GEMALTO EMPOWERS SMARTPHONE-BASED DIGITAL VEHICLE KEY
Securely lock/unlock and start your car using your smartphone
Amsterdam - Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is providing its Trusted Services Hub (TSH) to support Daimler AG's new smartphone-based 'digital vehicle key' for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range. The premium car maker's innovative solution gives drivers the freedom to lock/unlock and start their vehicles using nothing more than an NFC smartphone. Gemalto's TSH enables seamless and secure over-the-air deployment of the digital keys to any type of phone that supports the solution.
With the key safely downloaded to a secure element* via Gemalto's TSH, drivers can lock/unlock their cars by simply placing the smartphone against the door handle. The engine can also be turned on with the phone in the charging tray of the dashboard and pressing the start button. Capable of operating even if the phone battery** is drained, the need to carry a conventional key is eliminated. As an integral part of the 'Mercedes me connect' program, the digital vehicle key will connect seamlessly with services that meet the demands of modern mobility and digital lifestyles.
"Digitalization demands that companies harness their expertise to forge strong relationships with all stakeholders within the connected car ecosystem," said Christine Caviglioli, vice president New Mobility Solutions at Gemalto. "For Daimler AG, this aim is fully supported by our solutions, which enable it to offer customers innovative services through their preferred device, without compromising security."
*A Secure Element is a tamper resistant hardware platform, capable of securely hosting applications and storing confidential and cryptographic data. It can be found in a SIM provided by a Mobile Network Operator and/or an eSE (embedded Secure Element) built into phone handset by OEMs."
**up to 10 door lock / unlock in the next 24h if the smartphone device supports this functionality
The Virtual Car Key Valeo InBlue™ example
Gemalto teamed up with Valeo to develop the Virtual Car Key system Valeo InBlue™, which leverages the Gemalto Trusted Services Hub (TSH) security solution. This solution provides secure Over-the-Air (OTA) deployment and lifecycle management of applications and sensitive credentials for vehicles. Our security solutions make sure virtual car keys are securely sent to smartphones and stored with a high level of security that is comparable with current mobile payment solutions, deployed with banks around the world. The Valeo InBlue™ solution is based around on-board equipment, connected to a Software Development Kit (SDK) hosting a secured virtual car key, provided by the Valeo cloud-based platform.
With Valeo InBlue®, authorized users can remotely register new connected devices for use with a vehicle and receive vehicle information such as car location and fuel level, enabling easy secured car sharing and simplified rentals.
Gemalto is a pioneer of secure connected car technology and its proven Trusted Service Hub has helped us deliver next generation services with enhanced security for drivers and car manufacturers.
MARC VRECKO, PRESIDENT OF VALEO, COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE BUSINESS GROUP