Identity Authority Manager – Industrial

The PKI Registration Authority that integrates directly into a smart manufacturing environment

Meet the Identity Authority Manager

The Identity Authority Manager from PrimeKey is a PKI Registration Authority (hardware appliance) that integrates directly into a smart manufacturing environment. It enables the automation of the secure issuance of trusted identities or so-called “birth certificate” to all your things, units and devices.

IT and OT convergence with a standard hardware appliance

Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) in factories and power plants are increasingly converging. Approaches such as Industry 4.0 and predictive maintenance of production systems and plants for energy production and drinking water supply require such communication. Machines, plants, transport systems and products exchange information with each other and with back-office systems in their environments. These include: MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems), PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, warehousing solutions and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems.

PrimeKey has developed the Identity Authority Manager, a hardware appliance, which flexibly adapts to the existing production process without any loss of trust via appropriate device adapters and a process modeling environment. For the first time, professionals can adapt and readapt to dynamic production processes to issue birth certificates to any device or unit with a standard product, PrimeKey Identity Authority Manager.

 

Identity Authority Manager is an IPC-based hardware appliance that essentially provides three external interfaces:

Device Adapter Interface

The Device Adapter Interface is for communication with the device in production.

TrustService Adapter Interface

The TrustService Adapter Interface is for communication with the certificate-issuing services.

Sequence Controller and Administration Interface

The Sequence Controller and Administration Interface is for managing, adapting and modeling the identity verification processes.

Secure aftermarket services

The Identity Authority Manager is not only applicable on the manufacturing floor it can also secure the aftermarket services for your products and be implemented in solutions for, out-sourced service stations and repair stores. The Identity Authority Manager offers an encapsulation of security critical services and limiting the possibility for the repair center to manipulate services for re-issuing identities, managing licenses and software updates.

Smart machines or buildings

In addition, more complex IoT solutions such as smart buildings and smart machines that encompass multiple products from different vendors or eco systems require reliable and cost-effective deployment and life-cycle management. The Identity Authority Manager offers the ability to interface a heterogeneous device fleet and PKI services in one single box. 

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