23 Apr '16, 6am

Google increases IoT user privacy with Eddystone beacon - Electronics Weekly

Google increases IoT user privacy with Eddystone beacon - Electronics Weekly

Eddystone-EID protects user privacy in an app by broadcasting secure beacon signals, including website address URLs, using what’s termed a ‘rotating ephemeral identifier’. According to Google, this will allow manufacturers to manage access to beacons to avoid unpermitted access, and guard against various potential types of malicious attack to which beacons can be prone including spoofing, malicious asset tracking, and replay attacks. It will work on both Android and iOS devices. To support the development of Eddystone-EID devices a software development kit (SDK) and supporting tools have been introduced by wireless comms specialist Nordic Semiconductor. According to Nordic Semiconductor technical product manager, Reidar Martin Svendsen, beacons are a core building block of the internet of things and security and privacy “has been a concern with today’s beacon formats.” The...

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