In today’s wireless and 5G era, companies and individuals encounter a rising number of security threats on their IoT assets. Wireless RF signals can be intercepted by anyone with low-cost radio equipment and decoded using open-source software, thus it’s imperative to assess connected designs for security vulnerabilities. This includes conducting penetration tests, jamming, replay attacks, and other methods to assess vulnerabilities in IoT RF protocols like Bluetooth, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN, Z-Wave, etc.
Time-sensitive Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks require ultra-low latency links to be able to properly function. One solution to this is the integration of high performance software defined radio (SDR) platforms, which feature field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that allow for the implementation of low latency networks. These platforms also offer high interoperability and reconfigurability that can greatly benefit IIoT networks, especially since the technological advancements are rapidly progressing.