The premium car maker’s “innovative solution” gives drivers the freedom to lock/unlock and start their vehicles using their NFC 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.
Drivers can lock/unlock their cars by simply placing the smartphone against the door handle. The engine can also be turned on with the phone in the charging tray of the dashboard and pressing the start button. It works even if the phone battery is drained and means you don’t need keys – unless your phone is out of battery, or stolen.
The Secure Element is a tamper resistant hardware platform, capable of securely hosting applications and storing confidential and cryptographic data. It can be found in a SIM provided by a Mobile Network Operator and/or an eSE (embedded Secure Element) built into phone handset by OEMs, the company claims.
The idea is part of the ‘Mercedes me connect’ programme.
Christine Caviglioli, vice president New Mobility Solutions at Gemalto said that digitalisation demands that companies harness their expertise to make friends and influence people with all stakeholders within the connected car ecosystems.
“For Daimler AG, this aim is supported by our solutions, which enable it to offer customers innovative services through their preferred device, without compromising security.”