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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Intel widens security for automated IoT rollout

By Nick Flaherty at

Intel has launched technology that securely automates and brings IoT devices online within seconds rather than hours. The Secure Device Onboard (SDO) uses the Wind River Helix technology to provide a service for IoT developers to rollout thousands of connected devices.

Provisioning and management of devices is a huge challenge, as IoT devices are added manually. It involves coordination between installation technicians, IT network operations, and operational technology teams and can typically take more than 20 minutes for a single device. At present, it could take two years to install 10,00 smart lightbulbs. This is to say nothing of the effort required to maintain device privacy and security.

Intel SDO’s “zero touch” model allows devices to dynamically discover the customer’s IoT platform account at power-on for automatic registration. It offers a one-to-many, one-time enablement solution that can be integrated into almost any device or IoT platform, thereby eliminating the need to custom pre-load provisioning configurations for each IoT implementation.

The SDO also uses Intel’s Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID), to anonymously authenticate the device and establish an encrypted communication tunnel, thereby preventing hackers from tracing the device from factory to owner. EPID establishes a best practice identity model for IoT onboarding and is a proven method with over 2.7 billion keys distributed in Intel and non-Intel MCU processors since 2008.

Intel has expanded the availability of Intel SDO across the IoT ecosystem. Other silicon providers such as Infineon, Microchip and Cypress Semiconductor will embed the EPID identity capability in their hardware. Cloud service platform and device management software providers like Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Intel’s Wind River Helix Device Cloud intend to provide integration to support Intel SDO’s zero touch model.

Intel SDO is now integrated with Wind River Helix Device Cloud, its device lifecycle management platform that enables IoT devices to securely connect, monitor, manage and service devices. With the integration of Intel SDO, Wind River’s latest release of Device Cloud includes zero touch roll out designed to mitigate the risk of security attacks to a device, ensure privacy and deliver automation that dramatically reduces installation time to mere seconds, among other new features and capabilities.

Weatherford, a leading oil and gas services company, was part of the Intel SDO pilot program. The company wanted to pull data from existing controllers and install new wireless sensors through a gateway to the cloud to drive oil and gas insights. By adopting the SDO and Wind River’s Device Cloud, Weatherford can reach 290,000 wells, representing 870,000 sensor data points and nearly 10,000 IoT gateways around the world.

Intel Secure Device Onboard page

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