Wednesday, 07 October 2015 20:18

Siemens, Cohda Wireless collaborate on smart infrastructure

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Dr Paul Gray,CEO Cohda Dr Paul Gray,CEO Cohda

Global electronics giant Siemens and Australia’s Cohda Wireless are collaborating in the area of Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) technology encompassing car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications.

V2I devices are part of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which share information between vehicles and roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights, and increasing the quality and reliability of information available to drivers about their immediate environment, other vehicles and road users.

Under the collaboration just announced by the two companies, Adelaide-based Cohda will develop and produce V2I roadside units (RSUs) for Siemens, enabling this ‘smart infrastructure’ to communicate with connected vehicles. It will also see Siemens base its Sitraffic ESCoS RSU upon Cohda’s MK5 V2X family, using NXP’s Roadlink chip sets.

Siemens will deploy Cohda’s technology for various ITS field tests and pilot projects, including the A58 motorway in the Netherlands, A9 motorway in Germany, and the Living Lab in Austria.

Siemens also says it expects to globally deploy transport infrastructure such as overhead sign gantries and traffic lights in its V2I roadside units (RSUs).  RSUs are 802.11p WLAN-based radio modules that reliably and securely transmit information such as speed limits, warnings of icy roads or other dangerous situations, traffic jams and construction warnings within a fraction of a second to passing vehicles and traffic control centres.

According to Siemens, the successful adoption of vehicle to infrastructure technologies is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion, reduce vehicle accidents and lower auto-related pollution.

Cohda Wireless CEO Dr. Paul Gray said Cohda’s agreement with Siemens created greater certainty for organisations planning to adopt connected vehicle technology.

“Cohda is very pleased to be supplying Siemens with our V2X products.  The collaboration of two leaders in their respective markets is good news.”

Dr Gray said Cohda’s hardware and software products are being used in more than 60% of all V2X field trials worldwide today, with customers including  many carmakers, tier one suppliers, automotive chipmakers, road authorities and new market entrants.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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