Although test & measurement profiles vary from organisation to organisation, it is vital that measurements are accurate and measure what is attainable. NIDays India 2018, a day-long conference and exhibition hosted by National Instruments, revolved around this, showcasing the latest advancements in automated test & measurements from NI experts, partners and customers.
EVs to shape transportation industry
The event kicked off with the keynote address by Yiannis S Pavlour, EMEIA Marketing Director, National Instruments, who shared his views on the transportation industry. He asserted, “Some of the key trends that are going to shape this industry are EVs and connected cars. Electronic manufacturing companies are bound to benefit from EVs. Besides, these technologies are shifting the landscape and creating different test approaches. One of the biggest challenges for a vehicle to set to a self-driving ability is to understand the environment.” Yiannis also had an interaction with Vinodh Rakesh, Principal Production Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor, where Rakesh revealed that they make it a point to focus on automation and standardisation.
Next, Bob Paul Raj, Principal Engineer, Connected and Digital Platforms, Mahindra & Mahindra, took over, who spoke about the future of mobility. He averred, “Building your systems quickly and bringing them to the market at the soonest is the need of the hour. We bring our whole set-up in the lab and try to simulate the whole vehicle condition.”
The importance of 5G
Later, Yiannis threw light on how 5G technology promises better performance in multiple industries, how customisation is a requirement for tech system development, and how NIDays provides a lot of opportunities to make modifications when 5G comes in. Moving on to the shift from hardware to software, he cited, “One needs to understand how one needs a broad set of systems. It is critical for one to know how to set up one’s test execution and management. Also, one needs a faster approach for iterative development; for standardistion on iterative development, you have to standardise all the parts in order to get the final outcome.”
Coming to multi-industry convergence, he elucidated, “Machine Learning creates complete new dimensions. It is impossible to solve technology trend challenges without forming partnerships across the technological ecosystem.” Aditi Chauhan, Head-Field Marketing, EMEIA, further gave success stories of their customers, such as, Cypress and Mahindra.
Change in the automotive industry
Up next was an automotive summit, which started with a keynote discussion on the topic, ‘The automotive industry isn’t changing. It already has’. The keynote discussion was moderated by Satish Mohanram, Regional Sales Manager–India and Russia, National Instruments. The panelists were Bob Paul Raj, Principal Engineer, Connected and Digital Platforms, Mahindra & Mahindra; Sivakumar Balakrishnan, General Manager, Product Validation, Ather Energy; Preejesh M R, Competency Manager, Test System Design Engineering, Tata Elxsi; Rajesh Karunakaran, Senior Engineering Group Manager–ITV, APTIV, Technical Center India; and Ashish Naik, Automotive Business Development Manager, National Instruments–UK & Ireland.
“The amount of data exchanged for sharing rides is huge,” explained Raj and went on, “Our team is concentrating on creating a platform and model where people can shift to a new model every 3 to 5 years.”
Speaking on EVs, Balakrishnan asserted, “We are into the smart, electric scooter business. An EV will generally have a battery system and other normal components of an EV. The smartness comes into the vehicle after one starts monitoring all these systems.” Preejesh added that they are developing various tools to support the automotive industry, such as, V-Drive for autonomous driving validation. Highlighting the key activities of their team, Karunakaran averred that they focus on automation of testing activities to be faster.
Naik further stated, “Something we’re hearing about a lot is that the automobile industry is changing in terms of suppliers. My role is to embrace new technologies & make sure that the customer ultimately experiences its effect.”
The event further delved into several presentations, such as, ‘Testing technologies for ADAS subsystems’ by Varaprasath Mohan, Senior System Test Engineer, Valeo; V2X–Testing the Connected Car by Karthikeyan Padmanaban, Chief Architect–Connected Car, Tata Elxsi; ‘Addressing the test challenges of In-Vehicle Infotainment and Vehicle Telematics’ by Ramesh Krishnan Narayanan, Director, Maxeye Technologies; and ‘Solving the Unique Challenges of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle: Battery Test, BMS Validation and Motor Controller Validation’ by Karthik S P, Senior Systems Engineer, National Instruments and Archan Mudwel, Staff Field Marketing Manager– Automotive, National Instruments.
Besides, the event also had other summits like, the Aerospace & Defence Summit, which included topics, from ‘Building scalable & flexible avionics systems’ to ‘Strategies for obsolescence management planning’. Another summit held was the Academic & Research Summit, which included topics, such as, ‘Bringing the industrial IoT to engineering education’ and ‘Leveraging virtual labs for remote learning’. A Skill Development Track summit was also held, that consisted of topics like, ‘Best practices for Plug-in architecture based application development’ and ‘Overview of the NI badging program.’