Intelligent Transportation Ecosystem

IoT, ITS, and the Talksum Ecosystem

We want self-driving smart cars!

Dale Russell, CTO, Talksum, San Jose

 

We’ve been hearing a lot about of Internet of Things (IoT) for the last decade. IoT is coming, IoT is here, IoT and Big Data…

 

Many of the people talking about IoT are from the computer industry. They’re selling us on a new market valued around $1.7 Trillion in 2020. While convincing us to invest in the IoT sector they will then point to a repackaging of a computer or data center solution. You can buy several brands of set top-media players listed as an IoT device. Upon further inspection they’re a small computer with a HDMI connector and a wireless network card connecting to a web service. Smart watches are but Bluetooth devices for your smart phone; a computer accessory. We have gone from Internet Hosting, Web Services, Cloud Services, and now IoT by  just a release of smaller computers and distributed web services?

 

That’s beginning to change and the consumers will be driving the market so to speak. We want self-driving smart cars! Automobile manufactures old and new are all working on developing self-driving modules, most governments want Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and we as the consumer want gadgets!

 

What gadget is cooler than self-driving cars?

 

The consumer’s desire is to also bring infotainment and entertainment, social groups, smart devices, as well as personal data contracts and other services along for the ride. When you combine all the wants of the consumer we have the beginning of the Digital Transportation Eratm. We want self driving cars, traffic re-routing for first responders, reduced traffic congestion, quieter roads, and cleaner air. With all of these wonderful goals the automobile has become the consumers’ mobile data center bringing all of the same security concerns as an internet data center and many more. Automobile manufacturers, government and regulatory bodies, insurance and telematics services, and internet media providers all bring their own protocols into this new mobile data center. The new Smart Car will need to be considered part of the larger ITS and IoT clouds.

Intelligent Transportation Ecosystem

To meet the challenges of the Digital Transportation Eratm the vehicle needs to be an integral part of these new ecosystems. The Intelligent Transportation Systems will include new networks, data management, and new standards and protocols such as: Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT), and many yet to be legislated. These signals must be introduced in a manner that ensures validity and security to protect against DDoS attacks against these public networks. The introduction of Internet Services, Fleet Management, Insurance, and Telematics into this mobile data cloud also requires that firewalls and gateways are needed to ensure that the automobile is securely protected.

 

Automobiles already generate large streams of data from in-vehicle busses measured in gigabytes an hour. The additional radios, GPS, mobile carriers, infotainment systems, and self-driving systems will make data management and security to this new mobile cloud platform a must.

 

Some of the Challenges:

 

  • Cybersecurity Protection from DDoS, Man in the Middle, and other Internet Attacks
  • Real-time Validation and Insights from these Data Streams
  • Normalization of Standards and Protocols (CAN, LIN, I2C, WAVE, OpenXC, ASN.1…)
  • Extensible Design for Future Standards and Protocols (NHTSA)
  • Regulation Compliance

 

At Talksum we deliver a real-time scalable ecosystem that answers these concerns. Talksum is a Data Routing Engine that is deliverable as a Data Center solution, as a Virtual Router for Cloud deployment, as well as Embedded on select ARM, AARCH64, and customers’ boards. The Talksum product family provides a scalable and holistic ecosystem from the Dashboard to the Data Center.

 

We will be presenting this spring and summer at several conferences where will be discussing the Talksum Ecosystem. Until then follow this blog as next we will discuss the overlaps of the above networks and ecosystem requirements.

Talksum Connected Vehicle Update and the ICCVE, Las Vegas

Dale Russell, Talksum CTODale Russell, CTO, Talksum

Thanksgiving is over and we’ve feasted and said our thanks. Now it’s time to hit the road full speed ahead – literally. This week, we’re attending the International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Expo (ICCVE) in Las Vegas. The conference/expo, which runs all week, focuses on Connected Vehicles as an emerging technical field that crosses multiple disciplines and industries including automotive, travel & transportation, information technology, communications, consumer electronics, industrial electronics, media & entertainment, energy & utilities, insurance, and others.

By connecting vehicles with various devices, services, and participants, mobility will be more enjoyable, sustainable, and most importantly safe. More than 2,000 experts, practitioners, and policy makers from all around the world will present the latest innovations and advances on connected vehicles, share experience and insights, forecast the trends and opportunities, and discuss the policy, economics, and social implications.

