Low-Cost Security Processors for Home Automation

by Nicolette Emmino

Design hardware security within home and building automation systems without needing to take out a second mortgage.

The premise of home and building automation can transform how people manage their day-to-day lives by allowing them to manage home appliances; lighting; security systems; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) remotely via smartphones, tablets, and online portals. But home and building automation are incomplete without secure designs.

While smart Internet connectivity allows automation features to connect to homes and buildings across the world, this proliferation in the connectivity of home devices comes at a cost: Critical vulnerabilities create a high level of risk after these devices are directly connected to the Internet. In other words, the absence of proper security mechanisms and boundaries is like releasing a “bull in a china shop,” in this case, called a smart home, to wreak havoc.

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