DNP, Gemalto team for IoT authentication

Networks Asia staff
Networks Asia

Japan’s Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) is rolling out enhanced two-way server and device PKI-based authentication for IoT devices.

The company has arranged to leverage Gemalto’s IDCore smart card platform and the SensorLogic Application Enablement Platform for the service.

The solution authenticates both the server and the communicating device, to provide secure connections for IoT devices such as smart meters, point of sale terminals, and cash-handling machines.

For example, financial institutions can now receive alerts related to tampering attempts and pending service needs in real time.

Japan is one of the early adopters of IoT, with more than 624 million IoT devices currently deployed across the country. Popular IoT services include vending machines, transportation management, and surveillance. With IoT applications expected to multiply driven by local smart cities like Kashiwa-No-Ha, significantly more connections will be added in the future.

In the local power and utilities industry alone, 80 million smart meters are to be installed in all Japanese households by 2025, according to the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

"Based on our past collaborations and long relationship, DNP and Gemalto set to build a new market together, reinforcing the trust and expertise to grow our IoT business which safeguards our clients' privacy and sensitive data", DNP general manager of communication & information center, information innovation operations Kunimitsu Sato said.

"This is important as more government agencies, financial institutions, and automotive manufacturers are demanding strong authentication.”

"As cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated and organized, IoT security is now a growing concern. DNP and Gemalto are working together to counter these threats,” Gemalto president for South Asia and Japan Michael Au added.

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