I will be participating with other key industry leaders from 4-6 pm, Thursday, Dec. 5, to share our activities with other connected vehicle activities in Southeast Michigan. The session will include the following:

  • Chair Greg Krueger, manager of the U.S. DOT Southeast Michigan Connected Vehicle Test Bed, and program manager of the Connected Vehicle at Leidos.
  • Debby Bezzina, senior program manager, University of Michigan Transportation Institute.
  • Lee Mixon, president and founder of Mixon Hill.
  • Walton Fehr, manager of systems engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO).
  • Tom Lusco, senior systems engineer, National ITS Architecture Team and lead developer of CVRIA Enterprise Viewpoint.
  • Frank Perry, project manager at Leidos.

This influential group will discuss the activities associated with all development, deployment, operations, and maintenance of ITS throughout the State of Michigan.

This summer, Talksum unveiled its V2V and V2I Digital Short-Range Communications (DSRC) data processing, management, and analytics solution for the connected vehicle. Designed to accelerate real-time decisions, the Talksum solution improves data acquisition and transformation, and converts data into flexibly managed event streams, tailored for V2V and V2I DSRC systems.

We’re proud to be a part of the important DOT ITS initiatives, and our solution is a perfect fit as the Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) handles data sets at both the vehicle level and/or the data center level and can format data in real time, as well as enrich data by correlating events with other external data sources. The TDSR filters, data reduces, monitors, aggregates, enriches, analyzes, and routes live streams to power, in real time, data sensor information such as engine performance, braking, travel direction, velocity, road conditions, and other vehicle and safety needs.

In addition, the Talksum solution makes information available in real time across multiple domains (i.e., across multiple areas of expertise or knowledge) for true effectiveness. It’s extremely important that real-time information streams can cross the Transportation, Public Network, and Energy domains. For example, let’s say a severe thunderstorm is forming. In this case, a severe thunderstorm warning (Public Network domain) notifies power companies (Energy domain) of potential outages, which notifies drivers (Transportation domain) of potential road condition changes. Transportation has an impact on every aspect of our lives with public safety and security as a primary concern. Using information from the other two domains (in this scenario, Public Network and Energy), the Transportation domain can enhance first responders’ effectiveness, traffic congestion, shipping and receiving, supply chain scheduling, manufacturing, and so on.

If you are attending the ICCVE event this week, let us know so that we can set up a meeting to discuss the future of the connected car together. If you can’t make it, feel free to contact us and we’ll make it a point to get in touch with you.

 

The Future of the Connected Vehicle

Dale Russell, Talksum CTODale Russell, CTO, Talksum

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to be part of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) Fourth Summit on the Future of the Connected Vehicle. It was an honor to be a significant contributor in the various discussions, as well as a presenter.

The summit, which was cohosted by the CVTA and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), covered many topics. The following were well presented and insightful.

From an automaker’s perspective, represented by Nissan, Honda, and GM, there was a look at the near horizon for production vehicles and the impact of the current state of the industry with regard to rollout. This was a fascinating look at the market penetration for V2V and V2X application growth – including emergency vehicles and intersection devices, traveler information, enterprise products such as diagnostic applications, driver assist functions, and active safety implementations.

One theme that was expressed over and over was the focus on V2V safety related communications and the influence on driving behavior safety rather than on mobility or convenience applications. Key areas of safety included passive safety, collision avoidance, and preventive safety mechanisms. Safety topics covered car, motorcycle, and pedestrian protection via both V2C and V2I systems.

Another important topic was communication security for digital short-range communication (DSRC), cellular, WiFi, and satellite options.

From a services point of view, forces moving the growth market were explored. It was noted that services must be cost-efficient, convenient, and enjoyable to be effective. Most importantly, it was stressed that travelers need real-time information and decision support services to have an impact on their behavior and safety. One of the presenters predicted that insurance telematics will boom in the next three years and be based on predictive modeling and risk assessment. Also, from a services point of view, speech-driven services were looked at to improve the user experience and reduce driver-distraction dangers.

From an embedded and aftermarket look, yours truly gave a presentation on cross-domain data management and how it provides the framework for a shared vision among consumers, social demands, and society that are required to secure the connected vehicle future. I covered common problems today such as how to reasonably ingest, transform, analyze, and route all types of data; how to apply enough filtering logic in real time without impacting overall performance; how to even begin to create a holistic view of data management; and most importantly, how to better use and cross correlate data in a meaningful manner.

In the session, I covered how an embedded system works for the V2V and V2I infrastructure, and then showed how domains such as traffic enforcement, first responders, fleet managers, insurance, and so on, could use the massive amounts of “common interest” information available from the different domains by crossing them through a core-system public network to the betterment of consumers, society, and the entire ecosystem.

