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OmniAir Consortium® the leading industry association promoting interoperability and certification for ITS, tolling, and Connected Vehicles, has concluded testing for our first OmniAir Global Plugfest.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, OmniAir® facilitated remote participation by device makers and test tool providers together with on-site testing at participating test laboratories in Europe, Asia, and North America.  This “hybrid” testing model was the first-of-its-kind for the Connected Vehicle industry—allowing participating vendors an opportunity to actively participate in testing while observing social distancing and travel restrictions. All indications are that this approach was highly successful despite logistical hurdles, such as significant differences in time zones.

OmniAir completed bench conformance, interoperability, security, and field testing for over 20 cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) and DSRC radio devices.  This Plugfest featured testing against OmniAir’s new conformance test specifications for C-V2X (PC5), as well as field testing in a live traffic environment, utilizing Austin’s connected vehicle testbed.

“I am very pleased that we were able to provide OmniAir Global Plugfest participants a meaningful testing experience despite the ongoing COVID pandemic,” said Jason Conley, Executive Director for OmniAir Consortium.  “OmniAir is committed to advancing the development and deployment of life-saving connected vehicle technologies through testing and certification.”

Host test facilities included Bureau Veritas in Detroit, Michigan, and Seoul, Korea, along with DEKRA in Málaga, Spain, the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) in Seoul, Korea, SGS in San Diego, and the City of Austin in Austin, Texas.

Participating test equipment providers included, Anritsu, Keysight, Nordsys, Rohde & Schwartz, S.E.A. GmBH, Southwest Research Institute, Spirent, and Vector.  In addition, Plugfest security certificates were provided by Autocrypt, Blackberry, ESCRYPT, Integrity Security Services, and Microsec.

A significant focus of this Plugfest was to test, evaluate, and harden OmniAir’s newly developed test cases for Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology. OmniAir is planning for an initial release of its conformance test specifications in December, with an eye to begin offering certification for C-V2X (PC5) devices shortly thereafter. OmniAir is now accepting applications for test equipment qualification and for laboratory authorization for testing of C-V2X radios.

If you would like to learn more about OmniAir, our testing events, or our certification programs, please contact Ryan Hall, Senior Director of Business Development.

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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