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Solution Provides Security for Avionics IoT Devices

April 11, 2017
A combination of two software products adds to secure IoT communications for commercial and military avionics applications.

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is spreading rapidly, although with considerable concern regarding the security of data for military and government applications. Data security usually means encryption, and that is part of a secure IoT solution developed by DDC-I, Inc. and Mocana Corp. for commercial and military avionics systems (see photo). The integrated commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software-based platform bolsters the security of IoT devices used for avionics applications, including in military and aerospace systems.

The solution teams DDC-I’s Deos embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) with Mocana’s IoT Security Platform. Deos is certifiable to DO-178 Design Assurance Level A (DAL A) for avionics and safety-critical applications, while Mocana has a track record of providing mission-critical IoT software security solutions that improve the security of embedded systems. The new integrated IoT platform includes advanced security features to protect data during and following communications from IoT devices to cloud computer servers, including in the form of device authentication, encryption, and device-to-cloud communications.

A software-based solution for secure avionics IoT combines an RTOS platform with secure IoT communications software. (Courtesy of DDC-I, Inc.)

“Mocana and Deos bring trusted, military-grade security and cloud-based communications to connected commercial and military aircraft, including secure boot and secure update capabilities that are rapidly becoming requirements for avionics,” said Bob Morris, president and CEO of DDC-I. “Advanced safety-critical features like time/space partitioning and support for multiple isolated TCP/IP stacks make Deos an excellent platform for integrating and deploying applications that utilize Mocana’s innovative IoT security capabilities.”

About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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