Menu
SAP turns to NTT to add driver data to its connected car analytics system

SAP turns to NTT to add driver data to its connected car analytics system

A trial with a Japanese bus company could translate to services for US and European customers early next year

Safer passengers and healthier drivers might be among the outcomes of a new trial by a German software company and a Japanese telecommunications operator.

NTT, the Japanese co-inventor of a sensing fabric used in health-monitoring clothing, is pairing up with business software developer SAP to collect and process real-time data on drivers' heart rate and alertness.

SAP already sells a real-time analytics tool, Vehicle Insights, for processing data from connected vehicles.

In the trial with NTT it will add information from NTT's IoT analytics platform to the database, allowing the analytics system to look for -- and perhaps act on -- links between drivers' state of health and other vehicle telemetry.

The companies will begin a field trial with Keifuku Bus Co. in Fukui, Japan, next month, and hope to begin offering a commercial service -- for data analytics, not public transport -- in the U.S. and Europe early next year.

The source of the driver information will be a sensing fabric called hitoe, jointly developed by NTT Japanese chemical company Toray Industries.

NTT first showed off the fabric in 2013, and then in 2014 said it planned to develop services using it through its mobile communications subsidiary DoCoMo.

By coating a fabric such as silk with the conductive polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate), or PEDOT-PSS for short, NTT discovered that it could detect electrical signals in a person's skin.

Garments made with silk, though, had a tendency to lose contact with the skin from time to time, interrupting the flow of data. When made with a nanofiber fabric from Toray, though, the garments clung much better, improving the data collection.

With appropriately placed conducting zones, such garments could provide a simpler-to-wear alternative to regular electrocardiograph monitors, NTT hopes.

Bus companies might be able to order their drivers to wear smart uniforms to promote health and safety in the workplace. But it remains to be seen whether Elon Musk will be able to persuade drivers to add to his pool of telemetry data by wearing conductive versions of his clingy Tesla-brand T-shirts whenever they sit behind the wheel of a Model S.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments