Oct 4, 2022by Leonid Zelentsov, Kyle Taylor, Andre Podnozov and Carlo Malaguzzi
Connected mobility for fleet management and monitoring
Having bespoke software solutions that are precisely tailored to meet your specific needs and business objectives bring flexibility and control to fleet management. However, building such software in-house is often unfeasible in terms of tech talent and timelines, and on top of that, not economically viable. That’s why many leading automakers turn to ready-made platforms or SaaS products to reduce implementation complexity, accelerate time-to-market and manage costs.
While this approach does yield quicker results, it may not be flexible enough to accommodate highly specialized business logic of internal processes, or it may not provide the desired degree of differentiation of external-facing user experience that automotive customers usually require. As a custom solutions provider with an established tradition of engineering excellence and over 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry, Luxoft is well-positioned to help automakers achieve the best of both worlds — creating the sophisticated solutions expected by dynamic businesses of today, while minimizing time-to-value.
As a recognized innovator in the automotive industry, we help automakers accelerate their transformation to software-defined vehicles. Our clients are consistently interested in custom connected mobility solutions, particularly where fleet management is concerned: These solutions include advanced monitoring features with the capability of easily configurable data collection, intelligent vehicle data analytics, and flexible in-vehicle software component management.
We’re able to create our award-winning solutions because of our world-leading talent pool of engineers, but it’s strategic collaborations with key technology providers that enable us to help clients achieve the seemingly contradictory objectives of owning dynamic software solutions while minimizing time-to-value. One of the most foundational technologies that underpins this work, is the cloud — indeed, top cloud platforms offer some distinctive capabilities that cannot be replicated by any other means.
AWS has been making many investments in the automotive industry delivering a number of platform components that leverage and extend their platform, including AWS Connected Mobility Solution (CMS), AWS IoT FleetWise, AWS IoT Greengrass, AWS IoT Core and others. Through our long-standing partnerships with AWS we’ve been able to create a reference architecture that extends our Connected Mobility offering by leveraging the capabilities of the AWS cloud platform to deliver a custom connected mobility system that meets the diverse needs of our clients in an agile way.
This new Connected Mobility for Fleet Management and Monitoring offering is based on an advanced reference architecture that can be tailored based on client needs. In addition, it supports a broad range of automotive use cases, while providing quick time to market and value.
This offering target system is designed to support configurable vehicles’ sensors and diagnostic data collection and analysis, while also providing in-vehicle software components management.
It’s based on several capabilities of the AWS cloud; in particular AWS CMS, AWS IoT FleetWise, AWS IoT Greengrass and AWS IoT Core services.
The following diagram describes the complete system:
Let’s describe the components (numbered on the architectural diagram) that represent essential functional blocks of the system:
In-vehicle EDGE instance hosting a set of applications (AWS IoT Greengrass components) for data collection from the CAN-bus and OBD interface, making them available for other in-vehicle services via MQTT broker, pre-processing and transferring to the cloud backend for analytics. It also handles backward communication and processes commands received from the backend. The underlying Yocto project ecosystem allows performing bootstrapping of in-vehicle edge devices with a wide range of architectures.
AWS CMS stores the data and exposes it via Neutral Server as a set of vehicle parameters or ‘vehicle state’. AWS IoT Core as part of CMS, provides flexible device management and establishes a device-cloud communication channel.
AWS IoT FleetWise enables configured data collection on the cloud side and pushes it in real-time to vehicles without third-party OTA systems. The service also stores the data in the Amazon Timestream database for in-cloud analysis.
AWS IoT Greengrass provides a comprehensive and flexible way of managing and updating in-vehicle software components hosted on the EDGE instance.
The system can be integrated with a custom or third-party OTA system for enabling the functionality of in-vehicle software/firmware updates for components hosted outside the EDGE hardware instance.
Campaign Management web interface enables fleet operators to launch and monitor software update campaigns.
Fleet Management web interface allows fleet operators to manage connected devices, perform data collection and monitor vehicles/fleet health.
Additional component based on AWS services such as Amazon Quicksight provides data analytics capabilities and visual representation of results.
Amazon SageMaker AI/ML-based environment gives the possibility of enabling predictive diagnostic use cases.
The decision to base this solution architecture on AWS IoT FleetWise bring our clients the following benefits:
Shortened time-to-value and reduced cost from a pluggable solution for in-vehicle data collection
Possible integration with other AWS services, making the full power of AWS cloud available for building a fully customized solution, as desired
Reduced operational burden by implementing security, logging, monitoring and data governance best practices using AWS Cloud Foundation services
In short, this new offering represents the best-of-both-worlds solution that is sought by so many automakers. This is achieved through collaboration with your turnkey software solution provider; Luxoft, in partnership with a best-in-class technology vendor; Amazon Web Services. If you’re interested in learning more about this offering, or if you have other questions, please reach out to us at AWSTeam@luxoft.com.
Solutions Director, Connected Mobility
Leonid is a global technical lead in the connected mobility practice of the Luxoft Automotive line of business. His expertise and experience lie in the cloud and cover all major public cloud providers. His role includes automotive business development and support in the area of connected platforms and services. Leonid joined Luxoft in 2007 as a system administrator and worked in various Luxoft divisions and locations, he worked his way up to his current role as technical director in Luxoft Automotive USA.
Director of Regional Solutions
Kyle is the director of regionals solutions and head of the Americas technical office at Luxoft. Kyle uses lateral leadership to align the automotive ecosystem around emerging technologies, creating efficient and sustainable value propositions. Kyle helps to drive Luxoft’s platform approach to the creation of a software-defined vehicle, helping meet customer needs around digital cockpit, body and chassis, autonomous drive, ADAS and connected mobility.
Data Science, AI and IoT — Cloud Architect Digital Transformations
Andre is a chief architect focused on AI and IoT cloud solutions, most recently he’s been focused on connected mobility within the automotive industry. He holds numerous Azure Cloud certifications, including: Azure Data Scientist, Azure Cloud Architect, Azure IoT Specialist, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and others.
Senior Director for Automotive — Strategy and Alliances
Carlo is a highly accomplished and results-driven business executive with extensive experience in devising innovative sales strategies, establishing business and technical relationships, and generating revenue growth that exceeds total business targets.
He has proven capacity for guiding business clients in development of forward-thinking initiatives that drive incremental adoption of new products and services, as well as formulating strategic roadmaps based on practical knowledge of Cloud, SaaS, mobile, IoT, AI technologies, and market convergence dynamics. He’s very passionate about driving innovation, exploring technology’s impact on life and business and building channel ecosystems.