STIHL selects Nexus to secure IOT connected equipment
STIHL is a German manufacturer of chainsaws and handheld power equipment with a vast international manufacturing network. Innovation has helped the brand to be the world’s biggest selling chainsaw brand for over four decades.
STIHL iMOW®, an autonomous robotic lawnmower can be controlled via smartphone apps and even smartwatches thanks to LTE connectivity. However, this development has created new challenges around security were created. While using smart technology makes it easier to deliver enhanced product features even once the product is “out in the field”, the company didn’t want to lessen the known STIHL quality due to vulnerable communication.
Therefore, Nexus was selected to provide trusted identities in the form of PKI digital certificates for the company’s connected lawnmowers in order to manage the complete identity lifecycle including birth, in life, and decommissioning. STIHL has been provided with an on-premises Factory CA turnkey solution provisioning the certificates to the devices when they are manufactured in the factory thereby securing a trusted identity from the start.
In addition, Nexus also provides the GO IoT service as an Operational CA. This enables the lawnmowers to connect to and get operational certificates and for the overall lifecycle management of certificates. For both birth and operations certificates, provisioning to the device is based on EST protocol.