Trusted Objects and Sigfox partner to bring enhanced end-to-end security to IoT applications

Trusted Objects, a specialist in security for the Internet of Things (IoT), has released its Secure Element (SE) designed for connected solutions on the Sigfox network.

The embedded hardware technology will reportedly offer Sigfox’s ecosystem of partners an enhanced security level to protect their data integrity. This is said to be comparable to security solutions in the payments industry.

Trusted Objects security solution is developed for Sigfox’s ecosystem of partners and customers and consists of Trusted Objects’ secure firmware, embedded into a dedicated secure microcontroller. The Secure Element is API-compliant with Sigfox Secure Element Abstraction API, allowing its integration within Sigfox protocol libraries; and the I2C communication layer.

A Secure Element brings significantly better security than a simple software solution, which is often the target of hackers, according to Trusted Objects. In these applications, the Secure Element securely stores Sigfox device ID, Network Authentication Key and Encryption Key with the same security level as banking smart cards.

Thanks to these security features, the Secure Element performs a strong authentication of a device on the Sigfox network and allows to encrypt the payload on the device. In addition, the Secure Element has a very low energy consumption level that does not affect the overall energy consumption of the device.

“It has never been more important to consider and plan security architecture at the very beginning of design and development of an IoT solution, identifying risks specific to individual use cases and mitigating those risks through secure product design and best practices”, said Laetitia Jay, chief marketing officer at Sigfox.

“Sigfox has implemented security by default and security by design in its core architecture from day one. Thanks to the integration of Trusted Objects Secure Element API into Sigfox’s libraries, our ecosystem of partners and customers can now benefit from an end-to-end ready secure solution.”

Sami Anbouba, CEO of Trusted Objects, added: “The recognition of Sigfox, a world’ leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things, is essential to us. Thanks to our modular firmware, we have customised it to get a fully secure solution compliant with Sigfox specifications.”

The solution is already available from Avnet Silica, which is in charge of personalising and distributing Trusted Objects security products in the form of a Secure Element in a DFN (3mm x 3mm) packaging, easy to integrate thanks to its I2C protocol.

Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud IoT communications addresses the three greatest barriers to mass IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 29 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 – covering a population of 471 million people.

Trusted Objects will present its Secure Element (SE) solution designed for connected solutions on the Sigfox network during the Mobile World Congress on its booth in Hall 5, booth 5B61 – station 39. The event takes place in Barcelona, February 27 to March 2.

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