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WISeKey announces IoT early warning system for future virus outbreaks

The cybersecurity company stresses though that the IoT will live up to its promise only if devices, the data they generate and the applications that control them can be fully secured and trusted.

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A network of IoT devices could be used in the battle against virus outbreaks
A network of IoT devices could be used in the battle against virus outbreaks

Global cybersecurity and IoT company, WISeKey, has announced it is teaming up with global technology organisations to develop an “early warning system” (EWS) that can help facilitate early detection of viruses and future outbreaks.

 

By leveraging WISeKey IoT-sensors equipped with WIShelter app capable of measuring temperature and providing geolocation of targeted quarantines, WISeKey claims its Foresight technology can help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

 

Early warning system

 

According to WISeKey, an IoT network of interconnected systems and advances in digital certification, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and ubiquitous connectivity, can help by providing an early warning system to curb the spread of infectious diseases.

 

The ideal solution might be for cities, enterprises and national governments to collectively create a massive global network of sensors, it notes. Using the network of billions of interconnected smarts IoT sensors the spread of viruses can be detected by combining the anonymised digital identity with the behaviour of individuals.

 

However, this would require standardisation, planning and implementation on a global scale and, a special focus on privacy, to develop the EWS.

IoT-enabled services and products will generate vast amounts of data which, when well-analysed, will be extremely valuable to government organisations.

EWS is a core type of data driven IoT systems. The potential benefits of using a semantic-type EWS include easier sensor and data source plug-and-play and easier service interoperability and orchestration.

 

WISeKey also cautions that the IoT will live up to its promise only if the connected devices, the data they generate, the business applications that control these devices and the services around them, can be fully secured and trusted.

 

In today’s environment, where cyberattacks have become more common and increasingly sophisticated, there is an urgent need to fundamentally rethink the security stack for the IoT cloud. IoT-enabled services and products will generate vast amounts of data which, when well-analysed, will be extremely valuable to government organisations, product manufacturers, corporations and end-users.

 

WISeKey said it is deploying large scale digital identity ecosystems for people and objects using blockchain, AI and IoT respecting the “human as the fulcrum of the internet”.

 

Its IoT has an install base of over 1.5 billion microchips in virtually all IoT sectors (connected cars, smart cities, drones, agricultural sensors, anti-counterfeiting, smart lighting, servers, computers, mobile phones, and crypto tokens).

 

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