DEKRA, an international expert in product safety, has announced that it has used Keysight’s SA8700A C-V2X test solution to be recognized as an OmniAir Authorized Test Laboratory (OATL) for certifying cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) devices. Efforts between the two companies also enabled Keysight to be the first vendor to gain OmniAir Qualified Test Equipment (OQTE) status. DEKRA supported Keysight with validation expertise to verify that the test equipment fulfilled the OmniAir specifications and Keysight provided DEKRA with the test solutions that were required to launch the C-V2X program.
A growing investment in C-V2X technology is leading to broad market adoption of applications that increase road safety and efficiency in transportation of people and goods. DEKRA relies on Keysight’s OQTE status to perform comprehensive physical and protocol C-V2X certification of chipsets, sub-assemblies and equipment for deployment on board vehicles as well as part of roadside infrastructure.
“Keysight is pleased to help DEKRA create an industry-leading lab-based environment for comprehensive C-V2X device certification, across access, network, and message layers,” said Thomas Goetzl, vice president and general manager for Keysight’s automotive and energy solutions business unit. “Keysight’s portfolio of automotive solutions for verifying wireless connections, interoperability, electromagnetic compatibility, cybersecurity and functional safety demonstrates our joint passion to advance smart transportation solutions.”
DEKRA set up the world’s first OATL in Malaga, Spain in 2018 for physical layer (PHY) and protocol conformance validation using Keysight’s E6953A V2X Test Solution, which supports OmniAir Consortium’s test specifications for dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology. Keysight’s SA8700A C-V2X test solution, first to gain status as OQTE in April 2021, now enables DEKRA to access a broad range of C-V2X test cases defined by the OmniAir Consortium. This enables onboard (OBU) and roadside unit (RSU) vendors to quickly certify designs equipped with C-V2X technology.
“We’re pleased to join forces with Keysight to deliver testing and certification services that address regional and global requirements for automotive markets working towards implementing C-V2X. Manufacturers and suppliers interested in obtaining the OmniAir certification can now count on DEKRA to certify their V2X products based on both C-V2X and DSRC technologies,” said Fernando E. Hardasmal, Head of Service Division Product Testing and Executive Vice President at DEKRA.
“Expanding OmniAir’s connected vehicle certification program to include C-V2X technology is an exciting step forward,” said Jason Conley, Executive Director for OmniAir Consortium. “DEKRA is a proven leader in providing connected vehicle testing, and we are pleased they were the first to pass the comprehensive audit to become an OATL to offer C-V2X certification testing.”
Keysight’s interoperability, performance and conformance solutions, spanning C-V2X, Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) support a growing trend in the adoption of connected cars, driven by urbanization and a need for greater safety on roads. According to Allied Market Research, the global automotive V2X market is projected to reach over $11 billion in 2027.
Keysight and DEKRA’s collaboration on vehicle connectivity solutions was initiated in 2018. Alongside more than one hundred thirty companies, Keysight and DEKRA are members of the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA), a cross-industry consortium that helps define V2X communications based on 5G new radio (NR). 5G improves connection reliability, decreases latency and enhances security in the network.