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Blockchain integrated in Reno's intelligent mobility initiative

The technology will be used by the University of Nevada to develop a new standard for attested data integrity between autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure.

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The university will begin simulated testing of Filament's Blocklet technology
The university will begin simulated testing of Filament's Blocklet technology

The University of Nevada, Reno city, and its intelligent mobility initiative conducted through the Nevada Centre for Applied Research (NCAR) has partnered with Filament to work on a blockchain-powered connected vehicle project.

 

The smart city initiative is using blockchain technology to validate and attest data communications between autonomous vehicles and surrounding street infrastructure with Lidar and dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) devices mounted at intersections.

 

Improving safety standards

 

The aim is to help improve safety standards and pave the way for autonomous and connected vehicles.

 

“The growth in the number of connected vehicles on roads will lead to an increase in the number of IoT devices, which can potentially create vulnerabilities,” said Carlos Cardillo, director of the Nevada Centre for Applied Research which facilitates the intelligent mobility initiative.

 

“Working with Filament as part of intelligent mobility will help us to create and validate secured data generated from the many connected Lidar devices including those in autonomous vehicles that will soon be a common feature in our cities and towns. We believe this can result in a new set of data integrity standards that others can follow when rolling out their own initiatives.”

 

The university will begin simulated testing of Filament’s Blocklet technology, with plans to soon integrate the technology into both an autonomous vehicle and the sensor infrastructure placed along defined routes to deliver a trustworthy record of events, enabling attested data exchange via blockchain transactions.

“We believe this can result in a new set of data integrity standards that others can follow when rolling out their own initiatives”

“This is an important project for all cities preparing for autonomous vehicles as it will demonstrate how secure distributed ledger technology combined with connected, driverless cars and their surroundings can become a trusted reality,” said Allison Clift-Jennings, CEO, Filament.

 

“For the project, the university’s test vehicles will accept only Blocklet-attested data transmissions, protecting them from potential bad actors or man-in-the-middle attacks. And with the data recorded on a blockchain, the shared root of trust is established for transparent exchange and transactions.”

 

The trial is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.

 

Filament claims its Blocklet products provide blockchain native tools and technology for enterprises and industrial corporations, enabling them to securely process and record transactions directly from IoT devices, secure RFID tags, vehicles, manufacturing equipment and other connected machines.

 

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