Vodafone Joins prpl Foundation to Spur Open-Source Innovation in the Digital Home and Smart Gateways

Enrique Marti del Olmo, Vodafone Group’s Head of Fixed Devices, Connectivity & Security, appointed to the prpl Board of Directors

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – August 7, 2017 – The prpl Foundation, an open-source, community-driven consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the smart society of the future, today announced Vodafone Group has joined the Foundation. As a leading multi-national telecommunications provider and Europe’s fastest-growing fixed broadband provider, Vodafone joins prpl with the intent to accelerate the harmonization of software platforms for in-home devices like routers in order to foster innovation in the digital home and smart gateways.

Furthering its commitment to the work of the prpl Foundation, Vodafone Group’s head of fixed devices, connectivity & security, Enrique Marti del Olmo, will join the prpl Board of Directors, prpl’s Carrier Interest Group and the prplWrt Working Group to help make routers more open, interoperable and secure.

“With the formation of our Carrier Interest Group last year, we set out to strengthen the ties between telecommunications carriers, major chipset vendors and key open-source developers such as those in the OpenWrt community,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “Vodafone’s engineers have been closely following the work of our Carrier Interest Group and prplWrt working group for many months, and now with Vodafone’s active participation and planned open-source contributions, we expect the pace of innovation to accelerate.”

“Vodafone endorses the important open-source and specification work of the prpl Foundation. Increasingly, we see open-source software and open standards as critical to the successful deployment of fixed broadband devices like routers and the next generation of in-home services. By working together with prpl’s industrial and community members to integrate carrier-grade features into open-source platforms and establish open APIs, we believe we can improve quality, increase security and streamline development of fixed broadband products for the digital home market,” said Mr. Marti del Olmo.

About prpl Foundation

prpl (pronounced “Purple”) is a community driven, non-profit organization with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the IoT and smart society of the future. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers.

EEMBC and prpl align to drive use of hypervisors to create security-by-separation for a more trusted IoT

Collaboration to assess performance overhead of virtualization technologies in embedded devices

SANTA CLARA, CALIF – April 4, 2017 – Today the prpl Foundation and EEMBC announced a formal partnership to advance the use of security-by-separation in Internet of Things (IoT) edge devices. By developing an industry-standard hypervisor benchmark, the collaboration aims to shatter the perception that the use of hardware virtualization in low-power embedded devices comes with big performance and energy overheads.

prpl is a community driven, non-profit organization with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the IoT and smart society of the future. EEMBC is an industry alliance that develops benchmarks to help system designers select the optimal processors and understand the performance and energy characteristics of their systems. The partnership will see EEMBC’s Markus Levy alongside Art Swift, president of prpl Foundation, co-chair the joint EEMBC/prpl HyperBench Working Group. The aim of the group will be to assess the performance of new lightweight embedded hypervisors paired with System on Chips (SoCs) with hardware support for virtualization.

Hardware virtualization technology coupled with hypervisors can provide improved security through isolation or ‘separation’ of users, tenants, and applications running on a given device. This approach is well understood and widely used in the datacenter, but not traditionally in deeply embedded, resource-constrained systems such as those in the IoT – primarily due to perceptions of performance limitations or associated ‘overhead’. EEMBC and prpl hope to demonstrate that any such limitations are mitigated through new developments and techniques.

The way software or firmware gets assembled today the maker of the device often has little control over all of the components as a whole. By using hypervisors at the hardware level to create security through separation, supply chain security issues could be greatly reduced while preserving the core functionality of the device – even if a security issue arises with another component of the system or it is compromised by malware such as Mirai.

“EEMBC sees value in HyperBench in two ways. The first way follows our traditional model of creating benchmarks to help system developers select the most optimal processing solution for their applications; in this case, HyperBench will allow processor vendors to fairly demonstrate their performance advantages,” said Markus Levy, EEMBC president. “In the second way, HyperBench will help out the industry in general by demonstrating that with advanced hardware assist for virtualization, the performance impact of hypervisors will be minimal.”

prpl and EEMBC members have considerable expertise in virtualization and hypervisor technologies. prpl has based its peer-reviewed Security Framework in large part on this approach, and many of its members are well-versed in deployment of the technology. EEMBC and its members have previously spent considerable time and energy on assessing how the performance overhead of virtualization technologies can be tested or benchmarked. Together the joint working group will create an architecture and operating system neutral benchmark tool to support vendors of processors, hypervisors, and operating systems, as well as their customers – the IoT system designers.

“Security of IoT is not a problem that any one company or entity can solve on its own,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “It will take cooperation at all levels to work towards best practices and developing universal standards. At prpl we are delighted to collaborate with EEMBC to show how a separation-based approach rooted in hardware can create a more secure IoT without significant performance penalties.”

Initial members from prpl of the new benchmarking working group also include Kernkonzept and Imagination Technologies.

About EEMBC

EEMBC is an industry alliance that develops benchmarks to help system designers select the optimal processors and understand the performance and energy characteristics of their systems. EEMBC has benchmark suites targeting cloud and big data, mobile devices (for phones and tablets), networking, ultra-low power microcontrollers, the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media, automotive, and other application areas. EEMBC also has benchmarks for general-purpose performance analysis including CoreMark, MultiBench (multicore), and FPMark (floating-point).  For more information about EEMBC, please visit: http://eembc.org

About prpl Foundation

prpl (pronounced “Purple”) is a community driven, non-profit organization with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the IoT and smart society of the future. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers.

Prpl Foundation tackles how to secure the Internet of Things at Embedded World 2017

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Not for profit and its members showcase innovation and push the limits of embedded computing

Santa Clara, Calif. – 9 March 2017 – At Embedded World in Nuremburg, 14-16 March 2017, prpl Foundation and several of its member companies will address of the security concerns presented by embedded computing systems as they become more intertwined in our lives.

During two separate presentations on March 14 at the show, prpl’s chief security strategist, Cesare Garlati, will outline and demonstrate how a new separation-based approach anchored in hardware can create the trust needed across the IoT from node to cloud. How We Can Fix Embedded Computing Through an Open Source, Silicon-Layer Approach will take place at 9:30-10:00 and the Interactive Session: How a New Hardware-Based Approach Can Fix Critical Areas of Embedded Computing Security will take place at 14:30 – 15:00.

“prpl Foundation is delighted to have such a strong presence this year at Embedded World from not only prpl itself, but its innovative members, from small start-ups to large corporations,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “It’s all about raising awareness about the inherit security issues in the Internet of Things where, in a worst case scenario, these flaws can result in human fatalities. prpl’s proposed new hardware-security model based on open source APIs, interoperable standards and hardware virtualization demonstrates a real life application of these principles to control an embedded device connected to the Internet.”

prpl will be putting into practice its highly acclaimed Securing Critical Areas of Embedded Computing guidance with a ground-breaking demonstration of the prplSecurity™ framework that helps developers, service providers and manufacturers design security for embedded systems from the ground-up. The prplSecurity™ framework is a comprehensive collection of open source APIs providing hardware-level security controls such as secure boot, secure hypervisor, secure inter-vm communications and PUF (Physically Unclonable Functions). Garlati will show the application of the prplSecurity™ framework to a real word scenario: a MIPS 5150 microcontroller (MCU) that controls the movement of a robotic arm connected to the Internet.

“Security is becoming increasingly important to the IoT,” said Rich Hoefle, MCU32 director of marketing at Microchip, the company behind PIC32 microcontrollers. “We are pleased the prpl Foundation security framework has been able to successfully leverage the hardware capabilities of the PIC32MZ platform showcasing that strong security starts at the hardware level.”

“IoT and automotive electronics in particular are placing increasing stringent demands on software and system reliability, safety and security,” said Larry Lapides from Imperas Software. “Embedded World presents an ideal opportunity for end users, vendors and the open source community to come together to collaborate on the critical aspects of embedded computing such as software testing and technology that make up the embedded software ecosystem.”

David Harold, VP Marketing Communications, Imagination Technologies, said: “I expect this year’s Embedded World will be a continuation of the themes of last year; how do we make devices safe and secure; how do we keep pushing capability up while keeping power low; how do we embed ‘smartness’ and then connect that to the cloud? I’m delighted to see that the prpl Foundation and its members are starting to have a broad and credible answer to the fundamental issue of IoT security.”

Other prpl members will be making their mark at the event with their own presentations tackling the advancement of embedded computing systems including:

For a full line up of presentations, including those given by prpl and its Members, please visit: http://www.embedded-world.eu/program.html

To arrange a briefing with Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation or Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist, or if you’re interested in speaking to any of the companies highlighted above, please contact:

Beth Smith
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About prpl Foundation

prpl (pronounced “Purple”) is a community driven, non-profit organization with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the IoT and smart society of the future. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers.

For more information about the prpl Foundation, please visit: https://prpl.works.

