) and mesh networking. The RSL10 SIP securely stores digital certificates that are then used to process the cryptographic algorithms required to build the security protocol, while protecting sensitive data and calculations against hackers.

Charlotte Hathway

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