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The Automotive area is mainly engaged in the automotive sector, but it finds its technical dimension in the V-Cycle of embeeded software development. This activity is carried out for many car-makers and Tier-one for both passenger and industrial projects and covers all the ECUs (Electronic Control Unit) present on the vehicle.
The area consists of 3 macro competence centers, each verticalized on a well-defined phase of the software V-Cycle:
Following a short technical description of each of them.
The activities carried out by the following Competence Center are based on the V-Model process which relates each phase of development with its testing phase. In particular, based on an Agile / Aspice approach, the activities range from the acquisition and development of requirements to integration tests and cover the entire software stack (Basic and Application Layer). Specifically, following the V-cycle, the competence center takes care of defining the software and system specifications, after which we move on to the definition and development of the software architecture, which can be done by executing the AUTOSAR methodology, and the system architecture.
Once the architecture is defined, we move on to the actual development of the software which is articulated on various levels, applying different methodologies. In particular, it ranges from the generation of software for Basic Layer with Autosar Vector tools, until the development of models for medium and high level software with Model Based Design approach, models which are automatically generated in C code (Autosar and not).
Once the individual models have been developed, in order to ensure that they meet the starting requirements, the following integration and testing steps are carried out:
Related to this competence center, there is the configuration and development part of the communication protocols present on the vehicles (CAN, LIN, Ethernet, etc) and the management, regarding the computational power and memory allocation, of the microprocessors present on the various ECUs.
The area also includes support for the development of data fusion and control algorithms for ADAS applications.
In order to create products with high quality standards, a testing phase is necessary, so that the software development is compliant with the standards defined in the automotive sector. Considering a product development dictated by process rules defined in the V-Cycle, the competence center “Validation & Verification” fits well into the final part of this process, that is to verify that the software contents of each ECU on board vehicle comply with quality standards. The competence center has gained strong experience over the years working both at the client’s factories and in our laboratories and workshops; this experience allows Alteam to have a strong knowledge of the vehicle world, of the functionalities that allow its correct functioning and of the techniques necessary for the testing procedures to be carried out precisely and correctly. These experiences allow the Competence Center to carry out testing activities in its own laboratories and workshops in complete autonomy, respecting all the qualitative and quantitative KPIs imposed by customers. Specifically, the competence center carries out its testing activities on the main technologies available on the market, ranging from internal combustion engines to electric ones, focusing on new technological trends regarding driver assistance systems (ADAS) and infotelematic systems.
Respecting the V-cycle, the main activities it deals with are:
The exponential growth of embedded systems and control functions in the vehicles required a strong increase of support resources for the “Validation & Verification” team so that the production process could meet the set times. Hardware in the Loop is one of the main resources made available for this purpose and Kineton’s experience in this field is such as to place it at the top of the reference suppliers for our main customers. The skills acquired over the years at customers’ factories and at our offices guarantee us 360 ° autonomy: from the choice of the HiL system supplier, to commissioning and automation of the tests.
All the activities of choice and configuration of HiL systems concern this competence, in particular, the competence center, ranging among the main suppliers in the sector (dSPACE, Vector, Mathworks, National Instruments), deals with the choice of the most suitable HiL system for the work to be done, both for hardware components and software licenses, optimizing costs and choosing a product that is perfectly suited to the needs of the testing activity to be performed. Once the HiL system has been chosen, the team deals with the development of the physical interconnections between the system under test and the simulator and the development of the simulation models of all the communication protocols present in the system. In addition to the communication and I / O models, the competence center has gained experience over the years for the development of engine simulation models, specific components and the vehicle under test.
Once the system is ready, the team also deals with defining the HiL configuration plans, considering effort and timing, and developing automatic tests with relative report generation, thus ensuring that testing can meet high reliability standards and can be performed in less time.
The competence center has aslo dealt with HIL prototype activities such as:
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Today’s customers are a new breed. They are always on-the-go and plugged-in. They will not miss a second of the big match or a single breaking news story. In other words, there is no difference between their world and their media. We put the entertainment in their lives.
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Kineton has designed and developed engaging interactive applications on several types of television-embedded systems to count – OTT TV players, Satellite and Terrestrial decoders, Smart TVs – you name it.
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The Media Broadcast & Broadband has developed the KbbTV platform that consists of a series of products designed to simplify the development and management of the HbbTV applications.