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Alliance between prpl Foundation and IoTSF puts ‘security by design’ at the heart of embedded computing

New collaboration to transform security of the Internet of Things

LONDON, UK – 5 December 2016 – The prpl Foundation and the IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF), two influential not-for-profit organizations working to promote security and openness in the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that they have entered into a formal agreement to cooperate on projects that put ‘security by design’ into the IoT.  One element of the collaboration, around the IoTSF Self Certification Working Group, will be discussed tomorrow in London at the IoTSF Conference 2016 entitled Building an Internet of Trust.

”The prpl Foundation and the IoTSF share a belief that security is a fundamental requirement to the enablement and adoption of connected devices,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation.  “We are delighted to work together to advance the many aspects of IoT security to make its widespread use less risky so consumers can use the IoT to its full potential safely.”

IoTSF members will be invited to participate in the prpl Security and Virtualization Working Group which explores the application of hardware virtualization to create security by separation at the most basic level: the hardware itself.  prpl members will be invited to take part in the IoTSF’s Self Certification work which is focused on determining a comprehensive security assurance framework for firms throughout the IoT supply chain which is accessible to all and readily actionable.

“With digital and communications technologies permeating all aspects of modern life, the IoT is considered by many to be the next evolution of the Internet,” said John Moor, Managing Director of the IoT Security Foundation. “Yet there are many challenges ahead and industry must work together to agree on ethics as well as standards.  Both IoTSF and prpl agree that security must be forged into the design of embedded computing devices and therefore collaborating on joint projects and complementing each other’s work can only be viewed as a positive for society as a whole.”

Both parties will work continually to increase the span of influence and establish a “supply chain of trust” in which all IoT stakeholders can play a part towards creating a more secure IoT. This will be achieved through mutual cooperation and participating in each other’s closely aligning projects and working groups as well as industry events and activities.  The organizations have also agreed to work to a mutually agreed code of ethics based on trust and collaboration.

“As a participant in both prpl and the IoTSF, I look forward to the progress that we can help make towards securing connected devices at a time when it has never been more important,” said Majid Bemanian, Director of Networking & Storage, Segment Marketing at Imagination, who sits on the Board of Directors for the IoTSF and co-chairs the Security Group at the prpl Foundation. “As an industry, we are on the cusp of a crucial tipping point, so the time is now to leverage the power of open source and community collaboration to make security an instrumental aspect of IoT from SoC inception to full operation, rather than an afterthought.”

The IoTSF Conference 2016 will take place on Tuesday, 6th December at the IET Savoy Place in London.  Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist for the prpl Foundation will show a live demo of the prplSecurity™ Framework during the session entitled “In Silicon we Trust: How to Fix the Internet of Broken Things”; and Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation will take part in a panel discussion called “United We Stand; Addressing the Bigger Challenges of IoT Security with Collaboration”.

About prpl Foundation

prpl (pronounced “Purple”) is a community driven, non-profit organization with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices for the IoT and smart society of the future. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers.

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prpl Foundation and CABA create important alliance to advance smart home security

Open source foundation joins forces with leading smart home and building organization

November 28, 2016 – SANTA CLARA, CA

Today, the not for profit prpl Foundation, an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, foundation with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures, announced a significant collaboration with the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The mutual alliance will see both membership groups working together on research projects and whitepapers to improve standards in smart home security.

“prpl’s alliance with CABA is an incredibly important step in the advancement of smart home technology,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “By collaborating with CABA’s wealth of smart home security experts and members, we will work together to provide high quality research and guidance that will push IoT industry standards to make sure that consumers are kept safe as connected device usage in their homes grows.”

Prpl’s recent Smart Home Security Report found that the smart home isn’t coming, it’s already here and device adoption in certain cases has reached a tipping point despite it being woefully insecure. By aligning itself with CABA, an organization that is supported by an international membership of nearly 350 companies and 25,000+ industry professionals, the two organizations will progress security developments within smart home technologies.

“We are delighted to enter this alliance with the prpl Foundation as a demonstration of our commitment to developing industry standards and protocols across industry initiatives,” said Ron Zimmer, president and CEO of CABA. “We look forward to participating in prpl’s vibrant, open-source communities, in particular the security working group, and collaborating on future smart home projects.”

The prpl Foundation promotes the use of open source software to better security and interoperability of the Internet of Things (IoT). It has created a comprehensive framework for Securing Critical Areas of Embedded Computing, a peer-reviewed, actionable guide that has been put in to practice with a successful proof of concept.

