Smart City

WISeKey and Cityzenith announced at the Mobile World Congress their new partnership to aggregate, analyze and visualize critical city data in a highly secure fashion. WISeKey’s IoT Cybersecurity will be combined with Cityzenith’s platform, 5D Smart City to provide city managers and decision makers with the tools to improve their data analysis and decision-making abilities while protecting the data from cyber attacks. WISeKey and Cityzenith are both working with Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative empowering cities, businesses and citizens to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities.

Through the Microsoft CityNext initiative, WISeKey helps to engage cities around the world to cooperate in and contribute to the development, dissemination, and implementation of cyber security advancement, with a focus on the improvement of current conditions and mitigation of potential risks during the development of the smart city.

WISeKey is championing the ever-changing landscape of cyber-security for smart cities. The number of connected devices- a.k.a. Internet of Things- requiring digital identification and security now tops 4 billion globally and continues to rise rapidly; this number is expected to reach 50 billion by 2020. This trend shows that Cybersecurity is a key asset in ensuring protection of the smart city infrastructure.

At the heart of WISeKey’s technology is the OISTE-WISeKey Cryptographic Root of Trust, which has been actively used since 1999 by over 2.6 billion desktop, browsers, mobile devices, SSL certificates and Internet of Things’ devices. The OISTE WISeKey Cryptographic Root of Trust is ubiquitous and universal, and a pioneer in the identification of objects.

Smart Cities will compile an unprecedented amount of personal data with no security embedded on these devices and no international regulations on personal privacy protection. The gap between a person and a digital identity leaves millions of devices and identities vulnerable to danger beyond identity theft. Cities have the moral and legal responsibility to protect the privacy of their citizens. “Currently, there isn’t anything built into the Web that can verify who you are. Imagine expanding this to billions of connected objects”, said Carlos Moreira, WISeKey CEO. “WISeKey’s IoT identity systems have been the closest thing for years”. Watch Bloomberg TV Coverage « Zone of Mobile Privacy in the Swiss Alps »

“Our 5D Smart City platform bridges the gap between IoT data and users who need to understand it. WISeKey’s identity verification for IoT devices ensures both the security of our platform and our users’ data,” says Michael Jansen, Cityzenith CEO, “Data security and privacy are core pieces of the Smart Cities puzzle we are able to solve by incorporating WISeKey’s system into our platform. Together, we will make powerful security the rule rather than the exception for the Internet of Things.”

WISeKey together with over 70 companies and government bodies across 15 sectors and 25 countries have joined forces to create the World Economic Forum’s Partnering for Cyber Resilience initiative. Together, the leaders of these organizations have signed a set of principles, which demonstrate their commitment to taking an integrated, strategic approach to technology risks and opportunities, and to play their role in providing a resilient digital environment for all.

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