QMIC’s Connected Vehicle Platform Successfully Tested in a Global Event in Germany

QMIC’s Connected Vehicle Platform Successfully Tested in a Global Event in Germany

Doha, December 4th, 2013: The Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) at the Qatar Science & Technology Park has successfully participated in the 3rd Cooperative Mobility Services (CMS) Interoperability Testing (Plugtests™) co-organized by the Center for Testing and Interoperability (CTI) of ETSI ( European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and ERTICO  (ITS Europe) which took place from 25 – 29 November, 2013 in Essen, Germany. Such an event is a unique opportunity for global companies and R&D institutions to test their prototypes against the Cooperative ITS Communication standards with their partners and competitors.

Dr. Adnan Abu-Dayya, the Executive Director of QMIC said “We have a strategic initiative to lead in the development and deployment of connected vehicle platforms and services in the region. Having our platform, which is fully made in Qatar, successfully tested  against other global implementations, is a testament to how far we have come as a leading national R&D center in the region. This initiative is bringing us one step closer to realize the next generation of road safety applications and services in Qatar and the region”.

Dr. Fethi Filali, a Senior R&D Export and ITS Technology Lead at QMIC said “QMIC’s Connected Vehicle platform has been developed with the financial support from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), via the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). We deeply appreciate QNRF funding of the CopITS project (www.copits.com) which allowed QMIC’s team to translate its research activities into fully-functional and standard-compliant communication units for connected vehicles. We are committed to play a significant regional and global role in delivering the new generation of automotive services, technologies, and applications to reduce road accidents and increase traffic efficiency”.

The  QMIC team lead by Dr. Hamid Menouar, Product Manager of the Connected Vehicle program and R&D Expert represented QMIC  in this event. Once again, this is the third consecutive year in which QMIC successfully participated in this global event that includes more advanced and complex test cases.

As one of about 19 global entities who participated in the event, QMIC’s Connected Vehicles (Cooperative ITS) platform has been successfully tested against prototypes of other big companies and R&D institutions in the field. This was carried out to check the interoperability between the different implementations and conformance with ETSI standards. These testing events will contribute in enhancing the quality of the specifications, speeding up the standardization process, reducing time to market, and supporting the deployment of the technology.

Connected Vehicles will enable car to communicate wirelessly with each other and with road sensors according to internationally defined standards. This will enable the delivery of new technologies and services to significantly enhance road safety and improve the driving experience.


About QMIC:

The Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), is an applied research and development center founded by Qatar University in collaboration with and at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) to leverage the use of emerging mobility technologies and lifestyle in creating and deploying intelligent solutions and smart applications for use in a number of markets including Transportation, Road Safety, Environment, and Healthcare. QMIC was founded with the objective of filling the existing gap in the region for institutions focusing on applied research and solutions delivery with the aim of creating local knowledge-based ventures.

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