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OmniAir Consortium®, the leading industry association promoting certification and interoperability for ITS, tolling, and Connected Vehicles, has announced four major initiatives for 2019.  In addition to OmniAir’s ongoing work to advance its existing DSRC-V2X and RFID tolling certification programs, the Consortium will launch several large initiatives in the coming year:

  • International Expansion – OmniAir®is taking steps to expand its certification programs to international markets. OmniAir has executed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with ITS Korea and China ITS Industry Alliance to expand OmniAir Certification into these markets. OmniAir will also host its first Plugfests outside of the United States, beginning in May with a Plugfest in the Montreal region, in cooperation with Transport Canada and Propulsion Quebec. Planning is also underway for future OmniAir V2X testing events in Europe and in Asia.
  • V2X Security – OmniAir has kicked off its contract with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Next Generation V2X Certification. The focus of the contract will be to develop new V2X security test cases, to review new proposed test cases for Roadside Units (RSUs), and to liaise with Standards Development Organizations (SDOs). Much of this activity will build on the existing work of OmniAir’s Cybersecurity Working Group, which developed new test cases for OmniAir’s most recent Plugfest.
  • Multi-Protocol Tolling Certification – OmniAir’s tolling certification program, first launched in 2012, is limited to certification of single-protocol RFID tolling devices. In order to meet the certification needs for the growing market of multi-protocol tags and readers, OmniAir is launching an initiative to develop a multi-protocol certification program for tolling devices using 6C, TDM, and SeGo protocols. This will build on OmniAir’s work on National Toll Interoperability (NIOP) testing-and will kick off with a workshop in February.
  • C-V2X Certification – OmniAir Consortium will initiate development of a certification program for cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) devices.  Work will focus on interoperability and certification of the application layers for C-V2X direct communication (3GPP Rel. 14 PC5 Mode 4) and will build on OmniAir’s years of work in developing its Connected Vehicle Conformity Assessment program for DSRC. OmniAir members, including Qualcomm, Spirent, Commsignia, and 7Layers conducted a successful demonstration of C-V2X testing at the OmniAir Texas Plugfest.  OmniAir will develop this certification program in cooperation with relevant stakeholder organizations.

“OmniAir has had a very successful 2018—adding 20 new members, four new OmniAir Authorized Test Laboratories, and our first OmniAir Certified DSRC On-Board Units (OBUs) and Roadside Units (RSUs)” said Jason Conley, Executive Director of OmniAir.  “These exciting initiatives will accelerate OmniAir’s momentum—offering our members additional services and expanding OmniAir Certification to new markets around the world.”

The announcement came earlier this week at OmniAir’s Annual Meeting, hosted at the offices of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority.   The two-day event, featured Membership and Board of Directors meetings, and included live demonstrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot.

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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