INSIDE Secure Demonstrates End-to-End Security for Next-Generation Home Energy Gateways

  INSIDE Secure Demonstrates End-to-End Security for Next-Generation Home
  Energy Gateways

   VaultIC Module Complements i.MX28 Processor to meet German BSI Security

embedded world 2013

Business Wire

AIX EN PROVENCE, France -- February 21, 2013

INSIDE Secure (NYSE Euronext: INSD), a leader in semiconductor and software
solutions for securing transactions, content and digital identity, has
developed a demonstration design of a next-generation home energy gateway that
will meet the stringent end-to-end security requirements mandated by the
German BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik) also known as
the Federal Office for Information Security. The design will meet these
security requirements – now being adopted by other countries – using the
INSIDE VaultIC™ security module, which works together with the Freescale
i.MX28 application processor to protect consumer data privacy, prevent hacking
and fraud and address other security, safety and privacy concerns.

As the interface between the home area network of consumer appliances, meters
and other home premises equipment and the wide area network link to the
utility companies and service providers, the home energy gateway must address
the security needs of all stakeholders. Not unlike TV set top boxes and cable
operator head ends, home energy gateways and utility back-end servers must be
able to authenticate each other before establishing a secure communications
channel to prevent fraud and eavesdropping. The gateway itself must be immune
from hacking, too.

“Our VaultIC security module was designed with exactly this kind of
application in mind, and together with the Freescale processor provides all
the features and functions necessary to ensure the gateway can meet the strict
device and data security requirements set out by the BSI,” said Christian
Fleutelot, executive vice president of the digital security business line at
INSIDE Secure. “Based on an original design by Freescale Semiconductor, we
believe this next-generation home energy gateway demonstration design will
provide energy gateway manufacturers with everything they need to address
end-to-end security, safety and privacy concerns in Germany and other

The VaultIC security module provides comprehensive security functions such as
mutual authentication, verification and generation of digital signatures,
encryption/decryption and managing secure storage of cryptographic keys and
certificates. It is also FIPS140-2 Level 3 certified.

The Freescale i.MX28 processor includes hardware accelerated
encryption/decryption and hashing functions, dedicated hardware support for
AES128-based authenticated boot and signed/authenticated firmware, an AES
crypto engine, secure off-chip storage mechanisms and other security features
in addition to robust microcontroller functionality.

BSI specifies the use of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol between
the gateway and the wide area network. This protocol is implemented by the
i.MX28 processor, with the VaultIC module providing necessary security

A home energy gateway collects power consumption data from smart appliances
and smart meters over a home area network, controls power
activation/deactivation of these appliances and communicates with utility
networks through an easy-to-use, touch-enabled wireless remote user interface.
It is a key component of smart grid deployments, allowing utilities to adjust
home appliance use according to power demand, provide feedback to consumers
about power usage and simplify local and remote appliance monitoring and

The INSIDE Secure solution will be demonstrated in the Freescale booth, Hall
4A/ 4A-206 and in the INELTEK booth, Hall 1/1-424 during the Embedded World
2013 Exhibition and Conference being held in Nuremberg, Germany, February 26 -

About INSIDE Secure

INSIDE Secure (NYSE Euronext Paris FR0010291245 – INSD.PA), is a leading
designer, developer and supplier of semiconductor and software solutions for
securing transactions, content and digital identity. INSIDE Secure mobile NFC,
secure payment, embedded security and digital security solutions provide
security for a wide range of information processing, storage and transmission
applications. The company’s customers are found in a wide range of markets
including mobile payment, identification documents, access control, transit,
electronic device manufacturing, pay television, mobile handsets and wireless
content and service providers. For more information, visit


For INSIDE Secure:
Corman Communications, LLC
Patrick Corman, +1 650-326-9648
Company contact:
Geraldine Sauniere, +33 (0) 4 42 39 33 01
Marcom Director
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