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Smart on the ring.

MTO sports car with smartMINI dashboard

While everything at Rock am Ring revolves around music, it's all about the ?smart am Ring? to promote the digital innovation of a connectivity box ? the optiMEAS smartMINI + dashboard. The smartMINI whizzes around in a sleek Porsche and enables drivers and technicians to monitor the vehicle permanently and on the move via the dashboard.

The company MTO Engineering from Ladbergen specialises in ?chip tuning? ? individual performance and consumption optimisation for a wide range of vehicles.

Racing is the great passion of the two managing directors Torsten Osterhaus and Oliver Pauli. And they even won the DB Innovations Challenge 2016 for fuel savings in diesel locomotives. In their search for a smart vehicle monitoring system, they also came into contact with DB via their joint customer. optiMEAS is achieved. After trying out some things with other providers, MTO was already after 10 minutes from the optiMEAS solution is convincing. Torsten Osterhaus is enthusiastic about the combination of smartMINI and dashboard: "You are connected to the vehicle at all times and in all places and can follow everything live. That turns out to be very advantageous, especially in a 24-hour race. Technicians do not have to be on site.

They can react via remote diagnosis and remote maintenance. And the changing drivers can stay in contact with each other online in this way ? freely according to the motto: more eyes see more. The Porsche 991_2 Cup is equipped with the smartMINI CAN data is recorded, stored, evaluated and transmitted. On the dashboard as an interactive control panel, all operating states can be displayed and analysed live & in history as an overall picture.

The dashboard can be individually configured depending on the application and offers a wide variety of display options and functions for monitoring: traffic light visualisation, history and status displays, track maps, zoom, language packages, time stamps, multi-tenant, alarm when limit values are exceeded and much more. The monitoring of engine-relevant data such as engine temperature, fuel temperature, radiator condition, oil pressure or spray quality not only supports races, but also fundamentally ensures wear control and realises predictive maintenance.

One challenge here is uninterrupted network coverage. Especially VLN races at the Nürburgring are also followed digitally by many thousands of people on site, which is why the high radio volume can occasionally cause interference. MTO and optiMEAS are working together at full speed to achieve seamless data reception even under these circumstances. From the reception of different network providers to the transmission power of passive or active antennas and The exciting topic of ?digital racing? connects MTO as engine specialist and optiMEAS as digitization expert to a promising partnership.

Another joint project is a system for locomotive maintenance and wear control for the private transport company Netinera Deutschland GmbH. Here, too, the online dashboard can be displayed on any PC or mobile phone, via which, for example, target and actual pressure are monitored graphically. The frequency provides information on whether a malfunction in the controller, pump or filter is the cause of a pressure drop. Remote diagnosis and monitoring also enable alarms in the event of vandalism or unauthorised access and optimisation of consumption by analysing the driving profile.