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21 February 2018, Circuit & System Protection

The Internet of Things is changing the world as we know it – in industry and in the home. Smart industrial robots, refrigerators and washing machines already communicate with each other. Yet devices that are online can be attacked. To meet these modern challenges, Infineon Technologies is adding the OPTIGA Trust X to its OPTIGA Trust family. This hardware-based security solution provides robust security to the diverse applications in the Internet of Things, ranging from smart homes to drones.

The OPTIGA Trust X offers secured communication and software updates, mutual authentication and much more. Device manufacturers save time and costs thanks to the plug-and-play concept, enabling even companies without specialist know-how in the field of security. There are several notable examples of how OPTIGA Trust X has already been deployed successfully:

The developers of intelligent streetlights at eluminocity use it to protect the streetlights against unauthorised access – from the cloud down to device level. In cooperation with Infineon and Intel, eluminocity has transformed a simple streetlight into a versatile hub. It’s already being used at the Hong Kong Science Park, where it offers flexible street lighting, a charging station for electric cars, and air measurement sensors.

Emergency service workers often only have sparse information when they reach the scene of an accident. In the ‘Digital Product School’ conducted by UnternehmerTUM, employees from Infineon, Nokia and TÜV SÜD have, together with students, jointly developed the first drone with hardware-based security. Its aim is to provide emergency services with reliable information before they arrive. Here too, sensitive data must be protected, the control unit must be authenticated reliably and attacks must be repelled. The developers are using the OPTIGA Trust X to achieve that, as it delivers efficient protection against attackers and serves as a trust anchor.

The OPTIGA Trust X security solution covers a broad range of applications: mutual authentication, secured communication, data storage protection, assignment of keys, lifecycle management, power management, secured updates and integrity protection for the platform.

The solution comprises the chip, the operating system, the applications, software and device drivers, and an evaluation kit. OPTIGA Trust X can be used in temperatures from -25°C to +85°C and in an extended range from -40°C to +105°C. It is therefore also suitable for deployment in harsh industrial environments.

For more information contact Dirk Venter, Arrow Altech Distribution, +27 (0)11 923 9600,,

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