BlackBerry IoT Platform Leverages Secure Global Network for Over-the-Air Updates
June 6, 2015 by John Day
At TU-Automotive Detroit 2015, BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) demonstrated its next-generation over-the-air (OTA) update solution, which it said 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.
For more information on the BlackBerry IoT Platform, visit blackberry.com/internet-of-things.