Automated & Connected

Kontron and Lynx partner to deliver secure connected commercial vehicles

SoC resource management technology developer Lynx Software Technologies has announced that its LynxSecure—a real-time separation kernel software hypervisor—has been successfully ported to the Kontron EvoTRAC G103 In-Vehicle Rugged Cellular and WiFi Gateway. The EvoTRAC G103 is a rugged Intel Atom-based computing platform designed to deliver broad connectivity for commercial and specialist vehicles.

The connectivity capabilities offered by the Kontron EvoTRAC-G103 enable a new range of in-vehicle management, remote access and cloud-based applications for the automotive aftermarket, off-highway, and fleet management markets, states a release from Lynx. The EvoTRAC-G103 can be deployed to provide ready access to important information operators can use to keep drivers safe, lower fuel consumption, and effectively manage maintenance costs.

LynxSecure uses hardware virtualization to enable application developers to consolidate system functions onto platforms such as the EvoTRAC-G103, and to construct modular systems based on bare metal, real-time and general-purpose operating system workloads. Unlike general purpose operating systems and hypervisors, says Lynx, LynxSecure presents a minimal attack surface and offers the hardware-supported separation needed to ensure that, for example, the CAN bus interface and associated applications are safely and securely separated from the cellular interface.

Lee Cresswell, vice president of global sales at Lynx, said, “Lynx has been working with ETAS and Robert Bosch to deploy LynxSecure as the safe and secure hypervisor foundation for the ETAS RTA-VRTE software solution incorporating the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform standard. The availability of LynxSecure on the Kontron EvoTRAC-G103 brings this automotive-grade technology, proven in tier one ECU designs, to developers of innovative connected vehicle applications.”

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Valentin Scinteie, transportation business development manager of Kontron added, “our EvoTRAC G103 gateway provides vehicle engineers with significant computing performance and connectivity capabilities in a compact and rugged platform that has been tested for use in extreme conditions. In partnership with Lynx, we are able to deliver a software environment that enables applications that are every bit as rugged and well protected as our hardware—with secure separation delivering protection from malicious attack.”

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Mark Miller is a contributing writer to SAE International. He has worked as a technology writer and editor for IBM and other advanced information technology firms. His areas of concentration include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, analytics and Internet of Things technologies.