ASTRI and HPE demonstrate V2X edge traffic management at Mobile World Congress

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The Hong Kong government’s Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), has been showcasing its end-to-end vehicle-to-everything (V2X) Networking System with AI-enabled V2X Edge Traffic Management, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai 2018 in China.

ASTRI’s end-to-end V2X Networking System features:

• A V2X in-car processing unit, which consists of gateway software and enhanced V2X (E-V2X) communications module to facilitate information exchange between vehicles and infrastructure, decision-making alerts, and autonomous driving integration;

• V2X Road Side Units (RSU), which enables real-time traffic status monitoring, V2X alert notifications, and traffic recommendation to road users;

• AI-enabled V2X Edge Gateway (EGW) with AI (Artificial Intelligence) algorithms at the network edge for real-time road alerts and traffic management. The edge processing server is based on HPE’s Edgeline EL4000 Converged Edge Systems powered by Intel Xeon D Processors;

• A Centralized V2X Cloud deployed in both regional and central data centers to support large-scale vehicle management and traffic data analytics.

The MWC demonstration showcases how multiple V2X RSUs work through intelligent coordination and policy provisioning, and how real-time traffic data analytics is carried out in V2X EGW, powered by artificial intelligence. The system can quickly detect unexpected traffic situations like accidents and congestions, and promptly inform road users, including suggestions of alternative route planning. The system is also able to detect imminent risks and threats, and issue real-time alerts to vehicle drivers and other individual road users to avoid accidents. The demonstration also showcased how the cost-effective edge-processing servers, enabled by Intel and HPE technologies, can scale out a V2X system, forwarding and processing low-latency packets of data at high-throughput.

The innovative design of ASTRI’s V2X Networking System will enable OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and autonomous vehicle (AV) vendors to develop and launch numerous V2X edge applications. It also helps operators, service providers and equipment vendors by rolling out scalable V2X on a commercial basis, and provisioning of 5G cellular services for their customers. The technology enables city administrators and transportation operators to implement real-time and intelligent traffic management, to ensure safer and more efficient road network operations.

“As the largest applied R&D institution in Hong Kong, we dedicate significant resources in developing innovative technological applications on 5G,” noted Dr Justin Chuang, ASTRI’s vice president for Next Generation Network. “We are pleased to collaborate with Intel and HPE to develop mobile core/edge and V2X technologies toward 5G. Once launched in the market, these technologies will bring significant benefits to the entire industry. We expect our long-term collaboration will bring more groundbreaking technologies to add strong, practical value in the 5G era.”

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