Bringing wireless connectivity to radio communications

When Harris Corporation, one of the largest technology companies in the USA, went looking for a partner to add a Wireless Personal Area Network to their highly success Harris RF-7850S radio, it found the solution in Melbourne, Australia. Clarinox Technologies is an innovative specialist in the development and integration of wireless embedded systems. The partnership between Harris and Clarinox resulted in a market changing radio capability.

In 2014, the Harris RF-7580S radio was the ultimate integration of radio, edge device, GPS and application software in a single platform. It provided superior connectivity for soldiers and enhanced the sharing of information through the command chain as well as supporting assets such as helicopters and UAVs. However, Harris recognised the product could be improved further by significantly reducing cumbersome cables through wirelessly networking numerous end-user devices. This enhancement would significantly increase operational effectiveness for users.

Although the strategy to add a wireless personal area network (WPAN) communication capability to the existing RF-7850S radio was straightforward, the execution was not. Harris approached a number of leading technology specialists in the US, searching for a wireless solution which would fit within the very limited available footprint of the product. The challenge proved to be beyond some of the biggest names in the industry. Eventually, Harris was referred to a company with a reputation for developing innovative and leadingedge solutions in wireless embedded systems, on the other side of the world – Clarinox Technologies, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Clarinox took on the challenge, and a productive partnership with Harris was formed. The project was extremely challenging from the outset, requiring more than 12 months of technical planning and management of the necessary ITAR and other export restrictions. The biggest obstacle, however, was the technical challenge presented by trying to fit significant functionality in a much smaller than needed footprint. This challenge required careful consideration and innovative solutions to both hardware and software. The Harris team, based in Rochester, New York, and the Clarinox team based in Melbourne, Australia, collaborated through the many complex challenges encountered across the life of the project. The ultimate success of this endeavour is a testament to the great skill, enthusiasm and dedication of both teams, working together across continents and time zones.

The success of the Harris and Clarinox team created a world-leading capability, and to date, there is no other radio that combines wireless networking and intra-team radio communication like the RF-7850S WPAN radio. The system has received excellent reviews from users and Defence has indicated an interest during the Army Innovation Day 2018 with potential linkages to future Army requirements.

The dynamic collaboration between Harris Defence Australia and Clarinox is an example of the exciting growth of the Australian Defence Industry’s content and capability, and the world-class innovation and tenacity on Australian shores. Encouraging, promoting and supporting such partnerships will continue to bring local talent to the attention of the world, and provide a significant enhancement to Australia’s Defence capability.

 

Fishing for a smarter solution

When Navico, known for unsurpassed quality and innovative products, went fishing for a smarter connectivity solution, they chose ClarinoxBlue dual mode Bluetooth® protocol stack.

Navico is a market leader in marine electronics. The company is rightly proud to be the world's largest developer, manufacturer and distributor of marine electronics for the recreational market. Their distribution supplying over 100 countries around the world.

This pride extends throughout all levels of the company. It results in a demand for quality from all suppliers. So when seeking new technology for Navico's connectivity requirements, quality and service were high on the list of priorities. Navico chose the ClarinoxBlue solution as the winning provider for Bluetooth functionality in the Lowrance® Elite-7 TI. Navico's decision was due to the Clarinox innovative approach, simple APIs and enhanced in-built debug capabilities.

The Clarinox experience in wireless product development, combined with the Clarinox portfolio of robust wireless protocols and software tools, placed us in a unique position to ensure the success of this innovative product. The extensive Clarinox experience with Freescale iMX61, and the ability to support both Linux and a variety of Bluetooth chipsets made the decision even easier.

“As the market leader, Navico works hard to stay ahead of the pack. Improvements and upgrades are carefully considered and planned. I am very pleased to say that working with Clarinox made the job of integrating Bluetooth technology quick and relatively painless. This was a great result for Navico.”
Andrew Corbett
Chief Technical Officer, Navico Asia Pacific

Target Platform Specification

  • Lowrance® Elite-7 TI

Clarinox Products

  • ClarinoxBlue Bluetooth protocol stack – Bluetooth BR/EDR + LE

Navico

Navico is a global provider of marine electronics and the name behind the Lowrance® Elite-7 TI. Navico products are at the forefront of technology ensuring truly innovative product functionality.

