CRITICAL Software and the BMW Group Join Forces to Form a New Joint Venture

CRITICAL Software is expanding its strategic collaboration with premium mobility company, the BMW Group, to form a new joint venture called Critical TechWorks.

The agreement, which is subject to examination and approval from the relevant competition authorities, will see both companies combine their expertise in automotive software engineering, focusing on areas relating to in-car systems and the digitalisation of corporate processes.

Goncalo Quadros, CEO of CRITICAL Software, said: “Critical TechWorks will build on our collective talent, expertise and interdisciplinary culture to deliver disruptive, game-changing innovations that will transform the future of the car. This agreement is a major milestone for CRITICAL Software and strengthens our international standing in developing forward-thinking technologies for sectors like the automotive industry.”

Critical TechWorks will be based in Porto (HQ) and Lisbon, where it will become a new centre of technological excellence in Portugal. Areas of expertise will include artificial intelligence, data analytics, smart factories, customer ecosystems, vehicle connectivity and car sharing services.

The announcement comes at a time when CRITICAL Software is celebrating 20 years of success, providing systems and software services for some of industries’ most important applications.

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On-Board Networking Solution for Rail-Train, Metro and Tram

When train cars are switched, re-configure network settings is normally required. Thus, railway operators need to have enough knowledge of Ethernet. This not only increases the cost of labor but also result in additional time.

Making it flexible for easy maintenance is biggest challenge for on-board network solution.
In most of train application, many train cars will be shifted according to different destination, which often becomes a maintenance issue when any car changes. As the different car devices were set with different IP address that would need to migrate into the same IP without any manual setting to keep the original train network.

Lantech Train Discovery Protocol (LTDP)
With LTDP-aware DHCP server, Lantech EN50155 switches can discover the current IP addresses and enable the switch to exchange the IP address when any car is merged. LTDP can also react on the link failure or node failure to keep the original IP range and maintain the remaining network function until the replacement is in place. It can also keep the config file when switch is swapped.

The video below explains how LTDP works.
https://youtu.be/pUf-VljFLPE

Lantech is sure to have the right SWITCH for you!
Take a look at our Lantech EN50155 switches

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Go2solution provides Cryptaur community with cheap insurance

Go2solution, Swiss-based auto insurtech application, acquires huge and meaningful support by Cryptaur community. The ultimate goal of Go2solution is to assist all the participants of Cryptaur community across the globe and start active collaboration by providing them with the free application by the end of 2018.

Go2solution is a groundbreaking approach to car insurance, powered by cutting-edge technologies — a quintessence of open source intelligence, link analysis, visual analysis, signal and image processing, and text analytics. The mission of the application is to develop and promote the community of safe driving and spread the message of safe driving culture in society. As the result participants of the decentralized community acquire more responsibility and become the co-creators and regulators of the insurance domain.

Dmitry Buriak, CEO and founder of Cryptaur is a heavy-weight businessman with extensive entrepreneurial experience in numerous domains. As a true visionary, Dmitry Buriak is successfully running projects in Ukraine, Russia, Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Lithuania and Vietnam.

«Our major goal is to provide our clients the best application possible, getting past the large shareholders. This idea is fully in line with the philosophy of Go2solution company. We appreciate having Go2solution as our partner, as we see how important it is for our community. For years huge amounts of money were thrown at insurance companies simply to let them make profits. Thanks to this collaboration we present the best product to our end user and let him earn by being a good driver», — Dmitry Buriak, CEO and founder of Cryptaur.

Scoring allows to build the community of safe drivers and make roads more safe. Go2solution builds up a vision on the basis of huge technological potential and passes it on to the Cryptaur community.

«Our application can help the entire community. Cryptaur has a clear understanding and vision of the decentralized system. There is a complete synergy between the two projects: Cryptaur creates decentralized world, and Go2solution creates decentralized insurance. We were looking for the community, and Cryptaur was looking for philosophy and filling. Know-how has entered the Cryptaur community, by now Kasko2go application has over 50k users. Thanks to blockchain technology we become the integral part of the global platform, and we are grateful for being chosen as a partner», — Genadi Man, CEO and co-founder of Go2solution.

