IoT Device Management

IoT Device Management

Secure OTA updates and a unified software platform are the keys.

IoT and Edge devices span multiple market segments, from smart appliances to smart cities, from sensors to gateways, and from industrial IoT/Industry 4.0 applications to fully autonomous vehicles. Deployments can range from handfuls of products to multiple fleets of millions of devices.

IoT device management has many different components that need to come together during the life cycle of an IoT or Edge product or service. These include:

Typically every one of these components depends on secure remote access to individual devices and/or entire fleets, and for large installations this has to be an automated process. Device management systems enable lifetime management of large fleets of devices - the industrial equivalent of Apple or Google managing updates and features on your mobile phone.

Secure over the air (OTA)-updates are a must have for IoT and Edge devices, both for device and fleet management, and to protect against possible future cyber threats. At the device level this depends on the use of software that builds in security from secure boot to the cloud.

Many embedded, IoT and Edge products using Linux software contain components from multiple vendors. It is important that all the software on a device can be updated through its lifetime. In a device management system this can be complex if different components require different update mechanisms with different security requirements. In contrast the FoundriesFactory takes a holistic platform approach to security across the entire device software stack, and uses The Update Framework (TUF) for securing all software updates. TUF is an open industry standard, originally funded by the US Department of Homeland Security, and specifically designed to ensure the security of software updates to remote devices and fleets.

Key features of the solution include:

Device management involves many moving parts across the entire software stack from device to cloud. Using a single vendor and a unified platform reduces time to market and increases overall security of your solution.

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