On-the-Road Improvements: The Value of Aftermarket Connectivity Solutions for Automobiles

The age of highly connected vehicles brings with it an armada of benefits, making use of the vehicles’ connectivity to share environmental and traffic information between cars, platooning services, and other cooperative systems that enhance the driving experience. Many of these systems also improve the safety of the roads, with collision detection and prediction systems being a key selling point of connected and autonomous vehicles.

From cars anonymously reporting what route they take in a given direction to later be used by another passenger to pick a quicker route to alerting vehicles in the area of an accident down a certain road, there is a lot of benefit to be obtained from being part of the grid. The reality is, however, that many of these systems are developed with a stringent minimum level of connectivity required in the vehicle – a level not met by many vehicles on the road today. This results in legacy vehicles becoming blind spots in a transportation environment thriving off data it gets from vehicles as they make their way throughout a city.

As the introduction of connected cars is still in its early stages, the majority of vehicles on the road will be legacy, unconnected ones. The ability for a vehicle to have internet access on the road is largely thanks to embedded telematics modules that use cellular networks to connect vehicles to cloud-based services. Services that don’t operate in real time, such as mileage statistics, diagnostic information, and over-the-air software updates can be accomplished using a home’s Wi-Fi connection, however most cars on the road today lack even this technology, much less dedicated SIM cards to provide data over cellular networks. The aforementioned benefits are ready to make their impression on society; however, the number of non-participating vehicles limits their effectiveness. For services like traffic prediction that rely on data aggregated from large numbers of vehicles, a low participation rate results in an ineffective system, putting the technology to waste. How then, can these innovations find their way into today’s society? Enter, after-market connectivity solutions.

The automotive after-market is a booming industry set to see a total net worth of close to $300 Billion by 2020, and added connectivity is a large driver of this trend towards growth. Automotive suppliers already offer advanced telematics modules that can seamlessly integrate to any vehicle, with many talking directly to the CAN bus to receive fuel economy information, data on driving patterns, vehicle diagnostics, and other data to be used in big data analytics. Many of these modules include over-the-air update capability, guaranteeing that they remain up to date with any innovations that take place in the connected automotive industry. Rather than invest several thousands of dollars on a new vehicle, drivers have the ability to purchase a new head unit or telematics box for a fraction of the price, letting them share the benefits as well as improve the quality of the services offered. Some connectivity add-ons don’t even require such an intrusive installation and can just be plugged into the OBD-II diagnostics port, offering vehicle location services, driving logs, and more.

Some providers offer connectivity solutions through OBD-II dongles that interact with the user’s smartphone. The phone becomes a high-functioning remote control for the car, giving access to remote features as well as data analytics. Others provide aftermarket devices that fill in the connectivity holes found in most mid-high grade vehicles on the road today such as Bluetooth cellphone connectivity and tire safety monitoring devices. Finally, several firms offer advanced telematics in the form of universally-adaptable head units, giving users cutting-edge connectivity for the fraction of the cost of a new car. These units communicate directly with In-Vehicle Networks such as CAN without use of the OBD-II port, giving them more customization options for each individual vehicle.

For users not willing or able to invest in a top-of the line connected vehicle, the aftermarket is a valuable source for the ability to participate in these user-experience and safety-oriented systems. Along with the outfitting of legacy vehicles with cutting-edge connectivity, however, is the concern of cyber security for those vehicles. Every new connection channel added to a vehicle is a potential attack vector, one that can lead to a loss of personal data, property, or life. The need for security alongside such connectivity cannot be ignored, and as such security measures that can co-exist with aftermarket add-ons are the only feasible solution.

As the features offered as a result of this connectivity increase, so will the value one gains from having a vehicle capable of integrating with them. The need for cars to be able to be retrofitted with connectivity options cannot be understated in the effort to improve road safety through connectivity-based strategies.

Trillium Appoints Global Director of Engineering

TOKYO, Apr 20, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Trillium Secure, Inc., the global leader in delivering cyber security as a service (C-SaaS) to the fleet market, announced today that Ross Hirschi has joined Trillium as the Director of Global Engineering.

“Ross’ strong background and hands-on experience in automotive software design is the perfect match for Trillium as we continue to develop, optimize and deploy our cutting edge technology in connected and autonomous vehicles,” said David Uze, CEO.

Ross brings over 25 years of engineering leadership experience in the electronics industry to Trillium, with extensive and in-depth knowledge of automotive applications, semiconductor design, hardware and software integration, and embedded software development.

Over the course of an engineering leadership career with Lockheed-Martin, Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor, Ross lead globally distributed development teams creating hardware and software solutions for automotive and transportation, telecommunications, aerospace and consumer electronics applications.

“Trillium is uniquely positioned to enable fleet customers to ward off hacker attacks with its multi-layered solution for securing and hardening connected vehicles against cyber threats. Trillium has the talent and the technology to enable a secured end to end transportation platform – critical to safeguarding the future of mobility,” said Ross. “I’m excited to join the Trillium team and help put its world-class automotive cybersecurity solutions in the hands of our customers and partners.”

About Trillium Secure, Inc.
Trillium Secure provides a multi-layered solution for hardening connected and autonomous vehicles against cyber-attacks. Trillium’s SecureIOT platform provides authenticated operational and threat management data from fleet vehicles that preserves privacy, confidentiality and anonymity of data at rest and in motion. Value-added service providers rely on secure and authentic data from Trillium for digital forensics, UBI, preventive maintenance, telematics, car sharing and other services. The company operates design centers and fleet security operation sites in Silicon Valley, Detroit, Brno, Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo. For further information, please visit www.trilliumcyber.com.