Using a modular framework and a portfolio of templates you can reduce the time to market for a client application that can contain enrichment contents, participation TV features and targeting advertising.
The core of KbbTV is a modular framework, a software layer composed of a set of UI widgets, making it faster and easier to develop and manage the structure and life-cycle of a HbbTV application, starting for scratch.
KbbTV facilitates the design of the user interface of application, either by using to a graphic authoring tool, or by choosing from a set of fixerd templates from the templates portfolio.
Through the application, all the data audience and all the interaction of the end user are traced and saved in an intelligent audience service with a view to understand its behavior and to make users cluster based on geolocalization or preferences.
Using these cluster, the platform can provide target advertising.
Thanks to the KbbTV platform, it is possible to create applications dedicated to adv campaigns, live streaming, VOD, participation and enriched TV.
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Depending on what our customers need, we always have the right solution, building mobile application by adopting native, as well as hybrid or modern progressive technologies.
As a certified Samsung partner, we are able to configure, customize, manage and monitor corporate mobile devices, preventing security breaches and taking care of the user privacy.
Industry 4.0 is inspiring a deep transformation of industrial processes and practices by suggesting and promoting the adoption of new technologies capable of fostering innovation. Among these, Virtual and Mixed reality are the ones that appear closer to the user preferences.
Kineton follows the entire Reality Virtuality Continuum proposing to its customer services ranging from the basic 3D modelling to the creation of full virtual setting as well as mixed ones.
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In the Media TV area we validate interactive application in Satellite, Terrestrial, IPTV and Over the Top Television signal, supporting our customers on each phase of software cycle-life such as:
Nowadays, the consumption of media is evermore based on the internet. Traditional distribution is starting to go by the wayside, and an increasingly large number of customers get their media directly over the internet. Whether this is by signing up for OTT services such as Netflix or Hulu, or using the IPTV services of Sky or TIM, the demand for entertainment is constant.
Kineton’s services will guarantee a high quality product from the start of the project to the launch in a live environment.
We develop and certify these applications on all the different platforms:
We also perform crucial Streaming testing for OTT and IPTV using different checks:
At Kineton, we make sure that your DVB systems work exactly as they should. Our testing is comprehensive, and no matter the type that is needed, we’re there for our partners.
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It’s not always easy to envision how new hardware and software solutions can enter the modern paradigm while simultaneously dealing with any issues that may arise. However, Kineton is there all the same. We help our partners identify problems, prioritize the issues, and suggest proactive solutions to the problem:
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The Kineton laboratories boast state-of-the-art technology, innovative techniques, and our dedicated team of highly skilled engineers.
In our laboratories, we:
We support our customers on each phase of the software life cycle:
Because of our partnership our laboratories are equipped with the most up-to-date technology so that we can:
In our Mobile laboratories we can execute Acceptance Test Plans, using the last model launched, following the official analysis of the market:
Mechatronics area is the new Business Unit within Kineton, responsible to provide automation and control systems for electronics industry, covering the wide spectrum of Kineton technological fields, ranging from railways application, defence systems, components industry for SCADA system. Software algorithms, mathematical models and production control systems are developed in house. Furthermore, we design and supply complete electrical test benches to validate different control strategies and turnkey solutions for electronics industry, with engineering based on extensive experience and on the required standards. Additionally, we test electronic equipments to meet the demand from producers for sophisticated controls, quality certification, cost optimisation and quick adaptation to the latest systems.
Automation and electrical systems are designed and tested at Kineton Automation’s laboratories. Moreover, Kineton can supply consulting services on customers centers.
Mechatronics area of Kineton is able to offer:
QUALITY: Quality in engineering services means competitiveness, access to new markets, reputation and improved margins. One of our tasks is to assist our customers in producing quality, ensuring continuous monitoring and providing quality certification of the final product. High quality control systems with a constant innovation of process technologies guarantees top quality production electronics tools efficiency.
QUICKNESS: Quick response to market demand. Through HIL and MBD methodologies we can obtain flexible control systems in different engineering fields.
Research: Kineton is continuously investing in research and development, in order to be always one step ahead in technology, looking at new ideas and new products to satisfy the demands of the market. Sophisticated mathematical models and control strategies, developed also with the contribution of specialized research centres and universities.
