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Senet, G+D Make No SIMulation Necessary

By Carl Ford November 08, 2017

Perhaps the worst mistake made by the WiMax community was to enable traditional carrier configurations using SIM cards. It’s not that SIM cards are bad, and these days E-SIMs have brought the cost down, but it changed the costs and the business models that in effect priced WiMax’s equally to what already existed, but had yet to be incorporated into the carrier systems.

Fortunately for the LoRa community, these lessons do not have to be learned again.

Recently, in talking with Dave Kjendal, CTO, Senet, we discussed the recent announcement about how the collaboration between Senet and G+D Mobile Security provides a full integration of G+D Mobile Security’s Key Management System (KMS) with Senet’s global LoRa-based networks. Unlike many of the companies supporting IoT, Giesecke+Devrient group’s history is with financial institutions and outside the telecom industry.  Today the focus is on the Industrial Internet and maintaining security for IoT connections.

As the G+D website suggests:

“Your facilities and systems are transforming into smart and automated industrial centers. Optimized machine performance, minimized production costs, and deep workflow insights are only a few of the rich benefits. Get secure industrial visibility for your digital future with the expertise of G+D Mobile Security – our solutions do not impact existing machinery. No matter your current digital setup, now is the time to take the next step forward.”

This matches a recent report from Ericsson that suggests more than 90 percent of IoT devices will not, in the future, require cellular connectivity. However, devices need to be configured with reliable, protected identities in order to be controlled.

Senet’s adoption of LoRa to provide network connectivity enables solutions that are specific to the Enterprise’s requirements or requiring connectivity beyond the Enterprises perimeter.

The press release explains:

“The collaboration between the two companies provides a full integration of G+D Mobile Security’s Key Management System (KMS) with Senet’s global LoRa®-based networks. This results in a flexible and secure cloud-based provisioning solution which enables the necessary levels of security required for various use cases, ensuring a reliable and robust infrastructure for global IoT deployments. G+D Mobile Security’s KMS solution provides security with efficient scaling from initial implementations through mass rollouts based on hardware protection. The HSM (Hardware Security Module) appliance ensures long term LoRa key protection in the infrastructure and increases reliability and robustness. With the joint solution, device vendors and solution vendors can now provision one set of security credentials in their end device at the time of manufacture and deploy it confidently anywhere in the world.”

In my discussion with Dave, he pointed out that device manufacturers can take advantage of G&D Mobile Security’s KMS solution with little additional cost, while this solution also supports global device deployments. Senet leverages the integrated security architecture of LoRaWAN to provide end-to-end security per device; and with partners like G&D, enable zero-touch, real-world deployments on points of presence around the world.

The total cost of ownership for IoT solutions using the LoRaWAN protocol continues to match the needs for enterprises. This partnership further enables rapid deployments and ease of use in away that focuses on the business need for managing the deployment.




Edited by Ken Briodagh

Partner, Crossfire Media

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