Clarinox

Clarinox Technologies Pty Ltd provides robust and proven Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi protocol stacks. The Clarinox solution handles complex usage scenarios. This includes simultaneous profiles and roles across a wide range of target platforms as well as simultaneous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability. This is enhanced by advanced debug tools to speed up embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi developments. With 15 years of experience in short range wireless, the Clarinox team is the ideal partner to simplify embedded wireless.

 

Exploring new product developments

When the going gets tough, Clarinox steps up. Why Logitech chose Clarinox as their preferred wireless supplier when exploring new markets.

When Logitech started an expedition into new market segments, they began a search for the best wireless supplier to support and fully deliver on their challenging requirements.

The specifications were clear from the onset. The Logitech product was to incorporate a custom CPU and TI WiLink8 chipset for simultaneous Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®. Development was to take place with uC/OS-III RTOS using the custom SDK, and with the ADS 1.2 toolchain.

These challenging demands fitted perfectly with Clarinox, both in our areas of specialization and our philosophy that “nothing is impossible”. Clarinox worked with Logitech to bring the ClarinoxBlue and ClarinoxWiFi solutions to the Logitech product. ClarinoxBlue provided the necessary GAP, ATT and GATT profiles and protocols for Bluetooth Low Energy development. ClarinoxWiFi enabled AP, STA and WPS roles for Wi-Fi integration. Both Clarinox products feature encapsulation within an award-winning C / C++ based ClarinoxSoftFrame framework, which allowed these technologies to be used concurrently.

During the design and development phase, Clarinox provided technical support with the use of a binary library code compiled specifically for the Logitech platform. Assistance was provided in the setup of the ADS 1.2 toolchain, on which Clarinox API libraries were built. This was an immensely challenging task; ADS 1.2 was an obsolete toolchain with origins to the early 2000s.

Clarinox was also responsible for the configuration of the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers for the platform; the Bluetooth driver was configured over a serial port with HW flow control and the Wi-Fi driver over the SDIO interface. Clarinox developed a custom GATT profile specifically for Logitech’s requirements and a Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi end-application was delivered.

With the dedicated team of software engineers, Clarinox ensured the delivery to the Logitech specifications. As Logitech’s Head of Technology – Seed’s Initiatives, Aron Rosenberg, puts it: “I was pleased with the porting work, the communication and the relationship – and would be very happy to work with Clarinox again.”

Target Platform Specification

  • Custom CPU
  • uC/OS-III RTOS
  • Bluetooth / Wi-Fi chipset / module: Murata TI WiLink8 based module
  • Tool chain: ADS 1.2

Clarinox Products

  • ClarinoxBlue Bluetooth Low Energy GAP, ATT, GATT
  • ClarinoxWiFi AP, STA, WPS
  • Clarinox provided application and BSP and Clarinox sample applications
  • ClarinoxSoftFrame
Device development cycle

Logitech

This 2 billion USD household name is a global provider of personal computer and tablets accessories with EMEA headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and American headquarters in Newark, California. The company develops and markets products like peripheral devices for PCs, including keyboards, mice, trackballs, microphones, game controllers and webcams. Logitech also makes home and computer speakers, headphones, wireless audio devices, as well as audio devices for MP3 players and mobile phones. More recently, the company has begun making keyboards and covers for tablets.

Clarinox

Clarinox Technologies Pty Ltd provides robust and proven Bluetooth Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi protocol stacks. The Clarinox solution handles complex usage scenarios. This includes simultaneous profiles and roles across a wide range of target platforms as well as simultaneous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability. This is enhanced by advanced debug tools to speed up embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi developments. With 15 years of experience in short range wireless, the Clarinox team is the ideal partner to simplify embedded wireless.

 

Next Generation In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI)

At Daimler AG we always monitor innovative Technologies. --Markus Hammori (HMI Architecture and Instrument Cluster, Daimler AG)

Daimler AG has been at the leading edge since the inception of the automotive technology and remains the market leader in research and innovation.

