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Electric bus manufacturer VDL chooses Openmatics connectivity platform

Openmatics, a subsidiary of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, is now the official connectivity platform provider for VDL Bus & Coach, the Dutch vehicle manufacturer of buses and coaches. The open platform including Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Development Kit (SDK) functionalities offers networking and function options for the Western European electric bus market leader.

It provides VDL with a full overview on the operational efficiency of all of their vehicles. Furthermore, VDL—in close cooperation with Openmatics—will soon offer a range of Connected Services to its customers.

The data provided by Openmatics allows VDL to implement and improve new technologies in its vehicles. Also, it can be monitored at any time if fleets are running well, regardless of vehicle type. Openmatics can provide a detailed overview about the efficiency of the operation. This significantly contributes to further lowering the vehicles’ total costs of ownership.

The Business Intelligence application from Openmatics is tailored to electric bus requirements. All parameters that are relevant for electric driving can be recorded precisely with this. The resulting data is used to generate automatic reports that visualize parameters like detailed battery management, energy consumption, range and vehicle diagnostics.

All evaluations are available in the Openmatics / VDL portal and authorized users can access this portal using any mobile device. Openmatics offers similar functions for VDL’s diesel-powered city buses and coaches, but then tailored with specific parameters—for example ZF’s EcoLife or TraXon transmission and chassis systems as well as parameters from third party components.

By the end of 2018, more than 300 VDL electric buses will be fitted with the Openmatics solution.

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