 

Conclusion

There were many other topics covered during the two-day event; the above were just a few that seemed to warrant attention. There were also automotive technical innovation updates, intellectual property discussions revolving around the connected vehicle, liability topics, Big Data analytics, infotainment, and many others in the jammed packed event.

With all said and done, the most important topic expressed during the entire event could be said in one word – safety.

 

Insurance Telematics: Disparate Data Needs to “Talk”

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

Last week, we attended the Chicago Insurance Telematics USA 2013 conference, which is now billed as the largest ever conference devoted to insurance telematics. Day one of the conference focused on what insurers need to be doing to get their usage-based insurance (UBI) products off the ground. A large part of day two was devoted to how they could do a better job with the products they already have on the market.

A key ingredient to both days revolved around data acquisition – more precisely, how does the massive amount of disparate data from various providers “talk” to each other.

There is a divergence in the telematics data provided by different providers. For example, some companies may only report the odometer reading of a vehicle; another company might focus on brake pedal usage; and a third might offer transmission gear positioning. How does the information from the various providers “talk” to each other within one UBI system?

The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) handles disparate data sets from multiple companies and can format the data in real time, as well as enrich the data by correlating events with other external data sources. The TDSR ingests, normalizes, filters, data reduces, monitors, aggregates, enriches, analyzes, and routes live streams to the targeted insurance system. The TDSR can ingest and normalize any type of sensor data, including JSON, CEE, OpenXC, and many others. It handles multiple protocols, such as TCP and UDP and multiple message types, such HTTP, RFC3164, Access Log, and so on. The Talksum product transforms the information into a common protocol and message format and routes to the UBI system.

What does this mean? The TDSR lets the incoming, disparate data from different providers “talk” to each other, setting a common ground for insurance telematics systems.

In addition, the Talksum product includes foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control, making it easier for insurance companies to focus on what they do best – insurance.

 

The Importance of Handling Stale, Out-of-Date Big Data

Dale Russell, Talksum CTODale Russell, CTO, Talksum

Last month, freelance writer Loraine Lawson wrote an article in IT Business Edge entitled Three Reasons Why Life Cycle Management Matters More With Big Data. In the article, she points to the following three reasons why life cycle management matters more with Big Data:

  1. Big Data grows ridiculously fast. According to Maria C. Villar, managing partner of Business Data Leadership, each day we create 2.5 EB of unstructured and structured data. She goes on to say that “a single jet engine can generate 10 TB of data in 30 minutes.”
  2. Most Big Data is ephemeral by nature. It not only grows at a fast rate, it also becomes outdated too quickly to be useful.
  3. Out-of-date Big Data can undermine the results of your business analytics.  A lot of data gets outdated quickly. Since you often look for deviations from normal conditions, she adds that real-time monitoring plays a major role in many Big Data use cases.

With this in mind, you can see how the market has added to the three defining properties of Big Data – volume, variety, and velocity – which was introduced as the 3Vs in a 2001 MetaGroup research publication. We now have to look at the affect of stale, out-of-date Big Data on business, as well as how it affects consumers and ultimately everyone. An organization doesn’t care when things are under control, it’s when they fail or take a wrong turn that is critical.

As an example of this, let’s take a look at the automotive industry, which is currently testing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) digital short-range communications (DSRC) processing solutions for the “connected vehicle.” In this market, high-volume data processing of 1 million+ events/sec is required, along with real-time management and routing of sensor data, which affects engine performance, braking, direction of travel, velocity, road conditions, emergency circumstances, navigation, and other time-sensitive operations. You get the picture; stale data turns into nightmares and catastrophes.

In this connected vehicle scenario, where cars and emergency vehicles “talk” to each other, as well as to remote data centers, it is extremely important to process the data as it comes in, to reduce the data so as not to overload the system, and to act on the “alert” data, in real time, to avoid catastrophes and ensure smooth V2V and V2I operations. The Talksum Data Stream Router™, or TDSR™, does just that. It is designed to accelerate real-time decisions by improving data acquisition and transformation and converting data into flexibly managed event streams. Using the TDSR, different types structured and semi-structured data can be ingested and normalized, non-critical data can be reduced without losing the informative part, and the critical data can be routed appropriately.

In addition, the TDSR includes the foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control, which are mandatory in the automotive market.

This is just one of many examples for handling ridiculously fast-growing Big Data, processing it before it becomes stale, and reducing, filtering, monitoring, and routing the data in real time to avoid disasters and to keep operations running smoothly – ultimately resulting in an efficient and safe solution. To view other examples, click Talksum Data Stream Solutions.