OmniAir Hiring Director of Technology Programs

POSITION SUMMARY

This position is responsible for directing OmniAir Consortium, Inc.’s technology programs. This person will manage OmniAir’s device testing and certification programs for V2X connected vehicle and tolling technologies. Additionally, he or she will perform program management for OmniAir’s USDOT-funded contracts.

As a small trade association, with an expanding connected vehicle device certification program, the successful candidate must be able to embrace change and be willing to ask questions and look for ways to refine, simplify, and make processes smarter and leaner. We are not a start-up but are looking for a person that can thrive in a small work group, whether working in the D.C. office or working remotely anywhere in the country.

The successful candidate will serve as liaison to OmniAir’s certification and technical working groups, test laboratories, and vendors seeking device certification.

The person in this role will report directly to OmniAir’s Executive Director and will interface at senior levels internally and externally (with OmniAir Members, customers, and government officials).

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

• Managing all aspects of OmniAir’s government-funded projects for Connected Vehicle and RFID device testing.
• Administer OmniAir’s device testing and certification program for RFID toll tags and readers.
• Help develop and administer OmniAir’s Connected Vehicle Certification program.
• Writing proposals for government funded projects and industry cooperative research; reviewing proposals for technical merit and completeness.
• Identifying, proposing, and implementing new revenue generating projects in advanced technology areas such as vehicle connectivity, vehicle automation, cybersecurity, etc.
• Staff OmniAir’s Technical and Certification Working Groups.
• Contributing to the achievement of OmniAir’s organizational goals.
• Additional projects as assigned.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field.
• Five years of demonstrated engineering experience and knowledge of automotive or wireless communications technology.
• Proven hands-on experience in vehicle connectivity (or related) technology.
• Experience with program management for federally-funded contracts.
• Work experience with device certification, laboratory testing, and standards organizations preferred.
• Work experience with trade associations or other membership organizations welcome.

SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

• Excellent oral and written communications skills.
• Ability to review and evaluate laboratory reports.
• Budget planning and forecasting experience.
• Strong presentation and meeting facilitation skills.
• Excellent computer skills including Web, MS Office Suite, MS Project.
• Excellent organizational and planning skills.
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
• Overnight travel is required, estimated at 25%.

Job Location

Washington, DC

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

Reports to

Executive Director

About OmniAir Consortium, Inc.

OmniAir Consortium is the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification in ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles. OmniAir’s membership includes public agencies, private sector companies, research institutions, and independent test labs. Learn more about OmniAir at www.omniair.org.

To apply for this position

Please submit resume to hr@omniair.org. No phone calls will be accepted.

Equal Opportunity Employer

OmniAir Consortium, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.

OmniAir, SWRI and OmniAir Members Danlaw and 7Layers Participating in USDOT CV Plugfest May 8-12

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will hold its next Connected Vehicle PlugFest in San Antonio, TX, from May 8 through 12, 2017.  These events provide a venue for vendor-to-vendor connected vehicle device testing as needed to develop certification services for multi-vendor connected vehicle networks.

Three certification service providers (Danlaw, OmniAir, and 7Layers) will be on site to demonstrate certification testing products developed through the USDOT Certification Testing Program. Testing will focus on verifying conformance to current baseline standards for vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (i.e., IEEE 802.11, IEEE 1609.2, IEEE 1609.3, IEEE 1609.4, RSU 4.1). Provisions will be available to support continued testing of vehicle-to-vehicle communications as time permits.

An introduction and orientation session will be held on Monday afternoon, with testing available Tuesday through Friday.

  • May 8, 2017 (afternoon): Orientation and introduction session to facilities, schedule, and logistics for the week.
  • May 9-12, 2017: Breakout sessions will focus on certification testing activities for organizations that are developing products, software, and systems for the Connected Vehicle Pilot sites. The event will also provide opportunities for interoperability testing. An outdoor test track will be available for testing both roadside units and onboard units.

Private indoor areas can be reserved to conduct bench testing and vehicle testing if needed. However, the USDOT will not be providing vehicles.

To register for this PlugFest, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/lsekgy2GDpLd4yPn1.

To learn more about the ITS JPO, visit: www.its.dot.gov.

V2X Companies Join OmniAir at a Record Pace! Chemtronics newest OmniAir Member

OmniAir welcomes its newest associate member, Chemtronics. We look forward to building a lasting partnership with the Chemtronics team and incorporating their insights and contributions to OmniAir’s growing connected vehicle device certification program.

Chemtronics is an industry leader developing some of the latest automotive technology which is helping to drive the connected vehicle industry towards more intelligent, safer vehicles. With their steady efforts in research and development, Chemtronics has expanded its business scope into automotive electronics and is now ready to impress the world with its in-house developed and standard-compliant automotive solutions: V2X transceiver modules, V2X on board units (OBU), smart antenna systems, and vision-based HD surround view monitoring (SVM) systems. Chemtronics’ automotive solutions are designed to provide protection to drivers, passengers, and other road users.

