NI (NATI) and S.E.A.’s C-V2X Modular Bench Tester Earns First OmniAir Qualified Test Equipment Status
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NI (NASDAQ: BORN) and SEA today announced that the SEA-NI V2X and SEA-NI V2X Sniffer tester have won OmniAir® Qualified Test Equipment (OQTE) certification. These products are the first modular test solution for cell-based vehicles to all (C-V2X) and the first combined sniper C-V2X and DSRC to receive this certification.
With the large-scale deployment of 5G in the last year, more investment has been made in C-V2X technology to improve the safety and efficiency of vehicles and autonomous systems. As standards for cellular technology continue to evolve rapidly, OEMs and suppliers require more agility to adapt quickly to the latest technologies.
As a PXI-based testing system, the NI-SEA V2X Bench Tester solution provides enhanced modularity for V2X test systems that can be easily extended in hardware in-loop (HIL) testing or other applications. This software-defined architecture can be integrated into existing test systems, allowing greater flexibility and scaling. With it, engineers can test earlier in the design cycle to validate functionality and make changes without having to reinvest in new hardware. The SEA-NI V2X Sniffer improves adaptability by capturing and monitoring both V2X desktop and field information for key regional protocol standards.
“Advances in cell technology enable critical steps for connected and intelligent mobility,” said Ritu Favre, EVP and GM of NI’s Semiconductor and Electronics; Aerospace, Defense and Government; and Transport business units. “Using cellular technology for data sharing and communication between vehicles, C-V2X technology significantly improves vehicle safety through improved decision-making for both humans and autonomous systems. The SEA-NI C-V2X test systems are designed to help OEMs and first-rate vendors validate and bring this important technology to market more quickly, confident that it meets the latest safety and technology. We are pleased to be working closely with the OmniAir Consortium to achieve this shared goal and accelerate the industry’s path to Vision Zero. ”
The capabilities of the SEA-NI V2X solutions include:
- SEA-NI V2X bench tester: Combines software from SEA GmbH with NI PXI and USRP software-defined radio (SDR) hardware for transmitting and receiving real signals to radio frequency (RF) and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) channels of C-V2X controllers. By articulating the C-V2X and GNSS signals to the C-V2X controller, the C-V2X solution can simulate real signals such as an emergency stop warning or a four-way stop to help engineers characterize the operation of the device in the laboratory. The solution offers configurations for compliance testing, open loop testing, closed loop testing and HIL testing.
- SEA-NI V2X Sniffer: The first mobile system of its kind is based on the NI USRP SDR hardware. It supports information capture based on various V2X standards. The solution provides advanced monitoring and decoding of C-V2X and DSRC signals and messages, in addition to the unique online monitoring of RF quality and behavior.
“Very dynamic communication technologies require deep technological competence and a flexible system concept. We chose the modular NI hardware platform and its SDR-based radio technology, along with our modular testing software and SEA V2X software modules, which enables us to provide high-quality, efficient V2X testing solutions for V2X test and measurement applications. We are honored that the value of our approach is confirmed by the successful certification of OmniAir. OmniAir’s great work to ensure interoperability is the key to the successful implementation of V2X technology, “said Dr. Gerd Schmitz, CEO and Co-Founder of SEA.
OmniAir Consortium® is certified SEA-NI V2X Bench Tester for physical layer validation and SEA-NI V2X Sniffer for physical layer validation and message protocol compliance. The OmniAir certificate for V2X devices guarantees automotive original equipment manufacturers; Tier 1 suppliers; manufacturers of devices, modules and chips; and deployment agencies that OmniAir-certified devices meet industry standards and meet minimum performance and interoperability requirements.
“Congratulations to SEA and NI on obtaining OmniAir qualification status for two V2X test systems,” said Jason Conley, CEO of the OmniAir Consortium. “OQTE allows testing and certification of potentially life-saving V2X devices.”