Developed in a multivendor project partnership including the IUNO members Wibu-Systems and TRUMPF, the drinks mixer works by combining a technology data marketplace – a repository of drinks that would-be vendors can add their favorite recipes to – with a secure data transmission concept and similarly protected front-end hardware. With a selection of recipes at the customer’s disposal, the drinks are chosen from the custom-made sales platform (at https://iuno.axoom.cloud) and paid for by Testnet Bitcoin. Once the customer has made his or her selection and the Bitcoin transaction has been processed, the technology marketplace sends the order for the right recipe in fully encrypted form to the physical mixer, using Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter License Central - the cloud solution for license management - to do the heavy lifting of encrypting, licensing, and securing the operation.
In the mixer itself, a CodeMeter dongle provides an anchor of trust for the protected operating software of the mixer and for the mixer’s correct identity in its transaction with the IUNO marketplace, using an industry-grade Infineon SLM 97 security controller. At no stage in the supply chain can the recipe be read out or tampered with, neither in the cloud marketplace nor in its transmission or in the mixer itself.
On top of protecting the IP in the recipes, the CodeMeter technology is used to enforce the licensing for each recipe. Only the paid number of items (drinks in this case) can be produced. The encrypted recipe is worthless without the corresponding license which defines the amount of goods allowed for production.
As in more regular manufacturing operations, the manufacturer of the technology (the mixer) and the vendor of the product (the recipe) – who could be one and the same or separate entities – can rest assured that their intellectual property is safe and sound.