World Leading Premium Automobile Manufacturer Selects PTC PLM Solution and ThingWorx Navigate

World Leading Premium Automobile Manufacturer Selects PTC PLM Solution and ThingWorx Navigate

World Leading Premium Automobile Manufacturer Selects PTC PLM Solution and ThingWorx Navigate

Windchill to Serve as Digitization Backbone for Global Vehicle Production.

PTC today announced the BMW Group has selected the PTC Windchill® solution as its PLM backbone for production and sourcing bill-of-material (BOM).

Windchill will be the enabler for globally configuring and releasing cars to production. The award-winning PLM solution will support BMW Group in improving efficiency and achieving a leaner global production planning process. In addition, BMW Group has selected the ThingWorx® Navigate™ role-based solution for fast and easy ecosystem access to product data. Both solutions are being obtained through the subscription licensing model.

BMW Group will leverage robust Windchill capabilities in configuring large and complex vehicle structure data to achieve its goal of producing vehicles at mass scale globally, while retaining greater flexibility and higher quality. ThingWorx Navigate supports concurrent production planning, enabling BMW Group to shorten overall time to market.

Windchill is a robust, end-to-end PLM solution that integrates core PLM functionality with the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform from PTC and the ThingWorx Navigate role-based applications. ThingWorx Navigate enables organizations to dramatically increase productivity and collaboration by radically simplifying data access. It enables users to access accurate product data without complex user experience. ThingWorx Navigate supports concurrent production planning, enabling users to shorten the product development cycle and overall time to market.

Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC, said:

“We are pleased that BMW Group has selected Windchill and ThingWorx Navigate to support its digitization journey. We take pride in helping BMW Group to improve efficiency in the planning and production of their world-class vehicles.”

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WISeKey Wins Contract with Leading Automobile Maker to Secure Connected Cars

WISeKey Wins Contract with Leading Automobile Maker to Secure Connected Cars

WISeKey expects total identified 5-year revenues from the automobile manufacturer industry to be in excess of CHF 30 Million from which the company is already expecting to generate approximately CHF 2.5 Million and CHF 7.0 Million in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

WISeKey International Holding, a leading Swiss cybersecurity and IoT company, announced today that it is delivering a strategic contract for a leading European automobile manufacturer cementing its role in the Connected Car sector.

The agreement includes the integration of WISeKey IoT and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in the manufacturer’s connected car solutions allowing them to authenticate legitimate car components and enabling owners to securely interact with the car’s smart features.

BI Intelligence expects 94 million connected cars to be sold in 2021, and for 82% of all cars sold during that year to be connected. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 35% from 21 million connected cars in 2016.

Virtually all new cars on the market today include electronic technologies that could pose vulnerabilities to hacking or privacy intrusions if data security is not addressed. For example, smart cars without cybersecurity protection technology could allow hackers to gain remote access by exploiting vulnerabilities in their ecosystem of connected components and online services. As the number of cars connected to the Internet is growing quickly (to over a quarter of a billion by year 2020, as estimated by Gartner), smart car manufactures are working to identify and reduce potential hacking vulnerabilities in their vehicles.

In recent years, the security protections of smart cars have expanded using proven IoT technologies. There is increased use of “secure element” chips provided by WISeKey Semiconductor to authenticate individual car components within the vehicle itself and to the online services it interacts with, and to ensure that only legitimate software is installed in the car. Digital certificates provided by WISeKey QuoVadis ensure that only authorized users have access to the connected car functions and encrypt data for to make it tamperproof and private.

“As cars continue to evolve, essentially becoming motorized computers, they are vulnerable to the very same threats and attacks as home computers, laptops and smartphones.”

“Unless appropriate cybersecurity measures are implemented, hackers can remotely access the vehicle’s computer system, manipulate the brakes, engine, and transmission. Our technology is designed to help verify legitimate car systems, protect the data they create and avoid malicious hacking,” said Carlos Moreira, CEO WISeKey.

WISeKey has a strong presence in the IoT market with both its widely-used VaultIC chips and PKI across a variety of industries ranging from luxury products to telecommunications hardware to the automotive sector. WISeKey expects total identified 5-year revenues from the automobile manufacturer industry to be in excess of CHF 30 Million from which the company is already expecting to generate approximately CHF 2.5 Million and CHF 7.0 Million in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

WISeKey’s solutions reduce potential security threats by:

  • Providing IoT “secure element” chips – essentially a small smartcard – from WISeKey Semiconductor that can be embedded into different components of the car to enhance the security of their electronic functions.
  • Providing highly-scalable and reliable PKI from WISeKey and QuoVadis to create the electronic credentials that assert the identity of device or authorized users and enable encryption to protect data or software integrity. These PKI solutions are highly adaptable to both the “lightweight” technology needs of IoT and the changing attributes of IoT devices over time after the vehicle has left the car factory.
  • In short, the WISeKey IoT solutions provide a benefit both to the manufacturer in cost-effectively protecting the security of car components and their related online services, and for drivers in securing the massive of data produced by smart cars in daily use – which includes significant detail on the driver’s personal behavior and movements, similar to that produced by a smartphone.

