Aachen 2025 – digital festival in Aachen

On the last weekend of September (Friday, 28 September and Saturday, 29 September) Aachen will celebrate a digital festival – and Qosmotec will join in.

At Aachen 2025, companies and academic institutions will present how digitisation will change our lives in many areas. Qosmotec’s contribution to this: Every association its own app. With the Lobadi modular system, it is already very easy and inexpensive to create apps for clubs with everything a club needs to stay in regular contact with its members, friends and supporters. The concept has proven itself in the Aachen Carnival. With the AAK app, all jecken have an overview of all carnival events in Aachen and receive a personal commentary on the Rose Monday procession at the roadside, as if a moderator were standing next to them.

More information on the digital festival at www.aachen2025.de. By the way: The Aachen 2025 App was also created with Lobadi! So: Download and visit Qosmotec at the exhibition booth in the Technology Center!

Lobadi-App for Aachen Carnival wins WE DO DIGITAL award 2018

Qosmotec is awarded with the WE DO DIGITAL Award 2018. The idea to create an app for the Carnival in Aachen, which shows all events in the Aachen Carnival Season and displays information about the big parade on Carnival Monday to the spectators along the streets convinced the jury of the German chamber of industry and commerce.

The price will be hand out on the Cebit in Hannover on June 12th 2018.

Find here Qosmotec’s application for the We Do Digital Award: https://www.wedodigital.de/detail/?articleId=ae244a0da7bc4a459ff052d2f830534d

New Lobadi-App for Aachen 2025 event available

Qosmotec has released an App for the new 2018 edition of Aachen 2025 event today. The event intends to show the impacts of digitalization to citizens in Aachen. More than 100 people from Aachen university, industrial associations and small and medium enterprises in Aachen are participating in the organization of the event, which takes place on Fraiday and Saturday, September 28th and 29th.

The event has been taking place already once in 2016. More than 15.000 guest have been visiting the 40 event locations spread all over Aachen. This year, the event will take place more centralized in 5 locations in Aachen with the technology center at Europaplatz in Aachen as main event place.

Yet, the program for the event in September is not fixed. Nevertheless, the app fulfills already now a useful purpose. All participating organizations will announce events about digitalizations (lectures, workshops, presentations, etc.) in the Aachen 2025 App from now on.

Checkout the app description on the Lobadi-Website for further details. 

New Product Launch: App-Platform Lobadi

Qosmotec has launched a new product: A platform for social event apps. With this app platform, individual apps can be created for an affordable price. It shall serve organizers of big events to digitalize their event preparations and to inform the visitors and participants completely around the event. The first application of the platform is the Carnival in Aachen. Carnival season is running since November 11th and is ending with the so-called “Ash Wednesday” on Feb 14th 2018. The highlight of the season are the street parades on Monday Feb 12th. With the App, spectators visiting the parade will get information about all participating groups on their smartphone – exactly at the moment, where the group is passing by. This is possible by bluetooth technology. Each group will carry a beacon with them, sending out a bluetooth signal permanently. The short range coverage of the bluetooth signal ensures, that spectators get to see the article about the group, when they come closer.

For our product Lobadi, we have also launched a new product page: Check out www.lobadi.de for further information. The website and the product are currently available in German language only.

ReICovAir: Test System Development for Industry 4.0

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Participants at the RelCovAir launch at Erlangen, Germany.

Qosmotec participates in an international Consortium to develop a test and simulation environment for Industry 4.0 applications. The project called “Reliable Industrial Communication over the Air” (ReICovAir) started last week with a kickoff in Erlangen, Germany, and aims to develop methods and tools for testing wireless communication systems for industrial production processes which demand a very high reliability.

RelCovAir has been set up within the EUREKA-Initiative CELTIC-Plus. Currently, companies and research institutes from Germany and Finland are participating in this joint project. Partners from Spain and France are expected to join during this year. The German consortium, that is funded by the German ministry for education and research (BMBF), consists of several partners, with whom Qosmotec has already been working for a long time: The Fraunhofer Institutes IIS and HHI, the Institute for automation and communication (IFAK), CETECOM GmbH as well as GHMT AG.

