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SECURIOT-2 project aims to bring security to the IoT with Tiempo Secure as project leader
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SECURIOT-2 project aims to bring security to the IoT with Tiempo Secure as project leader

Posted by Zenobia HegdeMay 29, 2017

The SECURIOT-2 project just obtained the recognition of the French government Fonds Unique Interministériel (FUI) – Régions, dedicated to financing projects supported by industry clusters (Pôles de Compétitivité).

The SECURIOT-2 project obtains a €5.4 million(US$ 6.03 million) budget. It aims at bringing the accumulated experience of the secure transactions industry to the new world of the Internet of Things while taking into account IoT technical constraints, especially the need for very low electrical consumption and specific energy management.

The goal of the SECURIOT-2 project is to develop a Secure Microcontroller (SMCU) that will bring to the IoT environment a high level of security, similar to the one in use in the secure transactions industry (banking cards, ePassports). This SMCU will also include unique energy management functions to address the need for low power consumption specific to the Internet of Things.

This development will include the needed services to provide a high level of security: key management, authentication, confidentiality and integrity of stored and exchanged data. It will also provide methods and procedures to ensure a secure remote update of the firmware and keys of connected objects after they have been installed on the field.

Serge Maginot

The project will build upon the expertise brought by its partners, especially relying on Tiempo Secure’s secure element family based on its patented fully asynchronous design technology, which combines high security and high speed with ultra low power consumption, and is already certified Common Criteria EAL5+ and EMVCo.

The conception will respect a secure industrial process, mastered by Tiempo Secure and Trusted Objects, adapted from industrial flows used in producing banking card or ePassport chips.

The SECURIOT-2 project will include the demonstration of applications of the new Secure Microcontroller (SMCU), especially in consumer electronics and home appliances thanks to Archos, smart energy with Sensing Labs and healthcare by Alpwise.

The project includes innovative and prestigious partners:

    • Tiempo Secure, the project leader, a semi-conductor specialist focusing on high-end secure products for the secure transactions industry and the Internet of Things,
    • Alpwise, a protocol stack and IoT designer, in charge of developing a healthcare demonstrator,
    • Archos, a pioneer in consumer electronics, illustrating the application of the project technologies in the scope of his collaborative PicoWAN IoT ecosystem
    • Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics,
    • Sensing Labs, a specialist of smart meters, responsible for the development of smart energy applications,
    • Trusted Objects, an expert in hardware-based end-to-end security dedicated to the Internet of Things,
    • UGA – Institut Fourier is an academic research lab, specialised in mathematics and cryptology, associated to the Université Grenoble Alpes,
    • UGA – Verimag, an academic research laboratory specialising in embedded systems, affiliated with the Université Grenoble Alpes,

The members of the Institut Fourier and Verimag affiliated with the SECURIOT-2 project are also members of the project-team SCCyPhy of the LabEx PERSYVAL-Lab (Pervasive Systems and Algorithms) and are also members of the LSI Carnot.

The SECURIOT-2 project is supported by four competitiveness clusters:

    • Minalogic, a global innovation cluster for digital technologies serving France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region,
    • SCS (Secure Communicating Solutions), specialising in microelectronics, telecommunications and software, in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region,
    • Systematic, a cluster focusing on sensors and information processing, communication and decision-making processes, headquartered in Paris Region,
    • Derbi, focusing on the development of the renewable energy sector based in the Occitanie-Pyrénées-Méditerranée region.

Serge Maginot, CEO of Tiempo Secure declared: “The fact that the SECURIOT-2 project has been accepted by the Government through the Fonds Unique Interministériel (FUI) – Régions and that it is supported by the four Competitiveness clusters Minalogic, SCS, Systematic and Derbi, clearly demonstrates the validity of hardware-based security solutions for the Internet of Things.”

Serge Veyres, Alpwise CEO, added: “Our participation in this project, along with our partners, will allow us to propose the most secure solutions to our customers in the smart health segment.”

Sami Anbouba

Loïc Poirier, Archos CEO, declared, “As Archos champions in providing consumer devices for all types of applications, we are confident that the SECURIOT-2 project will bring the highest level of security for our PicoWAN IoT overall network solution.”

Nicolas Dejean, CTO and co-founder of Sensing Labs, said “Our participation in the SECURIOT-2 project will allow us to combine end-to-end security solutions with our expertise in long-range low-energy connected objects for the smart building and smart metering eco-system.”

Sami Anbouba, Trusted Objects CEO, concluded: “Along with Tiempo Secure, we bring our digital security expertise for the Internet of Things into the SECURIOT-2 project in order to ensure the best security level for all future IoT applications.”

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