IBM’s Open-Standards-Based Software Architecture Modernizes Telematics Solutions for DaimlerChrysler Subsidiary
ARMONK, N.Y. & STUTTGART, Germany — Oct. 18, 2004 — IBM announced today that it has developed a new telematics software platform for FleetBoard, a DaimlerChrysler subsidiary, as part of its strategic relationship with DaimlerChrysler. The new architecture will enable FleetBoard, a leading provider of fleet-management solutions and telematics-based internet services, to further strengthen its position across the European market.
The new solution is based upon the specifications and technology of the OSGi(TM) Alliance and is the first production implementation of its kind in the world for use in commercial vehicles. It dramatically simplifies the integration of diverse applications and helps enable the smooth download and life-cycle management of software-service bundles using mobile networks.
The new software architecture enhances and integrates the performance of DispoPilot®, an on-board computer that supports the daily business requirement of commercial-vehicle drivers. DispoPilot offers a wide range of functions, including driving analysis, global positioning, on-board navigational services, journey scheduling, order transmission and shipment monitoring. Communication and data transfer between vehicles and the FleetBoard Telematics Center via GSM/SMA and mobile hand-held computers with touch screens and scanners are also featured.
The architecture answers the demands of modern telematics systems for increasingly frequent software service updates, which are needed to stay abreast of rapidly developing function enhancements and the availability of new services that help drivers and fleet managers meet growing market and customer requirements. Featuring the world’s first open-standards-based embedded service platform – the OSGi Service Platform (provided here in a robust production implementation as the IBM Service Management Framework(TM)), the FleetBoard solution enables new software service bundles to be downloaded via mobile networks (GSM/GPRS) in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
Because FleetBoard’s head office is connected via cell-phone networks to trucks on the road, no exchange of devices or interruption of commercial vehicle routes is required to download new information. FleetBoard’s onboard computers store key data, such as new trip information, the most direct route destinations and updates that assist drivers in navigating detours – all of which can be displayed on each driver’s screen. These functions help to increase the overall efficiencies of entire commercial fleets. In addition, specially designed keyboards enable drivers to pass status reports back to their head offices. As a result, fleet managers can gain thousands of dollars in annual savings per vehicle due to reduced fuel consumption, less downtime and reduced administrative costs.
“IBM has years of experience implementing telematics systems around the world from the earliest days of this expanding business arena, and we are very proud that DaimlerChrysler’s FleetBoard subsidiary has chosen IBM and OSGi technology to further develop their offerings,” said Erich Nickel, IBM’s Director of Global Telematics Solutions. “This relationship further strengthens the value of open standards-based software solutions for future of telematics innovation worldwide, since such solutions can be adapted and expanded according to a client’s needs at any time — without re-investment or re-design of the underlying platform.”
IBM Workplace Technology, Micro Edition contains the tools and runtimes that enable the development of applications and services for end-to-end Telematics solutions. The key runtime components include WebSphere Everyplace Micro Environment implemented to meet the J2ME CDC standards IBM’s Service Management Framework built on OSGi standards, DB2e client database, and the Tivoli Device Agent. These components are complemented with server software from IBM including IBM WebSphere Everyplace Device Manager, WebSphere Application Server, and DB2. WebSphere Studio Device Developer is the toolset that developers use to construct the services and applications as well as optimize the overall client software.
IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM is among the first companies to offer leading-edge technology and tools to its customers and enable them to deliver advanced telematics solutions. Through years of expertise and research in the automotive industry, IBM and IBM Business Partners have built a flexible and reliable portfolio of software (such as speech recognition and wireless technologies), hardware, IT services, development platforms and innovative tools. IBM’s end-to-end architecture fully integrates open standards. It links both portable and embedded hardware devices to the Internet via wireless networks and leverages native and Java applications to exchange data to and from the vehicles with wireless telematics service providers. Addressing issues such as safety, privacy, convenience and connectivity, our in-vehicle information systems and solutions enable our customers to deliver hands-free and eyes-free technology as part of developing invaluable and long-term relationships with their customers. And our approach is not only centered around technology. It’s about delivering business value at an accelerated pace. IBM believes in a value net approach, working with device manufacturers, carriers, and content providers to provide outstanding enabling technology and IT services to provide a complete solution. As the telematics revolution is now gaining momentum in other industries such as insurance, petroleum and commercial markets, IBM’s vision will prepare customers for the next generation of e-business infrastructure for many years to come. Please visit our Telematics Solutions site at www.ibm.com/industries/automotive for further details and references.
Stuttgart-based DaimlerChrysler Services FleetBoard GmbH offers telematics-based Internet services for modern vehicle and transport management. Since its launch in 2000, over 15,000 trucks at over 800 forwarding agents have been fitted with FleetBoard throughout Europe. The services are available for trucks and vans of all brands. FleetBoard has been tested and certified by DEKRA in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 since April 2004.