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About Tim Cosgrove

Tim Cosgrove heads two technology companies Co-Star and Cloud-Star who supply 4G LTE connectivuty products to the ICT industry globally and are based at Harrogate in the UK. Working at the forefront of the mobile communications industry gives Tim a unique perspective on the latest emerging technologies that help to improve how businesses and people communicate and operate in the future. Tim is keen to share his insights and passion for the latest technologies through the Co-star blog. Please get in touch if you have any technology related news or press releases that you would like us to share.

TRACKER Names Mercedes-Benz C Class As The Most Stolen And Recovered Vehicle In 2017


The 2017 league table of Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles, from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), places the Mercedes-Benz C Class in poll position for the first time, rising from 4th place in 2016.  The BMW X5 drops to second place as it leaves the top spot for only the second time since 2011.*

The 2016 Top Ten, like many previous years, was entirely dominated by prestige models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Land Rover, but analysis of TRACKER’s 2017 data sees Volkswagen enter the league table for the first time since the report was first published in 2011, with its VW Golf in 9th position.   Mercedes-Benz E Class rises from 5th to 4th place, followed by the BMW 3 Series moving from 6th to 5th.  The Land Rover Discovery reappears in the Top Ten, coming in 6th – last appearing in 2014.  Audi also makes a return with the Audi RS4 taking tenth place.

The Land Rover Defender, which last rolled off the production line 2 years ago, has also disappeared from TRACKER’s league table, having featured in the Top Ten for the first time in 2016, taking 9th position.  Also proving less desirable amongst thieves is the Range Rover Vogue, which is no longer featured in the league table.

TRACKER saw a 5% year-on-year increase in vehicle thefts and recoveries in 2017, with the total value of vehicles stolen recovered in 2017 exceeding 12.5 million.  There has been a 30% increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered by TRACKER since 2014.

The average value of stolen vehicles has remained relatively static from 2016 to 2017, increasing slightly from £16,436 in 2016 to £16,977.26 last year. The most valuable stolen vehicle TRACKER recovered in 2017 was a Rolls Royce Phantom worth around £120k, and the least valuable was a Vauxhall Signum Elite worth just £1,500.  30% of vehicles stolen in 2017 were worth less than £5,000, slightly up from 27% in 2016.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation) says, “It’s fair to say that criminals continued to stay one step ahead of manufacturers in 2017. ‘Relay attack’ is one method car thieves increasingly adopted last year, which involves two criminals working together using an electronic signal relay to intercept a key fob signal from within the victim’s home.  Cars are being stolen and driven off within seconds.

“80% of all vehicles stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2017 were stolen without using the owner’s keys, quite a significant increase from the 66% stolen by this means in 2016.  Of course, a TRACKER device won’t prevent your vehicle from being stolen, but if it is, it will significantly increase the chances of the vehicle being recovered quickly and returned by the police.

“We have a unique partnership with UK police forces and 2017 saw our technology assist officers to make 47 arrests.  Together, TRACKER, car owners and the police are closing in on criminals and clamping down on vehicle theft.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2017
1.     Mercedes-Benz C Class
2.     BMW X5
3.     Range Rover Sport
4.     Mercedes-Benz E Class
5.     BMW 3 Series
6.     Land Rover Discovery
7.     Range Rover Autobiography
8.     BMW M3
9.     VW Golf
10.   Audi RS4
Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2016
1.     BMW X5
2.     Range Rover Sport
3.     BMW M3
4.     Mercedes-Benz C Class
5.     Mercedes-Benz E Class
6.     BMW 3 Series
7.     Range Rover Autobiography
8.     Range Rover Vogue
9.     Land Rover Defender
10.   BMW 5 Series
Top Manufacturers Stolen in 2017
1.     Mercedes-Benz
2.     BMW
3.     Land Rover / Ranger Rover
4.     Audi
5.     Volkswagen


  • First VW appearance in the Top Ten league table since its first publication in 2011
  • TRACKER stolen and recovered vehicles, were worth a total of more than £12.5million in 2017
  • TRACKER helped make 47 arrests in 2017
  • 85 stolen vehicles not fitted with TRACKER devices were also recovered alongside TRACKER-recovered vehicles
  • The average value of a vehicle recovered by TRACKER in 2017 was £16,977.26
  • The busiest month for stolen vehicle recovery was August, with 87 vehicles recovered worth a total of nearly £1.4 million

*The TRACKER Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered league table was first published in 2011.

