Australia sets regulations for driverless vehicle systems

Road traffic authorities in Australia have received the regulations they must comply with to roll out intelligent transport systems (ITS)

ITS support driverless vehicles by enabling vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-person, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Today’s regulations mark a key milestone towards mass rollout of driverless vehicles in Australia.

"ITS are expected to make roads smarter, safer, and cleaner through the use of communications technologies," says ACMA acting chair James Cameron. "The new Class Licence will facilitate the rollout of the latest transportation communications technology, putting Australia on par with other nations adopting ITS."

The 5.9GHz band has been made available for ITS usage in Australia as part of the Radiocommunications (Intelligent Transport Systems) Class Licence 2017 regulations.

An ITS station can be operated by a party with a Class License on the condition that it’s operated on a frequency, or within a range of frequencies, greater than 5855 MHz and not greater than 5925 MHz.

The power output must not exceed a maximum EIRP of 23 dBm/MHz and it cannot be operated within 70kms of the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory. The station must also comply with ETSI Standard EN 302 571.

A key goal of the new regulations is to bring Australia in line with other major vehicle markets such as the United States and European Union. This regulatory alignment will aid with research and development, and the eventual rollout of driverless vehicles.

"Harmonising Australia's ITS arrangements with wider global developments means Australian motorists are more likely to enjoy the benefits of connected vehicles as they become available," ACMA said in a statement.

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Collaboration between PoLTE and Riot Micro Enables Ultra-Low Power Location Capabilities in IoT Systems

Collaboration between PoLTE and Riot Micro Enables Ultra-Low Power Location Capabilities in IoT Systems

Collaboration between PoLTE and Riot Micro Enables Ultra-Low Power Location Capabilities in IoT Systems

CES 2018, Las Vegas:: Riot Micro to incorporate support for PoLTE’s location solution in its chips, allowing extremely efficient LTE positioning for mobile and IoT devices.

PoLTE Corporation and Riot Micro today announced a technology collaboration to enable ultra-low power LTE Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with highly accurate location positioning for indoor and outdoor applications.

The collaboration combines the advantages of Riot Micro’s RM1000 with those of PoLTE’s recently announced Lite-Touch location architecture.

Riot Micro will support PoLTE’s location interface in the RM1000, the industry’s lowest power baseband modem chip for the cellular IoT. Riot Micro’s innovative design approach can cut the power consumption of similar modem chips in half, at price points comparable to short-range wireless systems.

With support for PoLTE’s location interface, on-board modem data can be easily off-loaded to PoLTE cloud servers. From the cloud, PoLTE’s location engine will then accurately calculate location positioning of devices which would otherwise be constrained and hindered by processing power, memory, battery life, costs and size.

Leveraging the existing and ubiquitous LTE network, the combined solution will deliver secure and persistent location of any LTE-enabled mobile device inside or outside structures at a fraction of the cost, size or power consumption. This is a key differentiation compared to GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hybrid location solutions which usually require at least two different technologies for outside and in-building tracking.

“The recent advances in our architecture allowed us to collaborate with an innovative company like Riot Micro to reduce the costs and power consumption of location positioning for connected devices such as wearables, logistics tags, sensors and more,” said John Dow, CEO of PoLTE Corp.

“Simple to deploy and system agnostic, our solution is designed to be highly efficient and accurate for the Cat-M category of LTE chip-sets that Riot Micro specializes in, enhancing its value to the cellular IoT market.”

“PoLTE’s technology is a perfect complement to our low-power chip-set design philosophy, and will open the doors for many OEMs seeking location positioning capabilities for their IoT and mobile devices,” said Peter Wong, CEO of Riot Micro. “The collaboration helps us meet our goal to offer affordable and ultra-low power chips that also incorporate the latest advanced features.”

Assembling a team of engineers with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE expertise, Riot Micro designed its baseband modem chip by applying proven design techniques from Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi to LTE to drive down system cost and power.
The RM1000 is available now, supplied to OEMs and module manufacturers developing custom solutions. Riot Micro offers a full-range of customer support services, including reference designs, for evaluation and module design.

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Berg Insight assesses how telematics systems for construction equipment are on the rise

An estimate provided by Berg Insight has shown that the installed base of active construction equipment (CE) OEM telematics systems globally will hit 4.6 million in 2021, compared to 1.8 million units in 2016.

