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Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Munich, Germany – 2 October, 2017 – Digitalization and distributed power generation is fundamentally changing energy systems that have been centrally supplied so far. Solar photovoltaic assets, electric vehicles, electrical heating and cooling or battery storage have to be connected into an intelligent power system. At the same time, they must be protected against the growing number of security threats. Infineon Technologies, IBM, GreenCom Networks and icentic have joined forces to develop and provide scalable solutions for securely connecting these distributed assets into the electrical infrastructure.
At the European Utilities Week in Amsterdam, 3 -5 October 2017, the partners will demonstrate a first prototype solution at the GreenCom booth 5R26. The solution is based on Infineon’s OPTIGA™ embedded security chips built in icentic’s ICEHUB® connectivity products to authenticate devices that are connected to the Energy IoT platform of GreenCom.
Traditionally, solar photovoltaic inverters, heat pumps or batteries have not been designed to be digitally connected for monitoring, control and analytics purposes. As a matter of fact, just connecting them to a digital infrastructure allows their management, but opens the doors for security threats. All the more so as access to data is happening at the infrastructure level as well as in the backend.
According to a recent study (BDEW; EY), 88 per cent of energy infrastructure suppliers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland judge IT-security as the greatest challenge for a digitalized energy infrastructure. Yet the majority of the connected devices are not properly secured: attackers could be enabled to remotely compromise the device completely, control its flow of power and even cause a shut-down of the energy network.
The joint offering of the partners addresses utilities and energy service companies that aim to offer new digital energy services to their customer base in an innovative yet secured way. It also gears towards device manufacturers that either want to embed security into their energy-relevant assets from the beginning or plan connectivity and security upgrades to enable additional value-added services of their installed devices.
GreenCom Networks’ Energy IoT platform integrates relevant analytical skills from IBM to forecast and optimize the usage of connected assets. IBM’s Hybrid Intelligence capabilities combine big data analytics, defined hardware-based security at the edge and GreenCom’s platform backend. icentic supplies and manages the required ICEHUB connectivity solution to connect distributed devices in a future-proof and secure way. The embedded security solution of Infineon’s OPTIGA family helps to securely authenticate the connected devices as well as to secure data transmission.
Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2016 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of about Euro 6.5 billion with more than 36,000 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY). For details visit: www.infineon.com
IBM is a global technology and innovation company headquartered in Armonk, NY. It is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 400,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. IBM creates value for clients through integrated solutions, an industry leading portfolio of consulting and IT implementation services, cloud and cognitive offerings, such as Watson, and enterprise systems and software; all bolstered by one of the world’s leading research organizations. As part of a Cognitive strategy, organizations can transform their industry and professions with data. IBM Analytics enables anyone to engage with data to answer the toughest business questions, uncover patterns and pursue breakthrough ideas. For details visit http://www.ibm.com/analytics/us/en/Energy and Utilities
icentic helps clients to drive digital transformation by applying IoT strategies, technologies and services. icentic advises and supports its clients in strategy creation and implementation as well as technology and process audits, provides local and near-shore product development, testing and operational services, and manages and operates the connectivity-as-a-service platform ICEHUB®. icentic is based in Zug, Switzerland, Karlsruhe, Germany, and Belgrade, Serbia. For details visit: www.icentic.com