Below is our recent interview with Aaron Ardiri and Bjorn de Jounge, co-founders of RIoT Secure:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: RIoT Secure is a Stockholm-based technology enabler in the IoT industry, founded in 2017 by engineers and entrepreneurs Aaron Ardiri and Bjorn de Jounge. The company offers a unique lifecycle management platform for resource-constrained microcontrollers, which enables developers to deploy and maintain secure IoT devices. RIoT Secure’s mission is to ensure that security technology is built into the foundations of software development for IoT solutions, making security accessible for all IoT devices, regardless of their computational and memory resources. With a focus on secure communication, over-the-air firmware updates, and lifecycle management, RIoT Secure aims to simplify IoT security and contribute to a more sustainable and secure IoT landscape.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: RIoT Secure recently published three articles that collectively emphasize the importance of low-powered microcontrollers, innovative security approaches, and effective lifecycle management in the IoT industry. Addressing these aspects contributes to the development of more sustainable, secure, and cost-effective IoT solutions, transforming industries and improving daily lives.
The Importance of Low Powered Resource Constrained Microcontrollers in IoT
This article highlights the growing significance of low-powered, resource-constrained microcontrollers in the IoT ecosystem. These microcontrollers offer cost-effective, energy-efficient, and compact solutions that cater to specific use cases in various industries. They also help mitigate the global chip shortage’s impact on IoT device production by providing diversified supply sources and flexibility in design. Their increasing adoption in the IoT landscape, alongside advancements in energy harvesting technologies, contributes to developing more sustainable and environmentally-friendly IoT devices.
The Internet of Disconnected Things: A Game Changing Approach to IoT Security from RIoT Secure
This article emphasizes the innovative approach RIoT Secure has taken to address IoT security challenges. RIoT Secure’s “Internet of Disconnected Things” concept leverages the power of separate microcontrollers and a hardware sandbox environment to provide unprecedented levels of security and customization for IoT devices. This approach enables developers to focus on their specific areas of expertise while benefiting from robust security features, leading to quicker time-to-market and cost savings without compromising security.
RIoT Secure: Simplifying IoT Security with Innovative Lifecycle Management of Microcontrollers
This article provides an overview of RIoT Secure’s unique lifecycle management platform that simplifies IoT security for resource-constrained microcontrollers. The platform enables developers to focus on creating innovative IoT applications while ensuring secure data exchange and real-time monitoring, control, and maintenance. RIoT Secure has successfully commercialized its platform through participation in the EU Horizon 2020 program, with pilot case studies demonstrating the platform’s effectiveness in providing high-quality data and security for IoT deployments.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: RIoT Secure offers a comprehensive and innovative solution for IoT security and lifecycle management, specifically designed for resource-constrained microcontrollers. Their platform and approach consist of several key components:
- Separation of microcontrollers: RIoT Secure’s “Internet of Disconnected Things” approach leverages the power of separate microcontrollers for communication, security, and lifecycle management tasks, and the IoT device’s specific use case and application. This separation allows for better resource optimization and ensures robust security for IoT devices. RIoT Secure is one of the only companies that is broadening it support for microcontrollers, while competitors tend to narrow in and focus on specific vendors.
- Hardware sandbox environment: A key component of RIoT Secure’s approach is the utilization of a hardware sandbox, where the microcontroller is completely isolated from the outside world. This isolation eliminates potential attack vectors, virtually eliminating the possibility of cyberattacks or exploitation as part of a botnet.
- Freedom of choice: RIoT Secure’s platform offers unparalleled flexibility by allowing developers to choose the most suitable microcontroller, operating system, runtime environment, and programming language for their application. This freedom enables developers to quickly develop their solutions while still benefiting from the robust security provided by the dedicated communications and security microcontroller.
- Secure Lifecycle Management: RIoT Secure’s platform integrates secure lifecycle management, supporting developers throughout the entire IoT development process, from proof of concept to full-scale commercial deployment. The platform ensures a consistent and unified environment, enabling developers to migrate their projects without having to re-engineer security solutions or adapt to new hardware and software requirements.
- Scalability and future-proofing: RIoT Secure’s platform is well-positioned to accommodate the rapidly evolving IoT landscape. As new technologies, standards, and protocols emerge, the platform can be easily updated and adapted to incorporate these advancements, ensuring that IoT devices remain secure and relevant in the face of constant change.
