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Singapore’s first Smart Mobility consortium launched to test new tech on NTU campus

Singapore’s first Smart Mobility consortium launched to test new tech on NTU campus

In the near future, cars could have in-vehicle smart displays that alert drivers in advance to tolls, road works and traffic jams, while switching traffic lights to go in the driver’s favour. When approaching a carpark, it could also display the number of parking lots available and the hourly charges. Most significantly, these new technologies could help motorists, driverless cars and other road users avoid traffic accidents and improve overall road safety. In line with Singapore’s Smart Mobility 2030 vision and with the aim of moving towards the above mentioned scenarios, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) and NXP Semiconductors N.V., the world-leading automotive semiconductor supplier in secure connected cars, have today launched Singapore’s first Smart Mobility consortium to focus on testing and developing smart mobility technologies.

The technologies will be tested in the NTU campus, which serves as living test bed, bringing together 12 industry partners to form the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Consortium. To develop innovations in smart mobility, the consortium will harness an international wireless standard for vehicular use known as the vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication technology. This standard has also been adopted by the United States and Singapore for use in its transportation system and is an essential part of autonomous vehicle networks.

The 12 companies bring together their different expertise from the V2X innovation ecosystem, such as wireless communication design, data analytics and network security. The industry partners include electronics giant Panasonic, American software multinational Red Hat, automotive system manufacturers Schaeffer and Denso, as well as ST Kinetics, the land systems and speciality vehicles arm of ST Engineering. Back in April 2015, NTU and NXP Semiconductors launched the four-year S$22 million NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed to advance the testing and development of V2X technology. Companies, research institutes and government agencies will be able to deploy, test and validate future V2X solutions in a real world scenario within the NTU campus. The test bed was enhanced in December 2016 to cover the entire 200-hectare campus, and includes a command centre that can monitor traffic in real time and ensure the maximum safety and security of traffic flow.

At the launch of the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Consortium, NTU EEE Associate Professor Guan Yong Liang (above photo, right), who is also the Lead Principal Investigator of the NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Consortium, shared 4 possible use cases relating to the consortium:

1. An Integrated Parking System which can provide onboard parking availability, parking surveillance and faciliate parking fees collection

2. Smart Gantry-Less Parking which can help users find their vehicles, particularly in big multi-storey car parks, provide security surveillance and real-time onboard parking availability advisory

3. Connected Autonomous Vehicles (AV), Electric Vehicles (EV) and All-Vehicles – the ability to utilise V2X technologies to add on to smart mobility solutions on new and existing vehicles

4. Extending Connected to Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) – this is especially important as bicycles and PMDs are essential to Singapore’s car-lite drive and V2X technologies could potentially provide real time traffic information for both motorists and PMD users for greater road awareness and safety

Assoc Prof Guan also added that since NTU is located in the Jurong Innovation Distinct, an upcoming 600-hectare innovation district which covers NTU, CleanTech Park, and the surrounding areas of Bulim, Bahar and Tengah, the NTU-NXP testbed can be extended to host an entire ecosystem of next-generation manufacturing. It also presents opportunities to test new innovations in a real-life environment in the new district.

Above photo: Control centre of NTU-NXP Smart Mobility Test Bed. Photo credit: NTU  

The complete deployment of campus-wide V2X infrastructure within NTU currently consists of:

-A smart mobility experience lab
-35 roadside units
-24/7 data centre
-8 research engineers
-82 traffic cameras

In a live demonstration of the capabilities of the V2X infrastructure under the Smart Mobility Consortium, some of the full-stack use cases include:

-Video conferencing capabilities
-In-vehicle road sign indicators
-Points/Places of interest indicators
-Carpark slot notification system
-Gantry-less distance-based toll charging
-In-vehicle road sign indicators with speed limit notice
-Smart traffic light (V2X enabled)

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.