5G-Enabled Road Safety and Cybersecurity Services for Connected and Automated Vehicles Research Paper Accepted by 2021 IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference

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Paper covers how Connected and Automated Vehicles will be protected from 5G malware and other threats, leading to much improved road safety

13 April 2021 – CALGARY, Canada and HELSINKI, Finland: The Celtic – Next 5G-Safe+ project recently had its research paper on “5G-Enabled Road Safety and Cybersecurity Services for Connected and Automated Vehicles” accepted for publication to be presented at the 2021 IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2021), to be held between 25-28 April, 2021 virtually and in Helsinki, Finland.  Co-Written by several organizations in Finland, including: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., The Finnish Meteorological Institute, Vaisala Ltd. and Sitowise Ltd., along with Wedge Networks, Inc. of Canada, the 5G-SAFE+ consortium, the paper outlines a first pass analysis of the use cases and underlying architecture that will eventually be extended towards real pilots and testing in the future work of the consortium.

“Safety and support services running on top of 5G network infrastructures have a great opportunity to facilitate cooperative, connected and automated mobility (CCAM) for automotive and transport verticals in a variety of road conditions and operational environments.  As the rollouts of commercial 5G networks continue all over the world, the increasing coverage and continuously evolving capabilities of the technology make it an ideal connectivity platform for a variety of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications scenarios.  Critical network-based services enhancing the road traffic safety are able to exploit the ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC) services offered by 5G.  Other non-critical support services can rely on enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and massive machine type communications (mMTC) services provided by 5G networks and facilitate the operation of the intelligent road transport systems as well as the comfort and wellbeing of the drivers and passengers.” – IEEE 5G-enabled safety and support services for cooperative, connected and automated mobility.

As cyber security lead for the 5G-SAFE-PLUS consortium, Wedge Networks has provided the WedgeARP™ real-time network security and threat prevention platform that will protect the data and control flows between the different components within the 5G-Enabled Road Safety network.  WedgeARP™ provides network-based, real-time threat prevention for all types of endpoints in a wide range of networks (mobile data, 5G, SD-WAN, SASE, enterprise and carrier networks, SDN, and smart-city/IIoT). With an embedded deep learning AI engine and patented real-time deep content inspection technology, WedgeARP™ can detect never-before-seen malware in milliseconds. Running on an orchestrated threat management platform, it is an effective and autonomous approach to enable large-scale real-time threat prevention.

“Wedge Networks is proud to be providing the cyber security platform on which the 5G-SAFE-PLUS project will be running,” stated Dr. Hongwen Zhang CEO & CTO of Wedge Networks. “The publishing of this paper by the consortium has allowed us to outline the various use cases that are being considered to enhance the safety of connected and automated vehicles that will run on the 5G network with the ultimate goal of zero traffic casualties by 2050.  The paper’s acceptance by VTC2021 for presentation at the conference goes to show the important work that is being carried out in this field of Vehicular Technology and further highlights the need for cyber security for protecting these systems from malware and other threats now and into the future.”

The paper will be published shortly and will be presented virtually, via video recording, at the 2021 IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2021-Spring conference on April 25, 2021.

About the CELTIC-NEXT project 5G-SAFE-PLUS

The 5G-SAFE-PLUS project for “5G Enabled Road Safety Services” aims to prevent traffic accidents and avoid casualties by delivering 5G-enabled time-critical road safety services to vehicles. Here, accurate weather and road maintenance information plays a key role together with direct incident/accident event information. The project will support wide-scale implementation and usage of advanced road weather, road maintenance and road safety services with enhanced 5G networking capabilities and service enablers.

For more information about 5G-SAFE-PLUS, visit: www.celticnext.eu/project-5g-safe-plus/


CELTIC-NEXT is the EUREKA Cluster for next-generation communications enabling the digital society. CELTIC-NEXT stimulates and orchestrates international collaborative projects in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) domain. The CELTIC-NEXT programme includes a wide scope of ICT topics based on new high-performance communications networks supporting data-rich applications and advanced services, both in the ICT sector and across all vertical sectors. CELTIC-NEXT is labelled for 8 years from January 2019 until December 2026.

CELTIC-NEXT is an industry-driven initiative, involving all the major ICT industry players as well as many SMEs, service providers, and research institutions. The CELTIC-NEXT activities are open to all organisations that share the CELTIC-NEXT vision of an inclusive digital society and are willing to collaborate to their own benefit, aligned with their national priorities, to advance the development and uptake of advanced ICT solutions.

For more information about CELTIC-NEXT, visit: www.celticnext.eu

About Wedge Networks

Wedge Networks is a cyber security software vendor specializing in Real-time Threat Prevention.

Our technology platform, WedgeARP™, has the deepest visibility of network data in the industry, possessing an unmatched ability to defend against malicious attacks that are undetectable with shallow inspection techniques. It delivers the highest real-time performance of orchestrated security services through a software implementation that is portable to all x86 servers. Trained with nearly 1 billion threat samples, its automated and continually-learning embedded artificial neural network can detect never-before-seen malware in milliseconds. WedgeARP™ represents the present and future of how much-needed security services can be delivered, from the cloud core to the ever-expanding network edge, to help reduce the security gap.  Supported by a world class software product team in Canada, it allows enterprises, governments, telecommunications providers and critical infrastructure operators to achieve real-time prevention of advanced threats; and enables Wedge’s distribution partners to increase their Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) and reduce customer CHURN.

With numerous patents, industry awards, and twice bestowed with Build-In-Canada Innovation awards, its products are distributed through MSSP, OEM, VAR and SI partners to end customers worldwide.  Wedge is headquartered in Calgary, Canada with international teams in the North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa regions.

For more information on Wedge Networks, visit http://www.wedgenetworks.com/

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