Atlanta, USA. 22nd February, 2022 – KORE, a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and worldwide IoT Connectivity-as-a-Service (CaaS), with support from Kigen, the global provider of OPEN IoT SAFE technology, and Energy Web, the non-profit focused on building operating systems for energy grids, have announced a collaboration that provides a secure and global connectivity solution for smart grid applications, designed with eSIM and OPEN IoT SAFE technology.
KORE’s OmniSIM solution, powered by eSIM and multi-IMSI technology, is enabling customers like Energy Web with resilient, future-proof connectivity. As the Internet of Things (IoT) accelerates, there is an increasing concern of security risk because every new device connected to the internet represents a security risk or point of vulnerability.
IoT SAFE offers a robust, scalable, and standardised technology to protect IoT data communications on the actual SIM, enabling IoT connectivity. The standard represents a start toward easing this journey, with additional capabilities required for those that leverage data insights from IoT. Kigen’s advanced feature set that makes it more accessible to all stakeholders is termed ‘OPEN IoT SAFE’.
“KORE has long supported security by design and securing IoT solutions from the ground up,” comments KORE’s president and CEO Romil Bahl. “We are thrilled to be able to support this innovative initiative that brings IoT security to the forefront and doesn’t pass along the full brunt of security downstream. High-value collaborations like those with Kigen and Energy Web enable our IoT security initiatives.”
This collaboration between KORE and Kigen leverages the features of eSIM and OPEN IoT SAFE to act as a hardware wallet anchored to an open-source, publicly accessible blockchain, powered by Energy Web. Using Energy Web’s technology, organisations can build their own applications via the open-source technology stack that is focused directly on the transition to renewable energy. As part of the collaboration between KORE and Kigen to deploy OPEN IoT SAFE, a purpose-built SDK designed by Energy Web was used as part of the development process.
The ability to provide trustworthy information to third-party IoT providers via eSIM, which builds in device-level security and can authenticate data for a user’s cloud service, securely communicating data at the packet level, is a monumental leap forward in creating end-to-end security within the IoT ecosystem. This collaboration allows ecosystems to ensure that IoT data is trusted and secure.
“Secure storage of credentials such as device identities is vital for delivering connected services, and the resulting data must be trustworthy,” says Vincent Korstanje, CEO at Kigen. “We’re pleased that this collaboration allows this by combining KORE’s strength in eSIM connectivity and Energy Web’s decentralised technology to move the world towards a zero-carbon economy.”
The energy marketplace by Energy Web is an inspiring example of digital transformation underway in many sectors, where data from Massive IoT can be a difference maker.
This innovation will be featured at Mobile World Congress – Barcelona on March 2nd. KORE and Kigen will collectively explore how eSIM will help realise Massive IoT adoption, with specific discussion around the accessibility of eSIM, security features, and emerging trends.