“Fraunhofer IIS, who have taken over the lead for the initiation of this project, have managed to assemble a very strong consortium in Germany with plenty of expertise in radio channel modeling and test and measurement on the air interface”, says Qosmotec’s General Manager Mark Hakim. “Similar to the Car2X project, where our joint activities with a chair from the university in Aachen and CETECOM have been funded by the ministry for economy, we expect a good outcome of this project and the development of test systems for a new application area.” The project runs until autumn 2018.

More information on this project is available at (currently only in German, but an English version will follow):

http://www.vdivde-it.de/KIS/vernetzt-leben/internationale-vorhaben/reicovair

Qosmotecs Feldstärkeemulator QPER-C2X erstmals bei Automobilhersteller im Einsatz

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Funkbedingungen einer Testfahrt simuliert mit QPER-C2X

Noch in diesem Jahrzehnt soll der Nachrichtenaustauch von Fahrzeugen untereinander (Connected Cars) als Fahrerassistenzsystem auf Europas Straßen zum Einsatz kommen und damit für mehr Fahrkomfort zu sorgen, wo Kamera- und Sensorsysteme an ihre Grenzen stoßen. Dies hat das Car2Car Consortium vor wenigen Wochen angekündigt. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, braucht es nun auch effiziente Testverfahren, die den Bedarf von aufwändigen Testfahrten senken und vor allem die Reproduzierbarkeit der Ergebnisse sicherstellen. Mit dem Feldstärkeemulator QPER-C2X des Aachener Unternehmens Qosmotec wird der Funkverkehr zwischen Autos im Testlabor realitätsgetreu nachgebildet. In der Volkswagen Konzernforschung kommt dieses System nun erstmals auch direkt bei einem Automobilhersteller zum Einsatz.

„Von den Funkübertragungsbedingungen hängt es in entscheidendem Maße ab, ob ein Verkehrsteilnehmer eine Nachricht eines anderen Autos überhaupt bekommt. Nur sind diese Bedingungen an derselben Stelle nie identisch“, erklärt Qosmotecs Geschäftsführer Mark Hakim, warum sich auf der Straße Fehler so schlecht reproduzieren lassen. QPER-C2X erweitert Hardware-in-the-Loop Prüfstände, auf denen alle Funktionen im Fahrzeug unter die Lupe genommen werden, um die Kontrolle der Funkschnittstelle zu anderen Fahrzeugen und Infrastrukturkomponenten entlang der Straße. Dies ermöglicht es den Entwicklern, die Funkbedingungen während virtuellen Testfahrten am Prüfstand zu erproben. So haben die Ingenieure Gelegenheit, bereits in der Prototypenphase Interoperabilität, Signalübermittlung und Störfestigkeit unter wiederkehrenden Voraussetzungen zu prüfen. Darüber hinaus können sie die Eigenschaften und Einbaupositionen der Antennensysteme in verschiedenen Fahrzeugmodellen testen.

Für den Einsatz bei Volkswagen hat Qosmotec nun zwei spezielle Erweiterungen hinzugefügt: Eine Anbindung zu der Verkehrssimulationssoftware SUMo (Simulation of Urban Mobility) ermöglicht es, dies unter realitätsgetreuen Verkehrsbedingungen zu tun. Auch eine hohe Auslastung der Funkkanäle, wie sie beispielsweise in Staus oder bei Großveranstaltungen auftreten können, lässt sich im Labor nachstellen.

All diese Tests sind mit jeder in Frage kommenden Funktechnologie möglich – auf Basis von LTE, dem eigens für die Fahrzeugkommunikation entwickelten ITS-G5 Standard, oder sogar den noch in der Entwicklung stehenden Technologien der fünften Generation.

Instead of Christmas cards: Qosmotec funds dictionary for refugees

This year we want to use the amount that has been spent on Christmas cards, giveaways and little gifts to support a local initiative for integration of refugees. The library in Herzogenrath near Aachen plans to hand out free visual dictionaries to refugees for self-education in German language. These picture books show more than 6.000 terms in figures with the German notation and pronunciation and even explain basics of German grammar.
Gertrud Elsenbruch, who teaches children and families on voluntary basis, explains the idea behind this: “Especially for those, who have just arrived, the offers to learn German are very restricted. The voluntary lessons are more a psychological help than a target-oriented education. And a lot of them do not speak arabic, as there are many refugees from other countries.”
Together with other voluntary teachers, Gertrud Elsenbruch wants to distribute the books to refugee families in their hometown and participants of their classes.

