Modular V2X platform masters dynamic switching of radio modes

September 22, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Modular V2X platform masters dynamic switching of radio modes
The waveBEE plus 8 from V2X system solutions provider Nordsys GmbH is the first development and communication platform with triple connectivity for series development of V2X applications. It supports both the V2X standard ITS-G5 IEEE 802.11p and C-V2X according to 3GPP PC5 Sidelink and Uu-Mode in a single device. Switching between the two radio modes ITS-G5 and PC5 can be done programmatically without the need for a reboot or reconfiguration.

A new modular hardware platform called WMP has been developed for waveBB plus 8, which will be the future core for the entire waveBEE ecosystem. The tried and tested waveBEE stack with the WDS programming interface will continue to be used as V2X software.  This provides a uniform platform for a variety of solutions across the entire product development cycle for global markets and standards: Starting from application development to testing and validation of V2X functions for North America, Europe and China.

Equipped with a powerful i.MX8 application processor, waveBEE plus 8 offers sufficient reserves for future applications. A hardware security module (HSM) is already integrated. Furthermore, the device scores with an Ethernet connection, CAN bus interface, WiFi, LTE and GNSS. The operating temperature range extends from -40°C to +85°C. All this fits into compact dimensions of 170 x 167 x 35 mm.

In addition to its use as an On Board Unit (OBU) in the waveBEE plus 8, the new waveBEE Modular Platform also serves as the basis for the waveBEE road RSU (Road-Side-Unit) as well as the test and simulation platforms waveBEE to-go and the HiL system waveBEE hive.

"The modular design allows us to quickly respond to customer requests and make project-specific adjustments," explains Manfred Miller, managing partner of Nordsys. "The development of V2X applications can start immediately, while in parallel we have developed a customised hardware variant within a few weeks through our in-house prototype production. Porting the software is usually straightforward to the finished system."

The waveBEE Ecosystem offers the highest level of investment security for ITS-G5 or 5G applications through a uniform programming API and support for the various standards, the provider promises.

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