Global digital security company Gemalto announced last month that it is providing its Trusted Services Hub (TSH) to support German automotive company Daimler’s new smartphone-based ‘digital vehicle key’ for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range.
The carmaker’s innovative solution gives drivers the freedom to lock and unlock, as well as start their vehicles, using a near-field communication-enabled smartphone. Gemalto’s TSH enables seamless and secure over-the-air deployment of the digital keys to any type of phone that supports the solution.
With the key safely downloaded to a secure element, or tamper-resistant hardware, through Gemalto’s TSH, drivers can lock and unlock their cars by placing their smartphone against the door handle. The engine can also be turned on by placing the phone in the charging tray of the dashboard and pressing the start button. The system can also lock and unlock up to ten times in a 24-hour period when the phone battery is drained.
As an integral part of the ‘Mercedes me connect’ program, the digital vehicle key will connect seamlessly with services that meet the demands of modern mobility and digital lifestyles.
“Digitalisation demands that companies harness their expertise to forge strong relationships with all stakeholders within the connected car ecosystem. For Daimler, this aim is fully supported by our solutions, which enable it to offer customers innovative services through their preferred device, without compromising security,” concludes Gemalto new mobility solutions VP Christine Caviglioli.