BlackBerry said it is launching a security credential management service designed for smart cities and transportations services so autonomous vehicles can securely communicate with infrastructure. The Security Credential Management Service (SCMS) is available with no service fees for public office and automakers with smart city and connected vehicle pilots. The effort is part of BlackBerry’s push into the Internet of things, transportation and smart cities. According to Mark Wilson, BlackBerry CMO, the SCMS service will initially launch in Ottawa for an autonomous vehicle test track under the Invest Ottawa program. The system allows infrastructure like traffic lights to connect to vehicles as well as manage public keys to exchange information. For BlackBerry, the SCMS service is part of a stack designed for automakers and companies and governments involved in smart infrastructure. BlackBerry’s QNX operating system has a large footprint in the automotive industry. BlackBerry also has a security service portfolio and recently acquired Cylance to build out the business. Jim Alfred, general manager of BlackBerry’s Certicom, said the SCMS service is designed for transnational deployments connecting roadways, cities and vehicles. He noted that the U.S. Department of Transportation has pilots for connected vehicles and information exchange. “We built up a production system that can interoperate with connected vehicle pilots as well as new pilots,” he said. What is the Internet of Things? Everything you need to know about the IoT right now | One intelligent transportation of the use case would be a traffic system telling a car and driver… [Read full story]
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