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The challenges of global telematics certification

TelliQ’s product range includes proprietary telematics hardware. The focus over the past year has been on machine manufacturers, OEMs, looking for advanced IoT functionality in their product offering with flexible, cost-effective, pre-certified hardware. The Arboga office is home to Erik Ljung and his team. They are responsible for developing telematics hardware and are experts in solutions for OEMs ready to reap the benefits of IoT technology.  We interviewed Erik about his thoughts on where TelliQ is heading in regards of advanced telematics.

TelliQ (TQ): Hi Erik. Can you tell us a bit more about your expertise and what you do?

Erik Ljung (EL): I’m responsible for developing hardware and I lead my team in selecting, specifying and testing new electronic units. Fundamentally I’m a radio engineer, and I’ve been working with wireless communication since 1983. Technology in this area is developing faster than ever before, but so too are our customers’ needs and problems. Every day we focus on learning more about how we can adapt and develop our products by interlinking new solutions with complex technical requirements.

Technology in this area is developing faster than ever before, but so too are our customers’ needs and problems.

Erik Ljung, IoT Hardware development, TelliQ AB

Jenny Söderström, have had a big role in TelliQ’s process of certification approvals around the world

TQ: Spring saw the arrival of TelliQ’s new telematics unit, the TelliQ MCG. Why has global certification been in such sharp focus?

EL: We have noticed a major problem for OEMs around the world in finding a solution that’s compatible everywhere, while still offering sufficient flexibility. Certification of telematics hardware can be quite a cost shock for unprepared OEMs, and it can be a long-winded process as well. When we began developing our new hardware, our goal was to certify the product in 93 countries. We’ve achieved 86 so far. The journey has taught us a lot about the process of certifying hardware. It can be very different from one country to the next, and certification can take anything from four to thirty weeks to complete.

…our goal was to certify the product in 93 countries. We’ve achieved 86 so far.

Erik Ljung, IoT Hardware development, TelliQ AB

TQ: Is only global certification enough for an OEM?

EL: No, it isn’t. Other demands from OEMs are tough environmental requirements, the capability for field installations, and above all support for several different communication protocols.  An OEM with a global sales arena needs a telematics unit that can cope with the new 5G technologies narrowband IoT and Cat-M1, while also having a fallback to the standard 2G/GSM network. We’ve worked concertedly with our development partners to produce a solution which guarantees that the unit works optimally, regardless of where in the world the machine is being used.

TQ: Erik, we know you’d like to promote the TelliQ MCG with a little analogy…

EL: (Laughs) “Yes, thanks. Well, you can basically compare it to the difference between a modern smartphone and an old Nokia. A basic telematics solution can be used for a particular, pre-determined function. An OEM that installs an MCG in their machines has the ability to use the system like a smartphone, with ongoing development and flexibility of function. It’s essentially a Linux computer that you plug in, with the capacity to really grow with the product. We have conducted in-house tests with AI functions, vibration sensor analysis and wireless connection capabilities. With software that can be updated remotely, the functionality is not only flexible, but also futureproof.” 

Would Erik replace his smartphone with a “dumb” phone?

TQ: Can you give us an example of how a customer might grow with the product?

EL: Already today you can view engine-running hours for a vehicle, with no external connections, just using our vibration sensor. Other aspects we’re looking at right now are gathering data from external systems such as tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and temperature sensors. In the future we will also be able to deliver finished systems both for tracking machine attachments and real-time positioning indoors, via the Bluetooth technology the MCG comes equipped with.

We will also be able to deliver finished systems both for tracking machine components and real-time positioning indoors.

Erik Ljung, IoT Hardware development, TelliQ AB

TQ: Thanks for your time Erik! Any concluding comments?

EL: Well, just to say that I think we all like to see a good old Nokia handset now and again, but how long would we have survived with one of those in this age of valuable, high-speed information? At the end of the day, I think most of us would choose the smartphone!

Erik and Jenny showing a map, pinpointing where in the world the MCG is certified in.

 

 

Lukas Ivarsson

Business Area Manager

+46 589-123 70

lukas.ivarsson@telliq.com