An IoT Platform for Military Avionics Security

DDC-I and Mocana announce plans to release an integrated IoT security platform.

(Image courtesy of DDC-I.)

(Image courtesy of DDC-I.)

Internet of Things (IoT) provider Mocana has teamed up with software developer DDC-I to create a military-grade IoT security platform for avionics. The partnership will see an integration of Mocana’s IoT Security Platform with DDC-I’s real-time operating system (RTOS) Deos.

The Mocana IoT Security Platform is a full-stack, device-to-cloud platform that promises mission-critical security for IoT endpoints.It provides device authentication and encryption, is OpenSSL compatible, can be customized in C/C++ and Java, and supports multiple networking environments, including IPsec, SSL, IP multicast and more.

Deos is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) time and space partitioned RTOS designed to host safety-critical avionics software. It’s multicore enabled, offers deterministic real-time response, and is fieldproven (or should that be skyproven?).

“We are pleased to be working with DDC-I to offer our joint customers an integrated platform that features best-in-class RTOS and security technology,” said Mocana CEO William Diotte. “Avionics developers now have a flexible, high-performance, off-the-shelf solution for delivering enhanced security and Internet connectivity.”

Mission-Critical Solutions

Both Mocana’s and DDC-I’s offerings are aimed toward mission-critical applications, and their solutions boast certifications to this effect. Mocana’s IoT Security Platform is FIPS 140-2 Level 1 validated (the Federal Information Processing Standard’s Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules), and contains no open-source code. Deos is DO-178B certified to Design Assurance Level (DAL) A, the highest level of the de facto standard for avionics software.

“Mocana and Deos bring trusted, military-grade security and cloud-based communications to connected commercial and military aircraft, including secure boot and secure update capabilities that are rapidly becoming requirements for avionics,” said DDC-I CEO Bob Morris. “Advanced safety-critical features like time/space partitioning and support for multiple isolated TCP/IP stacks make Deos an excellent platform for integrating and deploying applications that utilize Mocana’s innovative IoT security capabilities.”

For more stories about IoT aviation, read Partnership Uses IoT Data to Improve Aviation Safety and IoT Takes to the Skies With Microsoft and Rolls-Royce Collaboration.

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Michael Alba

Michael is a senior editor at He covers computer hardware, design software, electronics, and more. Michael holds a degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta.