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Chinese collaboration aims to secure IoT

Steve Rogerson
October 27, 2016
A Chinese collaboration between fabless semiconductor company Spreadtrum and YunOS cloud computing-based and data- and service-oriented operating system for the IoT aims to develop an IoT security ecosystem in China.
Founded by Alibaba Group, YunOS is widely used in intelligent terminals, among them, smartphones, connected vehicles, connected TVs, smart homes and wearables, as well as chips and sensors. Spreadtrum specialises in technology for 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications.
The strategic cooperation aims to safeguard connected devices and networks by jointly developing IoT Yun on Chip (YoC) based on ID2, China's first international IoT standard.
In the era of connected devices, the IoT is widely applied across several sectors such as the smart home, connected vehicles, wearable devices and Industry 4.0 applications. Due to issues concerning the wide diversity of devices that are within the scope of the IoT, the complexity and the inherent instability as a result of lack of security in the network, IoT security has quickly been identified as a non-negligible challenge.
To address this, Spreadtrum and YunOS chose to join forces where they could collaborate, creating a safe and complete one-stop, covering hardware, operating systems and cloud platforms. The result will be Spreadtrum's IoT chip run on the YunOS operating system, providing a safe, reliable and accessible IoT access platform.
"Spreadtrum and YunOS have laid a solid foundation for cooperation,” said Leo Li, chairman and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications. “In terms of mobile devices, more than ten million mobile phones that support YunOS based on Spreadtrum's chip platform have been sold. This strategic cooperation in IoT security is an extension of the current relationship between the two companies. By working with YunOS, we look forward to providing more secure chip-to-cloud services and experience for IoT users, enabling secure connections between people, things and services."
Spreadtrum's existing connection technologies will allow users to choose from wifi, Bluetooth and other short-range connection technologies, as well as 2G, 3G and 4G WAN connections, helping the developers reduce their product development cycle and focus on the value-added services provided by customised products as well as accelerate the time to market for IoT security-based products.
The two companies plan to release a white paper on YoC IoT security in an effort to boost the development of China's IoT security industry ecosystem.
"We are honoured to have the opportunity to deepen our relationship with Spreadtrum,” said Zhang Chunhui, president of Alibaba’s OS business group. “As an internet-enabled operating system, YunOS must have secure underlying capacities and infrastructure in place while providing cloud-based integrated connection services. We believe that through the cooperation with Spreadtrum, YunOS will be able to build a complete and systematic IoT network, which, in turn, will allow us to provide more complete and secure IoT services to its customers."
As an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Spreadtrum Communications develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications.
As of the end of May 2016, YunOS had more than 70 million activated smartphone users and was on 100 million intelligent terminals.