Certicom Brings Advanced Security to Daintree’s ZigBee Smart Energy Products
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – (August 11, 2008) – 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® MCE™ and Security Builder® Crypto™ 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 www.daintree.net.
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. Visit www.certicom.com.
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