Trillium Secure, Inc. products and services are marketed under the Trillium, SecureIoT, SecureCAR, SecureIXS, SecureOTA and SecureSKYE trademarks.

For Media Enquiries, please contact Adrian.Sossna@trilliumcyber.com.

Meet Trillium at RSA 2018

Meet Trillium at the RSA conference in San Fransisco, April 16th to April 20th. Our executive team is on site to collaborate with our partners and customers in the automotive, data management, and cyber-security sectors.

To schedule a private meeting or demonstration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at adrian.sossna@trilliumcyber.com

Trillium Wins at CyberTech Asia 2018

SINGAPORE, April, 16 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Trillium Secure, Inc., the global leader in delivering cyber security as a service (C-SaaS) to the fleet market, took home top honors at CyberTech Asia 2018. The judges awarded Trillium with the grand prize after learning about SecureIoT, the company’s comprehensive cybersecurity suite and innovative cyber-security as a service business model (C-SaaS).

“The complexity of cyber issues across the world requires not only the latest technologies, but also a combination of best practices and innovative business models to address the unique set of security challenges faced by different countries and sectors,” said Amir Rapaport, Founder, Cybertech Asia.

“Trillium’s innovative solution demonstrates an interesting interplay between the commercial problem-solving strategies and solutions for the global cyber threat to boost efficiency and bring about broader social benefits.”

CyberTech is the premier series of cybersecurity events, bringing the latest innovations in the field to center stage at various venues across the globe. Cyber technology pioneers from the world of financial technology, critical infrastructure, energy and big data went head-to-head at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

The panel of judges comprised of industry experts, executives and venture capitalists declared Trillium the winner during the awards ceremony that concluded the event.

“Being recognized at an event in a city-state that puts such a high priority on societal security is a great honor. The CyberTech community’s show of support for our fight against IoT cybercrime is further evidence that our multi-layered security and C-SaaS strategy are the optimal solution for our partners in the fleet and transportation sectors,” David Uze, CEO and President of Trillium, commented at the conclusion of the event.

About Trillium Secure, Inc.
Trillium Secure provides a multi-layered solution for hardening connected and autonomous vehicles against cyber-attacks. Trillium’s SecureIOT platform provides authenticated operational and threat management data from fleet vehicles that preserves privacy, confidentiality and anonymity of data at rest and in motion. Value-added service providers rely on secure and authentic data from Trillium for digital forensics, UBI, preventive maintenance, telematics, car sharing and other services. The company operates design centers and fleet security operation sites in Silicon Valley, Detroit, Brno, Ho Chi Min City and Tokyo. For further information, please visit www.trilliumcyber.com.

Trillium Secure, Inc. products and services are marketed under the Trillium, SecureIoT, SecureCAR, SecureIXS, SecureOTA and SecureSKYE trademarks.

For Media Enquiries, please contact Adrian.Sossna@trilliumcyber.com.

 

Bloomberg Interview: Trillium CEO David M. Uze Speaks on Autonomous Car Hacking

On April 5th, 2018, Trillium Secure’s CEO David M. Uze got together with Bryan Curtis and Paul Allen to discuss the still under-represented issue that is connected vehicle cyber-security. The interview, which can be found on Bloomberg Terminal, brings attention to the need for cyber-security in connected and autonomous vehicles, both at the consumer and fleet level. We’re pleased to see the Bloomberg community interested in the cyber-security of the next generation of vehicles, and we hope to see their continued support in our endeavors along that path.

ACEA Takes Action: The Foundation of Automotive Cybersecurity in Europe

“The digital world offers unprecedented opportunities. Nevertheless, opportunity comes with risks, and one of these is the threat of a direct cyberattack on your car or indeed a whole fleet of vehicles. Keeping cybersecurity risks for connected vehicles in check is therefore of crucial importance.”

These words, spoken by Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) perfectly summarize the hurdle facing connected cars that is cyber terrorism. The ACEA represents 14 Europe-based car, van, truck, and bus makers – including Volvo, Daimler, and Volkswagen among others. The consensus of their members on automotive cybersecurity is clear indication of its importance to the industry.

The limitless opportunities stemming from the increased connectivity of connected cars host a slew of vulnerabilities that, if exploited, will threaten personal data, public and private property and human life.

In order to bring these threats into focus, the ACEA published six key principles of automotive cybersecurity for the industry to adhere to. These principles establish a foundation for more developed, specific guidelines to build upon in the future. As reported by Automotive World, they are as follows:
1. Cultivating a cybersecurity culture
2. Adopting a cybersecurity life cycle for vehicle development
3. Assessing security functions through testing phases
4. Managing a security update policy
5. Providing incident response and recovery
6. Improving information sharing amongst industry actors

The principles echo many valuable sentiments put forth by other legislative bodies over the past year, drawing emphasis to the necessity of a cybersecurity culture and secure update policies. The call for appropriate incident response procedures is also familiar, with the United Kingdom’s “Key Principles of Vehicle Cyber Security for Connected and Automated Vehicles” identifying the same need.

While an important step in the development of best practices and in-depth cyber security guidelines for vehicles, the principles laid out by the ACEA serve as a valuable foundation. Instead of serving as a standard for the quality of the security needed in the industry, the ACEA’s principles provide guidance for the path manufacturers should take in developing their automotive cyber security. The framework set by the principles will likely grow to include specific technical requirements for cybersecurity as the industry matures. In time, more data will be available in this yet-blooming field, driving forward the new age of safety policy and legislation.