“Vehicle-to-everything communications is an exciting, cutting-edge field where our members are creating devices that can share information quickly and securely across multiple device platforms with a focused goal of saving lives,” said Jason Conley, OmniAir’s executive director.

Chemtronics has a strong and stable manufacturing and engineering platform and produces quality wireless systems that have been incorporated in automotive electronics. Chemtronics boasts a growing list of product lines in the industry. For more information, please visit www.chemtronics.co.kr

OmniAir Consortium is the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification in ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles. OmniAir’s membership includes public agencies, private sector companies, research institutions, and independent test labs. Learn more about OmniAir at www.omniair.org.

Savari’s Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Technology to Deploy in Tampa

Savari was awarded a major connected vehicles contract with The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA). Savari is a member of OmniAir, a device certification consortium whose members develop standards to ensure devices are interoperable, to freely communicate by both sending and receiving critical safety messages.

“OmniAir congratulates Savari for being selected to supply devices and provide expertise for the connected vehicle project in Tampa,” said OmniAir’s executive director Jason Conley. “We are always pleased to see OmniAir members successfully advance the deployment of V2X.”

Savari, an innovator in Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communications, is the major V2X technology provider for the Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle roll-out in Tampa, Florida. The roll-out will equip 1,250 cars, 10 buses, and 10 trolleys with V2X technology. In addition, the roll-out is equipping 40 intersections and 500 pedestrians. The pedestrians will be connected via a mobile app on their smart device. Each device will be sending and receiving critical safety information in an effort to improve roadway safety.

Most of us are familiar with vehicles that provide safety information to a driver about their vehicle, such as blind spot monitoring, autonomous braking, and lane departure warning. Now, imagine the safety benefits of sharing that information with other vehicles and your vehicle receiving data from other drivers, intersections and pedestrians. Your vehicle will know if there is a disabled vehicle around the corner, a person in the crosswalk even thought they might not be visible to you as the driver.

“In numerous trials conducted by the Department of Transportation, V2V technology was predicted to prevent 80 percent of traffic incidents, said Savari’s CEO, Ravi Puvvala. “The reduction of traffic incidents will save lives, lessen commute times and improve air quality due to a drop in emissions as fewer vehicles sit idle, stuck in traffic.”

The information gathered from V2X technology in the Tampa Connected Vehicle Roll-out will be used to optimize traffic light timing, relieve congestion during rush-hour commutes times and to prevent wrong-way entries onto the freeway especially on the reversible express lanes that alternate traffic flow patterns depending on the direction of heavy traffic.

OmniAir Consortium is the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification in ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles. OmniAir’s membership includes public agencies, private sector companies, research institutions, and independent test labs. Learn more about OmniAir at www.omniair.org.

Security Innovation’s SI-Embedded Division becomes OnBoard Security Inc.

Security Innovation, the producer of the award-winning Aerolink® Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) message authentication and user privacy security platform for Connected Vehicle systems, announced that it intends to spin off its SI-Embedded business and create a parallel company called OnBoard Security.

OmniAir is excited to welcome aboard OnBoard Security Inc., the sister company of our long-term member Security Innovation. “Over the years, Security Innovation’s staff, now OnBoard Security’s staff, has been and will continue to be an integral partner of OmniAir,” said Jason Conley, executive director of OmniAir. “OnBoard Security brings a deep understanding of the technical specifications and interoperability that is required to make highly secure platforms for Vehicle-to -Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) solution providers and we look forward to our continued relationship.”

OnBoard Security will consist of the SI-Embedded business unit that has in recent years emerged as a leading provider to the V2V security, trusted computing and advanced cryptography markets. The move sharpens the strategic focus and shareholder value of both companies.

Peter Samson will be named president of the new company. He is currently the senior vice president responsible for the SI-embedded business.

“We will continue to be the security expert that car makers, PC manufacturers, cryptographers and IoT companies have admired and trusted for years,” Samson said. “As an independent company, we will intensify the already laser-like focus on our niche products and global customers while accelerating the new research and development needed to continue delivering innovation and thought leadership.”

OmniAir members may find value in the Connected Vehicle security presentation by William Whyte Chief Scientist, Security Innovation at a NIST Standards Research meeting.

Global Device Testing Powerhouses Keysight and Intertek Join OmniAir

Both Intertek and Keysight deliver device and product certifications to industries worldwide and have automotive divisions focusing on connected vehicles, V2X, V2V and V2I testing for short range communication, autonomous vehicles and security platforms.

Each corporation is a major global player in product certifications. Keysight has over 10,000 worldwide employees and serves customers in more than 100 countries. Intertek currently employs 40,000 global workers in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries.

“OmniAir and our members are excited to partner with Intertek and Keysight and we look forward to our mutual collaboration on the development of new standards and protocols for devices that will provide improved safety to roadway users,” said Jason Conley, OmniAir’s executive director. “The addition of these two global device testing corporations serves to reinforce OmniAir’s OCS-Certification mark as an important tool for our members to bolster their portfolio to serve clients in the growing connected vehicles market.”

Both members are committed to helping OEMs and operators adopt new technologies to ensure device interoperability, reliability and quality to meet the goal of reducing and possibility eliminating roadway accidents.

If you feel your company or agency would benefit from becoming a member of OmniAir as Keysight and Intertek both did, please contact Jason Conley directly for a consultation. 202-503-1421; jconley@omniair.org

OmniAir Consortium is the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification in ITS, tolling, and connected vehicles. OmniAir’s membership includes public agencies, private sector companies, research institutions, and independent test labs. Learn more about OmniAir at www.omniair.org.

OmniAir member Atkins helps accelerate Nevada’s Go-NV Summit

Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering, and project management consultancies, helped Nevada organize a first-of-its-kind transportation summit in collaboration with CES®2017 on January 3 at Mandalay Bay. CES® is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every year in Las Vegas, Nev. with total attendance of more than 175,000.

Nevada’s GO-NV Summit brought together industry executives and leaders who have pioneered the implementation of advanced transportation technology and are leading the charge to accelerate progress on a global scale. Themed around the Elvis Presley lyric: “a little less conversation, a little more action please,” the event showcased recent accomplishments of those making tangible strides in advancing mobility, and helped Nevada advance its position as a national leader in the implementation of transportation technology.

“While we are focused on achieving statewide benefits, Nevada recognizes that mobility changes are taking place on a global scale,” said Tina Quigley, general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. “We’re looking to cultivate new partnerships and collaborations across the US and around the world to help rapidly advance capabilities for Nevada’s residents and 42 million annual visitors.”

Atkins has a strong presence in Nevada, employing more than 100 in the state and serving as lead designer on Project Neon, the largest public works project in Nevada’s history. Jim Hanson, director of intelligent mobility for Atkins in North America stated, “Atkins is dedicated to helping make our cities ready for connected and autonomous vehicles, and we’re excited to bring our clients and partners together to help spur collaboration and progress.”

“OmniAir and its members like Atkins strive to develop technical specifications and requirements to promote interoperability for tolling, connected vehicle, and other ITS technologies, to help the drive the nation forward to reduce crashes and move traffic more efficiently through technology, “said Jason Conley, executive director for OmniAir. “To achieve this goal OmniAir develops and manages robust certification programs and exclusively issues OCS-Certified awards to devices and systems that pass its rigorous test programs at independent test labs.”

Atkins collaborated with five Nevada agencies to organize and host the event, including the City of Las Vegas, the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems. Presenters included Carolyn Goodman, mayor of the City of Las Vegas; Mark Hutchison, Nevada lieutenant governor; Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors; Michael Talbot, head of strategy at the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (United Kingdom); Kirk Steudle, director, Michigan Department of Transportation; and Carlos Braceras, executive director, Utah Department of Transportation.

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FCC Chairman Pai and 5 GHz Spectrum Sharing

Ajit Pai is a name we’re going to hear often in the years ahead, and he will have significant influence over the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) space. Prior to being President Trump’s pick to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), he served as the senior Republican Commissioner on the FCC after being nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in 2012.  As FCC Chairman, Pai will be in a position to set the FCC’s agenda and schedule, including over the pending proceeding on proposed spectrum sharing in the 5 GHz Band allocated in 1999 for DSRC.

Pai takes a strong pro-business approach with a focus on encouraging more innovation, more investment, better products and services, lower prices, more job creation, and faster economic growth. He believes the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current marketplace and basic principles of economics, especially given the rapid growth of the communications sector in recent years.

“Going forward, it will be important for OmniAir, its members, and the broader DSRC community, to engage pro-actively with new Chairman Pai to ensure that he fully understands the tremendous safety benefits of DSRC and the need to protect safety communications from harmful interference in any spectrum sharing structure under consideration by the FCC,” said Mark Johnson, regulatory and legal counsel to OmniAir.

During his time as an FCC Commissioner, Pai has supported the FCC opening up more of the 5 GHz band for unlicensed use. When the FCC allocated this spectrum for DSRC operations at the end of the last century, he noted that they could have never predicted that this spectrum would be tailor-made for the next generation of high-speed, wireless broadband.  He has stated that making available more spectrum in the band will mean more robust and universal wireless coverage for consumers, more manageable networks for providers, more test beds for innovative application developers, and other benefits that have not yet been conceived.

Although Pai advocates sharing in the 5 GHz spectrum, he has acknowledged DSRC’s potential to enable wireless communications to promote safety for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure purposes, thus improving highway safety and saving lives. 

“OmniAir will continue to reach out to the FCC and Chairman Pai as a recognized voice for the promotion of DSRC,” said Jason Conley, Executive Director of OmniAir Consortium. “Our goal is to protect the safety protocols laid out by visionaries nearly two decades ago, to ensure we have a dedicated or protected spectrum that enables effective and reliable communication of data and improved highway safety that saves lives.”