Intelligent Transportation Ecosystem

IoT, ITS, and the Talksum Ecosystem

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.

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.



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.


A Productive Talksum Summer 2013, Ready to Talk

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

For most people, the summer of 2013 will be ending shortly. Vacations will be over, schools will be back in session, football season will kick off, merchants will promote end-of-summer and back-to-school sales, and businesses will ramp up to full capacity again. At Talksum, we have been heads down this summer, focusing on our flagship Talksum Data Stream Router™, or TDSR™, and as such, we want to tell the world about it and how it can help with Big Data initiatives.

Our approach to data management focuses on speed, simplicity, and value. The Talksum Data Stream Router performs in real time, at speeds that are required to handle the Big Data initiatives of both today and tomorrow and help optimize any Big Data infrastructure. The TDSR simplifies the data management process. It manages, in real time, both structured and unstructured data acquisition, ingest, and transformation, converting data into flexibly managed event streams. It filters, data reduces, aggregates, enriches, and routes data based on specific business needs and data processing requirements, while also adding real-time monitoring/alerts and analytics. The high efficiency of the Talksum solution means fewer resources and less spend are required, and results in greater value for you.

To get the word out, we are participating in three events in September:

At the CVTA Summit, scheduled for September 9 and 10 at the Suburban Collection Showcase, Novi, MI, we will be participating on a panel entitled Embedded and Aftermarket: What Are the Next Challenges? In addition, we will be sitting in hour-long jam sessions on critical issues in the connected vehicle space and figuring out what’s next in the evolution of the connected vehicle.

At the Russian Innovation Week 2013, scheduled for September 19 and 20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, we will be presenting on IT solutions in Big Data.

At the Big Data Technology and Applications – East Bay Group Meet Up, scheduled for September 25 in Pleasanton, CA, we will be presenting our new approach to Big Data management and show its benefits through case studies.

Now that summer 2013 is winding down, we’re winding up for an even better fall 2013!

If you cannot make any of these events and would like to know more about our Big Data solution and how it can help with your Big Data initiatives, contact a Talksum team member and we will be sure respond.


Telematics Detroit 2013 – A Recap

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

We’re still excited about the successful Telematics Detroit 2013 conference that we attended a couple of weeks ago. First of all, thank you to all who visited our booth to learn about our V2V and V2I DSRC data processing solution. It was a pleasure showing you how we can help with your connected vehicle initiatives. It was also very cool that see a few mentions about Talksum coming out of the conference, in particular Andrew Tolve’s Telematics Update and the entertaining MotorTrend piece by Frank Markus, entitled “Geeking Out on the Hardware and Software That Will Soon Connect All Cars.”

While at the event, we were invited to join the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), which we enthusiastically accepted. In fact, Talksum CTO Dale Russell has already attended his first CVTA workshop in Detroit and we are anxious to help with the association and contribute to the on-going development of the connected vehicle.

Talksum was also asked to consider taking part in the National Connected Vehicle Test Bed. The Connected Vehicle Test Bed and affiliated interoperable test bed environments are real-world, operational test beds that offer the supporting vehicles, infrastructure, and equipment to serve the needs of public and private sector testing and certification activities. The vision for the test beds is to establish multiple locations as part of a one connected system that can support continued research, testing, and demonstration of connected vehicle concepts, standards, applications, and innovative products.

We also spoke to many of the major players in the automotive industry who are working on sensor systems and who understand that they have Big Data challenges. These companies saw the value in our new approach to data processing and management solutions and how it fits within their connected vehicle initiatives.

By the way, we also enjoyed seeing many of the attendees carrying the official Telematics Detroit 2013 bag, which just happened to have the Talksum logo on it!


Connected Vehicle Trade Association

Dale Russell, Talksum CTODale Russell, CTO, Talksum

After the Telematics Detroit 2013 conference & exhibition held last week, Talksum joined the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) upon request. I had the pleasure of attending our first  CVTA workshop in Detroit yesterday as both an influencer and contributor to on-going development of the connected vehicle environment.

The CVTA is a non-profit business league established to facilitate the interaction, and advance the interests, of the entities involved in the vehicle communication environment. The CVTA enables the collaboration of companies, organizations, and governmental bodies engaged in developing bidirectional vehicle communications.

As a recent CVTA member, Talksum aims to help the development of the connected car through our V2V and V2I DSRC data processing, management, and analytics knowledge. Our telematics solution is designed to accelerate real-time decisions through improved data acquisition, transformation, filtering, and routing. Our product handles data sets at 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.

By working with the CVTA and attending their functions, we will strive to help support their vision – to enable a world of safe, efficient, and effective travel through real-time traveler connectivity.