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2020-10-30

SP Industrial’s Robust Products Are Ready to Ride into the Future of Smart Transportation

The Rise of Smart Transportation and Where It’s Going

With the launch of 5G, associated areas within smart transportation such as connected vehicles, self-driving cars, and the automotive industry in general have become hot topics. According to research estimates from Gartner, from 2015 to 2020, in the main application categories of the Internet of Things, the increase in smart transportation applications was the most significant, with a compound annual growth rate of 67.2%. This sizable figure shows that the development of smart transportation is an important target for the evolution of smart cities.

Over time, smart transportation has considerably increased its use of communications technology, meaning it has become heavily reliant on industrial-grade data storage and memory devices. Smart transportation systems are exposed to the outdoors and must be able to handle a variety of environmental climates. They are also demanding more and more data collection, as well as the ability to monitor and analyze this data. Finally, the need for strong data protection mechanisms has also increased. Large-capacity storage space and fast transfer speeds are essential, but the real key is to make systems more stable and more reliable while also being able to operate for a long time.

Because they are of such vital importance in life, the automotive industry holds their products to even greater stringent requirements of quality and reliability. SP Industrial is utilizing the experience and strength it has accumulated in the industrial sector to provide diverse digital storage solutions that demonstrate its competitive advantages in the automotive supply chain. Furthermore, our products are designed and manufactured to the utmost quality standards; including production in IATF 16949 certified factories. When used with other high-quality components in transportation systems, they can pass rigorous quality regulations such as the EN 50155, an international safety standard for electronic equipment used on railway applications.

 

Robust Products that Keep Up with the Speed of Transportation

Multi-Protections for Durability and Reliability

Transportation systems have to endure all of the challenges that come with outdoor operation, from temperature variations to vibration and moisture issues. SP Industrial offers products that operate smoothly when temperatures drop as low as -40°C or as high as 85°C. Conformal coatings can also be applied to protect devices from moisture and dust interference. SP Industrial’s products also utilize anti-sulfurization protection technologies, which greatly improve product durability in highly sulfurous environments. These features go hand-in-hand with helping transportation systems become smarter yet fully functional in their naturally harsh environments.

High-Endurance SSDs for Continuous Data Recording

As transportation systems continue to develop and become more complex, security and safety are important factors to consider. In addition, automated systems are becoming more widely used; for example, electronic entry and exit gates at subway and train stations. SP Industrial’s 2.5” SATA III SSD 300 and 350 series, both with advanced PFP technology, were designed for excelling with these tasks. The 300 series with 2D MLC NAND flash technology is especially suitable for frequent ingoing and outgoing passenger data collection at station gates. The 350 series with 3D TLC technology is equipped for high-endurance continuous data recording, ideal for surveillance in train cars or in train stations.

SMART microSDs for Digital Video Recording

SP Industrial’s microSD SDT330/SDT530 series are specially engineered for digital video recording (DVR) in dash cameras. They are equipped with SMART functions for access to many real-time data variables, including erase counts, bad block counts, and lifespan percentage. With this knowledge, users can always be sure to have a functioning microSD card in their devices to capture footage when it’s most needed. This is critically useful for automobile rental companies in the case of accidents and dealing with insurance coverage. Adding to the reliability of our microSD cards, they are manufactured in an IATF 16949 certified factory, which is a key requirement for Tier 1 OEMs in the automotive industry supply chain. The SDT330 with MLC NAND flash technology comes with capacities up to 128GB, while the SDT530 with pSLC NAND flash technology comes with capacities up to 64GB.

Superior Build CF Cards for High-Speed Transportation

SP Industrial’s CFI320 industrial-grade CF card with MLC NAND flash technology comes with up to 256GB of storage capacity. Specially designed to withstand wide temperatures as well as large amounts of vibrations and shocks, the CFI320 is a reliable storage device for high-speed transportation systems such as subways and railways. As these systems continue to reach new high-speed records, the CFI320 is ideal for DVR devices used in these cars to capture continuous high-resolution videos without disturbance.

SMART Software for 24/7 Functionality

In addition to products, SP Industrial also offers software analysis tools that can provide meaningful insights into products used for transportation applications. This complete line of SMART software analysis tools includes SP SMART Toolbox, SMART Embedded, SMART Dashboard, and SMART IoT Sphere. These tools monitor the health status of our products at all times, collecting relevant data and information to effectively prevent failures in advance and ensure that they are always working properly to record pertinent data 24/7 and not miss a single second.

Having access to these types of tools is especially important for transportation applications, as accidents are totally unpredictable. These tools provide predictable analysis to ensure that our products are functioning or give an alert when it’s time to replace them so that devices are always prepared to capture any unfortunate occurrences. As transportation systems evolve to become smarter through the 5G and AIoT eras, it is increasingly important for them to be able to collect data.

 

Closing Thoughts

Nearly 135 years after the world’s first vehicle was invented and road-tested, self-driving cars are now becoming a reality. The future of transportation has really only just begun, but the deployment of 5G technology has helped lead it to increased control and visibility over transportation systems. The higher capacities, lower latencies, and greater network reliability are enhancing how people and goods travel. It is expected that the development of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication will grow during the 5G era, and this connectivity will require the use of reliable industrial-grade data storage and memory devices for smooth operation.

SP Industrial aims to fully replicate its competitive core storage technologies in its embedded products to meet the requirements of smart transportation applications even under harsh environmental conditions. We are committed to provide the most reliable storage for transportation systems as they continue to develop in the future.