Demonstration of the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed. Credit: Nanyang Technological University
Zebra Technologies Corporation has joined the Smart Mobility Test Bed Consortium by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and NXP Semiconductors N.V. by providing the wireless infrastructure needed in the project.
The Smart Mobility Test Bed Consortium aims to test next-generation Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies to enhance commuter safety and transportation systems in Singapore. It is also in line with the country's "Smart Mobility 2030" vision to make the city-state a global innovation hub for intelligent transport systems.
"More roads, tunnels, or overpasses will not solve the traffic challenges in global megacities in the long run. What we need is more intelligent transport systems. Wireless communication technologies like secure V2X will bring significant benefits to society, saving lives by avoiding road accidents as well as limiting congestion, travel time and CO2 emissions," said Andrew Turley, Head of Innovation for Car Infotainment and Driver Assistance at NXP Semiconductors, in a press release.
In line with that, a test bed for smart cars and traffic systems has been laid out across NTU's 200-hectare campus to simulate a small city with live traffic.
As part of the project, Zebra deployed its wireless AP 6562 outdoor access points to create a wireless network that seamlessly connect vehicles and smart infrastructure like Roadside Units (RSU), traffic cameras and lights. Vehicles communicate with RSUs which depend on the IEEE 802.11p standard for vehicular systems. In turn, the RSUs communicate with one another and the smart traffic system through Zebra's wireless network.
Additionally, Zebra said they have deployed 75 nodes - connected to their NX 5500 controller - across NTU's wireless mesh technology which does not require all access point to be connected by cables.
"By incorporating Zebra's wireless solutions into NTU's campus-wide V2X test bed infrastructure, we are able to offer a comprehensive suite of resources to the transportation community to develop, optimise and validate new innovations and business models that could improve road users' safety and enhance commuters' experience," said Associate Professor Guan Yong Liang, Lead Principal Investigator of NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed, NTU School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
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