Enhancing security in the era of 5G, AI and IoT

CIOL | March 05, 2020

Enhancing security in the era of 5G, AI and IoT
Since their introduction in India in 2018, the Smart City initiative has put forth considerable efforts to improve the process of urbanisation. These cities generally leverage the latest technology to address broad issues like neighbourhood safety, economic development, and waste disposal, along with delivery of potable water, urban planning using green solutions, transportation concerns, and more. There are a number of elements that smart city planners need to focus on, one of which is issue of security. Digital security investment in smart cities is severely lagging thus seeding the future vulnerabilities of the IoT ecosystem. Smart cities are comprised of a highly complex, interdependent network of devices, systems, platforms, and users. Smart energy, utilities, water and wastage, parking and automotive, industrial and manufacturing, building automation, e-government and telemedicine, surveillance and public safety are just some of the verticals that vendors and governments must secure.

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Organizations often start their IoT journey focused on a single business case that enables them to save money. But with a clearer understanding of the complexities of these three pillars, companies can better determine their optimum IoT implementation strategy – one that delivers the monetization goal they seek and need.


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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Marston Holdings acquires Vortex IoT Limited to enhance air quality and decarbonisation offering

Marston Holdings | January 19, 2022

Marston Holdings, the UK's leading provider of integrated, technology-enabled transport solutions, has announced its acquisition of Vortex IoT Limited, supplier of environmental sensors, networks and data solutions that support improved air quality and decarbonisation initiatives. Marston supports government, utilities and private sector clients through the delivery of market leading integrated technology-enabled solutions from design through to implementation, management and recovery. Marston's clients include local authorities seeking to build environmental schemes that reduce congestion and pollution. With the acquisition of Vortex, Marston will strengthen its offering by delivering complementary air quality and acoustic monitoring solutions that maximise awareness, identify pollution hotspots and improve public health. Air quality monitors and associated data and analytics are required to assess the success of policy in meeting clean air targets and Marston is excited to extend its technology offering to include these important and timely solutions. The acquisition of Vortex follows the 2019 acquisitions of Videalert, a supplier of intelligent traffic management solutions; ParkTrade, a Swedish-based European tolling payments and collections business; and LogicValley, an Indian-based AI-focused developer. Vortex's products further bolster Marston's transportation technology division, ensuring Marston is best placed to meet the evolving needs of its client base. Steve Callaghan, Chair of Marston Holdings, commented: "Marston Holdings has been on a journey of enhancing technological capability and I'm delighted that Vortex IoT's innovative solutions now form part of our end-to-end offering delivering cleaner, greener streets." "We have a long track record of successfully working in partnership with the public sector and this acquisition reflects client feedback seeking innovative, technology-enabled solutions," added Mark Hoskin, Chief Commercial Officer at Marston Holdings. "COP26 demonstrated public support for driving the transition to a zero-carbon economy. We are pleased to further enhance our ability to support our clients and their residents through cleaner, healthier and more people-friendly communities." "Joining Marston Holdings accelerates our ability to deliver social value and environmental change for clients. We are delighted to collectively build on the existing relationships we have established as trusted partners to our clients." Adrian Sutton, CEO of Vortex IoT About Marston Holdings Marston Holdings is the UK's largest provider of transportation and enforcement services supporting government, utilities and private sector clients. Employing over 6,000 staff and contractors across the UK, Europe and India, Marston Holdings' clients include Highways England, Transport for London and 280 local authorities. About Vortex IoT Limited Vortex IoT is a UK based company at the forefront of smart city technologies. The company builds environmental sensors, networks and data solutions to support decarbonisation efforts globally. As experts in the latest IoT, AI, 5G and LiDAR technology, Vortex enables smart cities and smart infrastructures to become more efficient, safer and greener.

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INDUSTRIAL IOT

Renesas Launches Automotive Actuator and Sensor Control MCUs for Evolving Edge Applications in Next-Generation E/E Architecture

