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Foundries.io delivers secure IoT

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2018-08-23
A way of connecting up IoT devices securely is being licensed by Foundries.io.

“Our mission is solving the problem of IoT and embedded space where there is no standardised core platform like Android for phones,” says Foundries.io CEO George Grey.

The Foundries.io offering comes in two flavours.

For simple devices there’s the Zephyr RTOS micro-platform costing $10,000 a year.

For more complex devices there’s the Linux OE micro-platform costing  $25, 000 a year.

A hobbyist and education package comes  for $10 a month.

It doesn’t matter how many devices you sell, the fee stays the same.

The fee includes a service to provide over-the-air updates.

“Manufacturers can continuously make sure their devices can be updated with the latest software to fix security flaws or Zero Day flaws,” says Grey.

Subscribers can back out whenever they like.

“If you want to stop subscribing you take over maintenance and you still have access to everything up to the point,. You just have to arrange maintenance yourself,” says Grey.

Foundries.io sees itself as solving a fragmented approach to IoT deployment and security.

“Over the past two years we have used open source software to build a unifying, open, secure, continuously updated product platform for the fragmented IoT and embedded markets,” says Grey, “we started Foundries.io to fundamentally change the industry. Today’s connected devices require modern software and secure update techniques. Rather than legacy software builds being maintained for product lifetimes that can reach 10 years or more, the microPlatforms™ are built from the ground up to enable product manufacturers to always and immediately deploy the latest security updates, bug fixes and new features to their customers, ensuring the safety of the Internet of Things and the security of data throughout the network.”

The microPlatforms have been developed using best-in-class, enterprise software development practices, coupled with end-to-end, sensor-to-cloud, continuous integration testing on every code change, ensuring consistent product quality for connected devices in markets including smart sensor, industrial, consumer and automotive products.

Product lifetime maintenance for security updates, bug fixes and new features – from firmware to the end application – is built into the microPlatform products, meaning device makers no longer need to create and support a custom software build for every product.

The Foundries.io business model is subscription-based and does not include per unit fees, meaning device makers are not “penalized” by the success of their products.

The Linux microPlatform includes updatable firmware, kernel and a minimal distribution built using Open Embedded/Yocto, running customer-specific services and applications natively or in Containers.

This enables remote management of the product software from private or public cloud device management platforms on Edge devices, using standard enterprise tools such as Ansible and Kubernetes.

The Zephyr microPlatform  is the first downstream distribution for the Zephyr Project, and uses the Zephyr RTOS, MCUboot software, services and reference applications to provide a continuously tested, secure, updatable, cross-architecture solution for microcontroller-based products.

Applications include upgradable smart devices for industry and home, gateways and edge computing devices reconfigurable OTA for newly attached hardware and/or services, and securely updatable software platforms for the automotive, robot and drone industries.

Cross-architecture Linux microPlatform builds support Arm, Intel and RISC-V. Popular development board support includes:

  • Toradex Colibri i.MX7 SoM 
  • Raspberry Pi 3 (using 64 bit Linux and supporting Docker containers) 
  • Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C and 820C 
  • TI BeagleBone Black Wireless 
  • Intel NUC 7 
  • SiFive Unleashed 

Zephyr RTOS microPlatform builds are also available now, supporting hardware listed by the Zephyr Project, including products from Nordic Semiconductor, NXP and STMicroelectronics.

Downloads of microPlatform source code, binaries and documentation are available at Foundries.io