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Remote Cloud Key

Remote Cloud Key - Overview

Remote Cloud Key (RCK) is a single universal key that provides access and start authorization on vehicles from multiple OEMs (Contact us for OEM coverage) and is the most cutting-edge solution on the market today.

Description

RCK can be added as an additional third key to a vehicle, and has the option to be powered using standard AA batteries or the vehicle battery. After the RCK is added as an additional key, it can be easily concealed into the vehicle’s paneling. This is the most secure virtual key solution available for the aftermarket vehicles. Once the virtual key is downloaded on to the mobile App, the RCK can be controlled via Bluetooth and is not reliant on cellular network connectivity.

Advantages

  • Short Loop Communication: Ensures that communication between the app and the HW device in the car is available offline (even without cellular connection)
  • Easy, Non-intrusive Installation: Does not involve tampering with OEM wiring or connections
  • Ease Of Onboarding A Vehicle: Simple 3 step process to get a vehicle added, key provisioned and HW installed (~15 min)
  • Versatile Power Supply: Power the RCK through the vehicle battery or AA batteries
  • Use With Any Access System: Can be used with both push-to-start and bladed key access systems
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Use Case: Serviceprovider & Fleet Management passenger vehicles

Serviceprovider & Fleet Management passenger vehicles

  • Rental fleet operators can improve brand loyalty and simplify their customer journey by reducing wait times at kiosks using Key as a Service. Additionally, overhead costs associated with personnel are minimized and vehicle maintenance can be automatically scheduled based on the vehicle data available through Key as a Service.
  • Peer-to-Peer, Station Based and Free float carsharing models can be easily enabled using Key as a Service – Operators, Hosts and Customers all benefit from a frictionless, secure virtual key transfer thereby increasing vehicle utilization, translating to more profits.

OEM & OEM Aftermarket

  • OEMs can enhance their customers’ experience with options for sharing the vehicle key through an App between family members. The OEM App can also make recommendations and schedule vehicle servicing options for the customer at conveniently dealership service centers.
  • OEMs looking to participate in the new mobility space by operating carsharing fleets or corporate leases can easily do so with the Key as a Service platform.
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Use Case: OEM

Serviceprovider & Fleet Management commercial vehicles

Continental’s Key as a Service makes keys available anytime and anywhere

Real vehicle keys have one big disadvantage that truck and coach drivers, workshops and car rental companies come across on a daily basis – the keys aren’t always at hand when they’re needed. Vehicle handover is much easier with Continental’s Key as a Service platform, because a real key is no longer needed – the vehicle can be opened and started easily using a smartphone app. This offers quite a few advantages:

  • Driver changeovers during trips are more efficient with no more waiting times.
  • The virtual key handover is absolutely hygienic; the number of contacts is minimized.
  • Mechanics can enter the cab and work on the engine without the driver; maintenance is carried out during the driver’s rest period.
  • Truck renters benefit from a safe, smooth handover that can take place irrespective of their opening hours.
  • Access can be granted or withdrawn in seconds by simply linking the virtual key to the IT systems of the company.

Highest level of security standards with authorization in the Continental Cloud

When the driver approaches to within 40 meters of the vehicle, he can use the smartphone app to contact the key electronics via Bluetooth Low Energy. The connection is doubly secured: the system uses the secure communication between the wireless key electronics and the control unit in the vehicle. The control unit also verifies the authorization of the smartphone via the Continental Cloud using its integrated SIM card – and the driver can only open and start the vehicle if the virtual key from the cloud confirms that the smartphone is actually authorized for that vehicle. Alternatively, the procedure can also be carried out via a Bluetooth or NFC card (NFC = Near Field Communication).

Workshop & Road assistance

  • Agencies providing roadside assistance can help stranded or locked out customers by remotely unlocking and allowing them to start their vehicles.
  • Mechanics and Fuel delivery services can determine when the next service or refueling needs to happen and can be allowed access to vehicle for the duration of the service.
Use Case: Workshop & Road assistance

Use Case: Workshop & Road assistance

Technology Concept

Technology Concept

Technology

The KaaS solution provides APIs, an admin interface to the Continental Cloud backend and SDKs for integration with the user’s application.

Download the virtual key from the Continental Cloud backend onto the Key as a Service SDK embedded on your mobile app and communicate exclusively with the vehicle using Bluetooth connectivity to lock, unlock and start the vehicle.

Security

Incredibly secure communication channels between the Continental Cloud, the Remote Cloud Key Hardware, the Mobile SDK and the Customer Backend guaranteed by mutual authentication and data encryption.

