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Volkswagen V-Charge Collaboration: Driverless Valet Parking

In research programs, the compute intensity of any specific module cannot be determined ahead of time and is subject to continuous change; the ability of one compute engine to manage its load cannot be determined until runtime. The infrastructure needs to provide clear feedback when communication deadlines are not being met by
connected modules. This requires the ability to rapidly and easily reallocate modules to networked nodes. In other words, modules should be able to be reorganized around the distributed architecture without the time and effort of reconfiguring the underlying network integration. This way, researchers can stay focused on application level issues rather than dealing with system architecture problems created by changes in systems integration.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • RTI
    RTI provides the connectivity platform for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). RTI's solutions connect across field, fog and cloud. Its reliability, security, perfomance and scalability are proven in the most demanding industrial systems. Deployed systems include medical devices and imaging; wind, hydro and solar power; autonomous planes, trains and cars; traffic control; Oil and Gas; robotics, ships and defense. RTI is the largest vendor of products based on the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service™ (DDS) connectivity framework.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Automotive
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Product Development
  • CUSTOMER
  • Researchers at ETH Zurich and the universities of Braunschweig, Oxford and Parma recently embarked on a cooperative research program called V-Charge with industrial partners Bosch and Volkswagen AG. To work together effectively, they decided that every collaborator should be able to use the computers, operating systems and software they were most comfortable and experienced with. No one should be forced to change their tools, because that would impose unfair costs on some collaborators.
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • Ethernet
    Other frequency
  • SOLUTION
  • DDS enables the decoupling of the applications from the underlying communication infrastructure. This means that any process or module can be moved around the network completely unchanged. DDS discovers the modules new location at boot time and routes communication as needed. No IP reconfiguration or network
    interface changes are required by the application.

    DDS includes a Quality of Service (QoS) capability that ensures that the data needs of each and every communicating process and module are being met. If they are not, the discrepancy between publisher and subscriber is noted and both applications are informed. No application module needs to know about any other – it just needs to know it requires specific data within certain timing and delivery constraints and to know when those constraints are not being met.
  • DATA COLLECTED
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - R&D]
    Creates a focused team that can get more research development done in less time. Gives researchers freedom to change their minds or alter their systems configuration as interim research results indicate alternative or superior approaches.
    Impact #2
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • USE CASES
  • Perimeter Security & Access Control
    Perimeter Security and Access Control systems protect the external perimeter of a facility, control access to restricted areas, and detect and monitor anomalies. Access control includes the control of persons, vehicles, and materials through entrances and exists in a controlled area or premises. Perimeter detection, in contrast, is the detection of access to the outer limits of a detection area by means of physical barriers, sensors on physical barriers, or exterior sensors. Finally, intrusion alarm systems signal entry or attempted entry of a person or an object into the area or volume protected by the system. 
  • SOFTWARE
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