BlackBerry to unveil secure smart city traffic technology service

BlackBerry Inc. is attempting to aid in the creation of smart cities with a new service that provides the infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lights to exchange information in a secure manner.

The current Blackberry Inc. headquarters in Waterloo, ON. Photo by Hitman Abhi via Wikimedia Commons.
The current Blackberry Inc. headquarters  in Waterloo, ON. Pivoting from smartphones, the company is moving into the growing ‘smart cities’ market for new data analytics and traffic management. Photo by Hitman Abhi via Wikimedia Commons.

The Waterloo-based tech company says it will not charge service fees for automakers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle pilots to use the Security Credential Management System service.

BlackBerry says the service is necessary in a smart city for ensuring that users can trust the validity of information received from other systems.

BlackBerry says its service will first be used in conjunction with Invest Ottawa, which will leverage it for a 16-kilometre road autonomous vehicle test track.

The track will resemble a miniature city, complete with pavement markings, traffic lights, stop signs, and pedestrian crosswalks.

The announcement of the service further signals BlackBerry’s shift away from its past life as a smartphone company and towards software and security services, including its QNX business, which is focused on the automotive sector.

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