Certicom Advanced Metering Infrastructure for the Utility Industry and Smart Energy Home Area Networks
Asset Protection Solutions for Demand-Response and Energy Management Systems
The utility industry is on the move to modernize its meter reading and data collection system with advanced metering infrastructure. Driven by strong environmental, political and economic factors, and encouraged by legislative policies to conserve resources, utilities are launching demand response and dynamic pricing programs designed to reduce or shift energy consumption to non-peak periods. Behind this is new technology, two-way communication between the meter and meter data management system, which allows utilities to remotely manage their metering assets and, with permission, to reach inside the consumer’s home through wireless sensor networks to display pricing information, collect hourly or more frequent usage information, and potentially to manage home appliances. Certicom offers a portfolio of solutions designed to meet the stringent security requirements required for this ecosystem.
In Memoriam: Dr. Scott A. Vanstone
Certicom employees are saddened by the news of the passing of Certicom co-founder and former colleague Dr. Scott A. Vanstone, on 2 March. We would like to express our sincere sympathy and deepest condolences to the Vanstone family.
Dr. Scott Vanstone served as Executive Vice President Technology Strategy and as a member of the Certicom Corp. Board of Directors prior to the acquisition of the company by BlackBerry (formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM)) in 2009. Dr. Vanstone then served as VP Cryptographic Research, Advanced Technology at BlackBerry until July 2012.
Dr. Vanstone was also Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where he taught for 35 years. Dr. Vanstone authored or co-authored over 125 patents and published more than 150 research papers and a number of books including The Handbook of Applied Cryptography and A Guide to Elliptic Curve Cryptography. Dr. Vanstone held the NSERC/Pitney Bowes Senior Chair of Cryptography at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Vanstone received a Ph.D in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1974. In 1998, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Sciences. In 2009, he received the Premier's Award for the Lifetime Achievement in Innovation. In 2011, Dr. Vanstone was named a Fellow of the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR).