OmniAir hosted one of our most successful Plugfests at the University of Michigan’s Mcity Test Facility in Ann Arbor. Our event would not have been as successful without the generous financial support of INTEGRITY Security Services (ISS) as our event’s primary sponsor! 

The week-long testing event brought together leading C-V2X device manufacturers, test laboratories, and test equipment providers from Europe, Asia, and North America. Over a dozen test stations evaluated 18 unique C-V2X On-Board Units (OBU), Roadside Units (RSU), and modules from device manufacturers.  

“OmniAir Plugfests allow C-V2X vendors to learn from each other and test in an open and cooperative environment, improving industry performance across the board,” said Jason Conley, OmniAir’s Executive Director. “We appreciate the over 100 engineers and transportation professionals that participated making  this the best OmniAir Plugfest yet!” 

Our members took advantage of bench conformance, 1609.2 security, multi-root, SCMS certificate provisioning, and interoperability testing. In addition, there were Physical layers, J3161/1 Radio, 1609.3, J2735 WSMs, J2945/1 BSMs, RSU 4.1, and SNMP. 

For field testing, there were six V2X safety applications: Red Light Violation Warning (RLVW), Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP), Reduced Speed Zone (RSZ), Lane Closure Warning (LCW), Curve Speed Warning (CSW), and Emergency Electronic Brake Light, (EEBL). In addition to application testing, there was GNSS location accuracy and verification. 

OmniAir members participating in the Plugfest meet with principal stakeholders from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), including Dr. Henry Liu, Director of the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation, and Mary Lynn Buonarosa, Program Manager at UMTRI.  The presentation provided details on the upcoming ATCMTD Smart Intersections Project and their technology needs and expectations to help drive  CV2X technology deploymnets.

OmniAir also hosted a “VIP Day” that attracted over 50 guests, despite the pouring rain, to come and see testing first-hand and witness live technology demos by SPOKE, Audi, Commsignia, and Rohde & Schwarz. This event drew attendees from Ford, Toyota, GM, Audi, Verizon, Bosch, Macomb County, MDOT, the City of Ann Arbor, local bicycling associations, and  media.

OmniAir Plugfests are an excellent opportunity to determine the readiness of the V2X industry and to prepare devices, test equipment, and test laboratories for our certification, qualification, and authorization programs. OmniAir certification is successful because we certify RSU and OBU devices with OmniAir Qualified test systems used by laboratories, OATLs, that OmniAir has audited and authorized to provide third-party validation testing. 

There is no substitute for OmniAir’s C-V2X certification program. Our C-V2X device certification program is comprehensive and covers radio functionality, the V2X stack, message compliance protocols, radio integration into a device, applications, location accuracy, and device security. End users can be assured that an OmniAir certified device conforms to industry standards and is interoperable.

For those interested in learning more about the readiness of the C-V2X market, OmniAir will present aggregated and anonymized test results from the OmniAir Ann Arbor Plugfest during our next monthly membership meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 23. 

For those that attended the Plugfest or VIP Day and you have feedback on how we can make improvements to our events, please send a note, or call Ryan Hall. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. 

About OmniAir Consortium

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

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