Avnet Silica, Actility and Trusted Objects demonstrate live secure provisioning for LoRaWAN

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Avnet Silica, Actility and Trusted Objects demonstrate live secure provisioning for LoRaWAN

Avnet Silica, Actility and Trusted Objects demonstrate an unrivalled level of end-to-end security between a LoRaWAN Visible Things™ sensor and a cloud-hosted backend over a ThingPark Wireless™ powered private network, thanks to a hardware-based security solution.

Avnet Silica, an Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) company, Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and Trusted Objects, a provider of secure firmware and security services, today announced the availability of a demonstrator showcasing hardware-secured Over-the-Air Activation of a LoRaWAN sensor with an Actility LoRaWAN Join Server also including Hardware Security Module (HSM) technology followed by end-to-end encrypted data exchange between the sensor and a cloud-hosted backend through Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT network platform.

The solution relies on the TO136-LoRaWAN-OTAA secure element, the only low-power secure element in the market,  which can secure battery-powered applications without impacting their battery life.

The TO136 secure element is mounted on Avnet Silica’s Visible Things™ LoRaWAN modem PMOD plugging into a temperature sensor. This sensor board connects wirelessly to an Actility base-station provisioned on ThingPark Wireless™ providing the LoRaWAN Join Server capability required by the Over-the-Air Activation and the link to a cloud-hosted control panel. Upon automatic LoRaWAN 1.0.2 compliant secure activation between the secure element on the device and Actility’s HSM (Hardware Security Module) in the network, the sensor is able to communicate privately end-to-end with the cloud-hosted backend without exposing any secret key at any time.

Guillaume Crinon, Innovation Technical Marketing Manager for security with Avnet Silica, comments: “After announcing the availability of our lowest power TO136-LoRaWAN family of secure elements, we are proudly demonstrating a typical use case of an Over-the-Air Activation of our Visible Things™ LoRaWAN PMOD over Actility’s network. Secret keys have been personalized at our factory and exchanged with Actility’s Join Server by means of a secure key-ceremony. We are now ready to roll-out with our LoRaWAN public and private network partners and customers bringing security on LoRaWAN networks to new heights.”

Olivier Hersent, founder and CTO of Actility, comments: “The latest ThingPark brings LoRaWAN security to a new maturity level. Our secured Join Server features carrier-grade network security through the use of FIPS certified Hardware Security Modules, and we are now integrating with Avnet/Trusted Objects secure elements on the device side. This will allow not only end to end data security from device to application servers, but also complete secured lifecycle management for high security use cases requiring the commissioning of symmetric keys on both device and network in an integrated way. The ThingPark solution integrated with secure element manufacturers will simplify the way device manufacturers can design in security, and makes LoRaWAN system security resistant not only to wiretapping, but also to direct hardware attacks.“

Hervé Roche, Vice-President of Marketing, Trusted Objects, adds: “Thanks to our partnership with Actility and Avnet Silica, we are proud to demonstrate that our security solution based on the TO136 Secure Element provides the root of trust allowing a highly secure over-the-air activation and an end-to-end secure data exchange between a LoRaWAN sensor and a cloud-hosted backend.  Specially customized to comply with LoRaWAN 1.0.2 specification, Trusted Objects hardware-based security solution is available to all developers of applications looking for enhanced security on LoRaWAN”.

TEKTELIC Communications and Actility deliver an end-to-end carrier-grade LPWAN solution for the North American IoT Market

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TEKTELIC Communications and Actility deliver an end-to-end carrier-grade LPWAN solution for the North American IoT Market

North American public and private network operators can now leverage a world-class fully integrated LoRaWAN IoT solution to accelerate their network and service rollout. 

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and TEKTELIC Communications, a major provider of industrial grade LoRaWAN IoT gateways, today announced that TEKTELIC’s industry-leading Kona Macro IOT Gateway is now fully integrated with Actility’s ThingPark™ Platform.  The combination of these two powerful solutions creates a highly differentiated end-to-end platform that provides significant and immediate benefits to network operators, including day-one scalability, carrier grade resiliency and rapid deployment, reducing the time required to on-board vertical IOT applications.

