Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Arrow offers provisioning using NXP secure element

Steve Rogerson
June 20, 2018

Arrow Electronics has expanded its programming facilities in the Netherlands to offer a secure provisioning service that will enable the rapid deployment of IoT edge nodes and gateways using the NXP A71CH secure element trust anchor.
The ability to authenticate IoT devices and establish trusted connections to the cloud is becoming increasingly important, particularly with the GDPR legislation and the responsibility it places on organisations to protect data and security.
Arrow has expanded the programming facilities at its distribution centre in Venlo, Netherlands, to offer the service, which will be available to its customers initially across EMEA and with the prospect of a full global rollout.
“Companies are already highly aware of the necessity of securing their IoT networks at all levels but the onset of GDPR has brought this into even sharper focus, given the penalties involved in non-compliance,” said Andrew Bickley, director of IoT at Arrow. “NXP has created a plug-and-trust device that allows easy integration of security and cloud on-boarding with different microcontrollers. The Arrow secure provisioning offering will bring this functionality to the mass market by dramatically increasing the speed and scale of device provisioning.”
The NXP A71CH is a ready-to-use security device that has been developed to secure IoT peer-to-peer or cloud connections in smart home, city and industrial applications including sensor networks and IP cameras. It is based on a root of trust at the silicon level with security functions including encrypted key storage, key generation and derivation to protect private information and credentials for mutual authentication.
“The A71CH supports our plug-and-trust approach by enabling customers to easily integrate a root of trust into their IoT devices used for mutual device-authentication and cloud on-boarding,” said Philippe Dubois, senior director at NXP Semiconductors. “Arrow’s secure provisioning service, used to insert the necessary keys and credentials into NXP hardware, perfectly completes our offering by providing the service for any customer volume.”
The A71CH can be provisioned by Arrow with the credentials necessary for autonomous cloud on-boarding and peer-to-peer authentication.
Arrow has installed a Data IO Sentrix security provisioning and data programming system at the Venlo warehouse to deliver its service. Data IO has collaborated closely with NXP in support of A71CH secure element to offer secure provisioning and personalisation.
“We are very pleased to support Arrow Electronics and NXP on the award winning Sentrix platform to enable trusted and secure provisioning of the NXP A71CH at Arrow Venlo,” said Anthony Ambrose, CEO of Data IO. “NXP and Arrow bring strong innovation, technical support and unique demand creation to the market. This collaboration accelerates our joint vision to make hardware based security easy to deploy for customers of all sizes.”
Arrow Electronics guides innovation for more than 150,000 manufacturers of technology used in homes, business and daily life. With 2017 sales of $26.6bn, Arrow aggregates electronics and enterprise computing for users and suppliers in industrial and commercial markets. The company maintains a network of more than 345 locations serving over 80 countries.