The estimated target of the 4.6 million units will be achieved by registering a CAGR of 21.3%. This includes all CE telematics systems marketed by CE OEMs, either formulated in-house or supplied by the CE manufacturers in conjunction with third-party telematics players.

According to Berg Insight estimates, at the end of 2016 the European market accounted for nearly 0.4 million active CE OEM telematics systems. It is estimated that the North American market is marginally bigger than its European counterpart.  The rest of the world represents over 50% of the global installed base of CE telematics systems provided by construction equipment OEMs.

Alongside this, another Berg Insight research report projected that the number of active insurance telematics policies in the European market will reach 30 million by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 34.8%. In Q4/2016, this number stood at 6.8 million. While for the same period, the number of active insurance telematics policies in the North American market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 38.2% to reach 35.2 million, compared to 6.9 million in Q4/2016.

While hardwired aftermarket black boxes primarily dominate the European insurance telematics market, vast majority of the active policies in the North American market is represented by self-install OBD devices. However, in the recent times, a number of prominent US insurers have focussed on smartphone-based solutions. In the future, Berg Insight is anticipating a rapid increase in the uptake of smartphone-based solutions in all markets.

While the North America telematics insurance market is dominated by US-based Progressive, Allstate, Liberty Mutual and State Farm, the Canadian market is led by Desjardins. On the other hand, Italy-based insurers UnipolSai and Generali Generali together accounted for nearly 50%of the telematics-enabled policies in the European market.

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IAR Systems enables tool support for IoT module from NXP

IAR Systems announces tool support for the new LPC54018 MCU-based IoT module from NXP Semiconductors. The IAR Embedded Workbench supports the new NXP Semiconductors LPC54018 MCU-based IoT module featuring onboard Wi-Fi.

The LPC54018 MCU-based IoT module includes support for Amazon FreeRTOS and provides a seamless Wi-Fi connection to Amazon Web Services (AWS), enabling developers to create secure, cost-effective IoT solutions. Unlimited memory extensibility, a root of trust built on the embedded SRAM physical unclonable functions (PUF) and on-chip cryptographic accelerators are some of the other benefits.

Thanks to outstanding speed optimizations, IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm and the included IAR C/C++ Compiler generate very fast and efficient code. Through add-on tools for static analysis and runtime analysis, developers gain complete code control.

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The installed base of fleet management systems in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe will reach 9.1 million by 2021

The installed base of fleet management systems in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe will reach 9.1 million by 2021

The installed base of fleet management systems in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe will reach 9.1 million by 2021

According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Russia/CIS and Eastern Europe was 4.8 million in Q4-2016.

Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5 percent, this number is expected to reach 9.1 million by 2021.

The Russian market alone accounts for a significant share of the region’s total installed base and is forecasted to grow from 2.1 million active units at the end of 2016 to 3.5 million units by 2021. The top-15 providers of fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles across Russia, the rest of the CIS and Eastern Europe together have a combined installed base of over 2.6 million active units in the region and around half of the market is even represented by the top-10 players.

The leading fleet management solution providers in terms of installed base in the CIS and Eastern Europe include diverse players from a number of countries.
Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight, says:

“Belarus-based Gurtam is the leading fleet management software provider, having surpassed the milestone of 500,000 vehicles under management in the region.”

He adds that Gurtam is focused on software, providing a hardware-agnostic tracking platform offering compatibility with over 1,300 different device models from hundreds of third-party hardware manufacturers.

“Arvento Mobile Systems from Turkey and TechnoKom based in Russia are the first and second runners-up, followed by Turkish Mobiliz and the Russian players NIS, SCOUT and Navigator Group”, continues Mr. Andersson.

chart: installed base of fleet management units Russia-CIS Eastern EU 2016-2021Additional top-15 players include Russia-based Omnicomm which has around 100,000 active fleet management units, as well as Infotech in Turkey, Fort Telecom and SpaceTeam in Russia, the European market leader TomTom Telematics, Princip in the Czech Republic, the major truck OEM Scania and Secret Control which is based in Hungary.

“With the exception of TomTom Telematics and Scania, the major international solution providers based in Western Europe, North America or South Africa are yet to reach the top-15 list for this region”, concluded Mr. Andersson.

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