Swatch Group and CSEM to promote "Swiss made" OS ecosystem

February 06, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Long-term partners Swatch Group and CSEM announced they are working on the development of a unique Swiss made ecosystem to secure small connected objects and more particularly watches, built around a tailor made operating system.

The objective of this "Swiss made" initiative is to ensure the security and absolute protection of data owing to the operating system’s independence and autonomy as opposed to large international software corporations, mainly American. As well as guaranteeing ultra-low power operation for greater self-sufficiency, the two companies aim for durability. The system is designed to last and does not need regular updates, bucking the trend of planned and programmed obsolescence seen in consumer electronics.

The ecosystem, which is bespoke and designed right from the start for miniaturization, will consist of a combination of an operating system, integrated circuits for data processing and transmission, as well as development tools, all of which are optimized to operate together to maximize self-sufficiency and guarantee security.

This will be the first time that such a holistic approach has been used anywhere in the world for connected objects, claim the companies, hoping to launch the first products by the end of 2018.

The operating system developed in partnership with CSEM is only the first stage and new future low-power-consumption applications are already planned by the two partners, thanks to their expertise in integrating small objects.

Swatch Group, which holds shares in CSEM, will, in particular, contribute its expertise in the key area of batteries, thanks to its Renata subsidiary, a company that specializes in the field but, more especially, in microbatteries intended for electronic applications, as well as the field of integrated circuits with EM Microelectronic, also a company of the Swatch Group.

Furthermore, the project will benefit from CSEM's leading position in the field of very-low-consumption circuits and systems, as well as its vast portfolio of technologies applied to connected objects.

Visit the Swatch group at www.swatchgroup.com

Visit the CSEM at www.csem.ch