BlackBerry, Telus, L-Spark among those to launch programme for Canadian IoT startups
Canadian software as a service (SaaS) accelerator L-Spark has collaborated with telco Telus to launch the Secure IoT Accelerator programme, in association with BlackBerry and Ottawa-based software firm Solace.
The programme will empower local IoT ventures to reach globally with a ‘secure-by-design’ technology. The programme will back the companies in its portfolio to develop IoT products and services that leverage the combined capabilities of Telus’ global connectivity and IoT cybersecurity services, BlackBerry's secure OS, and Solace's data movement capabilities.
Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO at Telus, said: “Telus is dedicated to fostering a thriving and secure IoT ecosystem in Canada, capable of both serving the needs of Canadians and providing reach to markets around the globe. Ensuring that next-generation security products and services are available to that ecosystem is vital to its success, so we are proud to support L-Spark's Secure IoT Accelerator.
“The mentorship and resources that participants receive as part of the Secure IoT Accelerator, including access to the world-class Telus LTE-M network, provide a springboard for these companies' growth and, ultimately, strengthening the entire Canadian IoT market,” added Gedeon.
In February, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced an investment of £181.2 million to develop a ‘next-generation automotive connectivity and safety solution’ alongside the Canadian government. The government also pledged £23m for the project. Moreover, the Canadian multinational giant has also announced an extra £3m for enhancing cyber-security to team up with government, post-secondary institutions, and private sector companies. The government’s investment is basically a wager on QNX, BlackBerry’s embedded systems offering for automotive which counts Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen among its various tier one customers.
BlackBerry has also committed to assist private and public sectors to come together to boost development of smart cities and intelligent transportation systems with a Security Credential Management System (SCMS) service. To address this requirement, BlackBerry will be making available a SCMS service that provides the mechanism for vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, to exchange information in a trustworthy and private manner using digital certificates. The company will not charge fees to automakers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle pilots.
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