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Auto cyber security gets special focus in Amtel 2017

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Emerging trends in Internet of Things and automotive cyber security attracted the participants in the Amtel 2017, India’s premium event on the future of automotive mobility.

The two day conference held on June 15-16 in Bangalore discussed the details in depth in Automotive Mobility, Telematics and Connected Vehicles field.

While the day one programme saw presentations from the top companies like Mercedes-Benz R&D India, Mahindra Electric Mobility, Magneti Marelli, Cubastion Consulting, the day two attracted the attendees with the knowledge-rich session from General Motors Technical Centre India, Magnos Technologies LLP, Vector Informatik.

Click here to read the day one activities of Amtel 2017.

In his presentation on the second day of the conference, Brahmanand Reddy Patil, Managing Director, Vector Informatik, said, “Vector provides OEMs and suppliers of automotive and related industries with a professional and open development platform of tools, software components and services for creating embedded systems.”

Vector products and services give engineers a key advantage in making a challenging and highly complex subject area as simple and understandable as possible.

Brahmanand Reddy Patil, Managing Director, Vector Informatik
Brahmanand Reddy Patil, Managing Director, Vector Informatik

The Germany-based technology major has been concentrating more in India as it does in other Asian countries like China, Japan and South Korea.

Patil said that updating and maintaining the correct software version and configuration for a car is the challenge.

Throwing more light on Electronic Control Unites (ECUs), he said a programmable ECU consists of a bootloader according to the OEM standard. Bootloader is optimized software for a fast and secure download. It supports software partitioning for partial download. Reprogramming time is optimized using data compression, pipelined operations and delta download. It provides security features such as data decryption, software verification and authentication checks.

He said the ECU has two alternative memory storages. The current software version V1.0 is ready for execution in primary section. Software download is performed into the secondary memory section. VAP informs to activate the software version after successful programming. In case of a failure, all ECUs will keep on executing the current version.

Anil Gupta, Technology Advisor, Magnos Technologies LLP
Anil Gupta, Technology Advisor, Magnos Technologies LLP

Another speaker Anil Gupta, Technology Advisor, Magnos Technologies LLP, said his company focuses on advanced technologies and digital world.

Established in 2016, Magnos helps the industry entrants and IT professionals to remain relevant and excel in the constantly changing landscape of IT world, Gupta said.

Connected vehicle significantly enhances the value of all involved parties. As far as OEM is concerned, it enhances the brand of the participating vehicles and increases the initial vehicle purchase price.

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He said the connected vehicle is on steep growth curve and it is recording 20 percent growth year-on-year. Around 115 million vehicles are expected to be connected by 2018 and it would increase to 350 million vehicles by 2022 while 100 percent of the vehicles are expected to be connected by 2025.

The industry is forecasting to generate $ 20 billion revenue through connected vehicle business by 2018, he added.

Brian McMurray, Vice President,-Engineering & Operations, General Motors Technical Centre India
Brian McMurray, Vice President,-Engineering & Operations, General Motors Technical Centre India

Earlier Brian McMurray, Vice President,-Engineering & Operations, General Motors Technical Centre India, talked about Mobility 4.0.

Yet another speaker Sameera C Damle, Head of Technical Sales & Engineering Solutions, Regional Markets India, ETAS has narrated about his company’s participation in cyber security in relation to autonomous vehicles.

Escrypt, a subsidiary of ETAS, is providing embedded security solutions to ensure that only authorized devices get access and ensure that the car/machine internal device communication is secure.

Sameera C Damle, Head of Technical Sales & Engineering Solutions, Regional Markets India, ETAS
Sameera C Damle, Head of Technical Sales & Engineering Solutions, Regional Markets India, ETAS

“We basically provide products, consultant as well as services to make whole ECU architecture inside the vehicle,” Damle said.

Today’s vehicle has several ECUs and the chance of somebody hacking the car is high. Escrypt’s expertise combines both embedded security and industry specific knowledge.

The company’s customers benefit from comprehensive security solutions that are tailored to the specific requirements of the particular industry.

Established in 2004, Escrypt has around 120 security experts world-wide and it strongly involved in research and development projects and works in close with collaboration with several research institutes.

The day two of the conference also witnessed the panel discussion titled, “Winning the hearts and minds of Connected Consumer.”

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In the panel discussion moderated by Jeffry Jacob, Principal, Roland Berger, the panelists Sagar Apte, Founder and CEO, CarIQ, Sameera C Damle, Head of Technical Sales & Engineering Solutions, Regional Markets India, ETAS , Pranshu Gupta, Founder & CEO, Trak N Tell, Soumen De, EGM, Operational Excellence, GM Technical Center and Dhruv Chopra, Chief Marketing Officer, CarWale have participated.

The panelists discussed on crowd pleasing services like how the users’ mobility needs are transforming and what kind of services and approaches should be considered by automakers and mobility service providers.

The discussion also covered about the services that needed to be offered into order to increase the value of the car and mobility moving forward. Innermost desires of car owners or what is the customer willing to pay for is also analyzed considering the present market situation.

Photography by : Devvyaani J

Click here to check the detailed report on day one activities of Amtel 2017.

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