Before technology is selected for inclusion in future models, Daimler carries out significant investigation to determine how to enhance the user experience. For In-Vehicle Infotainment, this means selecting technologies that will make the user interface in the car even more intuitive, and provide maximum functionality, without distraction to the driver.

When Daimler sought technology partners for an innovative predevelopment project they assembled a team of niche engineering experts from around the world.

Together, Green Hills Software and Clarinox provided a robust real time operating system (RTOS) and wireless connectivity platform, combined with extensive experience in wireless product development. This placed the team in a unique position to ensure the construction of a robust multimedia streaming architecture.

Clarinox Product
ClarinoxWiFi

Green Hills Product
INTEGRITY RTOS and Middleware (TCP/IP)

Clarinox/Green Hills Role
Provide RTOS and Wi-Fi® Direct functionality covering wireless SD card hardware and wireless connectivity software. To perform this task Clarinox used the Jannal IDE to generate and debug the system which enabled the design, manufacture and assembly of the wireless SD card hardware as well as customised protocol stack software within five weeks of project start. Green Hills Software had to provide full board support package (BSP) for the iMx6 and TI WiLink6 target platform. Given that an extensive set of drivers were already available, the only required customization was an enhancement to the SD Card driver to support the Clarinox hardware. A long-term partnership between the two companies ensured efficient integration of the TCP/IP networking and WiFi stacks.

Daimler, as a prestige automobile manufacturer, is at the leading edge of technology embracing innovative product functionality.The expectation for leading edge technology is extended to all component vendors, so when Daimler AG sought a supplier for the RTOS and connectivity functionality the vendor had to be innovative. Green Hills Software and Clarinox were selected based on the pedigree and quality capabilities of the platform, combined with clear application program interfaces (APIs) and enhanced debug tools. The Freescale iMx6 Quad-core platform and Texas Instruments WiLink6 wireless chipset completed the major components of the target IVI platform.

Customer comment
The prototype enabled us to test out new technologies in a manner that otherwise would not have been possible. The combined offering of Clarinox connectivity on the Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS provided a robust, safe and flexible foundation upon which many innovative telematics features could be tested.

Final comment
Daimler AG, known for unsurpassed quality, chose the combination of Green Hills and Clarinox software for their pre-development project needs.

 

A Revolution in Collaboration Solutions

IoT coming to an office (or school) near you


“Our relationship with Clarinox is in the best interest of the product/platform and also offers a cost-competitive solution compared to stack-on-chip drop-in solutions.”
- Evan Ross, SMART kapp™ firmware design lead

The SMART kapp™ digital capture board from SMART Technologies instantly transfers written content onto any connected device “as if by magic”. Content can be shared from the SMART kapp via your device easily and intuitively to anywhere in the world.

SMART Technologies is well known as a leading collaboration company and global provider of visual collaboration solutions. 

The technology chosen for the SMART kapp was comprised of Texas Instruments TMS320C6748, SYS/BIOS and WiLink8 WL1835MOD onto which target Clarinox integrated the ClarinoxBlue Bluetooth Smart Ready protocol stack. Together these technologies provided the ideal base for SMART Technologies to add the “as if by magic” functionality of the SMART kapp product.  

The Clarinox experience in wireless product development, combined with the Clarinox portfolio of robust wireless protocols and software tools, placed us in a unique position to ensure the success of this innovative product.

SMART Technologies is a global provider of visual collaboration solutions and the creator of the SMART Board® interactive whiteboard (Figure 1). SMART Technologies products are at the leading edge of technology to ensure truly innovative product functionality.

The expectation for leading edge technology is extended to all component vendors so when SMART Technologies sought a supplier for the Bluetooth functionality the vendor had to be innovative. ClarinoxBlue were chosen as the winning provider due to the innovative approach, simple APIs and enhanced debug capabilities built in. The TI TMS320C6748; SYS/BIOS ; and TI WiLink8 WL1835MOD completed the major components of the target platform.

