In-Vehicle and Vehicle to Cloud Networking Middleware Provides the Glue for Connected Vehicle Platforms
Las Vegas, January 3rd, 2017 – Excelfore announced that the company will be demonstrating smart mobility networking solutions for in-vehicle and vehicle to cloud networks during the Consumer Electronics Show, CES2017, in Las Vegas. Excelfore demonstrations will include an in-vehicle network architecture with 1Gbit Ethernet backbone, multiple 100Mbit star clusters, headunit, smart antenna, sensors, CAN ECUs, USB ports for smartphones, all with OTA update capability and end-to-end security. Excelfore demonstrations during CES are by appointment only. Interested parties are invited to inquire at: www.excelfore/ces2017.
Shrikant Acharya, Chief Technology Officer at Excelfore said, “Creating scalable and secure end-to-end connectivity is not just a question of technologies, but of behaviors and discipline. A system level architectural approach is needed, which takes into account networks and hardware in the vehicle, services in the cloud, and mechanisms of rolling out updates to vehicles. No one company can do it all. It requires cooperation among many participants, an approach that can be seen in the results we are showcasing with our partners during CES.”
The Excelfore demonstrations bring together multiple network technologies such as CAN, Ethernet, Audi-Video Bridging / Time-Sensitive Networking (AVB/TSN), USB, WiFi and cellular. Multiple operating systems including Linux, GENIVI Linux, Mentor Connected OS Linux, QNX, Integrity and AutoSAR are also showcased. Acharya continued, adding, “We can all agree that we don’t want to re-invent the wheel. But it’s not just wheels. The automotive industry has a great deal of legacy technology. The best way to navigate the transition to smart mobility is a systematic approach to bring those technologies together, not re-inventing them.”
Excelfore Corporation, located in Silicon Valley, enables smart mobility networks with a scalable and secure unified middleware framework. Excelfore products include the eAVB™ protocol stack for in-vehicle Ethernet time-sensitive networking, as well as cloud-to-vehicle eSync™ software update management, eDiagnostics™
smart diagnostics, and eMatics™ fleet prognostics and fleet learning.
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Partner Companies Participating in Excelfore CES2017 Demonstrations
Excelfore and IOActive will work together on verifying the effectiveness of security mechanisms and structures of deployed FOTA/SOTA solutions. According to John Sheehy, VP of Sales, Strategy and Strategic Services of IOActive, “Thorough assessments for vulnerabilities provide a heightened level of confidence to OEMs, and security to the end consumer.”
Excelfore and ITK Engineering have worked together to provide embedded in-vehicle network and cloud-to-vehicle security and safety. “Safety and cyber security are key aspects of connected cars that will shape the automotive industry in the coming years. To ensure functional safety in connected or autonomous cars it is absolutely necessary to integrate a close and comprehensive security concept”, said Matthias Gemmar, ITK’s Head of Strategy.
Mentor Automotive and Excelfore cooperation includes SOTA cloud-based updating and in-vehicle Ethernet AVB/TSN networking for the Mentor Connected OS Linux operating system and Volcano AutoSAR based electronic control units for automotive applications. According to Glenn Perry, VP and GM of Embedded Systems Division, “It is important that software vendors work together to advance the technology for robust and proven solutions with end-to-end connectivity in the automotive arena.”
Mentor will be showing the joint OTA demonstration by invitation at the Westgate. Both Mentor Automotive and Excelfore will also show their joint SOTA demonstrations at the GENIVI Alliance Event at the Bellagio Hotel on the evening of January 5, from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Molex and Excelfore have cooperated on development of a full in-vehicle end-to-end connectivity solution with FOTA/SOTA capability. According to Dave Atkinson, Director of Business Development at Molex, “Automotive OEMs are looking for a total systems approach to connectivity as they integrate new features and capabilities into the car.”
Molex will demonstrate their full in-vehicle solution by invitation in their suite in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas during CES.
O-film and Excelfore have cooperated on the development of infotainment and instrumentation OTA upgrade capability. Longbing Zhang, VP and General Manager of the Infotainment Business Unit at O-Film, observed, “Infotainment can drive strong consumer preferences. With OTA, OEMs can offer added value of personalization to their in-vehicle experience.”
O-film will demonstrate their instrument cluster with OTA personalization at CES in the Tech East LVCC North Hall booth 3531.