|[February 21, 2013]
INSIDE Secure Demonstrates End-to-End Security for Next-Generation Home Energy Gateways
AIX EN PROVENCE, France --(Business Wire)--
INSIDE Secure (NYSE Euronext: INSD), a leader in semiconductor and
software solutions for securing transactions, content and digital
identity, has developed a demonstration design of a next-generation home
energy gateway that will meet the stringent end-to-end security
requirements mandated by the German BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der
Informationstechnik) also known as the Federal Office for Information
Security. The design will meet these security requirements - now being
adopted by other countries - using the INSIDE VaultIC™ security module,
which works together with the Freescale (News - Alert) i.MX28 application processor to
protect consumer data privacy, prevent hacking and fraud and address
other security, safety and privacy concerns.
As the interface between the home area network of consumer appliances,
meters and other home premises equipment and the wide area network link
to the utility companies and service providers, the home energy gateway
must address the security needs of all stakeholders. Not unlike TV set
top boxes and cable operator head ends, home energy gateways and utility
back-end servers must be able to authenticate each other before
establishing a secure communications channel to prevent fraud and
eavesdropping. The gateway itself must be immune from hacking, too.
"Our VaultIC security module was designed with exactly this kind of
application in mind, and together with the Freescale processor provides
all the features and functions necessary to ensure the gateway can meet
the strict device and data securty requirements set out by the BSI,"
said Christian Fleutelot, executive vice president of the digital
security business line at INSIDE Secure. "Based on an original design by
Freescale Semiconductor (News - Alert), we believe this next-generation home energy
gateway demonstration design will provide energy gateway manufacturers
with everything they need to address end-to-end security, safety and
privacy concerns in Germany and other countries."
The VaultIC security module provides comprehensive security functions
such as mutual authentication, verification and generation of digital
signatures, encryption/decryption and managing secure storage of
cryptographic keys and certificates. It is also FIPS140-2 Level 3
The Freescale i.MX28 processor includes hardware accelerated
encryption/decryption and hashing functions, dedicated hardware support
for AES128-based authenticated boot and signed/authenticated firmware,
an AES crypto engine, secure off-chip storage mechanisms and other
security features in addition to robust microcontroller functionality.
BSI specifies the use of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol
between the gateway and the wide area network. This protocol is
implemented by the i.MX28 processor, with the VaultIC module providing
necessary security functionality.
A home energy gateway collects power consumption data from smart
appliances and smart meters over a home area network, controls power
activation/deactivation of these appliances and communicates with
utility networks through an easy-to-use, touch-enabled wireless remote
user interface. It is a key component of smart grid deployments,
allowing utilities to adjust home appliance use according to power
demand, provide feedback to consumers about power usage and simplify
local and remote appliance monitoring and control.
The INSIDE Secure solution will be demonstrated in the Freescale booth,
Hall 4A/ 4A-206 and in the INELTEK booth, Hall 1/1-424 during the
Embedded World 2013 Exhibition and Conference being held in Nuremberg,
Germany, February 26 - 28.
About INSIDE Secure
INSIDE Secure (NYSE Euronext Paris FR0010291245 - INSD.PA), is a leading
designer, developer and supplier of semiconductor and software solutions
for securing transactions, content and digital identity. INSIDE Secure
mobile NFC, secure payment, embedded security and digital security
solutions provide security for a wide range of information processing,
storage and transmission applications. The company's customers are found
in a wide range of markets including mobile payment, identification
documents, access control, transit, electronic device manufacturing, pay
television, mobile handsets and wireless content and service providers.
For more information, visit www.insidesecure.com.
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