Source: Tracker

Wagz Smart Collar uses LTE Technology to Monitor Dogs.


Sequans Communications S.A. and Wagz, the first completely connected pet lifestyle company, announced that Wagz has adopted Sequans’ Calliope LTE Platform to LTE-enable its flagship product, the Wagz Smart Collar.

The Wagz Smart Collar helps dog owners understand and monitor their dogs like never before. It’s the first of its kind collar and app that tracks activity, barking, exercise, food, and location – while enabling live HD video streaming, two-way audio and invisible leashing and fencing. The collar is part of a larger connected system with a smart feeder and door that connect through one app experience.

“The Wagz Smart Collar is truly innovative and we are very pleased to see our LTE technology inside this intelligent pet tracking solution that will be of great value to dog lovers everywhere,” said Danny Kedar, VP of Sequans’ IoT Business Unit. “The Wagz Smart Collar, now connected by the always on and everywhere available LTE, means dogs can never get out of range or out of sight—this LTE for IoT application will find wide appeal.”

“We chose Sequans’ technology to add LTE connectivity to the Wagz Smart Collar, because Sequans is the leader in LTE for IoT and has had more experience connecting IoT products to the internet than any other company,” said Tom Mason, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Wagz. “We were very impressed with how easy it was to integrate Sequans’ Calliope technology into our solution and how quickly we were able to get it to market.”

The Wagz Smart Collar was invented by dog lovers who are passionate about innovation, and making life easier for pet owners. With modern technology, the Wagz Smart collar has everything you need to monitor your dog’s health, track and enforce location, and stay connected at all times.  It’s a product built to eliminate worries and ensure peace of mind. Wagz works with one simple app and is available in Apple IOS and Android.

The LTE-enabled Wagz Collar, powered by Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform, will be on display at Sequans’ booth at Mobile World Congress, hall 5, stand 5C87.

About Wagz

Wagz, Inc is a company on a mission to strengthen the connection between humans and dogs for safer, healthier, happier pets. The Wagz, Inc. team is a group of tech gurus, entrepreneurs, and vet experts dedicated to creating practical solutions that help dog owners spend more time enjoying their dogs and less time worrying about them. For more information on Wagz, visit or find us on Facebook or Instagram.

SOURCE: Sequans Communications S.A.

Haltian delivers one of the largest IoT solutions in Europe – Multi-million deal with one of Europe’s leading textile service companies


Finnish Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturer Haltian supplies Lindström with over 100,000 IoT devices and a managed IoT data layer service. The multi-million euro deal for one of the largest public IoT installations in Europe to date, was made in late 2017. Smart technology will be rapidly implemented in all of Lindström’s towel dispensers.

It’s a challenge for businesses to keep up with the pace of today’s ever changing digital world. However, companies that make digitalization a priority and harness the latest technological advancements to operate, engage with customers and grow their businesses have a distinct advantage. As almost everything can be connected, the value that IoT solutions brings is the key consideration. These solutions become increasingly feasible as cost-efficient sensors become more available and examples of profitable IoT cases continue to emerge.

“IoT continues its rapid growth and it is expected to more than double in the next three years. Industrial asset management, inventory and warehouse management and supply chain management are the fastest growing IoT areas,” says Pasi Leipälä, CEO, Haltian.

Lindström, one of Europe’s leading textile service companies, paves the way for future IoT solutions

Together with Haltian Thingsee and Wirepas Mesh, Lindström has created a new service offering called Flowability Smart Washroom Service. The solution offers two-way communication and location information and provides reliable wireless connectivity for Lindström Group customers across their facilities. With this smart solution, Lindström increases efficiency by cutting waste and channeling work in a smarter way, thereby decreasing costs.

The Flowability Smart Washroom Service will be installed in shopping centers, hospitals and other public spaces to mention a few. A sensor retrofitted to the towel dispenser measures towel usage in real time. The sensor sends notifications to a site maintenance team when it is necessary to change towel rolls, which helps in planning work more efficiently and in decreasing costs.