At the moment the scoring service is launched in Ukraine and Russia. By the end of 2018 Go2solution will provide the Cryptaur community with the opportunity to use the product, and the good drivers will receive tokens — both Cryptaur and Go2solution — as the incentive.

In the beginning of 2019 the service will be provided for the Vietnamese automotive market. Go2solution is now conducting negotiations with the countries where Cryptaur community participants can be found about giving them the chance to get the best possible tariffs based on their scoring. The drivers receive bonus for being the owners of Go2solution tokens.

Go2solution appreciates the valuable support of the 2.5 million Cryptaur community, driven by the vision of global decentralization. The next quarter will be marked by the launch of the exclusive version of the scoring application for the Cryptaur participants. The application empowers the members of Cryptaur community to earn Go2solution tokens via safe driving habits.

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Innovative „Train Ring“ is the best rail train solution

Reduce Cost with High Customer Satisfaction

During current train operation, train cars might need to be separated and reoriented due to more flexible operating requirement. Take MRT for example, it needs more cars during peak hours while only few cars are needed during offpeak hours. A longdistance train route may separate into two shorter trains and heading to different destinations at a junction point. When a train system has higher flexibility, it can utilize the resource and reduces operational costs.

When train cars are switched, reconfigure network settings is normally required. Thus, railway operators need to have enough knowledge of Ethernet. This not only increases the cost of labor but also result in additional time. Also, train car switching will cause the interruption of networks, effecting passenger information system and intrain WiFi service.

Passenger’s tolerance toward network interruption is limited and this is one of the important factors of customer satisfaction.

Train Ring vs. Existing Solutions

Common Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and Coupling Ring can be applied to rail train network for redundancy of multiple train cars. However, each solution has its own drawbacks such as longer recovery time or nonautomatic recovery. Lantech provides a new solution called "Train Ring", which can automatically recover the network within 50ms without reconfigure the settings!

Lantech Train Ring is evolved from traditional Coupling Ring. It eliminates the setting process, and will automatically identify the primary and backup path dynamically, without any configuration required.

Lantech Train Ring allows train operators to rapidly change composition of trains with high efficiency and flexibility. Since all settings are done automatically, configuration errors and cost can be minimized. The recovery time of Train Ring is less than 50ms, so passengers can hardly recognize the interruption caused by topology change.

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23rd International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2018

Time flies and this year’s International Congress for Battery Recycling ICBR 2018 will again be taking place in just over three months‘ time. We hope you have already reserved the days from 26 to 28 September for this event in Berlin, where a unique, vibrant and diverse city awaits you!

We are happy to say that we have completed all the preparations. Above all we are particularly pleased to offer you an interesting and varied program again this year. Our special thanks go to Jean-Pol Wiaux, Chairman of the ICBR Steering Committee. A few days ago we had the opportunity to talk to him about the forthcoming congress:

• Mr Wiaux, the next International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) will be held in Berlin in just over three months. Can you give us an update of the program?

This 23rd edition of the ICBR has raised interest among many new actors in the field of battery recycling. Proposals for papers reflect the battery industry’s diversification and growth. Recycling has become an inevitable part of the discussion between the parties concerned as EU environmental and economic policy moves towards a circular economy.

I am convinced that the congress program as recently finalized will offer a great basis for discussions after formal presentations and during panel discussions, plant tours and workshops.

• What highlights can attendees look forward to this year?

Three renowned keynote speakers specialized in very different fields will open the congress:

• Professor Kerstin Kuchta (Hamburg University of Technology) will address the role of batteries in a circular economy
• Didier Marginèdes, Director of Blue Solutions, will review how car manufacturers are anticipating new market demand with the development of electric mobility
• Gudula Schwan from the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure will talk on the importance of controlling hazards and risks when transporting batteries for recycling

In addition, we have the unique opportunity to propose a session on chemicals policy, an important issue for the battery recycling industry, with speakers from the European Chemicals Agency (EChA) and the European Association of Metals (EUROMETAUX).

• What will the main topics of this year’s congress be?

The EU battery recycling industry is under pressure from the EU Environment Authority, but also from OEMs. The recently launched European Battery Alliance, the political move towards a circular economy, the review of the EU Batteries Directive, innovative battery recycling technologies and, last but not least, safety issues are on the congress’s agenda.

Furthermore, specialists from the metal trading industry will deliver key messages on the evolution of active materials pricing and the potential impact of recycling on raw materials economics.

During their international sessions, ICBR congresses are the only ones to provide a platform on battery recycling to speakers from all around the world.

• The development of electric mobility and digitization is inconceivable without batteries. To what extent has recycling already reached the battery industry?

The battery recycling industry has operated in Europe for more than 50 years. During the last twenty years it has adapted to many technological cycles, including lead-acid and primary alkaline battery recycling, but also nickel-cadmium and nickel metal hydride processing as well as more recently dealing with lithium primary and lithium-ion rechargeable types.

Moving from a linear to a circular economy is a big push for recyclers. However, they need to operate on a globally competitive technical and business basis. In particular, there is a need for the EU Authority to clarify the “equivalent performances” concept and its enforcement when calculating recycling efficiency.

But battery recyclers are not operating alone. The important role of OEMs is also under scrutiny, as they need to integrate both the technical and the economical aspects of battery recycling in their commercial policy.

• Given the booming demand for batteries, recyclers should have no reason to complain about their business, should they?

The battery recycling business is impacted by conflicting parameters. The return rate of end-of-life batteries is much lower than the market penetration rate. The active materials content of batteries is continually developing as the race for performance and safety continues: The chemistry of lithium rechargeable batteries is not fixed and new, active materials are offered regularly by industry.

Let’s not forget that a significant number of advanced batteries are processed without the costs being fully balanced by the value of the recovered materials.

Factors such as re-use and second life may also impact the volume of returned batteries. Innovative business models offered by OEMs to control the flow of batteries at the end-of-life stage and secure access to raw materials and stable battery pricing are necessary.

Last year, industry barometer initiative results showed an optimistic trend in the battery recycling business arena. This year we will again present to participants our battery recycling industry barometer. The results will be interesting.

• Will there be a supporting program apart from the actual congress this year?

Traditionally, the ICBR presents an ideal opportunity to meet with the industry. Two plant tours have been organized, thanks to the industrial partners who responded positively to ICM’s request.

Nickelhütte Aue GmbH specializes in recycling nickel-based materials and other non-ferrous metals. It has also gathered seven years of experience in recycling lithium-ion batteries.

Electrocycling GmbH, Goslar offers technologies for recycling electronic devices, of which 80% of the processed materials are re-introduced into the economy and only 2% are disposed of in an environmentally compatible manner.

A workshop will also concentrate on the practical aspects of lithium batteries in terms of hazards and safety. Do not miss this workshop if you are new to the field or if you want to learn more about good practices guidance for handling, storing and transporting lithium batteries.

• It is a good tradition that all participants are invited to a networking dinner in a special location at the end of the first congress day. What can the guests look forward to this year?

If you want to catch the spirit of the ICBR, don’t miss the famous networking dinner where entertainment meets business partners. This year, we shall gather all the participants at the well-known Berlin entertainment location “Bar jeder Vernunft”, where it will again be a memorable evening accompanied by surprise show acts.

So, don’t miss this opportunity to exchange news, views and ideas with experts from all areas of the battery recycling sector. We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s industry meeting! For all the details on the program and how to register, go to: https://www.icm.ch/icbr-2018 .

 

 

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Erlebnis Auto: Besucher-Highlights der „ConCarExpo 2018“

Innovative Mobilität erleben die Besucher der ConCarExpo 2018: Am 27.-28.Juni können sie in Berlin selbstfahrende Shuttle-Busse, brandneue Prototypen wie den Jaguar I Pace und Live-Demonstrationen autonomer Technologien ausprobieren.

Die ConCarExpo 2018 ist Europas größte internationale Fachmesse zum Thema Connected Car, Automated Driving und Mobility Solutions. In Berlin treffen im Juni wieder über 1.000 Besucher und mehr als 80 Aussteller zusammen. Im ConCarCongress und ConCarForum können an Vorträgen teilnehmen und Einblicke in die neuesten Lösungen zu Vernetzung und Automatisierung im Fahrzeug erhalten. Wie diese Entwicklungen konkret aussehen, zeigen die Aussteller anhand praktischer Demonstrationen von Prototypen und Konzepten im Messebereich.

Autonomes Fahren live ausprobieren

Wie die innovativen Mobilitätskonzepte der Zukunft aussieht, können die Besucher hautnah erleben: Auf dem Messegelände lädt der Westfield POD (Pod On Demand) zur Testfahrt ein. Der selbstständig fahrende Shuttle Bus ist das erste vollautonome Fahrzeug Großbritanniens. Er leistet bereits an den Terminals des Londoner Heathrow Airport erfolgreiche Transferdienste und jetzt können Messebesucher auf der ConCarExpo mit ihm Probe fahren.

Stand 21

Nehmen Sie Platz in den neuesten Prototyopen

Weitere Neuheiten zum Anfassen und Probesitzen bietet der Car-Pavillon. Hier präsentieren Automobilhersteller ihre aktuellen Entwicklungen. Besucher können an den Konzeptfahrzeugen neue Features ausprobieren und ihre Fragen mit den Ausstellern am Objekt diskutieren. Ein Highlight der Ausstellung ist der vollelektrische Jaguar I-PACE. In ihm treffen smarte Technologien, die künstliche Intelligenzen nutzen, auf Jaguar-designte Motoren.

Car-Pavillon

Vorreiter im mobilen Wandel: Partnerland UK

Großbritannien ist das Partnerland der ConCarExpo 2018 und das nicht ohne Grund: Das Vereinigte Königreich treibt den automobilen Wandel mit Innovationen und Investitionen voran. Bereits in drei Jahren sollen autonome Fahrzeuge über britische Straßen rollen. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, fördert die eigens gegründete Regierungsorganisation CAV (Connected and Autonomous Vehicles) mehr als 50 Projekte von rund 150 Institutionen. Die innovativsten Unternehmen der CAV-Initiative präsentieren am UK-Länderpavillon ihre Konzepte zum vernetzten und autonomen Fahren – auch in real-life Demonstrationen.

Stand 21

Digitale Innovationen aus Finnland

Am finnischen Gemeinschaftspavillon warten Firmen des letztjährigen Partnerlands auf. Die Finnen zählen zu den globalen Spitzenreitern, wenn es um Digitalisierung und technologische Innovation im Bereich Car-IT geht.

So arbeiten BMW, TomTom und Microsoft eng mit dem Datenanbieter Foreca zusammen. Auch Daimler setzt für sein brandneues MBUX Infotainment-System auf die Finnen. Forecas Spezialgebiet sind detaillierte, digitale Wettervorhersagen, die über Connected-Drive-Infotainment-Systeme den Fahrer direkt über Wetteränderungen informieren. Auf diese Weise wird die Sicherheit erhöht: Denn Wetterverhältnisse spielen in jedem vierten Unfall eine Rolle. Mit ihrem Wetterservice liefert die finnische Firma Datenmaterial für verschiedene Anwendungsbereiche wie Navigation, autonomes Fahren oder Flottenmanagement.

Stand 54

Termin und Ort ConCarExpo 2018:
– 28. Juni 2018
Estrel Congress & Messe Center Berlin
Convention Hall II

Weitere Informationen zu der internationalen Fachmesse ConCarExpo 2018 finden Sie unter www.concarexpo.com sowie über das Projektteam der ConCarExpo 2018, Postfach 10 11 39, 40002 Düsseldorf, E-Mail: info@concarexpo.com, Telefon: +49 211 6214-667, Telefax: -97-667.

 

 

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Erlebnis Auto: Besucher-Highlights der „ConCarExpo 2018“

Innovative Mobilität erleben die Besucher der ConCarExpo 2018: Am 27.-28.Juni können sie in Berlin selbstfahrende Shuttle-Busse, brandneue Prototypen wie den Jaguar I Pace und Live-Demonstrationen autonomer Technologien ausprobieren.

Die ConCarExpo 2018 ist Europas größte internationale Fachmesse zum Thema Connected Car, Automated Driving und Mobility Solutions. In Berlin treffen im Juni wieder über 1.000 Besucher und mehr als 80 Aussteller zusammen. Im ConCarCongress und ConCarForum können an Vorträgen teilnehmen und Einblicke in die neuesten Lösungen zu Vernetzung und Automatisierung im Fahrzeug erhalten. Wie diese Entwicklungen konkret aussehen, zeigen die Aussteller anhand praktischer Demonstrationen von Prototypen und Konzepten im Messebereich.

Autonomes Fahren live ausprobieren

Wie die innovativen Mobilitätskonzepte der Zukunft aussieht, können die Besucher hautnah erleben: Auf dem Messegelände lädt der Westfield POD (Pod On Demand) zur Testfahrt ein. Der selbstständig fahrende Shuttle Bus ist das erste vollautonome Fahrzeug Großbritanniens. Er leistet bereits an den Terminals des Londoner Heathrow Airport erfolgreiche Transferdienste und jetzt können Messebesucher auf der ConCarExpo mit ihm Probe fahren.

Stand 21

Nehmen Sie Platz in den neuesten Prototyopen

Weitere Neuheiten zum Anfassen und Probesitzen bietet der Car-Pavillon. Hier präsentieren Automobilhersteller ihre aktuellen Entwicklungen. Besucher können an den Konzeptfahrzeugen neue Features ausprobieren und ihre Fragen mit den Ausstellern am Objekt diskutieren. Ein Highlight der Ausstellung ist der vollelektrische Jaguar I-PACE. In ihm treffen smarte Technologien, die künstliche Intelligenzen nutzen, auf Jaguar-designte Motoren.

Car-Pavillon

Vorreiter im mobilen Wandel: Partnerland UK

Großbritannien ist das Partnerland der ConCarExpo 2018 und das nicht ohne Grund: Das Vereinigte Königreich treibt den automobilen Wandel mit Innovationen und Investitionen voran. Bereits in drei Jahren sollen autonome Fahrzeuge über britische Straßen rollen. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, fördert die eigens gegründete Regierungsorganisation CAV (Connected and Autonomous Vehicles) mehr als 50 Projekte von rund 150 Institutionen. Die innovativsten Unternehmen der CAV-Initiative präsentieren am UK-Länderpavillon ihre Konzepte zum vernetzten und autonomen Fahren – auch in real-life Demonstrationen.

Stand 21

Digitale Innovationen aus Finnland

Am finnischen Gemeinschaftspavillon warten Firmen des letztjährigen Partnerlands auf. Die Finnen zählen zu den globalen Spitzenreitern, wenn es um Digitalisierung und technologische Innovation im Bereich Car-IT geht.

So arbeiten BMW, TomTom und Microsoft eng mit dem Datenanbieter Foreca zusammen. Auch Daimler setzt für sein brandneues MBUX Infotainment-System auf die Finnen. Forecas Spezialgebiet sind detaillierte, digitale Wettervorhersagen, die über Connected-Drive-Infotainment-Systeme den Fahrer direkt über Wetteränderungen informieren. Auf diese Weise wird die Sicherheit erhöht: Denn Wetterverhältnisse spielen in jedem vierten Unfall eine Rolle. Mit ihrem Wetterservice liefert die finnische Firma Datenmaterial für verschiedene Anwendungsbereiche wie Navigation, autonomes Fahren oder Flottenmanagement.

Stand 54

Termin und Ort ConCarExpo 2018:
– 28. Juni 2018
Estrel Congress & Messe Center Berlin
Convention Hall II

Weitere Informationen zu der internationalen Fachmesse ConCarExpo 2018 finden Sie unter www.concarexpo.com sowie über das Projektteam der ConCarExpo 2018, Postfach 10 11 39, 40002 Düsseldorf, E-Mail: info@concarexpo.com, Telefon: +49 211 6214-667, Telefax: -97-667.

 

 

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Innovative „Train Ring“ is the best rail train solution

Reduce Cost with High Customer Satisfaction

During current train operation, train cars might need to be separated and reoriented due to more flexible operating requirement. Take MRT for example, it needs more cars during peak hours while only few cars are needed during offpeak hours. A longdistance train route may separate into two shorter trains and heading to different destinations at a junction point. When a train system has higher flexibility, it can utilize the resource and reduces operational costs.

When train cars are switched, reconfigure network settings is normally required. Thus, railway operators need to have enough knowledge of Ethernet. This not only increases the cost of labor but also result in additional time. Also, train car switching will cause the interruption of networks, effecting passenger information system and intrain WiFi service.

Passenger’s tolerance toward network interruption is limited and this is one of the important factors of customer satisfaction.

Train Ring vs. Existing Solutions

Common Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and Coupling Ring can be applied to rail train network for redundancy of multiple train cars. However, each solution has its own drawbacks such as longer recovery time or nonautomatic recovery. Lantech provides a new solution called "Train Ring", which can automatically recover the network within 50ms without reconfigure the settings!

Lantech Train Ring is evolved from traditional Coupling Ring. It eliminates the setting process, and will automatically identify the primary and backup path dynamically, without any configuration required.

Lantech Train Ring allows train operators to rapidly change composition of trains with high efficiency and flexibility. Since all settings are done automatically, configuration errors and cost can be minimized. The recovery time of Train Ring is less than 50ms, so passengers can hardly recognize the interruption caused by topology change.

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On-Board Networking Solution for Rail-Train, Metro and Tram

When train cars are switched, re-configure network settings is normally required. Thus, railway operators need to have enough knowledge of Ethernet. This not only increases the cost of labor but also result in additional time.

Making it flexible for easy maintenance is biggest challenge for on-board network solution.
In most of train application, many train cars will be shifted according to different destination, which often becomes a maintenance issue when any car changes. As the different car devices were set with different IP address that would need to migrate into the same IP without any manual setting to keep the original train network.

Lantech Train Discovery Protocol (LTDP)
With LTDP-aware DHCP server, Lantech EN50155 switches can discover the current IP addresses and enable the switch to exchange the IP address when any car is merged. LTDP can also react on the link failure or node failure to keep the original IP range and maintain the remaining network function until the replacement is in place. It can also keep the config file when switch is swapped.

The video below explains how LTDP works.
https://youtu.be/pUf-VljFLPE

Lantech is sure to have the right SWITCH for you!
Take a look at our Lantech EN50155 switches

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Kasko2go is now go2solution

Upon the request of the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority (FMA) the new name of our ICO company is now go2solution (Liechtenstein) AG, former kasko2go (Liechtenstein) AG. The reason of these transformations is in the need in alignment of the with the FMA rules. 

Go2solution application is an innovative insurance solution on demand, which build the new stance of insurance from scratch. The mission of the application is to create the safe drivers‘ community and promote the idea of safe driving culture in society. Belonging to Usage-based Insurance family, Go2solution app provides an individual approach to every customer, better risk management, improved fraud analysis, and overall safety of the driver. The participants of the community become the co-creators and regulators of the industry.

Kasko2go is a groundbreaking approach to car insurance, powered by cutting-edge tech: military-grade AI, telematics from 3 million drivers over 5 years and advanced data analysis tools purchased from us by Google itself. The team of world-class experts aims to empower and modernize this business, all in accordance with the highest Swiss standards.

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