European Community Project creates hardware and software platform to address new integrity and security demands
Oct 01, 2008 - 16:37 PM
With the increasing dependency on embedded systems, embedded devices are becoming more complex, dynamic, heterogeneous, and progressively connected. As a consequence, the reliability and security of these systems have become a major concern, particularly since external security attacks primarily at the IT level have eroded people’s confidence. Aonix along with the ITEA consortium aims to create an integrity and security platform that can gain user acceptance and the confidence of the market.
“TECOM establishes a foundation for trusted computing that will assure the marketplace that embedded systems are secure,” noted Laurent Mares, Aonix vice president of sales Europe. “With the increased connection of embedded devices to the worldwide Internet, security has become critical. We are proud to share Aonix’s expertise in designing trusted environments in the embedded world with the TECOM consortium.”
TECOM concepts will be validated with a set of miscellaneous applications like video control, Digital Rights management and home-control applications. Since many of these applications will be developed in Java, Aonix’s PERC Ultra plays an essential role in the trusted execution environment. PERC Ultra delivers the portability and scalability benefits of Java to developers of trusted software components. Coupled with its real-time performance and determinism, PERC Ultra becomes an ideal component for porting trusted execution environments to the many different hardware platforms found in embedded devices today.
Aonix will adapt its PERC virtual machine technology in two ways. First, it will be integrated with the TECOM middleware security layer and TECOM trusted operating systems. Aonix will also participate in a home-control demonstration application using the OSGi framework. OSGi provides support for multi-application systems that could potentially lead to major security issues by one application preventing others to execute properly. This kind of threat can be avoided with partitioning execution environments in which each partition is assigned a fixed set of resources. The PERC virtual machine will be adapted to take advantage of such partitioning features.
In this TECOM project, Aonix joins key players in the European and global markets. EADS, Thomson, Trango, Trialog, Fagor, Ikerlan, Visual Tools, Technikon will participate in definition and implementation activities together with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
This project is partially funded by ITEA2
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