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IoTize™ Wins SESAME Innovation Award!

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Trustech annual awards recognize IoTize for innovation in trusted IoT technologies.​

30 November 2016 Cannes, France – Today at the Trustech exhibition for secure technologies, KEOLABS’ IoTize™ won the event’s SESAME Award in the category Internet of Things (IoT). IoTize is KEOLABS’ patented turn-key connectivity solution that allows companies to add RF interfaces such as NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to their products without redesigning their product’s firmware.

IoTize leverages on-chip debugging/programming resources to allow retrofit of existing product designs for the IoT in just days. The solution also renders the connectivity channel (NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.) transparent to a product’s embedded firmware. This means evolving connectivity from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi, for example, is as easy as connecting a new IoTize module to the product.

In 2016, KEOLABS introduced the first IoTize modules featuring NFC and Bluetooth connectivity with software-based local security for management of user profiles, access control and data encryption. IoTize is also a R&D collaborative research project lead by KEOLABS with the participation of STMicroelectronics, Gemalto, the Laboratoire Informatique de Grenoble (LIG) and the ISEN engineering school of Toulon. The project will culminate in 2018 with the addition of a complete, scalable infrastructure for cloud-to-core security. The IoTize project is endorsed by the French innovation clusters — Pole SCS and Minalogic, and benefits from national and regional funding.

The SESAMES are annual awards organized as part of the Trustech trade show to showcase innovations in the trust-based technologies industry in six categories; eGovernment, eTransactions, Manufacturing & Tests, IoT, Cybersecurity and Retail. The awards are attributed by an international panel of technology experts and were presented during the Trustech event in Cannes, France from November 29th to December 1st 2016.

IoTize NFC / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) modules are featured on the KEOLABS stand Riviera J 045.


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IoTize™ NFC-based IoT Solution Wins Embedded AWARD for Hardware Innovation!

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24 February 2016 Nuremberg, Germany – Today, at the Embedded World 2016 exhibition, KEOLABS received the embedded AWARD 2016 in the Hardware category for IoTize™ – KEOLABS’ patented a turn-key connectivity solution that allows companies to add RF interfaces such as NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to their products without redesigning their product’s firmware

“We are very proud of the industries’ recognition of IoTize and the KEOLABS’ engineering team that brought us this innovation,” stated Michael Leplatois, President of KEOLABS. “I also want to thank our partners and our community, for their support of the IoTize collaborative project, which promises future innovations to secure communications for the IoT.”

IoTize™ leverages on-chip debugging/programming resources to allow retrofit of existing product designs for the IoT in just days. The solution also renders the connectivity channel (NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.) transparent to a product’s embedded firmware. This means evolving connectivity from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi, for example, is as easy as connecting a new IoTize module to the product.

IoTize™ is also unique because of its use of Near Field Communications (NFC) for connecting to machines and other appliances in a model that uses the smartphone as a network gateway for the IoT. An NFC passive device (tag) is used by IoTize™ as both a principle communication channel for data exchanges with a smartphone, and for wake up and pairing of higher consumption interfaces such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

The IoTize design project was introduced at KEOLABS in 2014. Since its inception, it has become a collaborative research project lead by KEOLABS with the participation of STMicroelectronics, Gemalto, the Laboratoire Informatique de Grenoble (LIG) and the ISEN engineering school of Toulon. The collaborative project will culminate in 2018 with the addition complete, scalable infrastructure for cloud-to-core security in the IoT.

The embedded AWARDS pay tribute to outstanding innovations in embedded technologies. The awards are attributed annually by a jury of industry experts in conjunction with the embedded world exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany.

Finalist nominees for the embedded AWARD 2016 hardware category were:

  • IoTize™ plug and play connectivity modules for embedded systems
  • ARM Ltd for their ARMv8-M architecture with ARM TrustZone® technology for microcontrollers
  • Lumen Radio AB for their Mira™ platform for creating self-healing multi-hop networked systems


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IoTize™ with Modbus Delivers Plug’n Play Connectivity for Industrial Systems

23 February 2016 Nuremberg, Germany – Today, at the Embedded World 2016 exhibition, KEOLABS introduced their IoTize™ smartphone connectivity module with Modbus support for industrial systems. IoTize revolutionizes migration of existing electronic systems to the IoT with its patented plug’n play approach to RF connectivity. This approach allows system designers to add Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluethooth and Wi-Fi to their systems without changing their native firmware/software. Equipped systems can thus interface with smartphones that provide rich, ergonomic control interfaces and a network connection to enable Cloud-based services.

The IoTize™ project unites a consortium of leading companies and experts in microelectronics and security including STMicroelectronics and Gemalto. The projects will also unite a panel of implementers – companies who are manufacturers of products for industrial, building and home appliance markets, who will evaluate IoTize™ specifications and features, thus ensuring its adaptability to industry requirements.

Many industrial applications are overlooked in IoT migration because of their long life spans and the costs and risks associated with their redesign and replacement. The newest generation of IoTize modules demonstrated at Embedded World, responds to this challenge by enabling Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) via their Modbus port — a communication standard widely-implemented on existing industrial systems.

With IoTize, users benefit from smartphone-based system control, data collection, diagnostics and system updates. IoTize manages multiple user interfaces (ex. operator, supervisor, maintenance, etc.) thanks to configurable data access and user authentication parameters. The smartphone-based network connection also provides data for cloud-based support and maintenance services. And all of this is possible on Modbus equipped systems without modifying their native firmware.

Modbus is an open, royalty-free, industrial serial communications protocol. Originally published by Schneider Electric in 1979 for use in programmable logic controllers, it has since become a de facto standard communication protocol for connecting industrial electronic devices because of its simplicity and robustness.

IoTize Modbus to NFC/BLE modules are featured in demonstrations at Embedded World, 23-25 February 2016 in Hall 4, Stand 4-103.


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IoTize™ Convinces French R&D Funding Agencies to Tune of 3.8 M Euros

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9 April 2015 Montbonnot, France – Today KEOLABS, leading supplier of smart card certification solutions, announced that their IoTize™ Project has gained the support of French national and local funding authorities. The French government will inject 3.8 Million Euros over three years into a collaborative project aimed at enhancing the IoTize™ technology, notably in the areas of information security, ease-of-implementation and form factor optimization. IoTize™ is KEOLABS’ smartphone connectivity technology for products with embedded processors or microcontrollers. It allows companies to upgrade their existing products for the Internet of Things (IoT) without changing their existing hardware or software.

“We expect IoTize™ to bring many products to the Internet of Things by reducing technology barriers and the risks associated with implementing IoT connectivity,” explained Francis Lamotte, KEOLABS Vice-President and originator of the IoTize™ concept. “The project unites key competences and resources to make IoTize™ a truly complete solution for IoT implementation from the cloud to the core of the embedded system,” added Francis Lamotte.

The IoTize™ project unites a consortium of leading companies and experts in microelectronics and security including STMicroelectronics and Gemalto. The projects will also unite a panel of implementers – companies who are manufacturers of products for industrial, building and home appliance markets, who will evaluate IoTize™ specifications and features, thus ensuring its adaptability to industry requirements.


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EETimes Highlights IoTize™ for IoT in Legacy Systems

IoTize Casing The March 2015 issue of EETimes Europe includes a highlight about IoTize™ for retrofitting IoT connectivity to existing systems. This interview with IoTize™ inventor, Francis Lamotte by EETimes editor Julien Happich focuses notably the advantages IoTize™ offers legacy appliances and systems. Designers of these systems can add smartphone connectivity via NFC or Bluetooth, without modifying the firmware or hardware of the original system.

This article is available online at EETimes website.


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