Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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LETTER WASHINGTON VIEW by DEE ANN DIVIS 55 unmanned systems inside August/September 2017 "Especially important for us is everything that is still to be decided on the f low of data and the protection of data," Bulc said. "It will be very important to see how 5G development will emerge, and there are still some uncertain- ties about how fast technology will develop and what future mobility systems will look like." Bulc said the way to manage this uncertain- ty is to keep all lines of communication open. "We need to keep talking, to have as many dia- logs as possible, so we create a critical mass of thinking." Here, reading between the lines, we find a minor admission, that the EU Commission, while able to cajole and otherwise promote dis- cussion, still relies on private industry to actu- ally develop, agree on and implement any new standards. "Especially now we are focusing on data," Bulc said, "because in the infrastructure arena we do already have different platforms and dif- ferent groups that are working on standardiza- tion and interoperability, but we are still very weak on data standards. We have seen that we cannot implement integrated logistics systems right now in Europe, because we have not done our job yet on standards." At the same Connected Cars forum in Brussels, we spoke to Carsten Becker, vice pres- ident manufacturing and distribution EMEA for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). HPE is currently par tnering w ith I AV Automotive Engineering, a leading engineer- ing services firm using a BMW i3 demo vehicle to showcase the latest advancements in con- nectivity. The effort highlights ongoing work to bridge the technology gap between Detroit and Silicon Valley. When we asked Becker what he saw as the priorities for getting more cars and other ve- hicles connected, he said "It's about data! We need data standards. "This is a race. We are in a race with China. The Asian cities are under enormous pressure right now. When a bridge closes in Shanghai for road work, traffic is backed up, adversely affected for miles around. So these Asian cities are under tremendous pressure to 'get smart'." In Europe, Becker said, the process of data standardization should not take too long, but it still has to get done. "By 2019 we are expecting fully autonomous cars, but car-to-infrastruc- ture norms have not yet been set in the EU, so we need this and we need it quickly." Tying it all Together Next year, Bulc said, will be a year for multi- modality, for trying to bring the various mo- bility strands under one roof, the 'European Transport Area'. And she repeated her appeal for companies to continue to communicate with each other and with the Commission. "Keep us informed of your results and the issues that need to be addressed in order to make sure that the data layer remains open, that it can be integrated, that integrated ticketing and logis- tics can be provided. And we especially want to keep the applications open, to keep APIs [Application Programming Interfaces] open, so that we don't create conditions for new mo- nopolies to be formed, which then means no competition, no dynamics, no room for SMEs and no room for really disruptive innovation. "The fourth industrial revolution of course is not just about gadgets and about technol- ogy," she said, "but all these elements will give us a chance to create new business models, a new collaborative economy, in a way that can be integrated into a better European social framework." " BY 2019 WE ARE EXPECTING FULLY AUTONOMOUS CARS, BUT CAR-TO- INFRASTRUCTURE NORMS HAVE NOT YET BEEN SET IN THE EU, SO WE NEED THIS AND WE NEED IT QUICKLY." Carsten Becker, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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