Certicom Helps Energy and Utility Companies More Effectively Address Environmental and Conservation Issues
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (May 20, 2008) – Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) today announced it has joined the ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of more than 250 companies dedicated to ensuring reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. As a Participant member, Certicom will take part in ZigBee Alliance working groups and member meetings and have early access to ZigBee Alliance specifications.
With energy costs continuing to rise, utilities are deploying smart metering systems to get the most efficient use out of existing power generation infrastructure. Metering companies are turning to ZigBee to enable low-cost mass market deployment. ZigBee members, including Certicom, developed the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile to meet the requirements of wireless smart metering applications such as demand response, load control and other energy efficiency programs.
Certicom’s newly released Device Authentication Service for ZigBee Smart Energy enables secure, low-cost, low-bandwidth networking, based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC). ECC is the strongest, most trusted form of encryption for resource-constrained applications such as ZigBee Smart Energy devices. With this new offering, Certicom can now provide secure wireless data communications and authentication for smart metering devices (see news release: Certicom Device Authentication Zigbee Smart Energy).
“Securely managing a network of smart metering devices is a complex process, and ZigBee meets that challenge and assures utility companies, meter manufacturers and end customers that only trusted devices have access to the utility network,” said Bob Heile, Chairman of the ZigBee Alliance. “We proudly welcome Certicom as a valued member of our global ecosystem and we look forward to drawing upon the company’s knowledge and leadership in security as ZigBee continues providing secure networks.”
“As utility companies worldwide continue to embrace the application of smart meters, it is very important to ensure that the information being transferred along the network – as well as the network itself – are both properly secured from unauthorized intrusion or manipulation,” said Jim Alfred, director of product management for Certicom. “We look forward to playing an active role in the ZigBee Alliance by helping metering companies develop and deploy the most secure wireless 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.
Certicom 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 security offerings are currently licensed to more than 300 customers including General Dynamics, Motorola, Oracle, Research In Motion and Unisys. Founded in 1985, Certicom’s corporate offices are in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in Reston, Virginia and offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and China. Visit www.certicom.com.
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