Harman to co-develop international smart mobility cybersecurity test facility in Israel


Harman International, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, in cooperation with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, CYMOTIVE Technologies, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories, and JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners), have announced the launch of the International Cyber Security Smart Mobility Analysis and Research Test (SMART) Range in Israel.

The SMART Range will fulfill the vision of an automotive development ‘playground’ in a smart-city environment, an innovation hub serving auto makers, Tier 1 auto suppliers, and academic research institutions, for the testing and the certification of automotive cybersecurity, autonomous driving, and smart mobility technologies. The SMART Range will function as a living lab within a smart-city environment, encompassing all aspects of future mobility systems, including public transportation, private vehicles, and personal mobility devices. The range will simulate a complex reality and enable effective testing of advanced technologies, assessment of human-machine-environment interfaces, evaluation of transport solutions in a future networked reality, and operability and robustness testing of software and hardware systems against cyber threats.

The Range will feature the unique ability to combine the highest-level practical knowledge possessed by leading commercial organizations, together with advanced academic research. This cooperation will enable the center to further its main objectives:

Promotion of innovation in the smart mobility arena; Advancement of global cybersecurity regulations for smart mobility systems; Cybersecurity certification for smart mobility software and hardware systems; Global leadership in the definition, assessment and verification of the resilience of smart mobility systems to cyber threats.

“Autonomous driving will not succeed without a strong cybersecurity infrastructure that protects our cars, devices and roadways from dangerous intrusions, and no one organization can meet the ever-changing technology requirements that connectivity will demand,” said Saar Dickman, VP of automotive cybersecurity at Harman. “This collaboration brings together leading players in cybersecurity in the leading region for this work – Israel – to test and develop valuable standards that will benefit multiple industries and ultimately society.”

Prof. Rivka Carmi, president of Ben-Gurion University, added, “The SMART Range represents a natural stride forward in light of the university’s broad and diverse research activities in the fields of technology, autonomous robotics, information technology and cybersecurity, while fulfilling the university’s role as a leader in developing innovation and excellence in Beer-Sheva.”

Harman is a member of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), the industry organization that acts as a central resource for gathering information on cyber threats to the automotive industry and providing two-way sharing of information between the private and public sector.

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