By Vincent van der Leest
Director Business Development, Intrinsic ID

Last week’s CeBIT 2017 in Hannover, Germany, proved to be a great stage for innovative technology. Robotics, IoT, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity were among the trends featured prominently on the show floor and discussed widely in the hallways.

During the first days of the conference the Intrinsic ID team was honored to exhibit in the European Commission pavilion, where some of the most innovative SMEs in Europe were given the opportunity to display their technology to the 200,000 visitors that CeBIT attracts annually. The Intrinsic ID team met with many potential users and partners about our SRAM PUF technology and its potential for adding security and flexibility to the process of storing and managing keys on devices.

A highlight for us was to receive two very important visitors from the European Commission. Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market, and Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality visited our booth. We were given the opportunity to present our technology and discuss with them the need for governmental involvement in security standards for IoT. We are pleased these important leaders of the European Commission took time from their busy schedules to pay us a visit and we welcome their views on the need for strong protection of our digital society.

Dignitaries from the EC meet with the Intrinsic ID team at CeBIT 2017. Left to right: Andrus Ansip, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission; Vera Jurova, the European Union's Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; and Vincent van der Leest of Intrinsic ID. 
Dignitaries from the EC meet with the Intrinsic ID team at CeBIT 2017. Left to right: Andrus Ansip, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission; Vera Jurova, the European Union’s Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; and Vincent van der Leest of Intrinsic ID. 
When not busy in our booth the Intrinsic ID team found time to scan the exhibition floor. Three important trends were apparent, all with significant implications for security technology:

  • Machine 2 Machine communication, a topic which up to this year was not represented at CeBIT, now had its own dedicated pavilion with device manufacturers, connectivity suppliers and service providers. The expansion of IP networks around the world has made M2M communication quicker and easier while using less power. This has no doubt contributed to the growing interest in security for this market, as industry works to avoid problems that beset earlier technologies by establishing security protocols up front.
  • Blockchain is becoming more and more visible at CeBIT, with both an increasing number of exhibitors as well as with its own session during the CeBIT conferences. All new technologies reveal security issues as they develop, perhaps more so for a technology that serves as the basis for cryptocurrency. Secure storage of blockchain-based currency was just one of the concerns we heard. The urgency we heard about blockchain technology is aligned with our partnership with Guardtime. We are working jointly to deliver solutions combining Intrinsic-ID’s SRAM PUF and Guardtime’s Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) Blockchain technology, providing a new level of security and governance for the Internet of Things. See more about this partnership in our announcement last October.
  • Cybersecurity in general was a hot topic this year. Many big industry players were exhibiting at CeBIT with stands dedicated strictly to security. More and more we see the trend that security is finally being anticipated before deployment of new technologies or devices, not treated as an afterthought for someone else to worry about.

Trying to capture an event of CeBIT’s scale is difficult to do in this space. Suffice to say the Intrinsic ID team was busy in Hannover and energized to be among such innovation.

Do you have thoughts on these trends, or did you attend CeBIT and see something you’d like share? Let us know in the Comments section below.