Renesas | December 18, 2021

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced two new microcontrollers (MCUs) designed for automotive actuator and sensor control applications supporting edge evolution in next-generation electronic and electrical (E/E) architecture. With the new RL78/F24 and RL78/F23, Renesas expands its RL78 Family of low-power 16-bit MCUs and strengthens its broader automotive portfolio, offering customers highly reliable, high-performance solutions for systems ranging from actuators to zone control. With E/E architecture extending to include zone and domain control applications, control mechanisms are evolving to accommodate body control for automotive systems such as lights, windows, and mirrors; motor control for engine pumps and fans; and multiple sensor control. Moving forward, high-speed and secure connectivity with zone and domain controllers will be mission critical for edge electronic control units (ECUs). Renesas’ next-generation RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs address changing technology demands for actuator and sensor control with enhanced security, rich connectivity, and functional safety capabilities. The new devices support the CAN FD high-speed communication protocol (RL78/F24) and EVITA-Light security and are optimized for systems targeting ASIL-B levels under the ISO 26262 functional safety standard. Advances in E/E architecture add stress to the already heavy development burden, and there is high demand among our customers to efficiently develop actuators.Our new actuator and sensor control MCUs build on our highly popular RL78/F14 and RL78/F13 devices and enable developers to reuse most of their existing software assets, reducing costs while continuing to accelerate the advancement of E/E architecture.” Naoki Yoshida, Vice President, Automotive Digital Products Marketing Division at Renesas The future of automotive systems design lies in a vehicle-centralized, zone-oriented E/E architecture, and that shift is sparking higher demand for more advanced functionality and better performance in actuator controller applications. The new RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs deliver up to approximately 70 percent faster operating frequencies than the previous generation, which can more than double the performance in brushless motor control (BLDC) applications. Renesas also enhanced the hardware accelerator and timer functions for motor control and added a 12-bit A/D converter, offering customers the enhanced functionality and performance levels they demand. Key Features of RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs 40 MHz operating frequency Supports several connectivity interfaces, including CAN FD (RL78/F24), LIN, SPI, and I2C EVITA-Light support security functionality (support for AES-128/192/256 encryption algorithms) Pin compatible with the RL78/F14 and RL78/F13 MCUs with the same power efficiency On-chip flash memory capacity of 128 KB or 256 KB Package lineup ranging from compact 5 × 5 mm 32-pin QFN to 100-pin QFP Support for high temperatures up to 150°C RL78/F24 Target Board and RL78/F24 12V Motor Control Evaluation System Starter Kit soon to be released for RL78/F24 (under development) Availability Samples of the RL78/F24 and RL78/F23 MCUs will be available starting April 2022, and are scheduled to enter mass production in the second half of 2023. About Renesas Electronics Corporation Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, Infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future.

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SECURITY

Zimperium and Intertrust Partner to Provide End-to-end Security for IoT devices in Zero-trust Environments

Zimperium | December 17, 2021

Zimperium, the global leader in mobile security, and Intertrust, the pioneer in trusted computing and digital rights management (DRM) technology, today announced a partnership to provide end-to-end security and data management for IoT devices, apps and media services operating in Zero Trust environments. Under the terms of the partnership, Intertrust will offer Zimperium's Mobile Application Protection Suite (MAPS) to its Intertrust Platform™ and Intertrust ExpressPlay® customers. The Zimperium-Intertrust partnership completes our offering of the world's best end-to-end secure data operations and rights management solution, with bulletproof endpoint technology.We're proud to partner with the world leader in this space and look forward to delivering robust end to end solutions to our customers" Talal Shamoon, Intertrust's Chief Executive Officer Intertrust Platform is a breakthrough product that provides trusted interoperable data operations for business ecosystems. It also connects to authenticated IoT devices and apps, creating a circle of trust between clouds and devices. ExpressPlay Media Security Suite offers a number of innovative content protection services including ExpressPlay DRM, a cloud-based multi-DRM service. Zimperium's revolutionary security technology creates a protected processing environment on devices and sensors that lowers the risk of malicious tampering and signals when an attack is taking place. The combination gives enterprises and media service providers alike access to trusted data ecosystems and a high level of assurance that devices and apps in the Zero Trust environments they work with are highly resistant to hacks that can cause major disruptions or inappropriate access to data. Intertrust provides software and services to major corporations globally and is offering MAPS to its current and future customers immediately. About Zimperium Zimperium provides the only mobile security platform purpose-built for enterprise environments. With machine learning-based protection and a single platform that secures everything from applications to endpoints, Zimperium is the only solution to provide on-device mobile threat defense to protect growing and evolving mobile environments. Zimperium is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and backed by Warburg Pincus, SoftBank, Samsung, Sierra Ventures and Telstra. About Intertrust Intertrust provides trusted computing products and services to leading global corporations–from mobile, consumer electronics and IoT manufacturers, to service providers and enterprise software platform companies. These products include the world's leading digital rights management (DRM) and technologies to enable private data exchanges for various verticals including energy, entertainment, retail/marketing, automotive, fintech, and IoT. Founded in 1990, Intertrust is headquartered in Silicon Valley with regional offices in London, Tokyo, Mumbai, Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul, and Tallinn. The company has a legacy of invention, and its fundamental contributions in the areas of computer security and digital trust are globally recognized. Intertrust holds hundreds of patents that are key to Internet security, trust, and privacy management components of operating systems, trusted mobile code and networked operating environments, web services, and cloud computing.

