Oracle announces new version of Java Card to support IoT deployments
The new release includes support for smart meters and industrial IoT as well as wearables and automotive
Oracle announced the general availability of Java Card 3.1, the latest version of its open application platform that is used to secure internet of things devices.
Oracle said that this update provides more flexibility to help meet the hardware and security requirements of both existing secure chips and emerging IoT technologies.
Java Card technology provides a secured environment for applications that run on smart cards and other trusted devices with limited memory and processing capabilities, Oracle said.
The IT giant also said that new applications included in this latest version of Java Card include:
-Smart meters and industrial IoT: Increasingly sophisticated IoT smart meters and IoT gateways use Java Card to authenticate smart city and corporate services while protecting individual device credentials.
-Wearables: Wearable and consumer electronics are increasingly used for sensitive applications such as Near Field Communication (NFC) ticketing and payments, as well as tracking health data. Java Card helps to meet the security requirements of these devices while allowing the flexibility to add and update services.
-Automotive: Car manufacturers can use Java Card-based security to help protect vehicle systems and sensitive data from physical and network attacks.
-Cloud-connected devices: Java Card in connected devices can enable access to 5G or NB-IoT networks and offer authentication for the IoT cloud.
“Connected devices’ volumes are expected to increase in the upcoming years, posing an increasingly complex challenge as growth adds system complexity to the infrastructure handling device data,” said Volker Gerstenberger, president and chair of the Java Card Forum. “Java Card 3.1 is very significant to the internet of things, bringing interoperability, security and flexibility to a fast-growing market currently lacking high-security and flexible edge security solutions.”
Java Card 3.1 allows the development of security services that are portable across a wide range of IoT security hardware, helping reduce the risk and complexity of evolving IoT hardware and standards, Oracle said.
Java Card 3.1 also introduces new APIs and updated cryptography functions to help address the security needs of IoT and facilitate the design of security applications such as device attestation.
“Java Card is already used and trusted as a leading security platform for countless devices in the multi-billion-dollar smart card and secure element industry,” said Florian Tournier, senior director for Java Card at Oracle, in a statement. “The 3.1 release enables the rollout of security and SIM applications on the same chip, allowing those services to be used on a large spectrum of networks from NB-IoT to 5G, and on a wide range of devices.”