Kaspersky & Airbiquity

Secure Over-The-Air Updates for Smart Vehicles

17. Februar 2022, 13:24 Uhr | Kathrin Veigel
Kaspersky Airbiquity OTA Software
With their cooperation, Kaspersky and Airbiquity make software updates over the air even more secure.
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Kaspersky has integrated its SDK for intelligent vehicle applications into the Airbiquity OTAmatic Over-the-Air Software Management Platform. This enables developers to securely deploy software updates remotely for electronic control units based on the Automotive Adaptive Platform.

Over-the-air (OTA) technology enables centralised orchestration and automation of software updates and settings for electronic control units in smart vehicles. As the number of smart vehicles continues to grow, so does the demand for OTA updates, as well as the security requirements for OTA. In March 2021, the UNECE published the safety regulation UN R156, which regulates software updates and their management systems, among other things; it will be mandatory for all new vehicles from 2024.

The integration of the Kaspersky Automotive Adaptive Platform with Airbiquity OTAmatic meets customers' needs to plan and execute OTA updates with confidence that the technologies used are safe and secure.

Airbiquity's OTAmatic provides Automotive Adaptive Platform users with a software management platform for software update campaigns with specific device targeting and discrete policy and privacy controls. Software update management is enabled for applications in various smart car ECUs where Kaspersky's Automotive Adaptive Platform SDK can be used. These include telematics control units (TCUs), vehicle-to-anything communication (V2X), as well as advanced driver assistance and autopilot systems (ADAS/HAD) and digital cockpits.

The security of software updates is ensured by Uptane's Airbiquity OTAmatic implementation, developed specifically for the automotive market. The Automotive Adaptive Platform contributes to OTA security with Kaspersky's multi-layered security approach and KasperskyOS secure-by-design at its core. This ensures strict separation between the system components and the communication control between them, so that failure or intentional interference does not affect the application.

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