NXP — Helping Cities Become Smarter in the Age of IoT

By Rob GrayJuly 21, 2016

Taking forward the commitment of providing scalable IOT and security technologies to make urban living simpler, safer and healthier, NXP joined hands with the U.S. Transport Department, taking up the department's Smart City Challenge, to make cities even smarter.

“Our partnership with NXP will help push the boundaries of what is possible in cities across America,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx. “V2X technology holds the potential to deliver truly profound benefits for the Smart City Challenge winner, its transportation systems, and most importantly, for its citizens.”

Some of the cutting-edge technologies that are expected to dramatically shape the future of cities, making urban life easier, better, and safer include—

Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology for Smart Cars

With program partner Cohda Wireless, NXP will provide cities with wireless technology that will allow cars to securely exchange data such as driving conditions and hazard warnings, over distances of more than a mile, to empower smart cities with improved traffic flow and accident preventive measures.

NXP’s V2X RoadLINKTM chipsets are among the most advanced technologies that allow drivers to “see” around the corners, and through traffic obstructions such as slow moving big vehicles at a close distance. The technology also allows cars to communicate with traffic lights, giving priority to emergency vehicles, truck platoons, buses or other priority means of transport. Moreover, in addition, RoadLINK provides safeguards against illegal attacks with NXP's V2X hardware security technology.

NXP along with its partner Cohda Wireless will jointly market V2X modules and development tools as a part of the NXP RoadLINK™ chipset. The module will integrate the firmware from Cohda Wireless and efficiently run Cohda’s V2X application software on NXP’s i.MX 6Solo applications processor.

Planning launch of the technology later this year, NXP RoadLINK™ chipset will be on the road in the first production lot of major car OEMs.

Smart Public Transports

Talk of the town in today’s IOT age is smooth mobility. Increased congestion and pollution in big cities demand intelligent solutions to deal with issues such as intelligent traffic management and connected vehicles.

NXP is playing the lead role, being the driving force behind vehicles and transport systems, facilitating rapid growth and acceptance of contactless smart cards for public transport applications. The MIFARE solutions effectively enhance traffic movement and speed, while providing busy commuters a whole new ticketing experience.

Smart Payments

Mobile payment systems are in the news, and in a big way. This is because instead of going for painstaking and time-consuming options like cash, cheque, or credit cards, mobile payments offer the flexibility to simply tap and go.

NFC smartphones have encouraged a new generation of intelligent and interactive mPOS solutions. The technology helps multi-app phones to support value added services attractive to providers as well as customers, providing enhanced customer experience, improved interaction, loyalty, and spending.

“The Smart City Challenge is a bold and visionary program that shortens the path towards the development of safer, cleaner and more sustainable communities,” said NXP CEO and President, Rick Clemmer. “We are pleased to participate in this program by providing secure, intelligent traffic management solutions that can potentially help avoid countless road accidents and fatalities each year on U.S. roads and alleviate traffic jams in U.S. cities.” While these outcomes are yet to be materialized, one thing is for certain — with its aim to enable “secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world,” NXP is making positive strides in the field of intelligent traffic management technology.

This article is part 1 of the 6-part “Get Smart with NXP” series.