Geeny by Telefónica and Staex to build secure public network for remote machines and devices

2024-05-06

Geeny by Telefónica and Staex provide building-blocks for secure IoT-connectivity in the field. Staex public network for IoT devices and Geeny by Telefonica — a perfect match for best-in-class encryption, network and device isolation, and mobile connectivity without sacrificing ease of use. The solution goes in line with defense-in-depth and zero trust architecture — state-of-the-art approaches for protecting mission-critical infrastructure from hacker attacks. This public network can easily be used for businesses to create new IoT-backed revenue streams including other partners within days.

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Staex is a public network for IoT devices that can not run a VPN such as smart meters, IP cameras, and EV chargers. Staex encrypts legacy protocols, reduces mobile data usage, and simplifies building networks with complex topologies through its unique multi-hop architecture. Staex is fully zero-trust meaning that no traffic is allowed unless specified by the device owner which makes it more secure than even some private networks. StaexConnect protects from IP address spoofing and SIM card swap attacks.

Sensitive IoT data: feel secure with Geeny powered by Telefonica: Compared to traditional IoT connections over the internet, Geeny SecureConnect technology offers an additional layer of security allowing wholesales-parter to setup an private Subnet to separate all IoT Data to get 100% control of all data-flows independently from hard- or software operation. The Geeny SecureGateway works with Geeny SecureSIM cards that run on the Telefonica Germany network. Currently available in 80 countries around the world.

“Internet of Things” is a misnomer: most IoT devices use VPNs to send the data to the servers and can’t be accessed remotely from the Internet for security reasons. Staex aims to provide secure remote access through its zero-trust public network and remove the need for a VPN in the first place. Some companies might even share their devices with their partners without fearing exposing their real IP addresses to third parties.

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Mikityuk

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Mikityuk 
CEO & co-founder
Staex

I do believe that the key for secure and scalable IoT-operations is simplification — that means avoiding the duplication of functions in a different layer for efficiency and not to use proprietary ecosystems that can become legacy very fast or drives complexity in multi-vendor setups. The telco industry has solved identity management and data routing in a scalable way decades ago but it took a while unless we were able to expose all those capabilities in a way that it became easy to build new business models upon. That is why I do like the approach to secure any kind of hardware while having a software based VPN solution on top/or at the edge and secure cellular-connectivity below an IoT device that may fulfill a critical mission or is dedicated to be in operation for many years.

Timo Dorsch-Worthmann 
Business Development Manager, New Partner Concepts
Telefónica Germany

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Next generation IoT connectivity, now also available as a wholesale option to be integrated in your product. For more information, visit https://geeny.io/ and follow Geeny on LinkedIn.

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About Staex

Staex is a secure public network for IoT devices that can not run a VPN such as smart meters, IP cameras, and EV chargers. Staex encrypts legacy protocols, reduces mobile data usage, and simplifies building networks with complex topologies through its unique multi-hop architecture. Staex is fully zero-trust meaning that no traffic is allowed unless specified by the device owner which makes it more secure than even some private networks. With this, Staex creates an additional separation layer to provide more security for IoT devices on the Internet, also protecting other Internet services from DDoS attacks that are usually executed on millions of IoT machines.

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