Customer Outcome

The Clarinox team worked well with SMART Technologies and provided good support through crucial phases of the project. The product was launched at InfoComm in Las Vegas June 18-20 2014 and the reception exceeded expectations. 

Customer comment

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do,” says Warren Barkley, Chief Technology Officer, SMART Technologies. “SMART kapp is the biggest innovation to the dry erase board since it was created more than 35 years ago. It’s a whole new product category and we were overwhelmed by the positive reaction it received at InfoComm.”

Final comment

SMART Technologies, known for unsurpassed quality, innovative products, chose ClarinoxBlue Smart Ready for their short range wireless technology needs.

SMART Technologies is well known as a leading collaboration company and global provider of visual collaboration solutions. 

The technology chosen for the SMART kapp was comprised of Texas Instruments TMS320C6748, SYS/BIOS and WiLink8 WL1835MOD onto which target Clarinox integrated the ClarinoxBlue Bluetooth Smart Ready protocol stack. Together these technologies provided the ideal base for SMART Technologies to add the “as if by magic” functionality of the SMART kapp product.  

The Clarinox experience in wireless product development, combined with the Clarinox portfolio of robust wireless protocols and software tools, placed us in a unique position to ensure the success of this innovative product.

Smart Kapp whiteboard

SMART Technologies is a global provider of visual collaboration solutions and the creator of the SMART Board® interactive whiteboard. SMART Technologies products are at the leading edge of technology to ensure truly innovative product functionality.

The expectation for leading edge technology is extended to all component vendors so when SMART Technologies sought a supplier for the Bluetooth functionality the vendor had to be innovative. ClarinoxBlue were chosen as the winning provider due to the innovative approach, simple APIs and enhanced debug capabilities built in. The TI TMS320C6748; SYS/BIOS ; and TI WiLink8 WL1835MOD completed the major components of the target platform.

Customer Outcome

The Clarinox team worked well with SMART Technologies and provided good support through crucial phases of the project. The product was launched at InfoComm in Las Vegas June 18-20 2014 and the reception exceeded expectations. 

Customer comment

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do,” says Warren Barkley, Chief Technology Officer, SMART Technologies. “SMART kapp is the biggest innovation to the dry erase board since it was created more than 35 years ago. It’s a whole new product category and we were overwhelmed by the positive reaction it received at InfoComm.”

Final comment

SMART Technologies, known for unsurpassed quality, innovative products, chose ClarinoxBlue Smart Ready for their short range wireless technology needs.

 

 

 

Short Range Connectivity for Satellite Navigation

The Internet of Things era is driving demand for numerous connectivity options into a whole range of products across multiple industries. The global positioning market is experiencing this demand and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) product vendors are now incorporating a number of short range wired and wireless standards into their products.

NovAtel is well known as a high quality vendor of high precision OEM GNSS positioning technology.

The Clarinox Bluetooth and Wi-Fi stacks, ClarinoxBlue and ClarinoxWiFi, enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality inside the new Novatel ProPak6 GNSS receiver.

NovAtel® designs, manufactures and sells high precision OEM GNSS positioning technology. NovAtel products are built to the highest standard to ensure robust, reliable products that can be integrated rapidly into customer applications.

NovAtel sets this high quality expectation for all component vendors. So when NovAtel sought a supplier for the Bluetooth and WiFi functionality of its ProPak6 receiver, robustness and reliability were key priorities. ClarinoxBlue and ClarinoxWiFi running on INTEGRITY passed this test and were chosen as the winning combination. The OMAP 3 general processor and LSR TiW-R2 module (based upon TI WiLink chipset) completed the major components of the target platform.

Clarinox Role

Clarinox stacks, ClarinoxBlue and ClarinoxWifi, and Clarinox debugging and protocol analyzer were used to provide Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to the ProPak6 product. This project demonstrated the simultaneous running of the ClarinoxBlue and ClarinoxWiFi on a Texas Instruments OMAP DM3730 board running GHS INTEGRITY operating system and Texas Instruments WiLink6 based wireless modules.

Outcome for Client

The Clarinox team worked with NovAtel to provide valuable support throughout crucial phases of the project. The product was released on time and has been exceptionally well received in the marketplace.

