Pivotel defies ‘one of the biggest computer disasters this decade’ with technology impervious to Meltdown and Spectre

Pivotel has assured customers that its line-up of hardware is unaffected by the world-wide Meltdown and Spectre calamity.

Pivotel CEO Peter Bolger said with many of its customers relying on satellite technology for commercial mining, resources, maritime and transport needs, security was paramount.

Mr Bolger said their specialised processors have been used to keep the products small and light, reduce power consumption and provide adequate speed, and in turn has meant circumventing the issues other providers will now be facing.

Accurate data is critical for operational efficiency. In the Internet of Things (IoT) space that we specialise in, devices generally rely on ARM Central Processing Units (CPUs) to capture and route information.

While many satellite providers use Windows-based machines which rely on the affected processors, Pivotel uses an entirely different processor.

In our small devices, we use embedded processors that don’t use caching or pre-fetching. In our larger devices, we use dual and quad core AMD processors. Essentially, this means our products are unaffected by the potential security breaches of Meltdown and Spectre.

We do note that the AMD processors in our larger units are susceptible to variant two of Spectre, however for a breach to occur it needs what is called an ‘OS kernel feature’ which is not present in our software, meaning our customers are safe-guarded.

Meltdown and Spectre is one of the biggest computer disasters this decade. We appreciate there will be many questions around the technology and welcome our customers to call our contact centre on 1300 882 448 for more information.