Connected Vehicle

Government initiatives have helped grow the connected vehicle ecosystem in India

Q. Can you give a brief introduction of Taoglas products for automotive and your India operations?

Taoglas is a leading provider of antennas, advanced IoT components, and custom IoT design services that helps customers navigate complex RF and wireless systems and brings connectivity solutions to market. We design and manufacture high-performance, high-quality antenna and IoT solutions that support the latest in global wireless technologies and an array of automotive and transportation regulations. Key product categories include high precision GNSS antennas, high efficiency cellular antennas, small form factor Wi-Fi antennas and UWB antennas for ADAS. 

In October 2022, we opened our Taoglas India facility in Ahmedabad to better support domestic and international customers for engineering, product development, active and passive testing, and other RF services. The lab is fully equipped with a state-of-the-art Satimo StarLab 18 multi-probe anechoic chamber covering 650 MHz to 18 GHz, 2-port VNAs supporting up to 40 GHz, and other communication equipment. Additionally, passive antenna testing for standard telecom protocols including cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LoRa, and global satellite technologies, and active cellular OTA testing including TRP and TIS for 2G, 3G, 4G, CATM1 and NBIoT protocols can be performed. We offer these services at very competitive costs.

With our new site, Taoglas engineering expertise is easily accessible to local customers needing to incorporate wireless connectivity into automotive applications, from connected autonomous vehicles (CAV), automatic guided vehicles (AGV), and truck platooning (V2V) to understanding technical requirements like CV2X, V2V, positioning and navigation and vehicle network integration.  

Q. How has been the demand for GPS/GNSS antennas in India? – share your thoughts on how TG is well positioned to meet the demand?

GNSS and GPS are used widely for automotive OEM and aftermarket applications like telematics and vehicle tracking systems. The emerging trend in high precision GNSS patch antennas which can help to achieve cm-level location accuracy for applications like ADAS, industrial precision tooling, and other high precision applications. 

Taoglas has a wide range of embedded and external high precision GNSS antennas and has been supplying passive and active GNSS antennas for these applications for past decade in India.  Following the IRNSS satellite launch and AIS140 launch in India, we were one of the first suppliers with a dual patch L1/L5 antenna to support this ecosystem. 

Q. What are your views about connected vehicle ecosystem in India? – share your thoughts approx.

The connected vehicle ecosystem has received a massive boost after the government launched safety initiatives and amendments to the Automotive Industry Standards (AIS) such as AIS-140 and AIS-156 for EV battery testing. Volume share of the two-wheeler EV segment is much bigger than the four-wheeler EV segment, and battery management and mandatory telematics requirements in EV have opened opportunities for cellular, Wi-Fi, and GNSS technology integration for data monitoring applications.

Conventional OEMs and emerging start-ups in the EV domain have increased activities significantly. With an increase in in-vehicle electronics, there is substantial demand for active and passive electronics, PCB, and data integration for cybersecurity, alongside antennas and RF components which are an integral part of this ecosystem.

Q. How would Taoglas be contributing to this connected ecosystem for safer roads?

At Taoglas, we believe in enabling the high level of safety for vehicles and the community. Our products come with a host of certifications that comply with automotive and transportation regulations. 

Antenna selection and integration play a crucial role in defining the efficiency of connected ecosystem products. Our extensive portfolio features high precision GNSS antennas providing cm-level accuracy, cellular antennas with high reliability & efficiency ensuring no loss of data, and other ADAS, telematics, dash cameras, heads up display products that enable passenger safety.

Links to featured Taoglas products that enable vehicle safety:

High precision GNSS Antennas

High efficiency Cellular Antennas

Small form factor Wi-Fi Antennas

UWB Antennas for ADAS Applications

Q. Can you share in brief about Taoglas Magnetics portfolio, particularly with reference to BMS for EV? 

Taoglas magnetics, the most recent addition to our IoT component offering, is comprised of RJ45 integrated connectors, LAN transformers, and battery management system (BMS) transformers. The STRATOS series of BMS Transformers offer excellent component-to-component isolation for battery systems that have high voltage differences. The BMS Transformers are AEC Q200 certified for automotive applications supporting 1000 Vdc to 1600 Vdc voltage options. 

Example applications for BMS include:

·  Automotive: Electric Vehicles (EV), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Electric Buses

·  Consumer: Electric Bicycles, Tricycles, Power Tools

·  Industrial: Energy Storage System (ESS), Industrial Handling Robots, Automated Forklifts, Patrol Vehicles, High Power Portable Equipment 

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About Taoglas:

Taoglas is a trusted provider of antennas, advanced IoT components, and custom IoT design services that helps customers navigate complex RF and wireless systems and brings connectivity solutions to market on time, the first time. Since its foundation in 2004, the company has grown from its heritage in antennas to having engineering resources, state-of-the-art test chambers, and pre-certification centers around the world. Their global team works obsessively to deliver an uninterrupted supply chain for rapid local delivery and seamless support internationally. Taoglas’ commitment to continuous innovation, proactive customer service, and trusted quality delivers long-term peace of mind to customers and colleagues, creating time and space to work together to advance global connectivity.

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