Future Plans

Now that short range connectivity has been included in the product, the possible future additions of features and applications are almost unlimited. As new versions of the technology used come to market, upgrades to the system will be quickly considered and the addition of further wireless technologies is also a possibility.

NovAtel is very grateful for the contribution Clarinox made to our ProPak6 GNSS (Figure 1) product development efforts. The integration of onboard Bluetooth stack and WiFi functionality held major design challenges and we relied on Clarinox’s technical expertise and customer support to help overcome technical integration issues in a timely manner. Our development teams worked successfully together, despite differences in location and time zones, ensuring a highly successful product launch.
- NovAtel

The NovAtel ProPak6 GNSS Receiver

 

 

Helping with Hearing Impairment

The rapid development of a demonstration wireless system provided our business with new ways of looking at things and new opportunities for growth.
- Cochlear

Clarinox developed a wireless system to provide additional information to the carers of hearing aid users. 

In this project Clarinox provided the technology and engineering services to support innovation in the health and medical industry. The Clarinox experience in wireless product development, combined with the Clarinox portfolio of wireless protocols, software tools and hardware reference designs place us in a unique position to ensure the success of wireless health device developments. 

Clarinox worked inline with the client requirements to enable the rapid assessment of an innovative concept. 

Clarinox Role 

Clarinox was engaged to develop a system that would display the information available in a child’s hearing aid in a clear, simple and convenient way to the child’s carer. It was decided that a mobile phone would be the most convenient and commonly available device for the carer to use. 

phone diagram

The hearing aid used a proprietary ultra-low power wireless protocol, so using this was a mandatory requirement, however given that off-the-shelf mobile devices do not use this proprietary protocol it was not possible to interface directly. The solution was to construct an intermediate electronic device that acted as translator from the proprietary format into a standard format; this is shown as the “Gateway Button” in Figure 1. The standard protocol chosen was Bluetooth, due to its high prevalence on mobile phone devices. 

phone adjust phone error

Figure 2a (Left): Example user interface for adjusting volume and auto-tuning.
Figure 2b (RIght): Example error message.

Clarinox provided the product development services to construct the gateway prototype, which included the necessary porting and integration services for the embedded hardware and software. The device also made use of the ClarinoxBlue protocol stack. In addition Clarinox implemented embedded and smart phone user interface software. Information to the users was presented on a standard smart phone of the day, examples updated to present off the shelf devices can be seen in Figures 2a and 2b. 

Outcome for Client 

The goal for Cochlear of this project was to test the value of quick and easy access to diagnostic information. The Clarinox modular approach to embedded development ensured that a test unit was achieved within half the time that would have been required by conventional approach. The gains were possible due to the in-built portability and reusability of the Clarinox middleware. The simple API ensured the application layer was quickly developed and the enhanced debugger ensured testing was completed on time and on budget. 

Future Plans 

The future plans include use of the prototype for demonstration and testing of new concepts. 

 

 

Audio Guidance System for Vision Impaired

Clarinox worked with volunteers from Vision Australia to demonstrate a wireless audio guidance system. The system provided instructions to assist a person to easily navigate through the Melbourne CBD without the aid of sight. The information provided included notification of building work, trip hazards on footpaths and the location of tram stops. 

This is one example of Clarinox providing the technology to support innovation in the health and medical industry. The Clarinox experience in wireless product development, combined with the Clarinox portfolio of wireless protocols, software tools and hardware reference designs place us in a unique position to ensure the success of wireless health device developments. 

By working closely with all the project stakeholders Clarinox helped to make this demonstration a success. 

Vision Impairment 

The chance of vision difficulties increases with age and so this is a problem that is becoming more apparent with the aging of the Australian population. Vision Australia is a not for profit organization that assists people to deal with the everyday practical issues that arise when dealing with visual impairment. 

Clarinox Role 

Clarinox provided electronic handheld devices to the volunteers. Bluetooth streamed audio wirelessly to the volunteer’s handheld upon their approach to location servers (X on the Figures). The audio notified the location of tram stops (Fig. 1a), pedestrian crossings (Fig. 1b) and trip hazards (Fig. 1c). 

