Secure licence management for embedded industrial code

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Secure hardware element for the secure storage of cryptographic keys and software licences

The CmStick/B offers secure software licence management to companies with embedded systems in use within the Industrial Internet of Things.

Wibu-Systems is launching CmStick/B, its newest secure hardware element for the secure storage of cryptographic keys and software licences at Embedded World. Visitors of the show can request their sample on stand 360 in hall 4 and start planning the upscale of their business.

It was just a few months ago when the company released CmStick/BMC, a gem in innovation and miniaturisation that was coupling SiP (System in Package) technology for the integration of the USB connector inside the metal body of the dongle, with the SLM97 controller from Infineon for secure key storage in a smart card chip, USB 3.1 interface for fast data transfer, 16 GB 2-bit MLC flash memory for additional storage capacity of software and data, and the U9 flash controller and hyMap firmware from Hyperstone for safe flash handling and reliable data management.

The resulting product stood out for two main reasons: its technology excellence encased in a sturdy and compact size unit, and the elegance of the housing that offered vendors the possibility for high end branding. Given the acclaim, Wibu-Systems then decided to extend the same design to a parallel product line: CmStick/B, the exact counterpart of CmStick/BMC without all the flash memory related components. The two brother devices have the exact same size, 12.1 mm x 22 mm x 4.5 mm, an optimal compromise between the tiny CmStick/C, the smallest in Wibu-Systems’ portfolio, and CmStick ME, the standard sized metal unit optionally equipped with SLC flash memory.

With the immediate availability of CmStick/B and /BMC, Wibu-Systems continues to extend its comprehensive array of hardware, software and cloud secure elements that intelligent device manufacturers can trust and use in long-term industrial projects to reap the rewards of Industrie 4.0 and monetise their businesses in new ways with secure licence management.

CodeMeter, the underlying Wibu-Systems’ technology for complete licence lifecycle management for digital assets, that protects them against counterfeiting, reverse engineering and tampering, has already been adopted by several pre-eminent players in the automation world:

Oliver Winzenried, CEO and founder of WIbu-Systems, explains his strategy: “To support original equipment manufacturers in transitioning their value chains from hardware to software, we want to offer our protection, licensing and security technology on multiple levels, facilitate its integration and reduce the bottom line costs. To that end, our focus is to keep selecting the main operating systems, the dominant architectures and high-profile product partners for CodeMeter to become a pervasive added strength in their business tactics”.

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