“Washroom cleanliness affects the choice of shopping venue and even increases the value of purchases. With Haltian’s solution we save both money and time and keep our customers happy. All of these make it possible to improve the customer experience,” says Satu Haikarainen, Director, Service Concept, at Lindström.

Haltian Thingsee shortens the journey from solution kick-off to commercial operations

The solution developed by Haltian and Lindström is based on Haltian’s new Thingsee IoT Devices platform. The platform allows new IoT solutions to reach commercial maturity faster and easier by offering customizable IoT devices with managed data layer services. The platform is completed with plug & play IoT devices, solutions customization services and lifecycle services – providing customers a smooth journey from ideas to commercial operations.

“Retrofitting wireless sensors to existing company assets and processes is a fast-growing business. We have now more than 25 active pilots running globally in industries varying from manufacturing to asset tracking and facility management. Our growing device and service portfolio provides a good starting point for building new IoT solutions. We can easily customize the whole platform, starting from simple device application development to a fully customized new sensor device,” comments Leipälä.

Source: Haltian

Controlling fish farms water quality with smart sensors in Iran

The fish farming industry in Iran has rapidly grown within recent years, doubling employment rates and multiplying its production. This activity began with the enhancement of the quality of fish species selected from the Caspian Sea and then continued through the development of intensive aquaculture utilizing different foreign species. Investing in the development of earth ponds, reservoirs and sea cages has become crucial for the local government, which supports the private sector by providing low rate interest loans and suitable land at competitive prices.

Location of Iran

Location of Iran

The Iranian Caspian Coast is one of the main pisciculture producing areas in the country and its territory is full of breeding pools. These ponds are filled on average once a year and then emptied at the end of the breeding season. This makes water quality control extremely important for the productivity and correct functioning of the fish farms.

Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co. (ASM), Libelium official distributor in Iran, is active in a variety of fields including smart city, smart environment, smart agriculture, smart husbandry, safety, and security, among others. The company has developed a Smart Water sensor network to measure the water quality parameters of the fish farms in the North of the country.

Smart Water Sensor Network installed at fish farm in Iran

Smart Water Sensor Network installed at fish farm in Iran

Water pollution is the first cause of financial losses in the market. The main objective of this project was to control water quality parameters in order to increase quality and productivity as well as to reduce costs and increase profits. Having information about water quality parameters in fish breeding ponds offers the fish farmers the possibility to manage their installations in an improved and more effective way, accelerating their inner processes.

Experts list a large number of parameters that must be taken into account in order to favor aquaculture productivity. The pH and dissolved oxygen levels are some to consider. Additionally, other chemistry limits are also recommended to protect the health of fish, such as ammonium and nitrite, the main indicators of toxicity created by the feces of fish.

ASM Engineering Team during the installation of the Smart Water monitoring system

ASM Engineering Team during the installation of the Smart Water monitoring system

In this project, the company ASM installed four Waspmote Plug & Sense! Nodes to measure water quality parameters:

  1. Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water (2 units)
  2. Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water Ions (2 units)

Each pair of nodes were mounted in a buoy and located in different locations inside the breeding pond in order to cover the biggest possible area in the pool.Taking into consideration the nature of the project with all nodes installed inside the fish farm ponds, the ASM engineering team decided to use solar power in order to ensure a continuous energy supply.

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water and Smart Water Ions mounted on a floating system

Waspmote Plug & Sense! Smart Water and Smart Water Ions mounted on a floating system

In this project, the values to control were:

  • Water temperature
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • pH
  • Ammonium
  • Nitrite

Communications diagram of ASM Smart Water project

Communications diagram of ASM Smart Water project

Communication protocol between the devices and the gateway was LoRaWANand between the gateway and the cloud platform, cellular 3G. ASM used Loriot network server for handling LoRaWAN connectivity, being the platform used for visualization Thing+, which allows real-time control of parameters and also obtains diagrams and tables showing sensor values.

