Safety in intelligent communication between road users and urban infrastructure

The Silkostu project is dedicated to the important topic of safety in communication in road traffic, with the goal of achieving seamless connectivity among all road users as well as with urban infrastructure. Special emphasis is placed on meeting the security requirements associated with cloud-based connections.

Silkostu focuses on researching a hardware platform that combines various communication functions. This platform aims to support the three communication standards 5G/6G, Wi-Fi, and C-V2X in order to test the next generation of Vehicle-to-Anything communication modules. The project aims to enhance traffic safety by leveraging these technologies and enable use cases such as the prioritization of emergency vehicles or public transportation. This holistic approach aims to provide road users with safe and efficient communication. The connectivity modules are equipped with the latest security measures, such as a secure operating environment (TEE) and an Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) from Giesecke+Devrient. This ensures optimal protection of the communication channels and prepares the V2X modules for future developments, such as secure over-the-air updates for traffic infrastructures.

The project strives to make future mobility safer and more interconnected. Through direct communication between road users and urban infrastructure, new possibilities emerge for optimizing traffic flow and improving urban life.

Silkostu is a collaboration between consider it GmbH, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, LSBG Hamburg, BVM of the city of Hamburg, HHVA, as well as the Institutes for Computer Engineering and IT Security at the University of Lübeck.

This project is sponsored by the BSI. More information can be found at Silkostu.