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BlackBerry joins OmniAir consortium “to build secure autonomous future”

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BlackBerry has joined the OmniAir Consortium as an executive member to, it says, help advance the testing, certification, and deployment of technologies for connected vehicles and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

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.

“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 realise 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.”

Available later this year, 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.  The company says it 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 authorised Certificate Authorities and use those certificates to sign V2X messages.

“We are delighted to have BlackBerry as part of OmniAir and help us progress our efforts to standardise 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.”

 
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