ASM Dashboard developed in Thing+ Cloud Platform

ASM Dashboard developed in Thing+ Cloud Platform

Reduce casualties and increase productivity

The return on investment (ROI) of this project includes:

  • Reduction of production costs
  • Time savings
  • Reduction of casualties
  • Increase in productivity

The highest mortality rates in aquaculture are due to the quality of water, and monitoring the water conditions can reduce by 30% to 40% of the casualties. This is also essential to meet international regulations to assure fish quality and farming conditions.

Dissolved Oxygen graphic obtained from ASM Dashboard

Dissolved Oxygen graphic obtained from ASM Dashboard

Thanks to this system, fish farm facilities can demonstrate that implementing their monitoring methods and automating their activities will put them in a much better market positioning than others that are still working in a traditional way.

ASM highlights that Libelium’s sensor platform offers the following key factors:

  • Low power, versatile and semi-autonomous devices.
  • Wide range of sensors and measurement probes.
  • Ability to support standard radio and (secure) communication protocols.
  • Ease of integration with cloud based solutions.
  • Reliability and durability of the IoT platforms and sensors.
  • Accessibility to embedded software platform (open source or otherwise).
  • Affordability of the nodes.
  • Simple and easy installation and deployment of the nodes on site.

The ASM Engineering Team was completely satisfied after the installation of the system. “We succeeded in completing this project with Libelium products and we are fully satisfied with this equipment”, comments Ali Bordbar, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Afarinesh Samaneh Mehr Engineering Co.

Source: Libelium

Nokia and Tele2 sign strategic partnership to provide global IoT services

Internet-of-Things-1920xxFive-year contract covers the provision of Nokia worldwide IoT network grid (WING)
Enables Tele2 IoT to offer innovative and global IoT connectivity services to large enterprises
A joint innovation and collaboration program to accelerate IoT adoption

Nokia and Tele2 IoT have signed a five-year agreement to enable the delivery of IoT services to Tele2 enterprise customers based on Nokia’s worldwide IoT network grid (WING).

Nokia WING will allow Tele2 IoT to rapidly and cost-effectively provide complete IoT services to its enterprise customers in fields including transport, healthcare, smart city and utilities to manage their connectivity needs and assets, such as connected cars or connected freight containers, around the globe. Access to a worldwide IoT network enables Tele2 IoT’s enterprise customers to benefit from low latency, regulatory compliance, advanced enterprise onboarding and 24×7 troubleshooting offered as a managed service.

Nokia WING is a ‘one-stop-shop’ IoT managed service that includes a pre-integrated global IoT core network, connectivity management as well as dedicated IoT operations, billing, security and data analytics, along with an application ecosystem.

The offering is completed with innovative solutions based on Tele2 IoT technology. The combination of these cutting edge technologies from Tele2 IoT and Nokia WING enables a new paradigm for global IoT connectivity services.

The scope of the agreement also includes the collaboration and partnership on various advanced technologies such as 5G, Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE for machine-to-machine (LTE-M), SIM management and analytics to further accelerate the global IoT ecosystem.

Rami Avidan, CEO of Tele2 IoT, said: “Nokia WING is a unique concept for worldwide IoT enablement which will allow us to serve our enterprise customers better and differentiate our offering on a global scale. We are excited about the prospect of helping our customers to easily deploy IoT services, driving new revenue growth opportunities.”

Ankur Bhan, head of WING at Nokia, said: “Nokia WING will enable Tele2 IoT to offer its enterprise customers a global service with flexible control, low latency and high levels of efficiency and enterprise automation. Together we will work on enabling new IoT solutions that can be adopted in various industries to deliver seamless, reliable and efficient processes to help businesses run more intelligently.”

Nokia WING has been nominated for a Global Mobile Award for the 2018 Mobile World Congress in the ‘Best Mobile Network Infrastructure’. In 2017, it was recognized as the winner in IoT leadership at the TechXLR8 Awards and also won the Global Telecoms’ highly commended’ award in the category ‘IoT initiative of the year’.

Source: Nokia

Co-Star Provide SIM Connectivity for M2M and IoT deployments

Co-Star the Harrogate based global supplier to the ICT industry have added 4G SIM cards for M2M and IoT applications to enhance their range of wireless connectivity products and enable application developers and systems integators to purchase all the hardware and software necessary to initiate and conclude 4G LTE cloud based networking deployments from one source.


