BlackBerry continues to work on the security of connected vehicles with its latest business move. The company has joined the OmniAir Consortium as an executive member to help advance the testing, certification, and deployment of technologies for connected vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
“The future of connected vehicles relies on secure communication between vehicles and city infrastructure, other vehicles, and smart devices,” said Jim Alfred, vice president and GM of BlackBerry Certicom. “In order to realize this potential, cars need to talk to one another and to their environment in the same language and with the same protocols to ensure they can trust that communication. The new security credential management system we are announcing today will enhance the security, trustworthiness, and ultimately the safety of V2X communications.”
The OmniAir Consortium develops testing and certification programs for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) devices as part of its mission to promote a robust, secure communications system for cooperative driving. OmniAir Consortium’s members work together to promote the deployment of secure and interoperable connected vehicle technologies. Members also work cooperatively to address technical challenges and to advance independent, third-party testing and certification.
“We are delighted to have BlackBerry as part of OmniAir and help us progress our efforts to standardize the certification process of V2X devices,” said Jason Conley, Executive Director for OmniAir. “Building and managing a V2X device certification program is critical to creating a secure and interoperable V2X ecosystem and BlackBerry’s deep expertise in operating Certification Authorities for the trusted device space will further strengthen OmniAir’s V2X interoperability program.”
V2X communication is the next frontier of connected car capability, allowing for real-time communication between vehicles, road-side equipment, city infrastructure, and smart devices. V2X connectivity provides information to enable safer driving, thereby helping to prevent accidents, reduce congestion and lower emissions through optimized mobility and improved traffic coordination. The success of V2X technology, however, depends on cybersecurity and the trusted verification of each and every message that is sent or received between and among cars and things like traffic lights or road signs. The system must be designed so that hackers cannot harm the public interest by modifying V2X messages in transit from certified devices.
Available in Fall 2018, BlackBerry’s security credential management system (SCMS) will secure the communication of vehicles with each other and with roadside equipment in two ways: digital signatures, which protect messages against manipulation, and certificates, which identify the sender as trustworthy.
BlackBerry’s SCMS will enable OEMs, suppliers, municipal infrastructure makers and roadside equipment manufacturers to implement V2X security protocols in their automotive embedded systems. Connected vehicles and devices will be able to enroll in the SCMS, obtain security certificates from authorized Certificate Authorities and use those certificates to sign V2X messages.