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Thales Launches New IoT Connectivity Solution with Improved Reliability and Security for Smart Devices

Thales | February 02, 2022

Thales delivers innovative IoT technology that simplifies companies’ digital transformation. For more than twenty years, our customers – in a wide range of industries - trust Thales’ IoT solutions to seamlessly connect and secure their devices. The launch of the ELS62 series fits Thales’ 360° approach1 and provides cost-effective solutions to simplify design, streamline development and accelerate time-to-market for IoT solutions.

The IoT industry requires both highly stable connectivity and devices secured by-design to unleash its full potential and win users’ trust. That’s how Thales came up with a single antenna solution - compliant with LTE-Cat.1bis standard2 - to offer flexible connectivity options and strong cybersecurity to IoT device manufacturers. Its optimized size enables to address smaller but still sensitive objects, such as medical wearables, smart meters, home alarm systems or any other devices used in critical use cases. In fact, the ELS62 module integrates security features to protect both the device and data, by ensuring robustness against cyberattacks, with strong device authentication and data encryption.

In addition, device management is streamlined thanks to Thales’ leading expertise in remote device activation and connectivity management3. Indeed, Thales’ 2G connectivity fall-back service maximizes network reachability and improves users’ quality of service. This means savings, not just at installation, but also over the device’s lifecycle as it removes the need for physical servicing (leading to a reduced total-cost of ownership).

“For EBS, iron-clad security is at the core of our business. As a manufacturer of smart security systems, we have over 3 million devices in the field. Our customers trust EBS to be at the forefront of security technology at all times – and to keep them- and their property- protected. This is a responsibility that we take incredibly serious, also when choosing our suppliers. With the Cinterion® ELS62, we are able to rely on Thales’ extensive security expertise and have a connectivity module that is state-of-the-art, that allows us to explore new technologies while never leaving any doubt about data protection”, said Piotr Blaszczyk, Member of the Management Board - Director for Research, Development and Technical Support EBS Sp. z o. o.

“Security has always been part of Thales’ DNA. Our new ELS62 comes with our essential security features implemented directly on the module, like trusted device identity for safe cloud interworking and deep penetration testing against security threats. The new Thales Cinterion® ELS62 Cat.1 bis will support device makers’ ambitions and help our customers to develop innovative IoT services. Thales’ unique expertise in developing reliable compact connectivity solution combined with a security-by-design approach empowers our customers to build a future we can all trust.”

Francis D’Souza, Head of IoT Strategy and Product Line Management at Thales

About Thales
Thales is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.

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As IoT devices become ubiquitous in networked systems, the SoC providers for these systems will differentiate their products based on security, power management, scalable computational performance and compliance to industry driven standards. Wireless communications will become integrated into the main SoC not only to reduce cost, but also to reduce power consumption and improve system performance. The inclusion of wireless connectivity and its associated software stacks, integrated capabilities to do some local analytics, and security will increase the demand for computational power within the SoC device. Security at the device and cloud level is required for IoT devices, especially those that are handling sensitive data such as medical data as these devices are communicating sensitive data to the cloud. Power management is a significant issue for IoT devices that are mobile or are required to be powered by small batteries for an extended period of time. The IP used in such devices must be designed for low power and be easily integrated into SoC level power management schemes. Imagination’s CPU, GPU, communications, video and imaging IPs are designed to meet the most aggressive requirements and opportunities for device differentiation in IoT applications.


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