SIM cards from all the major mobile network operators including: Vodafone, 02, Three and EE are available from Co-Star to offer flexibility and provide the best network coverage.

Tim Cosgrove partner at Co-Star commented;

” We allready have a strong position in the market supplying 4G wireless routers, antennas and RF cable assemblies and we wanted to provide our customers with the opportunity to purchase all the equipment for 4G networking deployments from one single source”


Co-Star have over 30 years experience working in the Mobile Communications sector and have worked on all types of M2M and IoT projects over the years including:

  • Remote management of an Australian vineyard.
  • Mobile Advertising on London Taxis.
  • Passenger WiFi services on public transport.
  • Ambulance Services.
  • Crossrail Project London.
  • Providing WiFi for Mountain Rescue Vehicles.

Click here for more information on Co-Star’s M2M SIM Cards>

Source: Co-Star


World’s first autonomous pods tested by RTA Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai are beginning the initial tests on autonomous pods with the aim to modernise their transportation system, offering innovative mobility solutions which reduces congestion in the city…

World’s first autonomous pods are tested by RTA Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), as part of the Dubai Future Accelerators initiative, has begun testing the world’s first autonomous pods.

Each pod measures 2.87m in length, 2.24m in width and 2.82m in height. With a weight of approximately 1500kg, each pod has an average speed of 20km/h and a capacity of 10 riders: six seated, four standing. The autonomous pod is fuelled by a battery that can supply three hours of operation and is chargeable in six hours.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “The RTA has signed an agreement with the American Next Future Inc. to develop autonomous units named NX1 as part of the initial phase of Dubai Future Accelerators. The prototypes of these units are manufactured in Italy and shipped to Dubai for trials. These pods run on a virtual pre-configured and programmed lane and are overseen by the operational system.”

The autonomous pods are designed to travel short and medium distances in dedicated lanes. Depending on the destination of the riders, they can be coupled in 15 to 20 seconds or detached in five. Fitted with cameras and electromechanical technologies enabling the pods to couple and detach, the feature can be activated in-motion.

“The pilot test of driverless units is directed in the context of transforming Dubai into the smartest city worldwide,” continued Tayer. “It is also part of RTA endeavours to provide autonomous transport through technological tests under Dubai’s climatic conditions. It echoes the Dubai Autonomous Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of mobility journeys in Dubai to autonomous transportation by 2030.

“The RTA is keen on ensuring the principle of safety in all services delivered to clients. The autonomous pods have three protection systems in order to ensure full control and avoid crashing. The main system comprises of 3D cameras, the second is a standby system based on ordinary cameras with the last being operated manually by the operator.”

Source: Intelligent Transport

Fourth London bus route turns all-electric

 A fourth London bus route has turned all-electric, thanks to a partnership between BYD and ADL, Go Ahead London and Transport for London.

11 of the 10.8 metre BYD ADL Enviro200EV single decker began servicing route 153 at 5 am on Saturday 3rd February, based out of the Northumberland Park Garage in Tottenham and travelling between Finsbury Park and Moorgate in the City of London. BYD also supplied the depot with its self-designed and manufactured charging points.

The Enviro200EV buses have already provided safe and efficient service on three other routes operated by Go Ahead London, with other routes and operators to receive fleets of BYD ADL electric buses in the future following tender wins by the partnership.

“We are delighted to make another significant step in the electrification of London’s bus routes and to be in the vanguard of the transformation. At Go-Ahead we have developed considerable practical knowledge of electric bus operation, gained over six years, and are well positioned to contribute further to the improvement of the capital’s air quality”, said Richard Harrington, Go-Ahead Group’s Engineering Director.

“The smooth switch on of our electric buses to operate another intensive London route is a testament to the strength of our overall offering – not just the proven and reliable buses themselves but of the back up and support of our partners in planning and installing the necessary equipment to make electric bus operation successful from day one”, said Frank Thorpe, UK Country Manager for BYD UK, speaking on behalf of the ADL BYD partnership.

