The week-long testing event brought together leading V2X device manufacturers, test labs, and test equipment providers from Europe, Asia, and North America.

The event was hosted by DEKRA at their state-of-the-art Connected Vehicle Test Centre in Málaga. We had strong participation, with 28 devices, including 7 Cellular V2X radios, participating.  Participating companies were able to test their devices against conformance, interoperability, security, and location accuracy.  Both lab and field testing were offered.

“This event was undoubtedly OmniAir’s most comprehensive Connected Vehicle testing event to date,” said Jason Conley, OmniAir’s Executive Director.  “OmniAir Plugfests provide an opportunity to V2X vendors to learn from each other and to test in an open and cooperative environment, improving industry performance across the board.”

“The OmniAir plugfest was a highlight for DEKRA since we were looking at so many satisfied faces during the event,” added Thomas Jäger, Head of Technology Management and Senior Vice President Service Division Product Testing. “Collaboration between vendors in early phases of new technology developments is always the best method to achieve sustainable progress. Many thanks to the Omniair team trusting in DEKRA.”

The week kicked off with a successful policy conference where attendees heard and learned from global leaders in their respective fields.  Keynote speakers included Ana Blanco, Deputy Director of Spain’s Directorate General for Traffic, and Maxime Flament, Chief Technology Officer for 5G Automotive Association. Panels on cybersecurity, V2X testing, and deployment around the world, and C-V2X rounded out the day.  This was followed by a sunset networking reception, featuring the best of Andalusian hospitality.

DSRC-V2X device testing included 10 On Board Units (OBUs) and 11 Roadside Units (RSUs), along with 7 early-stage C-V2X devices, reflecting the growing demand for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) capabilities from infrastructure owner-operators around the world.

The European Plugfest also saw a strong gathering of testing providers, with 19 test stations offering nearly 250 individual test sessions for both field and bench scenarios, both records for a Plugfest. For the first time, participating labs and tool providers offered tests based on both U.S. and European standards.

Tests included multi-root and SCMS certificate provisioning, performance, and profile assessment, application, BSM comparison, BSM plus GNSS position accuracy, 3GppR14/PC5, 802.11p, 1609, J2945/1, ITS 5G, RSU MIB, SPaT and MAP.

Live security certificate interoperability field testing was offered for the first time during the European Plugfest. This test was made possible by the cooperation of our Security Credentials Management System (SCMS) providers and was performed on DEKRA’s test track. Our certificate providers worked hard to create a consolidated Local Certificate Chain File (LCCF) in the months leading up to Plugfest. This consolidated file was then used to bootstrap the OBU and RSU devices. Once bootstrapped, the devices were capable of receiving and transmitting messages from each other, regardless of the security certificates present on the device.

If you or your company participated in OmniAir European Plugfest events, please spend a couple of minutes completing this brief survey. Your answers will help us to improve, and to plan for future OmniAir events. Visit and like our Facebook Page to view photographs of the European Plugfest event. Add your pictures and download your favorites.

On Tuesday, October 22, we will provide OmniAir Members with a review of test results during the next Technical Working Group meeting.  As always, these results will be anonymized and aggregated. For more information, please contact Kate Oldham, OmniAir’s Director of Member Services.

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

DEKRA Group has a workforce of more than 44,000 employees and is present in 50 countries across all continents, core competencies also include testing and certification, test tool development capabilities, development of test plans, test cases, test beds, and certification programs. The range of technologies covered by DEKRA today is wide, including for example GSM, GPRS, HSPA, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DSRC, NFC, RFID, IPv6, medical devices, wireless charging devices, Continua, eCall, etc. These competences have been recently expanded to cover connected car technologies and cybersecurity.

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