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BlackBerry launches security credential system to build trust into smart cities

The management system provides a mechanism for vehicles and infrastructure to exchange information in a trustworthy and private manner

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Vehicles can exchange secure and trustworthy information with roadway infrastructure
Vehicles can exchange secure and trustworthy information with roadway infrastructure

BlackBerry is introducing a security credential management system (SCMS) service designed for smart cities and intelligent transportation systems.

 

It aims to help build trust in information exchanged across systems and is free to automakers and public offices undertaking smart cities and connected vehicle pilots.

 

Digital certificates

 

The service provides the mechanism for vehicles, infrastructure, such as traffic lights and traffic management centres to exchange information in a trustworthy and private manner using digital certificates.

 

The SCMS service is based on BlackBerry’s Certicom technology and offers a secure and reliable hosted public key infrastructure (PKI) which can manage certificates on behalf of an organisation or an entire ecosystem.

 

“BlackBerry is taking a major step forward in support of smart city and connected car development efforts,” said Roger Lanctot, director automotive connected mobility at research and analytics firm, Strategy Analytics.

 

He added: “While regulators are still in the process of defining what such a system might look like and how it will be deployed, BlackBerry’s offering will allow for the testing of various concepts and technologies right away in support of inter-vehicle and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure applications.”

 

The service is designed to scale to support national and transnational deployments, allowing OEMs and public officials to take advantage of a turnkey cloud-based service for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) certificate issuance and lifecycle management. BlackBerry can also support hybrid SCMS solutions optimised for high-volume vehicle production.

“While regulators are still in the process of defining what such a system might look like and how it will be deployed, BlackBerry’s offering will allow for the testing of various concepts and technologies right away”

BlackBerry’s new SCMS service has been interoperability tested in multiple OmniAir Consortium PlugFests held earlier this year.

 

The company’s first project using the new SCMS service will be in partnership with Invest Ottawa, which will leverage it within a secure 16km road network that criss-crosses 4,200 acres and resembles a miniature city, complete with pavement markings, traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks all embedded with smart infrastructure designed to make use of AV generated data.

 

“We are delighted to partner with BlackBerry to demonstrate this SCMS service in a variety of V2X applications,” said Kelly Daize, director of the CAV programme at Invest Ottawa. “Our integrated public and private AV test tracks are equipped with GPS, DSRC, Wi-Fi, 4G/LTE and 5G, making this the first AV test environment of its kind in North America. We look forward to leveraging the world-class security and analytic capabilities of BlackBerry and making them available to innovators, firms, and regions to accelerate the secure deployment of AVs, intelligent transportation systems, and smart cities.”

 

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