Advanced Metering Infrastructure Appliances from Certicom Enable Strong
Encryption and Key Management Functionality for OpenWay(R)
MISSISSAUGA, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced a
new partnership with Itron (NASDAQ: ITRI), a leading technology provider to
global energy and water industries, to offer strong authentication and
enhanced security for Itron's industry-leading advanced metering
infrastructure (AMI) system, OpenWay.
Based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), Certicom's new AMI 7000(R)
series of meter communication encryption and key management appliances will
integrate with OpenWay, securing end-to-end network messages from the OpenWay
Collection Engine down to the OpenWay CENTRON(R) meter.
The security architecture inherent to OpenWay, combined with Certicom
signing and encryption capabilities, is designed to meet the two-way command
and control needs for AMI and Smart Grid network platforms. It provides strong
integrity of control, non-repudiation, availability and confidentiality.
"Itron is dedicated to providing the most robust security available to
protect our utility customers and their end users," said Russ Vanos, vice
president of marketing for Itron. "Certicom's infrastructure offers
unparalleled network and metering system security, further enhancing our
energy management and measurement technologies as we work toward development
of the Smart Grid."
The Certicom AMI platform is tightly integrated into the OpenWay
Collection Engine, leveraging its open-standards and solid two-way
communications capability. The interval data collection and mass market demand
response functionality of OpenWay and OpenWay-compatible meters are secured by
Certicom's meter security agent. The agent also provides a protected
communications pathway into the home via ZigBee Smart Energy devices, and back
to the headend via the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C12.22
meter data management protocol. It uses AES-128 equivalent strength encryption
to secure all sensitive data and keying material.
Other features include:
- Designed to meet NERC CIP requirements
- Designed to adhere to NSA Suite B requirements
- Uses FIPS 197 approved encryption algorithms
- Uses FIPS 186-2 approved signature algorithms
- Uses FIPS 180-2 approved hashing algorithms
- Provides digital signatures for strong message authentication
- Provides key management and key rollover events
- Meets FIPS 140-2 Level 3 for cryptographic modules
"We are pleased the leading AMI provider has partnered with Certicom to
offer its customers an enhanced, highly secure AMI system," said Karna Gupta,
Certicom. "Our new AMI security appliances offer Itron customers' peace of
mind that their network and metering data is always protected."
About Certicom's Advanced Metering Infrastructure Solutions
Certicom AMI 7100 and 7200(R) platforms are rack mountable appliances
designed to meet the most stringent Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP)
requirements for AMI equipment. AMI 7100 and AMI 7200 support large-scale
deployments where security performance and robustness are critical. This
includes the management of critical system keys and strong authentication of
demand response events using powerful, efficient ECC.
About OpenWay by Itron
OpenWay by Itron is a new-generation, open-architecture advanced metering
solution that provides full two-way communication to enable a utility's smart
grid as well as a built-in communications pathway to the meter or other smart
grid device that is fully compliant with the ANSI C12.22 protocol for
transport of device data over a network. OpenWay delivers operational
efficiency, empowers all customers to participate in energy management and
conservation, and supports smart energy transmission and distribution grids.
The OpenWay system remains independent of any particular communications
technology. This means multiple transport technologies, including mobile
networks, can be seamlessly integrated into a single system to deliver the
best combination of reliability and cost effectiveness.
Certicom manages and protects the value of content, applications and
devices with government-approved security. Adopted by the National Security
Agency (NSA) for government communications, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)
provides the most security per bit of any known public-key scheme. As the
global leader in ECC, Certicom's security offerings are currently licensed to
hundreds of multinational technology companies, including IBM, General
Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle and Research In Motion. Founded in 1985, Certicom's
corporate offices are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and
marketing headquarters in Reston, Virginia and offices in Europe and Asia.
About Itron Inc.
Itron Inc. is a leading technology provider to the global energy and
water industries. Itron Inc. consists of Itron in North America and Actaris
outside of North America. Our company is the world's leading provider of
metering, data collection and utility software solutions, with nearly 8,000
utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use
of energy and water. Our products include electricity, gas and water meters;
data collection and communication systems, including automated meter reading
(AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); meter data management and
related software applications; project management, installation, and
consulting services. To know more, start here: www.itron.com.
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differ materially from current expectations include, among other things: the
ability of Certicom to successfully implement its strategic initiatives and
whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected benefits; the
ability of Certicom to develop, promote and protect its proprietary technology
security breaches or defects in Certicom's products; competitive conditions in
the businesses in which Certicom participates; changes in consumer spending;
the outcome of legal proceedings as they arise; general economic conditions
and normal business uncertainty; consolidation in Certicom's industry and by
its customers; customer preferences towards product offerings; the risk that
customers may cancel their contracts with Certicom; reliance on a limited
number of customers; demand for ECC-based technology; performance of
Certicom's management team and Certicom's ability to attract and retain
skilled employees; operating Certicom's business profitably; fluctuations in
revenue and foreign currency exchange rates; interest rate fluctuations and
other changes in borrowing costs; the ability to develop and maintain
strategic relationships; and other factors identified under the heading "Risk
Factors" in Certicom's annual information form dated July 21, 2008 and filed
on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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