BlackBerry is offering a new security service free of charge to support the development of smart cities and intelligent transportation systems.
The company’s Security Credential Management System (SCMS) service provides a mechanism for vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, to exchange information privately and in a trustworthy manner using digital certificates.
Based on BlackBerry’s Certicom technology, the SCMS service offers a secure, hosted Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) that can manage certificates on behalf of an organisation or an entire ecosystem. This ensures that connected vehicles and other users can trust the validity of information received from other systems.
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 explained. The company can also support hybrid SCMS solutions optimised for high-volume vehicle production.
SCMS is being made available with no service fees to car makers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle pilots.
“The future of autonomous vehicles cannot be realised until intelligent transportation systems are put in place,” commented John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. “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 programmes taking place around the world.”
The first deployment of SCMS will be in partnership with Invest Ottawa within a secure 16-kilometre road autonomous vehicle (AV) test track that resembles a miniature city, complete with pavement markings, traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crossings, where it will be demonstrated in a variety of V2X applications.