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HwaCom to manage 5G IoV experimental field in Taiwan
Yihan Li, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES

HwaCom Systems, a Taiwan-based provider of system integration services, will be in charge of an experimental field for testing 5G IoV-based smart transportation solutions, according to company chairman and president Gary Chen.

Under the transport ministry's planning, HwaCom will cooperate with the Taiwan branch of Germany-based Siemens Mobility and several local transportation research organizations, universities and enterprises to set up the experimental field in Tanhai New Town in northern Taiwan, Chen said.

The experimental field is intended to become a framework for mutual Internet-based communications among vehicles, roads, people and networks, Chen said. HwaCom will match smart transportation solutions with the experimental field, enabling startup developers of such solutions to test technological and commercial feasibility of their ideas, Chen noted.

As developers of smart transportation solutions may have difficulties accessing testing resources, HwaCom will simplify the application process for developers looking to use the experimental field, Chen indicated.

Being a supplier of IoV equipment for the experimental field, Siemens Mobility will provide roadside and in-car C-V2X devices, road controllers such as smart traffic lights and Omniflow smart street lamps, said Thomas Stein, CEO of Siemens Mobility's Taiwan branch. Autonomous cars will share the use of roads with conventional cars and this will pose big challenges to IoV, Stein noted.

The field will start operation in January 2021, said HwaCom.

A view of Tanhai New Town

Tanhai New Town in Northern Taiwan
Photo: HwaCom Systems

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