Motorola Supplies LTE Devices for Bosch’s German Automotive Proving Ground
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Comments

Motorola Solutions and partner mm-lab equipped Bosch’s automotive proving ground in Boxberg, Germany, with the mm-lab Proving Ground Management System (PGMS) and Motorola’s LEX L10 mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) handheld devices.

The system integrates all proving ground management processes at Bosch for improving the safety and efficiency on the test tracks of the world’s largest supplier of automotive components. The device connects the ground operators and test drivers to the private LTE network at Bosch’s proving grounds using high-performance broadband technology.

The rugged devices provide audio quality, voice clarity and echo cancellation for enabling secure and reliable voice notification in the test vehicle, as well as clear communications between ground operators and test drivers on the track. As soon as test drivers log on to the Android onboard unit (OBU), they are identified by the mobile telephony service and added to all relevant user groups.

“We see a growing demand for customized mobile applications that support companies like Bosch that are looking to meet highly dynamic requirements, where reliable communication through broadband networks is key,” said Mark Schmidl, corporate vice president of sales for Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The mm-lab PGMS telematics solution monitors tracks, analyzes all vehicle movements and increases proving ground safety by providing audiovisual warning signals. The system also increases the efficiency of management processes used in administrative services, integrating text and voice communications and adding multiple applications such as access control for test tracks and the reception system at proving grounds.

In total, Bosch operates nine proving grounds on four continents, covering all climate requirements for efficient testing and precision tuning of its customers’ vehicles. This includes a multitude of test tracks for all speeds, every incline, various amounts of tractions and the simulation of land or ice. Bosch’s proving ground at Boxberg offers facilities including a high-speed oval, a driving-dynamics area, brake-measurement tracks and handling courses for testing different driving conditions and driver assistance systems.

“We were looking for an integrated system that supports all operations on our proving grounds,” said Michael Gromig, managing director of the Bosch Test Center Boxberg. “Thanks to the new PGMS provided by mm-lab and Motorola Solutions, we have implemented a state-of-the-art solution that increases the safety of our test drivers, reduces administration and accelerates the smooth realization of our processes. Customers and operators alike benefit from the new integrated system.”

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