Alibaba and Gemalto working to secure China’s IoT market

October 18, 2016 - 

Gemalto is providing connectivity and security for the Alibaba Group-developed YunOS, a cloud-based, data and services oriented Internet of Things (IoT) operating system.

YunOS’s IoT OS is widely integrated into IoT devices, as well as chips and sensors across industries.

Gemalto is providing its Allynis Trusted Service Hub which allows easy provisioning of security sensitive applications throughout the identity lifecycle management.

A high level of security provides peace of mind for YunOS customers, such as drivers of connected cars, and users of smart home appliances and mobile devices.

The partnership extends YunOS’ vision of a uniform identity framework for disparate IoT applications.

“The YunOS is not merely about connecting things, it connecting everything by credible perception, reliable connectivity, and efficient circulation of services,” said Zhang ChunHui, president of Alibaba OS Business Group. “By being a one-stop IoT security solutions provider and a long-time trusted partner, Gemalto has the right credentials and is an ideal fit to fulfil our YunOS vision.”

The IoT market is still in its early stages, but is expected to gain significant ground in the next few years. A recent Gartner report states that by 2020, there will be 20.8 billion IoT devices in use, generating a US$3.49 trillion market.

The YunOS had acquired 70 million smartphone users and over 100 million smart terminals as of May 2016.

“In recent years, the Chinese market is teeming with innovation, with Alibaba as one of the most active trailblazers in the industry. We are proud to be the technology enabler in Alibaba YunOS’ biggest IoT push,” said Suzanne Tong-Li, Gemalto’s president of Greater China and Korea. “We have the rich expertise and experience in enabling security for a variety of IoT applications in China and across the globe, putting us in a sweet spot to provide security and trust in this ever-expanding ecosystem.”

Previously reported, Alibaba launched Privacy Knight, India’s first free app-lock with a ‘face lock’ feature that allows users to unlock their protected apps by taking a one-second selfie.

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