More Information on Electronics for Off-Road & Heavy Vehicles
Modern off-road vehicles and heavy machines like tractors, construction, farming and mining machines or commercial vehicles and trucks have many functions directly controlled by computer systems that also need to communicate with the outside world.
As environments are harsh, the computers must be very robust and require ISO 7637-2 automotive certification. In addition to robustness, e.g., very high shock and vibration resistance, small footprint solutions are a must in narrow driver cabins.
Rugged and safe embedded computers are the best solution to guarantee fail-safe operation of machines and devices in harsh environments. Mission-critical computer systems are used, for example, to support safe driving techniques, fleet management, vehicle maintenance and protection against vehicle overload.
Control computers for vital functions are typically networked by fieldbusses like CAN bus inside the vehicle. Communication computers are mostly based on standard Ethernet, while the outside is connected using different wireless standards (GSM, GPRS, Edge, UMTS, HDSPA, LTE, WLAN).
Access points are required for Internet access or connection to the telephone network. Content servers may store camera data from surveillance systems.
Precise piloting of construction or agricultural machines (even at night) may require control of cameras, reception of GPS data for navigation, communication with other drivers etc., with all kinds of data and diagnosis results transmitted and exchanged with the company office or farm house.
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Application Examples for Off-Road & Heavy Vehicles
Mining Machine Control Platform
Using two standard ESMini modules protected by a fire-safe, IP67-protected housing, this control unit for mining machines withstands extreme conditions.
Vehicle Panel PC for Intelligent Farming
This custom-designed intelligent vehicle display is a core element of precision farming technology based on standard ESMexpress computer-on-modules.
SCADA System for Trucks
An Intel Atom based COTS computer-on-module is used inside a SCADA system for vehicle management in transportation.
Automotive Data Logger
This system is used for data logging during test drives and lab work, recording data from various sources like CAN, LIN, FlexRay, MOST, RS232/RS422 and Ethernet.