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The Smart Money Is on the Sensors

Thanks to RFID and the Internet of Things, the connected-vehicle market offers huge opportunities.
By Moussa Kfouri

With a tracking module connected to the OBD II port and the integration of RFID readers, telematics use cases can be extended to identifying individual drivers and passengers through ID tag swipe. RFID technology allows businesses to, for example, keep track of who is driving which vehicle, or account for a passenger.

Input-output expansion offers even greater flexibility and integration. This capability allows multiple third-party providers to connect peripheral applications such as asset identification, packages loaded or unloaded at every collection or delivery point, Bluetooth beacon sensors, notifications of doors being open or closed, driver panic buttons and USB charging to the connected vehicle's network.

As with all critical data devices, security is paramount, and any vehicle-based connection to the Internet of Things (IoT) needs to be designed for the end-to-end protection of data. Devices and network interfaces must have authentication, encryption and message integrity verification, and each device should have a unique ID and dynamic security key, in order to protect against hackers attempting to fake a device's identity. Furthermore, over-the-air (OTA) updates should use digitally signed firmware to verify they originate from a trusted source.

New opportunities for leveraging the IoT are emerging all the time, and the connected vehicle market is at the forefront. As an example, the European Union recently announced plans to make speed-limiting technology mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, and the European Commission set itself the ultimate aim of cutting road deaths to zero by 2050.

With the standards in place, the technology available, the innovation out there and the 5G networks on the near horizon, the telematics industry finds itself facing a market opportunity with arguably limitless potential.

Moussa Kfouri is Geotab's associate VP of product operations. He graduated from McMaster University with a Master of Applied Science degree in 2008. He joined Geotab straight out of school, and has taken on several roles during the company's thriving growth, during which he garnered extensive project- and product-management experience and knowledge in the telematics, M2M and wireless industries. Moussa now leads Geotab's product operations team that is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of various products and new-product introductions.

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