Intel's SDO service offers automated onboarding for IoT devices in seconds

At IoT Solution World Congress in Barcelona, Intel unveiled its Secure Device Onboard service, which aims to improve scalability and pace of IoT deployments.

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Intel's Secure Device Onboard (SDO) service, announced at the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday, aims to boost the speed and scalability of IoT deployments by automating the onboarding process.

While traditional solutions require an IT pro to note the device's identity, configure its network credentials, and register the device, the Intel SDO service doesn't. Users simply turn on the device and the service connects it, authenticates it, and registers it automatically, an Intel press release said.

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According to the release, Intel SDO will work with Intel devices, as well as other microcontroller unit (MCU) providers.

Intel SDO also secures the device during each step of the process. This happens from the protected boot, through to the secure registration, and with instant device image updates, an additional press release said.

The service utilizes Intel Enhanced Privacy ID (Intel EPID) to allow for remote authentication and preserving privacy.

"The unique, privacy-preserving model enables a critical use case: to provide private, anonymous onboarding of devices, and to help to establish a secure, encrypted communication channel between the device and its control platform," the second release said.

Transfer of ownership is made easier by the fact that IoT devices coming straight from the factory can be configured essential on the spot once they land in a customer's organization. Intel said that it is already working with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and AWS IoT to enable deployments to those platforms.

"Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has partnered with Intel to launch the Intel SDO solution. At power on, our customers will be able to automatically, and securely, register devices and stream data into GCP for faster command, control, and analytics," Antony Passemard, head of IoT product management for Google Cloud, said in the release.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. The Intel Secure Device Onboard (SDO) service automates IoT device onboarding, speeding up the process and improving security and scalability.
  2. Users simply turn on the IoT device and Intel SDO will connect, authenticate, and register it automatically.
  3. Intel is working with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and AWS IoT to enable IoT deployments on their platforms through SDO.

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