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Aeris IoT platform provides building blocks for car makers

Steve Rogerson
May 10, 2018



California-based Aeris has announced a mobility cloud and micro-services-based IoT platform that provides the critical building blocks that enable the IoT for enterprises and OEMs, with a focus on automotive manufacturers. The company is powering the Mitsubishi Connect vehicle programme.
 
Called Amp, the platform is said to meet the needs of enterprises and OEMs who are moving from unconnected products to connected services. Amp specifically addresses the requirements of the burgeoning internet of moving things market segment with a service creation environment and a suite of pre-built business services, including data analytics and monetisation.
 
By using Amp, enterprises and OEMs can deliver a cloud-agnostic and flexible, globally connected programme.
 
Automotive OEMs are a key focus area for Amp, and the platform offers a suite of connected vehicle services that include safety and security, remote vehicle, driver behaviour, vehicle health, and other services, including firmware over-the-air update capabilities.
 
The architecture is built around micro-services, which enable a customisable approach to each OEM’s requirements, giving them the ability to manage their programme globally on a single platform while preserving the ability to deploy services that differ based on region, brand or model. Aeris’ end-to-end IoT capabilities provide OEMs with a one-stop shop for all of their wireless and application requirements.
 
Amp splits device and service-facing components, enabling the fast and flexible introduction of services, as fast as developing a smartphone application. The vehicle platform architecture provides the ability to change rules, such as access, in a dynamic way, thereby making innovations in the market, such as car sharing and shared mobility models, easier to implement and more secure.
 
The capsule architecture addresses a key requirement of every automotive OEM: regional flexibility. Amp allows deployment of a global programme across a multitude of public and private clouds in a manner that increases operational efficiency while maintaining local flexibility and autonomy, while ensuring compliance with local regulations.
 
Connected vehicle programmes historically have fallen short of customer expectations in service response times. Amp addresses these issues head-on with a service delivery architecture that optimises an end-to-end system from wireless connection to telematics applications, while simultaneously addressing concerns around hardware power management.
 
Amp is powering the MitsubishiI Connect vehicle programme, which debuted in the 2018 Eclipse Cross CUV. The programme provides owners with an intuitive and convenient driving experience, offering functionality in safety, security and remote vehicle services that can be accessed in multiple ways: inside the vehicle, through the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile application or through the Mitsubishi vehicle owners' portal. Additionally, Connect can be paired with the Google Assistant on eligible Android phones, iPhones and Google Home.
 
“Aeris is an internet of things industry leader and, through our Aeris mobility platform, we give OEMs the opportunity to customise connected vehicles in order to create a better driving and ownership experience,” said Raj Kanaya, managing director of automotive for Aeris. “For more than a decade, we have unlocked IoT value for auto manufacturers around the world, and we are excited to be a key enabler of the Mitsubishi Connect service.”
 
Mitsubishi Motors selected Aeris after a sourcing process due to Aeris’ ability to deliver a broad range of telematics services, including mobile applications, call centre services and wireless connectivity.
 
“In an ever-changing, connected world, we needed to ensure that our vehicles provided customers with the personalised and enriched driving experience they desire,” said Don Swearingen, chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors in North America. “Aeris delivered the industry-leading know how and telematics necessary to allow Mitsubishi Connect to provide safety, security and connectivity behind the wheel of the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.”
 
Mitsubishi Connect launched in the US market in February and will be launching in Europe towards the end of 2018.
 
Aeris Japan, a joint venture between Softbank and Aeris, provided in-country sales, marketing and technical resources to drive the successful development and launch of the Connect programme.
 
“At Softbank, we see tremendous potential for the Aeris mobility platform in assisting Japanese enterprises on the journey from unconnected product to connected service,” said Hiroshi Akabori, vice president of Softbank and COO of Aeris Japan. “We look forward to driving transformative IoT innovation in the market through our joint venture with Aeris.”
 
Lee Colman, head of connected cars at SBD Automotive, added: “Part of SBD’s support to Mitsubishi Motors has been to help them assess their connectivity goals and find appropriate providers to support those goals. Aeris provides a good fit for Mitsubishi Motors’ short-term and longer-term needs, and has the capacity to scale as the programme goes forward.”