Certicom Brings Advanced Security to Daintree's ZigBee Smart Energy
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today
announced that Daintree Networks, a leading provider of design verification
and operational support tools for wireless embedded networks, has licensed
Certicom's Security Builder(R) MCE(TM) and Security Builder(R) Crypto(TM)
products in order to bring to market secure, low cost and low bandwidth ZigBee
Smart Energy networking products.
Under terms of the licensing agreement, Daintree will forge Certicom's
Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) security into its Sensor Network Analyzer
(SNA) to provide the industry's most comprehensive and secure solution for
testing, analysis and commissioning of IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee systems.
Daintree's standards-based analyzer incorporates the latest ZigBee
specifications to help ensure compliance and interoperability of wireless
smart metering devices and networks.
"Our relationship with Daintree further validates the importance of
driving certified interoperability in the wireless smart metering market and
the role that ZigBee Smart Energy plays in it," said Jim Alfred, director of
product management for Certicom. "In the coming months, we will see more
utility providers around the world embracing smart metering as they seek more
efficient or 'greener' energy management schemes. Certicom is working closely
with ZigBee Alliance partners like Daintree to ensure the robustness and
security of smart metering networks."
Certicom's Security Builder MCE toolkit provides the cryptographic
algorithms and security protocols for ZigBee devices, allowing devices to
authenticate with the network and ensure that sensitive data and commands are
properly secured. The Security Builder MCE toolkit is optimized for small code
size and resource-constrained environments.
Daintree's SNA solution has been used to certify 17 ZigBee Smart Energy
products so far. These products enable a broad range of services designed to
help utility companies worldwide implement systems for managing energy and
helping consumers improve their own energy efficiency.
"Daintree is excited to be at the center of the ZigBee Alliance Smart
Energy certification process. Utility companies need to ensure that their
multi-vendor environments interoperate smoothly and securely," said Zachary
Smith, Daintree's Chief Technology Officer and the Technical Editor of the
ZigBee Smart Energy Test Specification. "Combining our testing expertise with
Certicom's advanced security solutions is an awesome win for utility companies
and device manufacturers worldwide."
Smart metering devices based on ZigBee - the standard for IEEE 802.15.4
wireless devices enabling low-cost, low-bandwidth, mass-market networks - is
regulated by the ZigBee Alliance. Alliance members - including Certicom and
Daintree - helped to develop the ZigBee Smart Energy public profile to outline
the requirements of wireless smart metering devices.
ZigBee: Wireless Control that Simply Works
The ZigBee Alliance is currently more than 260 Alliance Members strong
and has a presence in 28 countries spanning six continents. ZigBee is the only
standards-based technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost,
low-power, wireless sensor networks for energy management and efficiency, home
and commercial building automation, plus embedded network applications in the
industrial and consumer markets. Companies who want to have input on
developing the ZigBee specification and create ZigBee products can join the
Alliance by visiting www.zigbee.org/en/join. The ZigBee specification is
available for free download from the ZigBee website.
About Daintree Networks, Inc.
Based in Fremont, California, Daintree Networks is a leading provider of
analysis tools and operational platforms for wireless embedded networks. In a
rapidly evolving industry, accelerated development and deployment cycles and
reliable and scalable management solutions are key to market success.
Daintree's professional tools help OEMs, system integrators and installers of
wireless embedded networks get their products to market quickly and reliably.
As an active member of the ZigBee Alliance, the company is playing a vital
role in bringing the first wave of interoperable standards-based sensing and
control products to market. For more information, please visit
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.
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