In-Car Gateway Software for Internet-of-Vehicles (IoV)

  • Internet-of-Vehicles (IoV) is an emerging industry trend with huge global market potential, especially in China and APAC (Asia-Pacific). IoV mainly consists of two major communications with (i) V2X (IEEE 802.11p) and (ii) wireless backhaul (3G/LTE) communications, which enables data sharing and application services like navigation, car status monitoring, remote diagnostics, infotainment, route planning and fleet management etc.

    In-Car Gateway is key technology enabler for IoV systems and applications. It bridges the gap by connecting and interfacing with ECUs (Electronic Control Units) in different car domains and backbone. It retrieves and shares In-Car information and data via OBDii (On-board Diagnostics) interface. It also provides IP connectivity and communications between vehicles, infrastructure, and Internet applications by integrating with V2X (802.11p) and wireless backhaul (IP/LTE) interfaces.

    This project performs feasibility study and reference design for In-Car gateway software. The Proof-of-Concepts (PoC) demonstration prototype has been built to demonstrate car status monitoring, ECUs information and data sharing, and providing Internet and network connectivity. The technical focus include:

    a)scalability and flexibility of gateway software design to support multi-vendor standards, protocols (CAN, TCP/IP), interfaces (IP/LTE/802.11p/Wifi/RS232, Bluetooth) and models, and

    b)data security and device authentication.

    With engagement and collaboration with NXP and NTU in Singapore, the proposed gateway prototype shall be integrated into their “Smart Mobility Project” test-bed to showcase and demonstrate different functions.

    Internet of Things Management and Application Platform with Boardband Wireless

  • This project developed an Internet of Things (IoT) Management and Application Platform (IMAP). The IMAP enabling solutions are missing or only in prototype quality (i.e. not reliable, not scalable, and lack of security).

    Every street light is a standalone entity with its own solar panel and battery (i.e. no wires attached) and thus cannot be controlled and monitored remotely. Using wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies, the solar street lights can form a local area sensor network. With an IoT gateway device and the wireless broadband access such as LTE, the solar street lights can be managed and controlled remotely by the IoT management platform. The direct benefits of the IoT management platform would be the capability to monitor the street light components (such as solar panel, batteries, power, current etc) and to control the street lights (for examples, on/off, dimming etc) remotely.

    In addition, the IoT solution can bring impacts in terms of energy savings, low construction cost, environment protection and low operational and maintenance cost. In fact, when this project is completed, similar applications such as environment monitoring, video surveillance, river management, water quality monitoring etc can be developed quickly once the interested industry partners are identified.

    The project deliverables are:

    i)a commercial IoT gateway and management platform to provide management capability to different types of IoT devices flexibly and reliably;

    ii)Application solution: solar/wind powered device management applications (solar street light management and green energy device management).