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Rapid Testing Technology of ERA-GLONASS Modules Enters the Market

12.11.2019

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.

Serafim Novichkov, Chief Developer of the NTI Skoltech Competence Centre
This case clearly demonstrates what stages the technology goes through at the NTI Competence Centre. First, an industrial partner has an idea based on his vision of the market, which is often more profound than the Centre's. Then, the specialists of the Central Scientific Research Institute of NTI develop the first working prototypes of the technical solution and demonstrate them to potential end customers. The next stage is the creation of a fully functional system in conjunction with an industrial partner. In the current project, V2Lab was engaged in the development of industrial design and structural elements for the final solution, and the NTI Central Committee - in part related to software. And finally, the last stage is the commercialisation of technology, that is, the bringing of the solution to the open market. We consider this experience to be quite successful, and we thank our industrial partner, V2Lab, for such fruitful cooperation.
Samoilenko Igor, General Director of V2Lab
A couple of years ago, while delivering radio measuring equipment, we saw the need to create and bring to the market an inexpensive device for functional testing of ERA-GLONASS modules. The task included both checking the module during its production and checking the device already installed in the car. Having negotiated with the representatives of the laboratory of the Central Scientific Research Institute of Technology based on Skoltech, we entrusted them with the development of the software part of the device - we were not mistaken. The result obtained is entirely consistent with our expectations. I would like to thank the Central Scientific and Technical Council in Skoltech, and personally, the leading developer Serafim Novichkov for the high level of professionalism demonstrated during the implementation of the project.



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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.

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