Development of an analysis tool for fleet optimization
The topics surrounding the future of public transport are increasingly revolving around alternative scenarios to the current fleet management and electromobility. Electric buses make an important contribution to sustainable mobility. They reduce emissions harmful to the climate and health and create bundling effects. The European Union’s “Clean Vehicles Directive” of 2019 changed the situation for public transport companies in a binding way.
According to this, a quarter of public buses must be low-emission or emission-free by 2025 – and a third by 2030. Bus fleet operators must look at alternatives to drive technology and break new ground. This presents them with new challenges and factors that have not yet been taken into account. At present, around 90 percent of traffic is powered by fossil fuels. In order to achieve the goals, changes and solutions must be designed and implemented immediately.
As a partner, Sontheim Industrie Elektronik GmbH supports the research project “OmniE – IKT Tool for System and Fleet Analysis for Electric Buses” of the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten, Germany. Within the project, COMhawk xt is used for fleet optimization. The module collects the data of the conventional buses, evaluates them and, based on the data material obtained, assesses which fleet members can potentially be replaced by electric buses. This is based on various measured values, such as movement profiles or the current number of passengers carried in the buses. These factors, supplemented by height information and environmental parameters, enable a more efficient design of the energy model.
The analysis tool greatly facilitates the redesign of fleet management and the transition to electromobility for public transport companies. The organizational challenge as well as the costs can be calculated and make a changeover plannable.
This reduces the risk of inefficient investments while increasing acceptance of the technology. All in all, this creates greater security and greater willingness to implement for the investing company.
Implemented and related products
Communication module with three CAN interfaces. Use as telemetry and diagnostic module as well as gateway, data server and data logger in harsh environments.
- Powerful 32-bit microcontroller
- 3× CAN acc. to ISO 11898 (opt. 4× CAN)
- 1× WLAN acc. to IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
- Linux operating system
Next generation embedded application ECU with up to four CAN interfaces. Use as telemetry and diagnostic module as well as gateway, data server and data logger.
- Powerful ARM Cortex-A9 processor
- 2× CAN acc. to ISO 11898 (opt. 4× CAN)
- Linux operating system
IoT Device Manager
Cloud-based tool for simple and clear management of your telematics units in the field.
- Management of all telematic units
- Live-Data Monitoring
- Managing over-the-air-updates
- Drag-and-Drop Functionality