Arm Mbed extends partnerships with IBM Watson IoT, GlobalSign, Cybertrust to improve device management and security
April 24, 2018
The partnerships are intended to strengthen the connectivity, device management, provisioning, and security of building blocks for more than 300,000 Arm Mbed developers.
CAMBRIDGE, UK. Dipesh Patel, President of Arm’s IoT Services Group, revealed that the company’s Mbed platform is expanding technology partnerships with IBM Watson IoT, GlobalSign, and Cybertrust. The partnerships are intended to strengthen the connectivity, device management, provisioning, and security of building blocks for more than 300,000 Arm Mbed developers.
In an expanded arrangement with IBM, the Mbed Cloud will be integrated as part of the Watson IoT Platform running on the IBM Cloud. This will allow users to manage, provision, and update firmware over-the-air for their IoT devices through Mbed Cloud. The software bridge that enables this provides interoperability between several key applications hosted on the platforms, including:
- Message Translation: Message formats between the Mbed Cloud and IBM Watson IoT Platform are automatically translated.
- Device Representation: A device seen in Mbed Cloud can be displayed as an equivalent device in IBM’s Watson IoT Platform using a device “shadow”
- Protocol Mapping: Mbed’s Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) messaging backplane protocol can be integrated into the IBM Watson IoT Platform
- Event Mapping: Device telemetry and event data can be transferred and conveyed between the platforms.
In addition, a new partnership with identity service providers GlobalSign and Cybertrust is designed to improve chip-to-cloud security for Mbed devices. An integration with both providers and the Mbed Cloud allows users to apply bring-your-own-certificate (BYOC) key management to IoT deployments using public key infrastructure (PKI) already in place.
Patel also announced plans for the open-source Mbed OS to support PSA-compliant trusted boot, storage, and opaque cryptography in the near future.
To find out more about the Mbed platform, visit www.mbed.com/en/platform/mbed-os/.