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WISeKey to keep smart public lighting secure

The partnership aims to provide IoT devices with a layer of security that will make them more robust and secure

Sensors from Wellness' ecosystem will be equipped with a unique digital certificate
Sensors from Wellness' ecosystem will be equipped with a unique digital certificate

The number of connected devices requiring digital identification and security tops four billion globally

Through the CityNext initiative, WISeKey wants to help to engage cities around the world

Digital and cybersecurity specialist WISeKey has partnered with Wellness Telecom to integrate and install its authentication data encryption and Internet of Things (IoT) cryptographic chip into millions of the Spanish-based company’s IoT devices.


Wellness Telecom, which specialises in new technologies for smart cities including smart public lighting and waste management solutions, will officially announce the deal at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona this week.


WISeKey’s IoT cybersecurity will be combined with Wellness’ platform to help prevent effects of attacks on the smart city network including but not limited to DDoS and protecting the data from cyberattacks.


“With this partnership we will be able to provide our IoT devices with a layer of security that will make them more robust and secure,” said David Garcia Ternero, CEO, Wellness Telecom. “Almost 2 million people are already enjoying the benefits of having our smart solutions in their municipalities and with this completes our value proposition to the market.”


Every WeLight or Quamtra sensor from the Wellness Telecom ecosystem will be equipped with a unique digital certificate issued by the WISeKey’s Swiss-based cryptographic Root of Trust (RoT) integrating strong authentication and data encryption securely loaded into a cryptographic chip tamper proof secure element.


Hackers recently used drones to hack and infect light bulbs in an office tower with a virus that let them turn the lights on and off, and flash an ‘SOS’ message in Morse code, while last month hackers hijacked millions of connected devices and cut off access to popular websites like Twitter.


The hacking of ordinary devices controlled via an online network, and tuning those devices hostile by taking over control and cause them to operate in dangerous and insecure way, makes the need to protect IoT devices even more critical to avoid a potential massive DDOS attack.


WISeKey is a member of Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative empowering cities, businesses and citizens to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities.


Through the CityNext initiative, WISeKey said it helps to engage cities around the world to cooperate in and contribute to the security for the development, dissemination, and implementation of cyber security advancement, with a focus on the improvement of current conditions and mitigation of potential risks during the development of their smart cities.


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