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BLACKBERRY IOT PLATFORM TO DELIVER NEW AUTOMOTIVE EXPERIENCES THROUGH SECURE OVER-THE-AIR UPDATES

Solution leverages BlackBerry's secure global network to help automakers reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction.

BlackBerry demonstrated its next-generation over-the-air (OTA) update solution, which will help automakers cut maintenance costs, reduce expensive recalls, improve customer satisfaction, and keep vehicles up to date with compelling new features long after they have rolled off the assembly line. The OTA update solution is part of the BlackBerry® IoT Platform and is designed to deliver secure, globally scalable update services for maintaining and enhancing the software in infotainment systems, telematics units, and other end-points in the vehicle.

Today's vehicles contain tens of millions of lines of software code, running on dozens of processors. Often, code must be updated to improve functionality, to fix issues, or to deliver new applications to infotainment systems. However, the conventional, reactive approach of physically updating vehicle software is costly, inconvenient, and time-consuming. The BlackBerry OTA solution can address these problems by leveraging an architecture based on a decade of software update expertise.

BlackBerry has applied its proven experience in updating more than 100 million globally distributed devices to the unique hardware, operating system, and application needs of the automotive sector.

The new OTA update solution is hosted within BlackBerry's secure network and can scale to millions of vehicles, enabling automakers to cost effectively manage their worldwide fleets. It can also address the unique demands of each automaker, providing an OS-agnostic solution that can adapt to different vehicle electronic designs. As a result, automakers can address issues or add new features to enhance the customer experience, faster and at less cost.

"Offering over-the-air updates to automakers is a core capability of our IoT platform, and BlackBerry is doing it with the gold-standard security that the auto industry demands," said Steve West, Senior Director of Business Development for IoT, BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "Our infrastructure provides automakers with a hosted, global solution, built from years of technology and deployment know-how, that can lower costs and help them get to market faster. BlackBerry offers a unique combination of security, reliability, and scalability, and we have proven results, delivering tens of millions of updates per year in over 100 countries."

Connect the QNX CAR Platform to the BlackBerry IoT Platform
With powerful analytics and world-class security, the BlackBerry IoT Platform allows cars running the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment to be easily connected to the Internet-of-Things (IoT).

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These IoT-connected cars can share their data (e.g., fuel level, GPS location, etc.) and all that data is immediately available to other IoT-connected devices. This data is useful for generating reports, retrieving statistical information on usage, getting logs, or mining any other information required.

 

For example:

>> reports of the cars that require service based on the distance driven

>> get logs of issues and alerts about the car
 

The BlackBerry IoT Platform provides the QNX Agent, which makes it quick to connect the QNX CAR platform to the cloud push data from the device to the cloud.


Today, applications that run on the QNX CAR platform write much of their data to the Persistent Publish/Subscribe (PPS) service, which provides a publish and subscribe messaging system. Adding the QNX Agent to the system is easy and it's possible to remotely configure any of the data objects to publish with no code changes to the application. Multiple cars can be connected in the same way, which allows other devices to perform analytics or queries on the data from the cars, provided that those device have the necessary permissions (capabilities).

Today, applications that run on the QNX CAR platform write much of their data to the Persistent Publish/Subscribe (PPS) service, which provides a publish and subscribe messaging system. Adding the QNX Agent to the system is easy and it's possible to remotely configure any of the data objects to publish with no code changes to the application. Multiple cars can be connected in the same way, which allows other devices to perform analytics or queries on the data from the cars, provided that those device have the necessary permissions (capabilities).

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