Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Kepco picks Arm to drive smart metering

Steve Rogerson
May 23, 2018



Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), South Korea’s largest utilities company, has selected Softbank’s chip-design subsidiary Arm to lead the transformation of its metering systems. As part of a multi-year agreement, Arm will provide IoT software and device management, hardware IP, and consulting services to drive smart utility use cases for Kepco.
 
Arm is working with Kepco to expand its existing metering system that connects household smart meters mainly over wired connectivity. The Arm Mbed IoT device management platform delivers secure connectivity, over-the-air provisioning and device management. It provides the flexibility organisations desire in managing all their IoT devices whether in the public or private cloud, on-premise, or in hybrid environments.
 
“IoT complexity is a major challenge for organisations, and they need to provide security, scalability and simplicity across both hardware and software,” said Dipesh Patel (pictured right), president of Arm’s IoT services group. “Arm’s strong heritage of more than 25 years designing SoC technology and a scalable software device management platform uniquely positions us to help companies securely address IoT deployments end-to-end.”
 
Arm’s commitment in delivering end-to-end IoT security was a significant factor for Kepco, and will provide the foundation of its IoT service. Kepco plans to use the Mbed platform, Arm Cortex-M33 processor and PSA platform security architecture including Arm TrustZone technology for secure device development, deployment and management.
 
“As part of our digital transformation project, smart utilities provide us with opportunities to increase efficiency, deliver better service to our customers, and enable new use cases, but we also must ensure we’re delivering robust security,” said Dong-Sub Kim (pictured left), EVP for Kepco. “We chose Arm to lead our smart utilities efforts as they provide a comprehensive IoT solution for securely developing, managing, provisioning and connecting IoT devices from the chip to the cloud.”
 
Arm will deliver a set of IoT products and services that let Kepco securely deploy and manage millions of connected units and introduce smart utility use cases.
 
Arm technology such as Cortex-M33 processor and development tools from Mbed OS should help Kepco reduce total development cost, improve time to market and efficiency, and make smart meters more secure. Mbed Cloud ensures connected devices work out-of-the-box once they are deployed in the field and can be managed and updated remotely, which is critical for maintaining a strong security posture.
 
Mbed Edge will let Kepco deploy smart gateways that connect additional grid and utility services, as well as home appliances. The data can be analysed in real time for optimised energy consumption.
 
The whole package helps Kepco securely build, deploy and manage connected devices from the chip to the cloud. PSA also provides an industry framework for building securely connected devices, including a common set of ground rules and resources that reduce the cost, time and risk associated with IoT security.