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5 things to expect at Mobile World Congress

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mobile World Congress? M2M? IoT? 5G? LTE?

Without security, IoT is a 'hoax'

Expect a future when your car, your wallet (NFC-enabled smartphone) and your wristband will be talking to other cars, traffic lights, retailers and a public transportation systems, without your getting involved.

As all these connected devices start exchanging messages among themselves and get really chatty, nothing will be more important than security.

With billions of devices connected, the hard reality is that they all, knowingly or not, are vulnerable to malicious attacks and to the potential for vital information to get intercepted.

Lars Reger, vice president for strategy, new business and R&D in the automotive business unit at NXP, was succinct: "Security is the name of the game... otherwise, IoT is just a hoax."

Connected car

NXP, armed with crypto hardware, takes pride in its strong security. Whether in NFC, identification cards, smart car keys and connected cars, Reger said, "We see our roles is to offer interfaces" for secure connectivity, capable of verifying the owner of a connected device and the validity of messages.

NXP is planning to showcase a Tesla as a prototype connected car, demonstrating numerous scenarios. The connectivity examples range from an NFC-accessible trunk and an NFC-enabled mobile phone to an NFC-reader installed on the windscreen for car sharing applications and an RFID licence plate for smart access, Reger explained.

The idea is to show not just a connected car, but a whole ecosystem of connectivity, said Reger. The company will be talking about V2V and V2I applications and a small radar system that sees as far as 1km down the road.

Other chip companies such as Freescale will be also discussing technologies involved in the development of accident-free cars.

- Junko Yoshida, Jessica Lipsky
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