Source: SMMT

Constantly Connected: Continental Is Shaping the Future of Mobility

 Mobile World Congress 2018

  • Continental will be unveiling innovative solutions and services at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
  • Holistic connectivity is turning vehicles into smartphones on wheels
  • Smart integration of mobile devices maximizes driver and user experience

Starting in April 2018, every new car in Europe will have to be equipped with an integrated SIM card enabling vehicles to make an emergency call at any time in difficult situations. By becoming part of the digital ecosystem, cars will effectively turn into mobile devices. The technology company Continental will demonstrate how it is shaping this transformation during its premiere at the Mobile World Congress from February 26 to March 1, 2018.

“Smartphones, tablets and now cars – this year eCall will finally make vehicles part of the connected world, and they will have to blend seamlessly into users’ daily digital routines. At the Mobile World Congress, we will demonstrate that having a seamless online connection and comprehensive cyber security is just as important as ensuring trouble-free integration of mobile devices and intuitive operation,” commented Helmut Matschi, member of the Executive Board at Continental and head of the Interior division, explaining the company’s focus at the Barcelona fair.

A glimpse into the future: predictive connectivity

Continuous and high-quality mobile network coverage is crucial for drivers wanting to expand their digital lifestyles to the domain of driving without any restrictions. But many regions are still plagued by low bandwidths and high latency; broken off phone calls and interrupted music streaming are not uncommon. This is why Continental has developed a predictive connectivity manager, which collects data on the network quality for the road ahead via crowdsourcing. It uses this data to create a map of available mobile networks and their quality for the specific region in the backend, for example in Once it has analyzed this data, the solution can predict when the network connection will deteriorate or drop out and optimize data and channel management accordingly.


Predictive connectivity for an optimized user experience.© Continental AG

Based on the results the software can, for instance, notify drivers that their current phone calls will be terminated in a few minutes’ time and tell them when the network quality will be good enough again to continue the call. Alternatively, it can prioritize applications subtly in the background by, for example, distributing less bandwidth to downloading a software update so that the current music stream is not interrupted. Accurate and up-to-date network information will also be decisive in enabling automated vehicles to find their path in the future – another reason why the predictive connectivity manager is set to be an important device. If it detects that the bandwidth along the road ahead is too weak for downloading high-resolution and up-to-date maps, for example, it can “prefetch” the HD map for the relevant section of the route.

The all-rounder smartphone: keyless vehicle access

“Cars themselves are not only becoming mobile devices, but the diverse integration of smartphones is also an important factor in maximizing the user experience. This is why we will be demonstrating our solutions for intelligent vehicle access by means of the virtual smartphone key at the Mobile World Congress,” explained Matschi. These solutions are making car rental more convenient for customers and rental companies alike. In partnership with the Avis Budget Group, Continental’s “Key as a Service” technology from its aftermarket range enables an end-to-end mobile rental experience with keyless vehicle access and engine start authorization. The technology offers scalability for vehicle manufacturers, vehicle models and regions combined with faster time to market without requiring any changes to the vehicle electronics or modifications to the vehicle architecture. It encompasses not just services but also hardware, and can easily be retrofitted.


Continental’s portfolio also includes a solution for car manufacturers, in the form of the Smart Device Integrated Access System. This technology enables hands-free vehicle access and engine start, and is already an integral part of the vehicle architecture. With this, vehicles are already equipped at the factory for all possible “Key as a Service” solutions.

It is also possible to enhance the system with a digital emergency unlocking solution that renders not only the mechanical lock, but also the door handle superfluous. Hence, even if the car battery is flat, drivers can gain access to their vehicle, without having to resort to the mechanical emergency key. Integration of an assistance function creates an intelligent door, which can be used hands-free and digitally because it opens and closes by itself.


The core component of all Continental’s smart access systems is the virtual smartphone key, which consists of a tamper-proof data record. This key gains access only after successful one-time authentication by the backend, which sends it to the smartphone via a wireless interface. Further communication takes place exclusively between the smartphone and the vehicle. For the Smart Device Integrated Access solution, the system uses multiple Bluetooth Low Energy modules in the vehicle to enable the authorized smartphone to be located from both inside and outside. Near Field Communication (NFC) is also possible. As soon as an authorized virtual key is detected, the system issues permission to open the vehicle and start the engine. Therefore, a mechanical key is no longer needed.