Tram

Intersection

Figure 1a: The system solved the issue of inconsistency in tram stop location (left).

Figure 1b: Information on how to navigate intersections was provided (right).

Construction

Overall

Figure 1c: Advance warning of the location of construction zones and other trip hazards was provided along with instructions on how to move by an alternate path (right).

Figure 1d: Main system elements from the user perspective is the individual portable device and the location server that streams information to the user. These elements are supported from a web enabled system to allow remote updating of information and the relaying of these updates through the information server and then to the user (left).

Project Outcome 

The City of Melbourne is proud of the fact that Melbourne has received the world’s most livable city award many times over. The trial of the system for the vision impaired allowed the City of Melbourne to promote its proactive approach to improving access to the city for all citizens. 

Future Plans 

Participants expressed enthusiasm in the demonstration of the system and were keen to raise funding to provide such a system on a large scale, more permanent, basis. 

 

RFID Improves the Manufacturing of Automotive Vehicles

In large busy manufacturing environments misplacement and loss can have large impact upon efficiency. Electronic tracking of assets helps to reduce the possibility of such events impacting upon production schedules by ensuring that the location of critical or expensive components and finished goods are known at all times.

On Hand When Required

Within their assembly line plant Ford had some issues with expensive components not being able to be found on time, or sometimes at all. This issue was overcome by an electronic system that provided constant information about the location of these items and could be linked to building security to ensure appropriate action, such as alarms, could sound should the components move outside of their designated area.

Wireless Data Transfer

Collection of data automatically removes the time consuming and error prone method of manually keeping asset management systems continuously up to date in a fast moving assembly line environment. The implementation of the system by Clarinox improved operational efficiency and quickly repaid the return on investment. The generic framework provided by Clarinox together with the innovative electronic designs of Turkish partner, Edel Technologies, opens the opportunity to integrate a number of electronic systems such as building access rights with asset tracking giving flexibility and enhanced customisation to the individual needs of each site.

Clarinox Role

Clarinox, together with Edel Technologies handled the project from the design of active RFID tags and readers through to the customisation and integration to meet reading distance and accuracy criteria in different regions within the installation. This active system was integrated with a passive system for building access and the information combined and made available via a web based user interface.

Future Plans

This system was installed with one site to provide full feedback upon useability and system improvements. Over time the system will be upgraded and rolled out to Ford’s many other facilities.

 

Lightening the Load for Emergency Personnel

Police, ambulance, fire fighters, in fact all emergency personnel, have to work efficiently under enormous pressure. Any reduction in time required to perform, even the smallest of tasks, has the potential to save lives.

Clarinox has worked with a number of the leading radio communications companies including Cobham, Simoco & Tait Communications. These companies supply both mobile and portable products to emergency service personnel. 

The Clarinox experience in wireless product development, combined with the Clarinox portfolio of wireless protocols, software tools and hardware reference designs place us in a unique position to ensure the success of wireless communication developments. 

Clarinox worked inline with the customer to successfully incorporate additional wireless technologies into existing emergency personnel radio and communication products. 

Clarinox Role 

In the project for Tait Communications, Clarinox assisted by designing a robust short range wireless extension for the Tait DMR TM9300 products. This Bluetooth wireless extension enabled emergency personnel the freedom to access the radio communication system from a wearable device, thus saving precious time in critical situations. Improving efficiency and allowing emergency personnel to continue with their job. 

Bluetooth was used to make it possible to develop a secure wireless extension to the existing radio product. This solution was developed a platform comprised of SPARC LEON processor with eCos operating system. Bluetooth hardware used in the project was the MuRata BlueModule Type66 part number LBEH19UQJC. 

Clarinox provided ClarinoxBlue Bluetooth stack license and engineering services. The engineering services covered the Bluetooth subsystem items of porting, customisation, application level software development, integration and test. Additionally Clarinox provided Bluetooth qualification consultancy services. Bluetooth stack profiles included Headset (HSP), HandsFree (HFP) and Serial Port Profile (SPP). 