The Kona Macro is an advanced implementation of a 72 channel LoRaWAN gateway for the North American ISM band.  It supports a number of unique features that significantly improve RF performance.  It is the first LoRaWAN gateway on the market that supports Full Duplex operation which permits continuous reception on all 72 uplink channels, while allowing simultaneous transmission on all 8 of the downlink channels. 

By supporting two LoRa Antennas the Kona Macro can utilize antenna diversity to improve receiver performance in the presence of multipath fading and on the transmit side, multiple transmit channels can be utilized simultaneously resulting in much higher system downlink capacity. To mitigate out-of-band interference, the Kona Macro comes with built-in bandpass filters which reject the adjacent frequency bands (Paging, Cellular and others) resulting in superior performance of the overall system and network.

“The TEKTELIC Kona Macro, is an outstanding complement to our ThingPark Platform as it drives the type of scalability our solution was built to support.  This combination offers a superior solution for public and private service providers that need to deploy massive scalability,” says Boris Lacroix, EVP Products at Actility.

Actility’s ThingPark Suite enables scalable LPWA networks and interoperable IoT applications and services. ThingPark Wireless is a core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity designed from the beginning for carrier-grade solutions, and already deployed in over half the national LPWA network rollouts globally. ThingPark OS is a central IoT management service to connect sensors to applications with bidirectional interactions. ThingPark X is a data analytics and control framework which exposes data from connected things to applications and connects with cloud platforms, and also offers off the shelf IoT industrial applications. ThingPark Market is a B2B ecommerce platform aggregating, distributing and connecting IoT devices and applications to the ThingPark platform.

“ThingPark offers a compelling platform with the most comprehensive suite of IoT software and applications. The class-leading features of the Kona Macro Gateway integrated on the ThingPark platform will make it quick and straightforward for our customers to deploy, manage, and monetise their LPWA Networks,” says Tektelic CTO David Tholl.

Multi-Tech LoRaWAN access point is now Actility ThingPark™ Connected

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Multi-Tech LoRaWAN access point is now Actility ThingPark™ Connected

Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. today announces that its new MultiConnect® Conduit™ AP Access Point for LoRa® Technology is now fully pre-configured and approved for Actility’s ThingPark™ Wireless Platform. The MultiConnect Conduit AP access point, based on the award-winning MultiConnect Conduit gateway, is cost-optimized to connect thousands of IoT assets to the cloud utilizing the power of LoRaWAN™, a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification deployed for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national and global networks. It is designed specifically to extend end-point density and improve network densification by providing deep in building coverage in difficult to reach areas where cell tower or rooftop deployments may not penetrate.

Actility is the industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large-scale infrastructure and the innovator behind the ThingPark Wireless Platform, a core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform, which enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. The new ThingPark certified Multi-Tech Conduit AP delivers an end-to-end solution for the fast growing LoRa ecosystem, opening a wide range of opportunities for innovative Smart City and Smart Building applications.

“MultiTech trusts Actility to provide network operators everything they need to deploy nation-wide, public, LoRa networks,” said Daniel Quant, ‎Vice President, Product Management and Strategic Marketing at MultiTech. “We are committed to providing operators “carrier-grade” products that are robust, high-quality and designed for long life in harsh environments.”

“We are delighted to add the MultiTech innovative LoRa access point to the fast-growing community of ThingPark Connected solutions,” comments Actility’s Christophe Francois, SVP marketing and Digital. “Its versatility in extending coverage in large scale networks and supporting enterprise requirements will be a great asset for ThingPark ecosystem customers to accelerate their IoT solution deployments around the world.”

The MultiConnect Conduit AP is available pre-configured to work with ThingPark right out-of-the-box, bringing flexibility to set up custom LoRaWAN coverage on any location. The gateway is available both on ETSI EU 868 MHz and sampling on US FCC 915 MHz spectrums. The integrated gateway will be commercially available as part of Actility’s end-to-end ThingPark Wireless network offering. Additionally, it will be available on through ThingPark Market, Actility’s ecosystem solution hub.

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