Security Concept

Security Concept

Description

RCK can be added as an additional third key to a vehicle, and has the option to be powered using standard AA batteries or the vehicle battery. After the RCK is added as an additional key, it can be easily concealed into the vehicle’s paneling. This is the most secure virtual key solution available for the aftermarket vehicles. Once the virtual key is downloaded on to the mobile App, the RCK can be controlled via Bluetooth and is not reliant on cellular network connectivity.

Advantages

  • Short Loop Communication: Ensures that communication between the app and the HW device in the car is available offline (even without cellular connection)
  • Easy, Non-intrusive Installation: Does not involve tampering with OEM wiring or connections
  • Ease Of Onboarding A Vehicle: Simple 3 step process to get a vehicle added, key provisioned and HW installed (~15 min)
  • Versatile Power Supply: Power the RCK through the vehicle battery or AA batteries
  • Use With Any Access System: Can be used with both push-to-start and bladed key access systems
RCK_Access_UseCase_Passenger_Vehicles_Image

Use Case: Serviceprovider & Fleet Management passenger vehicles

Serviceprovider & Fleet Management passenger vehicles

  • Rental fleet operators can improve brand loyalty and simplify their customer journey by reducing wait times at kiosks using Key as a Service. Additionally, overhead costs associated with personnel are minimized and vehicle maintenance can be automatically scheduled based on the vehicle data available through Key as a Service.
  • Peer-to-Peer, Station Based and Free float carsharing models can be easily enabled using Key as a Service – Operators, Hosts and Customers all benefit from a frictionless, secure virtual key transfer thereby increasing vehicle utilization, translating to more profits.

OEM & OEM Aftermarket

  • OEMs can enhance their customers’ experience with options for sharing the vehicle key through an App between family members. The OEM App can also make recommendations and schedule vehicle servicing options for the customer at conveniently dealership service centers.
  • OEMs looking to participate in the new mobility space by operating carsharing fleets or corporate leases can easily do so with the Key as a Service platform.
RCK_Access_UseCase_OEM_Image

Use Case: OEM

Serviceprovider & Fleet Management commercial vehicles

Continental’s Key as a Service makes keys available anytime and anywhere

Real vehicle keys have one big disadvantage that truck and coach drivers, workshops and car rental companies come across on a daily basis – the keys aren’t always at hand when they’re needed. Vehicle handover is much easier with Continental’s Key as a Service platform, because a real key is no longer needed – the vehicle can be opened and started easily using a smartphone app. This offers quite a few advantages:

  • Driver changeovers during trips are more efficient with no more waiting times.
  • The virtual key handover is absolutely hygienic; the number of contacts is minimized.
  • Mechanics can enter the cab and work on the engine without the driver; maintenance is carried out during the driver’s rest period.
  • Truck renters benefit from a safe, smooth handover that can take place irrespective of their opening hours.
  • Access can be granted or withdrawn in seconds by simply linking the virtual key to the IT systems of the company.

Highest level of security standards with authorization in the Continental Cloud

When the driver approaches to within 40 meters of the vehicle, he can use the smartphone app to contact the key electronics via Bluetooth Low Energy. The connection is doubly secured: the system uses the secure communication between the wireless key electronics and the control unit in the vehicle. The control unit also verifies the authorization of the smartphone via the Continental Cloud using its integrated SIM card – and the driver can only open and start the vehicle if the virtual key from the cloud confirms that the smartphone is actually authorized for that vehicle. Alternatively, the procedure can also be carried out via a Bluetooth or NFC card (NFC = Near Field Communication).

Workshop & Road assistance

  • Agencies providing roadside assistance can help stranded or locked out customers by remotely unlocking and allowing them to start their vehicles.
  • Mechanics and Fuel delivery services can determine when the next service or refueling needs to happen and can be allowed access to vehicle for the duration of the service.
Use Case: Workshop & Road assistance

Use Case: Workshop & Road assistance

Technology Concept

Technology Concept

Technology

The KaaS solution provides APIs, an admin interface to the Continental Cloud backend and SDKs for integration with the user’s application.

Download the virtual key from the Continental Cloud backend onto the Key as a Service SDK embedded on your mobile app and communicate exclusively with the vehicle using Bluetooth connectivity to lock, unlock and start the vehicle.

Security

Incredibly secure communication channels between the Continental Cloud, the Remote Cloud Key Hardware, the Mobile SDK and the Customer Backend guaranteed by mutual authentication and data encryption.

Security Concept

Security Concept

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