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ST, ClevX tout wireless authentication to secure IoT devices

Posted: 07 Jan 2016     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics  ClevX  wireless  authentication  smartphone 

STMicroelectronics and ClevX, an IP innovator and technology developer for portable storage and mobile device manufacturers, have unleashed what they describe as the world's first DataLock-secured encrypted portable storage media with Bluetooth Smart wireless user authentication.

For the first time, users can interact with secure portable storage (full-disk, XTS-AES 256bit encryption) from their smartphones or wearable devices where all user data on the drive is encrypted and can be locked/unlocked using single- or multi-factor authentication, the companies indicated. The technology is geared for consumer, corporate and industrial applications such as healthcare, home automation and security, secure-access control systems and portable data storage.

ST and ClevX have reference designs for secure portable storage media, including Flash, hard-disk, and solid-state disk drives. These designs use ST's Bluetooth Smart chips (BlueNRG) and ultra-low-power STM32L0 MCUs and are immediately available for licensing and partnerships, including both ST/ClevX-based hardware and firmware in addition to the related smartphone and wearables apps.

The ST/ClevX reference designs are OS-host agnostic. USB drives with the DataLock BT technology operate across all computer platforms and embedded systems while providing various easy-to-use security layers (including a wireless lock/unlock mechanism, phone as an authentication factor, phone + PIN, or phone + PIN + userID/location/time), detailed the companies. The reference designs support USB Remote Management, which can be critical for corporate deployments and remote password resets, drive disabling and erasing, and successful implementation of corporate-wide policies.

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