ITS-G5 delay is Car2Car testing tools’ big chance

 

Qosmotec’s Sales Partner Ferdinand Schuber demonstrates the need for reliable Car2Car Communication testing.

Qosmotec’s Sales Partner Ferdinand Schuber demonstrates the validation of propagation models in Car2Car Communication testing.

A message from Niels Peter Skov Andersen, General Manager of the Car2Car Communication Consortium, was reason for controverse discussions at the 2015 Car2Car Forum in Mainz: He announced that the Consortium members have agreed to delay the deployment of ITS-G5 communication in Europe to 2019.

What sounds as a significant backslash for the technology is a big chance for test and simulation tools like Qosmotec’s QPER-C2X. “Those who have invested years into this communication technology must take care now that their developments do not become obsolete by modern communication technologies like LTE direct. They depend more than ever on efficient test systems that allow to test communication between cars in the lab in order not to lose even more time now”, says Qosmotec’s General Manager Mark Hakim, who is attending the congress together with our Sales Partner Ferdinand Schuber from FSTC in Vienna.

Qosmotec's Car2Car Testing set up at Car2Car Forum 2015

Qosmotec’s Car2Car Testing set up at Car2Car Forum 2015

The focus of Qosmotec’s booth presentation at the congress is to show a method for validating the channel models that are applied in QPER for signal propagation by comparison with measurements on the road. For this purpose, Qosmotec’s certification partner CETECOM has developed a 8-sector transmitter that can be used to verify the signal propagation on a selected area and compare them with the results of the propagation model.

We demonstrate in the congress hall, how these measurements are done and that signal reflections on walls become easily visible with this method. “We have been often asked about the accuracy of our models and now we can show that our simulations and predictions are reliable even for dedicated areas,” says Ferdinand Schuber.

 

 

ITS World Congress: a positive for Qosmotec

20151007_183559Qosmotec is currently presenting its radio propagation and signal strength emulation environment QPER-C2X at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux. Qosmotec’s Sales Manager Ferdinand Schuber gives a positive review of the congress’ first half: “It becomes obvious that many stakeholders do not only want to rely on ITS-G5 as the only communication standard, but also go for communication via 4G and even 5G in the future. Our solution holds the advantage of being versatile enough to cope with any radio transmission technology”.

Nevertheless, C2X communication is a big subject on the congress. Citroen / Peugeot have setup a real-life demo outside the exhibition hall to showcase their implementation inside the car. Also other car manufacturers like Toyota, Renault and Honda have put a clear focus on this technology in their presentations on the congress. The exhibition is still ongoing until Friday, Oct 9th. The Qosmotec booth is in Area F, booth number 13.

Vocational training completed successfully

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Simon Packbier (left) and Tobias Lauterbach (right) proudly presenting their diploma

Tobias Lauterbach and Simon Packbier have completed their apprenticeships as mathematical-technical software developers (MATSE). “The vocational training to become a MATSE is the Rolls-Royce among the dual-educations”, claimed Gisbert Kurlfinke, vice-chairman of the chamber of commerce Aachen, when handing over the diploma. Since 2011 Lauterbach and Packbier are the fourth and fifth students who were qualified as MATSEs at Qosmotec.

Both Lauterbach and Packbier will now go on to complete an academic degree at the University of Applied Science Aachen, which is combined with the apprenticeship. They will be writing their Bachelor Thesis in Scientific Programming at Qosmotec, each focusing on HF signal propagation. Their topics create an immediate benefit for the further development of Qosmotec’s QPER product range. “It feels fantastic to put scientific programming into practice”, says Simon Packbier.

Meanwhile Qosmotec continues to qualify young employees. On September 1st, Felix Bengsch has started his apprenticeship as mathematical-technical software developer. The Qosmotec team whishes him a good start and every success for his education.