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Connected Cars: IoT Disrupts The Once-Humble Automobile

Lately, it feels like we’re living in an episode of “The Jetsons.”

Cars aren’t exactly whizzing through the air like they did in the early ‘60s Hanna–Barbera cartoon, but they’ve come a long way from the once-humble machines they used to be.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping us unlock an impressive array of features that will transform how we use, view, and interact with our cars.

Recently, I sat down with Laurens Eckelboom, vice president of Connected Vehicles at SAP, on my IoT Heroes podcast to discuss how the future of automobiles is unfolding right before our very eyes.

Your days of long searches for a parking spot are over

One of the first topics Laurens and I tackled on the podcast was smart parking.

With an IoT-enabled device connected to your vehicle, you can gain instant access to a large inventory of parking spaces, reserve a spot, and even pay for the space ahead of your arrival – all from the convenience of your smartphone.

Whether you’re visiting a crowded mall around the holidays or attending a jam-packed sporting event or concert, this smart parking feature will help eliminate the headache of long searches for a parking spot, offering unimaginable ease.

No-hassle fueling is now a reality

Another way IoT is reimagining the automobile is by simplifying the fueling process.

IoT technology can now alert you when your vehicle is low on fuel, identify nearby gas stations, and direct you to your desired fueling location via GPS. This increased connectivity will even allow you to pay for your gas without so much as reaching into your pocket for cash or a credit card.

Plus, because all this data is stored in the cloud in real time, this is particularly helpful for business travelers, as they no longer have to keep track of this information manually. Details of their journey, including miles traveled and fuel purchased, are computed automatically – or “automagically,” as I put it to Laurens during the podcast.

All that’s left for a business traveler to do at the conclusion of a trip is submit her expense report to the company’s accounting department with the simple push of a button on her smart device.

These companies are ushering in the future of connected cars – today

At the recent Mobile World Congress event, SAP announced that it’s partnering with Concur, Mojio, Hertz, and Nokia to make life easier for drivers through the power of IoT.

Mojio provides a connected vehicle platform and Web app powered by a vehicles network solution that will help T-Mobile customers in the United States and Deutsche Telekom users in Europe to benefit from the smart parking and fueling capabilities highlighted above. Concur software will handle the trip reporting and travel-related expense processes.

Leading rental car company Hertz is collaborating with SAP, Nokia, and Concur to bring drivers the ultimate vehicle personalization experience. Laurens says that with IoT, Hertz can customize everything from the seating to the music.

So if Laurens is renting a car, for instance, the vehicle could communicate with his smartphone to get information around his preferences. It would then adjust the seats to accommodate his 6-foot, 4-inch frame and turn the radio dial so he could listen to his favorite tunes from the ‘90s.

Connected car innovation is just beginning

This is just the start of the upheaval we are about to witness. IoT is disrupting the once-humble automobile with parking, fueling, and expense management services today. And with the advent of autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing services, as well as the electrification of the transportation fleet, the industry will be nearly unrecognizable in the coming years.

Listen to the full podcast and read a transcript of my conversation with Laurens at the IoT Heroes website to learn more about IoT’s impact on the automobile.

For additional information on the SAP Vehicles Network, visit SAP.com, and make sure to follow @SAPLeonardo for all the latest IoT news.

Connect with industry experts, partners, influencers, and business leaders at SAP Leonardo Live, our premier Internet of Things (IoT) conference for breakthrough innovation and technology. Register here and join us from July 11–12, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany to experience how your company can run a digitized business.


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Fujitsu and VMware expand partnership for IoT solutions in automobile industry

Fujitsu and VMware have announced they are expanding their strategic partnership combining the former’s over the air programming with the latter’s IoT solutions.

The move will enable automobile manufacturers and partners to drive robust solutions with regard to connected cars and autonomous driving.

As the number of electronic control units (ECUs) managing automotive parts increases in cars, the software embedded into the ECUs has become more sophisticated, and in turn, is becoming more challenging to manage, the companies note. Similarly, software issues can also pose challenges for automobile manufacturers as more and more technologies are being integrated into vehicles.

As a result, it will become imperative for manufacturers to have the ability to quickly and easily reprogram software as required, while also being able to manage and monitor software versions individually.

Fujitsu’s OTA Reprograming Solution connects with the cloud environment and applies the delta update technology of software to efficiently manage and update essential software for connected cars. By combining with VMware IoT solutions, the OTA Reprograming Solution will enable automobile manufacturers to quickly provide OTA software updates as necessary to all the devices in a car.

The two companies will also collaborate to expand their combined offerings of differentiated services in the mobility space. Shikou Kikuta, SVP, head of mobility IoT business unit at Fujitsu, said: “We look forward to fostering these offerings in our mobile business.”

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