Although BlackBerry is most strongly identified with the once-dominant smartphones with their iconic physical keyboards, the company lives on as a software specialist, leveraging the secure foundation that once made its phones the benchmark for government agencies with stringent security requirements. .
When automakers started using software to operate vehicle functions that were once done using analog systems, many of them turned to BlackBerry for their operating system because of security of this software.
Today, Blackberry software is in 197 million cars worldwide, and its QNX operating system has “orders of magnitude” fewer vulnerabilities discovered each year than Linux-based operating systems in many other cars, according to Jeff Davis, senior director, IVY Ecosystem at BlackBerry.
But a secure operating system is just the start as automakers look to add connectivity and services, which is why BlackBerry has introduced a cloud-based middleware product that is designed to make development easier. applications for cars while relieving automakers of the burden of extensively testing each new application.
The idea is to standardize access to data across all vehicles, regardless of brand, operating system, and cloud deployment model. By sending vehicle data to the cloud, BlackBerry Ivy enables automakers to apply intelligence to captured data while ensuring data security.
By creating an interface that app builders can use to create custom apps for cars using Ivy middleware, Ivy makes it easier to write those apps. This should increase the number of apps and, for those that involve subscription services, create new revenue streams for automakers.
The BlackBerry IVY middleware layer can unify industries and accelerate the transition to advanced smart cities with seamless communication between vehicles, infrastructure and third parties.
Frost & Sullivan estimates that the IoT market for these various ecosystem components will reach $45 billion by 2025.
“BlackBerry IVY is a revolutionary, smart, edge-to-cloud software platform that unites automotive industry players to accelerate the development of connected autonomous vehicles while simultaneously enabling the creation of smart cities around the world” , said Nicolas Inchaustegui, senior consultant, automotive, Transportation & Mobility for Frost & Sullivan. “Today, BlackBerry has a significant footprint in the automotive industry and is at the heart of smart cities. With IVY, BlackBerry becomes even more fundamental to these markets.”
Ivy works by providing a standardized interface between data from vehicle sensors and applications that can use that data, Davis explained. “It reaches all the centers of the vehicle, interrogates all the data and normalizes the data. It allows you to use machine learning, cloud learning, to learn from it. »
And that information may include the ability to create “synthetic sensors,” which Davis says are the aggregation of multiple sensors with artificial intelligence applied to the combined data. The ability to apply AI is one benefit of moving vehicle data to the cloud and the ability to perform processing at the edge rather than onboard is another benefit, Davis reports.
BlackBerry has been working with potential customers for Ivy for over a year. “We took a lot of discussions to another level,” he said. “Discussions include European, American and Asian OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and startups.”