- Successful case studies: Through participation in the EU Horizon 2020 program, RIoT Secure has commercialized its platform with successful pilot case studies, demonstrating the effectiveness of their solution in providing high-quality data and security for IoT deployments.
RIoT Secure offers a unique and innovative approach to IoT security and lifecycle management that caters to the specific needs of resource-constrained microcontrollers. Their platform simplifies the development process, ensures robust security, and enables developers to focus on creating innovative IoT applications.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: Over the next six months, RIoT Secure will focus on the following key areas to strengthen its position as an innovative IoT security and lifecycle management solution provider:
- Expanding Microcontroller Support: RIoT Secure will prioritize expanding the number of microcontrollers supported by its platform. This will enable the company to cater to a wider range of IoT devices and applications, making its solution more attractive to potential customers with diverse needs.
- Community Engagement: Actively engaging with the IoT and embedded development communities is crucial for RIoT Secure to increase its visibility and gain valuable feedback. This means the company will actively participate in industry events, conferences, and webinars, as well as contributing to online forums, blogs, and social media platforms. Sharing use cases, success stories, and technical insights is vital to help RIoT Secure showcase its expertise and demonstrate the value of its solution to potential customers.
- Collaborative Problem Solving: RIoT Secure will work closely with customers to identify and solve their specific security and lifecycle management challenges. By providing tailored solutions and personalized support, RIoT Secure will build strong relationships with customers and foster long-term partnerships.
- Developing Educational Resources: Creating and sharing educational resources, such as tutorials, guides, and webinars, is vital for RIoT Secure to position itself as a thought leader in the IoT security space. Such resources can also assist customers in understanding the benefits of RIoT Secure’s platform and help them make informed decisions about adopting the solution.
- Partnerships and Integrations: Forming strategic partnerships with other IoT solution providers and integrating RIoT Secure’s platform with complementary technologies to expand its reach and strengthen the offering. Collaborating with partners to develop joint solutions will also lead to new business opportunities and growth.
- Continuous Improvement and Innovation: RIoT Secure remains committed to continually enhancing its platform by incorporating the latest advancements in IoT security, microcontroller technology, and industry standards. RIoT Secure will remain at the forefront of IoT security and lifecycle management, providing a future-proof solution for its customers.
RIoT Secure will continue to build its reputation as a leading IoT security and lifecycle management solution provider, while fostering strong relationships with customers, partners, and the IoT community at large.
Of course; that’s the plan – which is great to have; a lot can happen as we have seen with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine – RIoT Secure is constantly aware of what is happening in the world and will improvise just as well as it innovates.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: RIoT Secure has a fascinating story behind its inception and growth. Most people may not know that the company was born out of a series of blog posts by its founder, Aaron Ardiri. During the Christmas holidays in 2016, Ardiri decided to write about a secure communication protocol for IoT devices. These posts resonated with the industry, highlighting the need for such a solution, and ultimately laid the groundwork for RIoT Secure.
What’s even more impressive is that RIoT Secure is completely self-funded, having received no external investment. The company has managed to develop and commercialize its innovative platform solely through the dedication and passion of its founders and team members. This is a testament to their commitment to delivering a top-notch IoT security solution for their customers.
While the initial proof of concept and demo provided a solid starting point, RIoT Secure’s participation in the EU funding project proved to be a turning point for the company. This support helped transform the initial concept into a commercially viable product, allowing RIoT Secure to make a significant impact on the IoT industry.
The story of RIoT Secure’s development also has a unique aspect that showcases the determination and resourcefulness of its founder. Aaron Ardiri worked tirelessly on the platform’s foundations in his home garage in Western Australia. During this time, he collaborated with a backpacker from Chile he recruited from Facebook, and together they spent many late nights working on the project. They bonded over music and drank copious amounts of beer, which fueled their creative process and ultimately led to the creation of the innovative platform that RIoT Secure is known for today.
RIoT Secure developed its solution with a focus on doing things right, with secure by design principles in mind – in fact, the company has not been known to the industry for this reason alone, we wanted to ensure that we had a product ready for the market before we did any mass media outreach.
These lesser-known facts about RIoT Secure reveal the unwavering dedication and passion behind the company’s success. It’s a testament to the power of innovation, hard work, and collaboration in overcoming challenges and making a lasting impact on the IoT industry.Activate Social Media: