Singapore, July 3, 2012 — NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) today announced it has begun testing a next-generation congestion management system in Singapore. Cars equipped with NXP’s 3.5G telematics solution ATOP (automotive telematics on-board unit platform) are currently piloting this urban modern mobility solution.
Singapore’s world-class infrastructure is the ideal test bed for intelligent traffic solutions as it faces the mobility challenges of today’s global megacities and aims to reduce pollution and congestion. During the Singapore trial, cars equipped with ATOP - a module allowing for cost-efficient and flexible integration into automotive electronics - will wirelessly collect real-time traffic data via 3.5G mobile broadband. This will not only test the congestion management system, but also secure payment, road-side assistance and paperless parking.
“We are very pleased with the results of the Singapore trial so far, as it proves that NXP technologies can help alleviate congestion and help manage peak-hour traffic, ultimately helping drivers to save costs and contribute to a greener environment. As a result of the success in Singapore, NXP is now working with governments around the world who are investing in new, smarter transportation systems,” explains Kin Wah Loh, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing and General Manager of NXP Semiconductors.
The ATOP module is the core of an On Board Unit (OBU). The OBU contains a GPS receiver that collects, with optimal privacy, real-time data such as the vehicle’s exact location, and wirelessly feeds it to a back office. This allows service centers to calculate the fastest and most cost-effective route or advise drivers to choose the best means of transportation. The NXP technology can also wirelessly communicate with other cars and traffic signs to warn drivers of dangers ahead and advise on optimum speed.
3.5G communication has the bandwidth to accommodate congestion management schemes as well as other services to improve the traffic flow and road safety. In a second step, these can be complemented with car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication functionality. Such comprehensive mobility concepts will allow people in global megacities such as Singapore to optimally use and combine all means of transportation - including public transport, taxi, individual transport means and car sharing. A secure element is another key feature within this communication system. Financial-grade smart card technology allows for convenient and secure payment, regardless if public or individual transport.
With NXP’s compact, automotive-grade hardware, governments don’t need to make heavy investments in communication infrastructures such as bulky toll gates or gantries. It forms the basis of a comprehensive, intelligent mobility system that will help megacities manage congestion, improve urban environmental conditions, and increase economic competitiveness.
At the World Cities Summit 2012 in Singapore, July 1-4, NXP will demonstrate advanced telematics functions for intelligent transport systems. It will show electro mobility applications and use cases, as well as active safety and car-to-car communication that can make traffic in megacities safer, smoother and cleaner.
We cordially invite you to join us as we explore mobility solutions made for the cities of tomorrow. More information on NXP’s mobility solutions can be found at: http://www.nxp.com/connected-mobility.
NXP'S EXHIBITS IN WORLD CITIES SUMMIT 2012 - Booth #509
- Smart Sensor - NXP Semiconductors will be demonstrating smart sensors manufactured in standard CMOS technology. They enable cost-effective integration of multiple sensors into one sensor system. The CMOS technology allows additional functionality, such as wireless networking and authentication, to be efficiently built into the smart sensor node.
- Electro Mobility and Smart Grid Management - It is envisioned that electric driving will make a breakthrough in the market in 2018. NXP will demonstrate new intelligent loading concepts that address the desires of drivers and the worries of the energy supply management.
- G-PAL (Grid PAL) allows electric loading and payment at any place.
- With new technology, EV cars can be wirelessly loaded while parking.
- Metering technology, combined with smart security and privacy solutions, generate the relevant data for innovative grid energy balancing algorithms.
- Active safety and car to car communication - Collision avoidance, active guidance for traffic lights and at road crossings, exact location of parking spots, instant help from public service authorities - all of these become a reality when car-to car or car-to infrastructure communication technologies are deployed. NXP will demonstrate a highly reliable, automotive-ready platform that allows cars to detect other vehicles from a one kilometre distance. It allows drivers to see through obstacles, such as trucks, or receive warnings of dangers ahead. Other demos include automatic emergency call (eCall). Ecall allows immediate and accurate accident reporting and active safety technology that would quickly guide ambulances to the accident scene while also warning approaching traffic about the road block.
Smart in-car technology - Telematics services address tracking and tracing trucks, and applications such as breakdown call and variable insurance for private cars.
Smart mobility, depending on time, place and type of car, enhanced by road pricing techniques, influences the driving behavior and timproves traffic flow. On top of this, smart in-car technology generates all the necessary data to allow third party services to make accurate congestion predictions, early warnings for weather conditions and dangerous road situations.
NXP will demonstrate how the car can work as an intelligent internet-connected source of relevant in-car data, and how third party services can process this data to value-adding applications.
About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. A global semiconductor company with operations in more than 25 countries, NXP posted revenue of $4.2 billion in 2011. Additional information can be found by visiting www.nxp.com.