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Continental and IBM agree collaboration

Continental and IBM have announced a collaboration agree- ment that will see the companies jointly develop fully-connected mobile vehicle solutions for car manufacturers around the world. “We are strongly convinced

that step by step development of future mobility is highly complex and requires strong partnerships with global IT industry players. With IBM, we now have one of the world’s technology lead- ers at our side, and together we can deliver highly secure, robust fully connected vehicle solutions for all our customers world- wide,” stated Dr. Elmar Degen- hart, Chairman of the Executive Board at Continental. “IBM is an industry leader in

Big Data and Cloud Computing. Further, it possesses the neces- sary deep analytics expertise to process and analyse vast quanti- ties of data and make subsequent predictions at high frequency and velocity. IBM’s experience in cloud enabled platforms and embedded systems development

KAZAKHSTAN Full speed ahead for Weigh-in-Motion

Kapsch TrafficCom have delivered and installed Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) sys- tems at four stations on two highways in Kazakhstan. Te WIM system developed by

Kapsch allows the weighing of vehicles even while travelling at full speed. Two of the four stations are located at kilo- metre 59 of the highway from the capi- tal Almaty to Bishkek and the other two stations at kilometre 291 of the Astana- Petropavlovsk connection. Kapsch real- ised the project as a subcontractor in conjunction with other partners. “We are very pleased about this order since it shows the great potential of this


new system, introduced only in the past year,” says Erwin Toplak, COO of Kapsch TrafficCom. “We also hope to have the opportunity to demonstrate our competence in future projects in Kazakhstan.” Another 18 WIM stations are in plan-

ning in parallel with the current project. Te current order encompasses the deliv- ery and installation of the high-precision weighing modules as well as the associ- ated rear licence plate detection system. Compliance with Kazakhstan law was an essential requirement as was the techni- cal approval of the deployed equipment, which was successfully obtained in April.

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shows the great potential of this new system, introduced only in the past year

capabilities, combined with our systems expertise in automotive electronics, create the foundation for a new generation of intelligent networked vehicles,” explained Degenhart. Central to the agreement is

development of a highly scalable cloud platform that will enable automotive manufacturers to deliver a range of new mobile in-car services. It will enable soſt- ware updates and vehicle control device functionality to be deliv- ered over the Internet, removing costly and inconvenient work- shop visits. Giving automobile manufacturers the opportunity to offer their customers a vast array of new features. Dirk Wollschläger, Gen-

eral Manager Global Auto- motive Industry, IBM said: “Realisation of the fully con- nected vehicle requires technol-

ogy expertise across Big Data, embedded intelligence and the ability to deliver services over a highly scalable cloud platform. As innovators in our respective fields, Continental and IBM will accelerate the convergence of automotive and IT industries, enabling car manufacturers to integrate multimedia mobile services personalised in-car expe- rience, infotainment and traffic flow management to the realisa- tion of a truly connected car.” Anticipatory driving will be

enhanced by Continental and IBM through the development of a next generation ‘electronic horizon’ platform, which will make automated driving a real- ity. Cars with embedded sensors will not only receive data, they will also transmit information such as position, speed or decel- eration to the Cloud where data will be processed, analysed and acted upon. Te result will be a real-time map that will enable a vehicle to literally ‘look around the corner’.


Sanef awarded Dartford Crossing contract

Plans to improve motorists’ journeys over the Dartford-Turrock River Crossing have moved closer with the signing of a major contract. Te Highways Agency has awarded

the £367m contract to design, imple- ment, deliver and operate the new free-flow charging system to sanef. Te seven-year deal includes the oppor- tunity to extend up to a further three years. New technology will allow drivers to

use the crossing without having to stop at the barriers to hand over payment. Road users will be able to pay through a variety of methods including telephone, text, online and at retail outlets. Pre- paid accounts which qualify for dis- counted journeys will also be available. UK Roads Minister Stephen Ham-

mond said: “I welcome this contract award which shows the Government delivering on its promise to provide improvements that will help traffic flow better at this crucial gateway. Tis will help thousands of drivers who use the crossing every day, and benefit both the local and national economy. We remain on track to deliver this improvement in October 2014.” Francois Gauthey Chief Executive

Officer of sanef, said: “Tis contract award reflects our expert ability to deliver innovative, high quality projects in this field. We are pleased to have been selected for this scheme and we are keen to work with the Highways Agency to deliver these vital improvements at the Dartford crossing and help ease the pain for the drivers who are justifiably frus- trated with the congestion.” Te Vehicle Detection, Charging

and Enforcement Management serv- ices contract awarded today includes design and delivery of back office serv- ices required for operating a ‘free-flow’ charging service.

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