WISeKey Appoints Blockchain Valley Ventures to Lead the Initial Coin Offering of WISeCoin

The WISeCoin IoT CryptoCurrency Smart Payment technology revolutionizes the way objects conduct financial transactions

Geneva, Davos – May 14, 2018: WISeKey International Holding Ltd (WIHN.SW) (“WISeKey”), a leading global cybersecurity company, and Blockchain Valley Ventures (BVV), a Swiss-based accelerator and venture firm incubating, developing and investing in blockchain-enabled businesses, announced today their partnership to launch the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of WISeCoin (https://youtu.be/Np9c9aAjOrM). BVV, a spin-off of Lykke Corporation, will provide advisory services to launch the WISeCoin ICO in Switzerland. The WISeCoin token will be available for trade on the Lykke Exchange as soon as the regulatory process is completed. This listing is a significant development for WISeCoin, that will use Switzerland as a base for its global deployment.

The WISeCoin IoT CryptoCurrency Smart Payment has vowed to revolutionize the way objects communicate with one another in financial transactions. WISeCoin, secured by WISeKey Semiconductors, offers connected objects the ability to initiate, establish and complete financial transactions for every-day items. Each connected object is equipped with WISeKey’s Secure Element consisting of a tamper resistant silicon chip, called VaultIC184. This technology, based on a state-of- the-art secure microcontroller, allows device manufacturers an easy integration of the chip, and is offered as a provisioning service to transfer the burden of device personalization to WISeKey’s secure Personalization Center. It is a next-generation technology designed from the ground up to be the data and value transfer layer for the Machine Economy.

WISeKey is using WISeCoin, its own cryptocurrency, as a method of payment between connected objects, and WISeKey’s mission is to become an emerging powerhouse in the global cryptocurrency market by supporting the development of economies built on blockchain technology. WISeKey has tested the technology on cars, allowing these cars to pay for electricity, gas and parking through the integration of WISeCoin crypto wallets at the Secure Element Chip level.

To empower a seamless cryptocurrency enabled for IoT connections, WISeCoin is supplemented with highly secured solutions such as biometrics-driven hardware wallets, integrated exchange platforms, MicroChips Blockchain enabled semiconductors, and NFC-based contactless payment solutions.

Moreover, VaultIC405S, a versatile flavor WISeKey’s security module complements the WISeKey offer and is a perfect solution for companies providing multi-network IoT solutions requiring a state-of-the- art security coverage on all network types to execute cryptocurrency payments between connected objects. Designed for low cost, power and surface constrained devices, it provides industry standard I2C connectivity, very low power consumption and a very small footprint. The hardware interface is based on combining efficient microcontrollers to so called crypto-accelerators, while the software interface connects this combination to the web, mobile phones, reader systems and radio frequency systems like NFC, Bluetooth, ZigBee and low power wide area networks.

WISeKey has built one of the most innovative smart tags in the industry. Its VaultIC 15x series is delivering asymmetric key algorithms in energy harvesting mode. Since crypto-chips can operate without batteries, using only the energy of induction field of a mobile phone with NFC capability, it is easy and convenient to embed them into any device, thus protecting their authenticity and provenance. Extending the capability of the VaultIC with industrial bus systems like I2C, SPI, UART solves all critical issues of machine identity related to IoT, sensor and actuator networks, smart city, smart plans, etc.

VaultIC184 and VaultIC405S are part of WISeKey’s global end-to-end scalable security framework WISeKeyIoT, a Public Key Infrastructure based overall response system designed to mitigate the ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks in IoT. Securing vulnerable IoT devices, from security cameras to smartphones, is essential to allow these connected devices to perform secure cryptocurrency payments. Unsecure connected devices can be hijacked by hackers and turned into tools to mine cryptocurrencies, and the computing power of all these gadgets can be used to mine the digital coins.

WISeCoin Crypto Keys are already stored in the most secure Datacenter in the market, inside a former military granite bunker, built in the Swiss Alps. This bunker has been transformed to provide an ultra-secure environment for data and IT. The bunker has all the required accreditations – from IT security certifications such as the ISO 27001, to the impressive EM-SHIELD seal – needed to certify protection of data from electromagnetic pulses, nuclear catastrophes or terrorist attacks. Following the acquisition of QuoVadis Trustlink Schweiz AG by WISeKey, the WISeKey Bunker is also securely hosting and operating critical infrastructures dedicated to SuisseID trust services.

WISeCoin Global deployment will benefit from the universal OISTE Cryptographic Root of Trust which has been actively installed since 1999 to over 2.6 billion desktops, browsers, mobile devices, SSL certificates and Internet of Things’ devices. The OISTE WISeKey Cryptographic Root of Trust is ubiquitous and universal, and a pioneer in the creation of cryptographic based identities.

About Blockchain Valley Ventures (BVV)

Blockchain Valley Ventures (BVV) is a new accelerator and venture firm incubating, developing and investing in blockchain-enabled businesses. A spin-off from Lykke Corporation, a pioneer in blockchain-powered trading and blockchain-based business models, BVV investments are done from own funding for incubation stages and through investment vehicles, such as the Blockchain Investment Opportunities Note, in cooperation with Vicenda. Located in heart of the Crypto Valley in Zug, Switzerland, BVV operates within and supports the world’s most advanced and experienced ecosystem of blockchain companies, blockchain-experienced lawyers, auditors, tax advisors and financial regulators. www.bvventures.ch.

About WISeKey

WISeKey (SIX Swiss Exchange: WIHN) is a leading global cybersecurity company currently deploying large scale digital identity ecosystems with a patented process. WISeKey’s Swiss based cryptographic Root of Trust (“RoT”) provides secure authentication and identification, in both physical and virtual environments, for the Internet of Things, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. The WISeKey RoT serves as a common trust anchor to ensure the integrity of on-line transactions among objects and between objects and people.

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For further information, please contact:

WISeKey International Holding Ltd 

Company Contact:  Carlos Moreira

Chairman & CEO

Tel: +41 22 594 3000

info@wisekey.com
WISeKey Investor Relations (US)

The Equity Group, Inc.

Lena Cati

212-836-9611

lcati@equityny.com 
Blockchain Valley Ventures

Anna Rozwandowicz

Head of Communications

+31 619 630 590 

anna.rozwandowicz@bvventures.ch 

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