Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and automotive semiconductor supplier NXP Semiconductors have launched Singapore's first Smart Mobility Consortium to focus on testing and developing smart mobility technologies.
The consortium will harness an international wireless standard for vehicular use, known as the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication technology. The technologies will be tested on the NTU campus, which serves as a living test bed, according to a joint press statement by NTU and NXP on 18 January 2017.
The test bed enables companies, research institutes and government agencies to deploy, test and validate V2X wireless applications.
Fully deployed since December 2016, the test bed is a campus-wide V2X network, which has an "always on" data centre capable of handling live video and V2X data collection. It also has a command centre that can monitor NTU's traffic in real time and broadcast safety information. The backbone of the test bed is supported by NXP Semiconductors.
The project will bring together 12 industry partners, which will offer their different expertise from the V2X innovation ecosystem, such as wireless communication design, data analytics and network security. These companies include Panasonic, Red Hat, automotive system manufacturers Schaeffer and Denso, as well as ST Kinetics, the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of ST Engineering.
Some of the technologies developed in the test bed, such as automated video analysis and environmental sensors, have potential beyond mobility. They can also be deployed as solutions for Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.
Working with the consortium members, NTU and NXP Semiconductors will be launching projects to develop and trial new technologies and solutions for a suite of mobility applications that will enhance the safety of both driven and driverless vehicles, as well as personal mobility devices.
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