Secure IoT Beacon device maintains lowest power in standby mode

3rd January 2020
Lanna Cooper

WISeKey, ON Semiconductor and Tatwah have announced the release of the first Secure IoT Beacon device. The IoT Beacon device was first introduced at TRUSTECH 2019, an event dedicated to payments, identification and security in France. The IoT Security Beacon embeds the Bluetooth 5 RSL10 System-in-Package (RSL10 SIP) from ON Semiconductor. The all-in-one solution is fully certified to worldwide regulatory standards, and offers Bluetooth 5 features while maintaining the lowest power in standby and active modes.

The RSL10 family is supported by a comprehensive Software Development Kit (SDK) featuring an Eclipse-based IDE, mobile applications and support for FreeRTOS, Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) and mesh networking.

The Secure IoT Beacon features two certified tamper-resistant microcontrollers- the VaultIC405 and VaultIC407 from WISeKey- that allow the RSL10 SIP to securely store digital certificates. These certificates are used for the Secure IoT Beacon to process the cryptographic algorithms required to build the security protocol, while protecting sensitive data and calculations against hackers.

The VaultIC405 and 407 microcontrollers provide a Common Criteria (CC) EAL5+ platform and FIPS 140-2 level 3 security mechanisms for product authentication, secure asset tracking, and sensor data integrity.

These features assist with a number of IoT applications including predictive maintenance, healthcare asset tracking and patient management, closed-loop trusted digital payment protocols, and other wearable applications.

At the heart of WISeKey’s solution, the WISeKey-OISTE Root of Trust serves as a common trust anchor, which is recognised by Operating Systems (OS) and applications to ensure the authenticity, confidentiality and integrity of online transactions.

WISeKey’s PKI Services allow the solution to issue trusted digital identities for people, machines and objects, adopting the best practices in secure identity management. The solution also leverages a plug and play environment where clients’ ecosystems can connect securely and re-connect digital relations with ease.

Carlos Moreno, WISeKey’s VP Corporate Alliances noted: “We are proud to partner together with market leaders such as ON Semiconductor and Tatwah combining cutting-edge technologies and expertise to support the markets requirements and aggregating this innovative Secure IoT Beacon to our portfolio.”

Bruno Damien, IoT Strategic Marketing Director for EMEA at ON Semiconductor, noted: “Security is a crucial aspect for a number of IoT beacon-based applications, including asset tracking, identification, and micropayments. 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. Presenting this device today at Trustech 2019 event is a great achievement for us and for the IoT community.”

Egon Konopitzky, Tatwah’s Senior Executive Vice President noted: “With our innovative mindset, 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.”

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