“IoT security is not a problem that is going to be fixed by one single entity, it will take the industry at large to get involved to create communities and advance our knowledge of the subject matter,” said Swift. “Prpl is pleased to be working with CABA and welcomes the opportunity to work with others to promote better standards for IoT and making the connected world more secure for consumers.”

About the prpl Foundation
prpl (pronounced “Purple”), is an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation targeting and supporting the MIPS architecture — and open to others — with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers. Initial domains targeted by prpl include datacenter, networking & storage, connected consumer and embedded/IoT.

About CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The organization is supported by an international membership of over 330 organizations involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. More information is available at www.caba.org.

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prpl Foundation collaborating with FCC Working Group

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prpl community manager Eric Schultz collaborating with Software Configurable Radio sub-group

Monday, 21 November 2016 – SANTA CLARA, CA

It was confirmed today that Eric Schultz, community manager for the not for profit prpl Foundation, the open-source, community-driven, collaborative, foundation with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures, has been collaborating with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technological Advisory Council Software Configurable Radios Sub-Working Group. In this role, Schultz will help educate and guide other TAC members on how proposed FCC regulations may affect the open source community and the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) — and explore how the various stakeholders can better work together.

According to Schultz, “It’s exciting to be able to share the viewpoints of the open source community as part of the overall effort to investigate how to strike an appropriate balance between protecting the radio spectrum from interference, while still allowing innovation and the flexible addition of features. These issues have been at the core of prpl Foundation and OpenWrt projects in which I participate.”

The move is very significant for the prpl Foundation which can act as a bridge between the IoT industry, the open source community, regulators and consumers, who each have different views regarding the security of IoT that are sometimes at odds. The prpl Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Embedded Computing framework fills these gaps and makes sure each stakeholder group is appeased.

“Regulators have a difficult job in ensuring the finite resource of the wireless spectrum is fairly and securely shared, while at the same time preserving the ability of developers and hobbyists to innovate in wireless devices. Home gateways and wireless routers are rapidly evolving to become the IoT hubs of the connected home, and continued innovation here is crucial to the safe and secure development of the IoT,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “If we can help regulators see that by using open standards for IoT, we can keep innovation very much alive and keep consumers safe as well — it’s a winning situation on all fronts.

“I am delighted Eric is collaborating with the FCC TAC to help disperse this message and we can all work together to meet the real requirements of regulators like the FCC in order to fix the broken Internet of Things.”

About prpl
prpl (pronounced “Purple”), is an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation targeting and supporting the MIPS architecture – and open to others – with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers. Initial domains targeted by prpl include datacenter, networking & storage, connected consumer and embedded/IoT. See: www.prplfoundation.org.

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prpl Foundation Adds Carrier Interest Group to Shape the Future of Smart Home Technology

New Group Borne out of Former Home Gateway Initiative to Meet Needs of Major International Carriers for the Digital Home and IoT

SANTA CLARA, CA — The prpl Foundation, the open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures, has announced the formation of its first Carrier Interest Group (CIG). The charter of the CIG is to ensure that the technical needs of major international carriers are represented and communicated to the wider prpl community and contribute to prpl’s coordinated response to new regulations put forth by government agencies, such as the FCC in the US, which potentially limit the use of open source software.

The new group will also help define possible new enhancements for OpenWrt software and hardware with the aim to produce carrier-grade, commercial standards for improving the security of home gateway, home network and smart home devices.

Wojtek Makowski, CTO of the French embedded software for the digital home company, SoftAtHome, and Pasquale Bombino, VP of engineering at connected solutions specialist ADB, will co-chair the prpl Carrier Interest Group and lead the way in shaping its guidance and recommendations. Both companies are key providers of CPE software for network and television operators.

“This is a great opportunity to blur two worlds (open source and commercial entities) that are much closer than they are perceived; through prpl we have the concrete possibility to speed-up carrier-grade products leveraging the power of the distributed and cooperative approach typical of open source communities,” said Pasquale Bombino, VP of engineering at ADB and co-chair of the prpl Carrier Interest Group.

“The prpl Foundation represents a structured, credible, reliable approach to foster common efforts of the industry and key open source communities, such as OpenWrt, to build innovative software solutions,” said Wojtek Makowski, co-chair of the prpl Carrier Interest Group and CTO of SoftAtHome. “The prpl Carrier Interest Group in particular will act as a bridge between open source communities and commercial entities, such as carriers and their technology ecosystem, to help narrow the gap between the requirements of both sides.”

