Belfast’s Angoka part of ‘historic turning point’ in teleoperated driving

Belfast-based cybersecurity firm Angoka is celebrating the successful deployment of two ‘cybersecure teleoperated vehicles’ on open roads in England.

By Claire Cartmill
Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 3:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 3:14 pm

The company, which specializes in deflecting cyber attacks on autonomous vehicles, took part in the demonstration at a live showcase event in London and Oxford. The demonstration was in collaboration with its Project Encode partners, a industrial research project launched by Innovate UK in 2021.

The demonstration involved two Nissan E NV200 vans in London and Oxford controlled from a hub in Oxford, which successfully deflected a series of simulated hacks and cyber attacks.

Angoka said the successful deployment of the two vans marked a marked a ‘historic turning point’ and demonstrates the commercial value of operating a teleoperated (the operation of machinery or systems from a distance) fleet of commercial vehicles safely and efficiently.

Angoka StreetDrone teleoperator

Angoka’s participation saw the Belfast company spend six months working with partner companies such as StreetDrone, Coventry University, TRL, Smart Mobility Living Lab:London and Oxfordshire County Council.

Yuri Andersson, co-founder and chief executive, said: “Teleoperation has the potential to transform the logistics industry by radically reducing costs and increasing productivity.

“However, this will only happen if the new technology is completely secure. Today, Angoka has demonstrated that secure teleoperation of logistics vehicles is a reality.

“By creating trust in the communication, we are overcoming one of the most important barriers to adoption of this vital new technology.”

Angoka CEO Yuri Andersson

As Project ENCODE’s cybersecurity lead, ANGOKA’s involvement focused on ensuring continuity of service by implementing measures that embed trust and resilience within the teleoperated networks.

These include certifying and securing end-to-end connectivity between remote operators and vehicles. Integrating ANGOKA’s patented technology into the systems has enabled the operation to function as planned in line with all safety measures, even when experiencing simulated cyber attacks.  

The live demonstration also involved the UK government’s Department of Transport and National Cyber Security Centre who will use the project’s findings and data gathered from monitoring the test vehicles to inform new cybersecurity processes and regulations for the autonomous vehicles market. 

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Angoka teleoperated van

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