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SECURITY

Xiaomi Strengthens Its Position on Consumer IoT Security with Proposed Global Common Standards

Xiaomi Corporation | January 18, 2022

Xiaomi, a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company that established the world's leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, has published a new set of proposed global standards to support and reassure consumers about the security of their data while using IoT products. The guideline entitled "Cyber Security Baseline for Consumer Internet of Things Device Version 2.0" *[1] aims to protect security and user privacy with a comprehensive set of requirements covering guidelines from device hardware, device software to device communication. It also states the requirements on data security and privacy, which include communication security, authentication and access control, secure boot, data deletion, etc. It is a security baseline that all Xiaomi smart devices should follow. The guideline of Xiaomi meets the need of the consumer IoT industry as there is no such general standard that can be publicly queried and implemented. Now companies can use this guide to avoid some basic security and privacy protection risks, and to quickly improve the security and privacy protection capabilities of their IoT products. Xiaomi owns the world's leading consumer AIoT platform. As of November 2021, Xiaomi's AIoT platform has connected more than 400 million devices, excluding smartphones and laptops, and there are more than 8 million users with 5 or more Xiaomi IoT devices around the world. Xiaomi offers the most comprehensive security protection to its users and explores the best industry solutions and common standards for other stakeholders. The guideline comes as the British Standards Institution (BSI) confirmed that Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 has obtained the BSI IoT Kitemark™ Certificate, which has undoubtably proved the high degree of consistency between the Cyber Security Baseline for Consumer Internet of Things Device of Xiaomi and the international IoT security standards held by BSI. "Users' security and privacy is the top priority of Xiaomi, and we promise that this applies to all markets where we operate. I'm delighted to see that Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 has also successfully joined the BSI Kitemark™ certification. Over the years, we have made great efforts to protect users' security and privacy. I'm confident and proud to say that Xiaomi is in the leading position of IoT security policies and practices in the world, and we will continue to work hard to build a better IoT ecosystem for our users." said Cui Baoqiu, Xiaomi Vice President and Chairman of Xiaomi Security and Privacy Committee. "Connected devices can bring huge benefits to society, but it is imperative that their function and security can be trusted throughout the required device life. By achieving the BSI Kitemark™ for IoT Devices for its product and having its systems regularly and independently tested and monitored, Xiaomi is demonstrating to consumers their commitment to safeguarding information. Congratulations to the team at Xiaomi for this achievement." David Mudd, BSI Global Digital and Connected Product Certification Director The BSI IoT Kitemark™ is a product and service quality certification owned and operated by BSI. It conducts technical testing and security audits for IoT systems, giving consumers reassurance and confidence of secure and trust-worthy IoT devices under the highest standards. Obtaining the BSI IoT Kitemark™ Certificate means that Xiaomi products are in compliance with multiple cybersecurity standards, including the ETSI/EN303645 standard issued by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), as well as the Open Web Application Security Project® (OWASP) Top 10 security requirements. It is the third time that Xiaomi received this international security accreditation, following Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K and Xiaomi Home App, which achieved the BSI Kitemark™ Certificates in July 2021. These are only a small part of the bigger picture of what Xiaomi has achieved on IoT security. In June 2021, Xiaomi published the Xiaomi IoT Privacy White Paper *[2], explaining the security and privacy policies and practices of Xiaomi's IoT products, gaining trust by increasing the transparency. In November of the same year, in The Contemporary Use of Vulnerability Disclosure in IoT (Report 4: November 2021) *[3] published by the Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF), Xiaomi was listed as one of the 21 IoT device suppliers that met the extended threshold test, namely received the highest rating for security vulnerability disclosure policy, which demonstrates Xiaomi's leadership in IoT security. In the future, Xiaomi will keep improving its IoT security framework, while strengthening its security management and technical testing capabilities to fulfill the responsibility of a global industry leader and let everyone in the world enjoy a better and smarter life through innovative and safe technology. About Xiaomi Corporation Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. Embracing our vision of "Make friends with users and be the coolest company in the users' hearts", Xiaomi continuously pursues innovations, high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology. Xiaomi is one of the world's leading smartphone companies. The company's market share in terms of smartphone shipments ranked no. 3 globally in the third quarter of 2021. The company has also established the world's leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, more than 400 million smart devices connected to its platform as of September 30, 2021, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. In August 2021, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the third time, ranking 338th, up 84 places compared to 2020. Xiaomi is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index, Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, Hang Seng TECH Index and Hang Seng China 50 Index.

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Organizations often start their IoT journey focused on a single business case that enables them to save money. But with a clearer understanding of the complexities of these three pillars, companies can better determine their optimum IoT implementation strategy – one that delivers the monetization goal they seek and need.

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