In this year, Kineton has realized a SCADA system test laboratory, bringing in an industrial context, software engineering techniques and technologies typical of ICT fields. Examples of such techniques are:
Kineton has implemented a test bench for control software verification of the Emergency Management System in the Tunnel (IEG). The new IEG system, in addition to manage emergencies in the new galleries, must also integrate the management of the previous ones, maintaining the principles of graphic and functional representation described in the reference documents.
The IEG system aims to provide the operators on site, a general overview of the efficiency of all the tunnels and a homogeneous operator interface that does not introduce uneven information and provide the operator the possibility of macro-commands, which simplify the operations of preparing the infrastructure in the event of an emergency in the tunnel.
In this phase, manual testing activities have been carried out to verify the compliance of the new IEG with the specification document.
Furthermore, a software platform has been developed to allow semi-automatic tests characterized by:
SCADA system (System Under Test – SUT) is composed by:
Testing equipment is based on:
The integrated starter-generator (ISG) replaces both the conventional starter and alternator (generator) of a vehicle in a single electric device. It allows greater electrical generation capacity and the fuel economy and emissions benefits of hybrid electric propulsion. The ISG guarantees high starting torque in a wide speed range, therefore its design is a challenging job.
In Kineton has been implemented an ISG system with a brushless DC motor connected with a DC motor (vehicle drive) and a generator control on STM32 platform.
The following steps have been realized:
In the ISG generator mode, voltage control was implemented; the DC motor drives the BLDC motor which charges the battery. Two different control strategies have been evaluated, each applied on trapezoidal Back ElectroMotive Force (BEMF), 6-STEP and Field Oriented Control (FOC).
We have decided to use for this application a 6-step control. It presents light torque ripple at low speed but is easier to implement respect the FOC, and the cost of the sensors required for correct operation is cheaper than encoder used in FOC control algorithms.
The rectangular shape of applied voltage ensures the simplicity of control and drive. The BLDC motor rotation is controlled by a six-step commutation technique (sometimes called 60, 120-degree control).
The 6-step technique creates the voltage system with six vectors over one electronic rotation. The applied voltage needs to have amplitude and phase aligned with the back EMF. Therefore, the BLDC motor controller must:
The rotor position must be known at certain angles in order to synchronize the applied voltage with the back EMF (voltage induced due to movement of the PM). Under that condition, the BLDC motor is controlled with minimal torque ripple and maximal power efficiency. The three-phase six-step voltage system is created by a three-phase power stage with six IGBTs (MOSFET) power switches controlled by a smart power device realized in STMicroelectronics advanced BCD-6s technology.
Kineton has realized the software architecture of a National Instrument HIL system (CompactRIO) using two different kind of software environments, such as:
The HIL system is used for both developing and advanced real-time testing activities of different kind of automotive ECU’s:
Which provide stimulus generation and data acquisition for conditional measurements.
The system developed has the peculiarity of being general porpoise: a user can totally configurate the system using an HMI and adapt the software architecture to the specific ECU that must be connected.
LabVIEW software is generally used to program a CompactRIO (cRIO) hardware platform that contain a processor, that manage real-time tasks, and a FPGA that manage deterministic and parallel tasks.
Through the FPGA is possible to configure the I/O modules that provide direct sensors connectivity and advanced features.
Using LabVIEW, Kineton realized:
VeriStand is a very powerful software environment that allow to develop advanced real-time testing applications such as stimulus generation and measurements.
Using VeriStand, Kineton realized:
Kineton does much more than testing and validation – the projects coming out of our advanced laboratories are the most innovative you’ll ever see, in part due to our ongoing relationship with top local universities as well as their best graduates. Here’s some of what we do:
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Software is only as good as the engineers behind the scenes that made it. Kineton will make sure our partners make the most out of their software, using advanced automation to optimize its quality.
What did the fridge say to the toaster?
It may sound like a setup to a great joke, but the reality is that in a connected world, communication between appliances and other devices is just a part of the Internet of Things that is slowly going to change all of our lives.
Safety, efficiency, cost effectiveness – Kineton is at the forefront of it all, using wireless sensor networks, connectivity, and machine learning algorithms to make it all happen.
Kineton designs, develops, and builds smart services and systems that make the present look like the stuff of science fiction.
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At Kineton, we know how to virtualize and pool IT resources in the cloud in order to increase flexibility, agility, and cost effectiveness.
Never be complacent. Always strive for greatness. One of our many mottos.
Kineton endeavors to improve both software testing speed and quality, and we do this while minimizing cost, maximizing efficiency, and reducing time and resources spent.