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DESIGN & PRODUCTS TElEmaTICS & lOGISTICS DC-DC CONVERTERS 2V to 10,000 VDC Outputs Trucks get to speed on the Regulated/Proportional/Programmable road to open connectivitystsupetluuOdloauMD/tetlagniWS/0d0et3a-l1osI High Reliability By Christoph Hammerschmidt Greater than 1,000,000 hrs. Mil Hbk 217F Cars are inCreasingly connected. where mobile terminals are used, the • Military Upgrades nect to the internet, to exchange data - head unit frequently is accomplished byconnection between terminal and vehicleThey go online during their ride and con Expanded operating temperature with their repair shop, with other cars means of WiFi or Bluetooth technology. -55º to +85º C, no derating required and with their home base. For commer- satellite communication schemes are • cial trucks and buses, connectivity is also a part of the telematics landscape, Environmental Screening even more essential - it boosts their cost albeit at a rather small percentage. Selected Screening, Mil Std 883 effectiveness and enables new services. at the recent iaa nutzfahrzeuge • Trucks and buses are constantly moni- exhibit, a commercial vehicles trade fair ULTRA Miniature tored by their freight forwarder or their in Hanover, many truck and bus vendors From 0.5" x 0.5" x 0.2" bus company. The constant flow of data as well as their electronics suppliers • to and from the vehicles opens a wealth introduced a host of telematics platforms Surface Mount/Thru-Hole of application opportunities. and solutions. it became clear that the Owners and operators of buses and development focus is gradually moving trucks are highly interested to keep from the hardware platforms to soft- • Custom Models track of their assets - vehicles, freight ware and applications. nevertheless, in • US Manufactured and drivers. The demand for telemat- many cases the telematics software is • AS 9100 Approved ics platforms and solutions is growing tightly entangled with the cars’ electronic rapidly. Consulting company Oliver systems - it has access to many sen- High Reliability AC/DC Power Supplies, Transformers Wyman reckons that the number of con- sors via the Can bus or Flexray bus and Inductors nected trucks worldwide will grow from and reads status information from deep 1.5 million units today to more than 5 inside the engine, the transmission or the million units in 2020. Then three out of brakes. For instance, telematics software five trucks and buses sold as new will applications read out weight data from be equipped with telematics solutions, all wheels. Based on that data they can Oliver Wyman says in a recent study. compute the conditions of the tires and What drives the demand is the pressure determine the time until they have to be to reduce costs: telematics solutions changed. “Diagnosis, wear, maintenance can help optimize the drivers’ route and - these functions are in strong demand”, avoid congested segments, bringing the says Thorsten lohmeyer, automotive vehicles and their payload faster to their Telematics system integration Consul- destination. at the same time, the vehicle tant for iBM. burns less diesel, reducing operating at the fair in Hanover, telematics costs. Telematics also can help to better company OpenMatics introduced for www.picoelectronics.com not need to be replaced after a fixed op- of commercial trucks. The company is athe first time its offerings for operatorsplan maintenance: expensive parts dotagolatacenilllufs’OCIPeeS erating time or a given driven distance. joint venture of processor giant intel and instead, sensors in technical systems transmission technology expert company PICO Electronics,Inc. set values early enough to arrange a have developed a small computer, the. The partnersagZF Friedrichshafenidentify deviations from the components’ 143 Sparks Ave. Pelham, N.Y. 10803 workshop stop. on-board unit (OBU) which is installed E Mail: info@picoelectronics.com The availability of wireless technolo- in the vehicles. This OBU is based (no gies is an important enabler for telemat- surprise) on intel’s atom processor and Pico Representatives ics solutions, the study states. This refers provides the functions of a gateway Germany not only to lTe but equally to 3g mobile between the commercial telematics ELBV/Electronische Bauelemente Vertrieb radio networks and to DsrC (Dedi- applications and the vehicle’s electronic E-mail: info@elbv.de cated short range Communications), a landscape with its dozens of eCUs. The Phone: 0049 89 4602852 technology frequently used in car-to-x value of the system however lies in the Fax: 0049 89 46205442 communications ad-hoc networks. While applications running on this platform. England the latter is the technology of choice Unlike many other telematics services Ginsbury Electronics Ltd. for functions requiring action in the offered in closed software environ- E-mail: rbennett@ginsbury.co.uk sub-second range, 4g, 3g and in many ments, Openmatics bets on openness Phone: 0044 1634 298900 Fax: 0044 1634 290904 applications even 2g text messages are in terms of technology as well as of its sufficient to convey engine status mes- business model. The OBU runs under sages or location information. in cases a modified Linux operating system; a 34 Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2012 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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