The NTI competency centre for wireless communications and the Internet of Things based on Skoltech developed the technology for functional testing of the ERA-GLONASS system modules by order of the V2Lab industrial partner. In early November, the parties entered into an agreement on the commercialisation of technology. Interaction with industrial partners is an important part of the Program for the Creation and Development of NTI Competence Centres.
V2Lab is engaged in V2X-technology testing devices; the company is a resident of Skolkovo. The task of the ERA-GLONASS system is to increase road safety. When a road accident occurs, Accident Emergency Response Devices integrated into modern automobiles (AERD) should automatically or semi-automatically report what has happened.
However, studies by Skoltech and V2Lab showed that more than half of these devices did not meet the requirements of existing state standards or did not work at all. This creates risks for the functioning of the ERA-GLONASS system, and therefore for the life and health of people.
Such a situation has arisen due to the fact that the correct operation of the AERD is not controlled during the operation of the vehicle since there is no methodology for their express tests nor available test equipment for this.
To solve these problems, the NTI Competence Centre has developed a standard, which regulates the methodology for testing modules during vehicle operation at the pre-sale preparation stage, during the technical inspection, as well as during pre-trip control. A technological solution was also created that allows the entire range of tests to be carried out.
The NTI Competence Centres are units created based on educational or scientific organizations. The centres conduct research and educational activities in consortium with leading technology companies in the interest of developing "end-to-end technologies". Among these technologies, there are big data, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, new and portable energy sources, wireless communication technologies, virtual and augmented reality technologies, and others. A total of 14 such centres have been created. Until 2021, state funding of the Centres in the amount of 10.3 billion roubles is provided. The operator of the NTI Competence Centre project is RVC.