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By Rich Handley

ForgeRock Announces Open-Source IoT Edge Solution

ForgeRock, a platform provider of digital identity-management solutions, has announced the availability of its IoT Edge Controller, which provides consumer and industrial manufacturers with the ability to deliver trusted identity at the device level. In this way, "things" can have the same identity capabilities as traditional (customer or employee) identities.

The IoT Edge Controller runs on smart edge devices and is designed to provide the privacy, integrity and security required for devices to register as identities in the ForgeRock Identity Platform. An open-source edge controller allows businesses to include digital identities as part of products and accelerate time-to-market for new IoT solutions. ForgeRock provides the IoT Edge Controller as open source under the Apache 2.0 License. Open-source customers and partners can more easily build industry-specific solutions with additional functionality, the firm reports, and thus drive higher levels of interoperability.

"The number of IoT devices [is] growing at a phenomenal pace, so it only makes sense to treat them as first-class citizens with the same identity capabilities a user would have, allowing for efficient end-to-end business process digitization and automation," said Gerhard Zehethofer, ForgeRock's VP of IoT, in a prepared statement. "Only ForgeRock supports integrations with the major IoT platforms to deliver employee, customer and device identity management as well as the complex relationships between them. ForgeRock is thrilled to deliver the IoT Edge Controller, and to drive rapid adoption by releasing it as open source."

The IoT Edge Controller creates trusted identities and ensures the ongoing authenticity and authorization of connected devices, as well as their transactions and data streams. Built using open standards, the IoT Edge Controller features contextual security, scales to meet IoT-level demands and enables customers to optimize the operating costs of IoT implementations. Other features include secure auto onboarding without the need for human intervention; the ability to deliver secure ecosystems at the edge and offline; self-authentication, as well as attached sensors and services that retrieve standard OAuth2/OIDC JWT tokens; authorization using OAuth 2 device flows for IoT; and an SDK to accelerate integration.

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