Outcome for Client 

Tait succeeded in their aim of developing upgraded handsets to offer their clients. The upgraded handset concept was so well received by the market that this device is to be deployed to the Victorian Country Fire Association (CFA), a valuable and high profile account to win. 

Future Plans 

The project provides a system to enhance efficiency of emergency personnel. Future plans involve extending functionality to a multitude of other devices and so develop a network of personal devices to assist emergency personal with the handset as the central, co-ordinating device. 

The plans include extending beyond the needs of the CFA and addressing the needs of other major segments such as police, such as shown in Figure 1. 

emergency

 

Figure 1: The Bluetooth short range extension can allow emergency personnel to communicate via radio without discontinuing his/her task.

 

 

 

Assisting to Develop Modern In Vehicle Infotainment Systems

Wireless in-vehicle applications remain an area of intense interest for many in the automotive industry. In addition, global vehicle sales are increasing and it is forecast that sales in 2012 will reach over 78 million cars sold.
- Filomena Berardi

IMS Research, The Communications & Wireless division 

Clarinox worked with Sumitomo Wiring Systems Australia on the Bluetooth subsystem of an in-vehicle infotainment system. 

This is an example of Clarinox providing the technology to support innovation in the automotive industry. The Clarinox experience in wireless product development, combined with the Clarinox portfolio of wireless protocols, software tools and hardware reference designs place us in a unique position to ensure the success of connectivity components of In-Vehicle Infotainment system developments. 

By working closely with the project stakeholders Clarinox helped to make this project a success. 

Clarinox Role 

ClarinoxBlue stack, Clarinox debugging and protocol analyzer were used extensively to provide high visibility of the communications occurring throughout the operability test phase. This provided the information required to debug the IVI code and also mitigate interoperability issues with third party devices. 

This project demonstrated the simultaneous running of the ClarinoxBlue Bluetooth automotive profiles (A2DP, AVRCP, HFP PBAP and MAP) proven on a FreeScale i.MX31 ARM Cortex based hardware running QNX operating system. 

Additionally Clarinox role included assistance with the qualification process. 

Outcome for Client 

The visibility provided by the Clarinox tools enabled the detection of non-compliant behaviour of third party Bluetooth devices The work from Clarinox contributed to the success of the interoperability testing leading to overall project acceptance from the end client. 

Future Plans 

The ability to run simultaneous profiles, the Clarinox support for additional wireless protocols (e.g. WiFi &/or BLE) within the same framework opens up numerous new connectivity opportunities. An example of the multiple simultaneous use case is shown in Figure 1. Sensor feeds via BLE e.g. keyless entry, driver health signs, auto detection of passengers for seat belts, tyre pressure measurement, wireless reverse camera are some of the potential future extensions. 

Head unit

Figure 1: ClarinoxBlue running on a head-unit with GAP, SDAP, HFP, PBAP, MAP, A2DP, AVCRP, VDP and DUN 

 

Helping Keep Track of Explosives

In recent years governments everywhere have taken security issues as a major priority. This has had repercussions through industry to be aware of the location of products and reactants that could be used or could form dangerous materials. Clarinox assisted major mining explosives, Orica, with a trial system for investigation of occupational health and safety implications of tracking their product.

Electronic tracking of explosives

Tracking explosives using electronic means poses technical challenges as the electromagnetic field around the product must be kept below particular limits. This must be balanced against the functionality of the system desired be those using.

Wireless data transfer

The trial system was based around 13.56MHz RFID technology for the identification of individual product. Bluetooth was then used to transfer the information gathered back to a centralised server station. A locking mechanism was used to ensure the higher power radio frequency technology could not be used simultaneously with the 13.56MHz technology.

Clarinox role

Clarinox successfully developed and provided a system that could read the individual product identity and relay this information back to the server. This facilitated the fast and automatic identification of product along with details of the last point of handling and identity of handler to quickly allow investigation should product go missing.

Future plans

The project provided a trial system to demonstrate and perform thorough occupational health and safety testing. The system placed Orica in a position to be ready to implement quickly when required.