Arduino, Microsoft, Thales join up for GSMA IoT SAFE security via eSIMs – Electronics Weekly


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Arduino, Microsoft, Thales join up for GSMA IoT SAFE security via eSIMs

The result of an initiative between Microsoft, Thales, Telstra and Arduino, it’s about implementing scalable security for connected IoT devices. It’s about authenticating and securing the route from IoT device to Cloud and back again.

We’re talking home security, smart metering, energy consumption monitoring, health monitoring or even telematics for car fleet management…


The initiative will, says Arduino, enable “instant and standardized mutual authentication between a device and a cloud platform via cellular networks, while fully-complying with GSMA IoT SAFE security specifications”.

The Arduino team writes:

As soon as an IoT device is switched on, any SIM or eSIM featuring Thales’s IoT SAFE application is automatically and securely provisioned. Once the IoT device gets a proper Digital Certificate created and stored in the SIM/eSIM, then a trusted communication between the device and the server is permitted, in full respect of data integrity and confidentiality.

MKR NB 1500

Specifically, the Arduino MKR NB 1500 boards will provide an alternative software approach.

We developed a library (under an open source license) that implements the security mechanism of the GSMA IoT Safe standard on our MKR NB 1500 boards and provides a valid alternative to the usage of the crypto chip already present on the Arduino board. The project has been a great example of collaborations with companies operating in various IoT sectors through our brand new Arduino Pro division.

For it’s part Microsoft has integrated the IoT SAFE solution with their Azure IoT Hub and also provided Azure Stream Analytics, Cosmos DB and Power BI services to quickly enable the development of an example end-to-end IoT application.

“We are very pleased to be part of the dream team composed by Thales, Telstra and Microsoft,” said Fabio Violante, Arduino CEO. “The development of this tool was a teamwork and a proof that Arduino is a great partner to create solid, reliable and easy to integrate hardware and software IoT solutions.“

Gerhard Loots, Global IoT Solutions Executive at Telstra commented:

“The key role of GSMA IoT Safe specifications is to deliver scalable and future-proof IoT security for cellular networks. Being able to in future offer standardised easy to implement IoT security to our customers as part of our existing IoT connectivity service, is a huge leap forward in terms of IoT security for all use cases, including smart energy, automotive, health, and home solutions. We look forward to trialling this reference design with our IoT solutions.”

You can read more about the GSMA IoT SAFE security specification on the Gemalto/Thales website.

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