Smartphones are also expanding vehicle technology

Another remote display option for vehicle data on the smartphone is the filling assistant function, which displays the current tire pressure even during filling. This tells drivers precisely how much air the tire needs without them having to consult the air pump display. In an app on their mobile devices, users can also activate personalized profiles such as seat position, air-conditioning settings and entertainment preferences in advance before they even enter the car. The smartphone is also becoming a mobile component of the holistic human-machine interface, meaning that drivers can manage various vehicle functions such as opening and closing windows or extending and retracting side mirrors remotely.


To make sure that a flat battery does not stand in the way of diverse smartphone integration, Continental will also bring its Multifunctional Smart Device Terminal to the MWC 2018. The terminal enables wireless charging for all smartphones that meet the “Qi” standard, and initializes the smartphone connection via Bluetooth and NFC with the vehicle’s head unit. Thanks to wireless antenna coupling, the smartphone also receives significantly better signal quality.


To ensure sufficient system security as digitalization advances, Continental’s subsidiary Elektrobit – with its new family member Argus Cyber Security – is delivering multilayer end-to-end automotive cyber security solutions and services. “Vehicle cyber security is a top priority for us, as mobility can only be considered to be intelligent if it is secure,” said Matschi.

At the Mobile World Congress, the companies will highlight their portfolio of end-to-end solutions. These include intrusion detection and prevention, attack surface protection, health monitoring and management to safeguard the cyber security of vehicle fleets as well as wireless software updates.


Remote Vehicle Data: a powerful platform for connected vehicles

Continental’s Remote Vehicle Data (RVD) platform is the basis for innovative, connected services. The platform enables standardized access to manufacturer-specific vehicle data for numerous makes and models. RVD is aimed at vehicle manufacturers, car dealers, rental companies, fleet operators, repair workshops and insurance companies. The platform provides an end-to-end solution along the value chain of connected services and integrates seamlessly into Continental’s modular cloud solutions for connectivity-based services. The solution can be adapted to a wide range of customer applications thanks to its modular and cloud-based architecture.


Visitors can find all trade fair innovations and technology developed by Continental in Hall 6, Booth 6B50 at the MWC 2018. In the outdoor area OA3B.170, the company will also be showcasing two demo vehicles.

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Source: Continental

Guadalajara’s bike-share scheme is transformed by artificial intelligence

Stage Intelligence and BKT will work together in merging bike-sharing schemes with AI technology, demonstrating Mexico’s dedication to becoming more sustainable…

Guadalajara’s bike-share scheme is transformed by Artificial Intelligence

Stage Intelligence, a provider of bike-share scheme management solutions, has been selected by BKT bicipública, a Central American bike-share operator, to deploy its BICO bike-share management platform.

BKT operates the bike-share scheme in Guadalajara and will use the artificial intelligence (AI) based platform to offer citizens an optimised rider experience with the aim to expand their scheme.

This is the first time AI will be used in a bike-share scheme in Mexico and BICO will enable BKT to rapidly and efficiently distribute cycles across the city and ensure that riders have bikes and docks available when and where they need them.

“BKT and Stage Intelligence have a shared vision for simple, efficient and user-centric transportation. Together, we are bringing innovation to Guadalajara’s bike-share scheme and using AI to give riders the best possible bike-share experience,” said Tom Nutley, Head of Operations at Stage Intelligence. “AI makes it simple to provide services that create life-long riders. This is a great opportunity for Guadalajara to innovate in clean and sustainable transportation.”

The Guadalajara bike-share scheme is the second largest in Mexico, serving an estimated population of over 5 million people.

“BICO has allowed us to take better advantage of our resources to improve our service and we are focusing on achieving user satisfaction. BICO is an essential part to provide a better service,” said Noé Santana, Operation Manager at BKT bicipública.

Stage Intelligence’s AI-based BICO platform uses citywide data and the leading AI-technology to provide actionable insights for operators whilst addressing some of the biggest challenges in bike-share.

“The partnership between Stage Intelligence and BKT demonstrates how organisations in the UK and Mexico can collaborate to create greener cities and happier citizens. Thanks to the support of the British Embassy in Mexico, Stage Intelligence and BKT have shown that innovation doesn’t have borders,” said Manuel Mandujano, Trade and Investment Officer at British Embassy Mexico.

Source: Intelligent Transport