Earlier this year, the Home Gateway Initiative announced its dissolution after it fulfilled its mission to set out key specifications for home gateways, home networks and the smart home. The prpl Foundation aims to further this initial work by developing the use of open standards to help manufacturers make their products and components more secure and interoperable.

“The prpl Foundation is uniquely positioned to carry on the good work that the HGI has started with its HGI Virtualization document published earlier this year,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “We have a proven track record in what it takes to be successful when working with open standards through our vibrant, active community and an outstanding ability to deliver quality, peer-reviewed and actionable guidance. We are pleased to welcome ADB and SoftAtHome to prpl and hope others see the potential of IoT in the home to become much safer and more secure in the future.”

The first meeting of the prpl Carrier Interest Group took place in Paris on the 28th and 29th of June and assembled key members of prpl, the OpenWrt and related developer communities, as well as major software vendors providing software for the carriers, CPE equipment providers, chipset vendors, and members of the Broadband Forum.

“SoftAtHome was pleased to host this first face-to-face meeting. Carrier inputs were much appreciated and the meeting clearly showed that an open source community and commercial entities can work together in a coordinated manner,” concluded Makowski.

About prpl
prpl (pronounced “Purple”), is an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation targeting and supporting the MIPS architecture — and open to others — with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers. Initial domains targeted by prpl include datacenter, networking & storage, connected consumer and embedded/IoT.

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prpl Foundation Unveils the First Open Source Hypervisor for the Internet of Things

Debut of the prplHypervisor™ to occur at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas

SANTA CLARA, CA — The prpl Foundation today announced the upcoming debut of the prplHypervisor™ at the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas. The prplHypervisor™ is an industry-first light-weight open source hypervisor specifically designed to provide security through separation for the billions of embedded connected devices that power the Internet of Things.

A principle set out in the Security Guidance for Embedded Computing published by prpl in early 2016, security through separation is key to fixing the fatal security flaws plaguing the IoT. “From theft of personal information and financial data to remote takeover of devices which could bring harm to the public, it’s in the interest of every stakeholder in the connected device supply chain to ensure that these devices are designed first for security,” said Art Swift, president, prpl Foundation.

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IoT Innovation in the Spotlight as prpl Foundation Continues to Grow

prpl Foundation adds four new members: ADB, Baikal, SoftAtHome, and Intrinsic-ID

7 Thursday July 2016 – SANTA CLARA, CA

prpl Foundation, the open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation supporting the next gen connected devices industry, has today announced the addition of four new members that will help steer the future of the Internet of Things (IoT). The companies joining consist of ADB, the Swiss connected solutions specialist; Russian semiconductor firm Baikal Electronics; SoftAtHome, the French embedded software for the digital home company; and Intrinsic-ID, a specialist in Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF) for securing connected devices, who will also be helping with the advancement of a prpl PUF project.

“This is a really exciting time for the prpl Foundation,” said Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation. “With the addition of these innovative companies from around the world that represent some of the best in their fields, we can continue our cutting edge projects and work that will ultimately make IoT more open, interoperable and secure – three facets that are currently missing from many of today’s connected devices.”

One such new and exciting project is working with Intrinsic-ID and other PUF technology specialists to create an open source initiative called prpl PUF. The aim for the initiative is to establish strong a hardware-based root of trust across potentially billions of devices. Using PUF technology, IoT applications can greatly simplify the provisioning and management of cryptographic keys to authenticate, and protect data across the network.

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Open source and virtualization provide a powerful combination for wireless routers

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Back in March 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – a government agency tasked with regulating interstate communications in the United States – issued a security document that included a series of provisions related to the use of wireless devices that operate in the U-NII radio bands.

In essence, the FCC wanted the manufacturers of routers and other networking equipment to provide tightly defined access paths to all wireless transmission devices. Unfortunately, the FCC proposal is likely to result in OEMs locking down the whole firmware of their routers and thus preventing consumers from installing the open source operating system or software of their choice (e.g. OpenWrt or DD-WRT.)

In order to offer a compromise, one solution would be to virtually separate the radio from the base software. This approach allows only authorized entities (e.g. the operators) to make the necessary changes and updates to the critical radio settings specified by the FCC.

Over the last year, the prpl Foundation has been working hard to provide this viable solution that allows networking devices to run open firmware while still complying with the FCC guidelines on Wi-Fi usage.

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