BlackBerry introduces new security system for connected vehicles, ITS, and smart cities


Canadian communications technology company BlackBerry is helping the private and public sectors come together to accelerate the development of smart cities and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) with a security credential management system (SCMS) service. 

According to the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), as connected vehicle applications exchange information among vehicles, roadway infrastructure, traffic management centers and wireless mobile devices, a security system is needed to ensure that users can trust the validity of information received from other systems.

BlackBerry is addressing this need by making available, with no service fees, to auto makers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle pilots, a SCMS service that provides the mechanism for vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, 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) that can manage certificates on behalf of an organization or an entire ecosystem.

The service is designed to scale to support national and transnational deployments, enabling 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 optimized for high-volume vehicle production.

BlackBerry’s new service was interoperability-tested in multiple OmniAir Consortium PlugFests earlier this year. The company’s first project using the new SCMS service will be in partnership with Invest Ottawa, which will make use of it within a secure 10-mile (16km) road autonomous vehicle (AV) test track that resembles a miniature city, complete with pavement markings, traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks.

“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 program 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.”

John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, commented, “The future of autonomous vehicles cannot be realized until intelligent transportation systems are put in place. By removing barriers such as security, privacy and cost, we believe our SCMS service will help accelerate the many smart city and connected vehicle pilot programs taking place around the world.”

Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, noted, “Our government is focused on ensuring all Canadians stand to benefit from digital transformation.‎ BlackBerry’s commitment to advancing smart cities is yet another step forward for Canadian innovation.

“Building on Canada’s promising advancements in the field of autonomous vehicles, it will help our communities use information and communications technology in a way that is secure and safe, to improve their residents’ lives.”

BlackBerry introduces new security system for connected vehicles, ITS, and smart cities

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