IOTA Partners with ITIC to Build A Global Alliance of Smart Mobility Testbeds

Berlin, Germany and Greenville, South Carolina/USA, (January 5, 2018) – The IOTA Foundation, the driving force behind the development of pioneering a blockless distributed ledger protocol called “IOTA Tangle” to be used as enabling technology for the shared data economy in IoT ecosystems, is partnering with the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) to build a global alliance of smart mobility testbeds.

IOTA’s top priority is to create a worldwide community of developers building smart mobility applications utilizing its open source protocol and IOTA data market platform to enable a shared automated and sustainable mobility ecosystem with the highest possible level of safety and security. IOTA also aims to build energy related applications and supply chain management related applications.

ITIC’s key focus is to build a global network of open and closed testbeds to incubate and validate AI-based sustainable mobility services in “smart city” environments using virtual, augmented and physical testing methods, as well as generate a test data pool that can be utilized by the whole smart mobility ecosystem. Developers can thus obtain access to test fleets and test infrastructures within a worldwide network of testbeds and the IOTA data market initiative will be able to provide a unified platform to acquire, share and select high quality test data from certified test sites. Both publicly and privately operated testbeds will be able to participate in the so called ITIC Mobility Testbed Alliance, which is a dedicated initiative of ITIC supported by the IOTA Foundation and to build their testing capabilities towards the requirements of a global market of distributed developers.

“The ITIC Mobility Testbed Alliance will serve as a proving ground for new business models and new technology approaches with IOTA distributed ledgers,” said IOTA Co-Founder Dominik Schiener. “We look forward to showing how IOTA-based mobility services can dramatically improve the efficiency and scalability on the transactional level and how the IOTA Data Marketplace can be leveraged to buy and sell vehicle and infrastructure test data across participating testbeds.”

“The age of a shared data economy for mobility services requires standardized ways of performing data transactions considering security, scalability and sustainability criteria across very large sensor and actor networks as well as access to high quality test data,“ explains ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber. “And this is also a global business, therefore our model of funding smart mobility innovation projects will have to work across multiple testbeds, multiple stakeholders whether on the vehicle or infrastructure side and across markets.”

ITIC Executive Director Jody Bryson remarked, “We started ITIC originally as a local initiative in South Carolina to support our fast growing local automotive ecosystem from a vehicle and infrastructure innovation and testing. I am very pleased to see how our strategic partnership with IOTA and their engagement with the ITIC Mobility Testbed Alliance brings mobility ecosystem innovation to a new level across an international network.”

IOTA Co-Founder David Sønstebø said, “The IOTA Foundation is setting up a comprehensive Automotive and Transportation Working Group; this collaboration between The IOTA Foundation and the ITIC on the Mobility Testbed Alliance represents the first official move towards this important goal. It’s important for us that to stress that this is the first stage of a large vision that will unfold throughout 2018.”

ITIC will also engage as a project partner in the IOTA Ecosystem fund to focus on open source infrastructure development for automated vehicle testbeds.

The first live demonstrations at public events as an outcome of the IOTA/ITIC collaboration can be expected in 2018 with a larger group of joint partner companies.

About IOTA
The IOTA Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Berlin, Germany that coordinates and funds the development of the IOTA ecosystem. It is the first non-profit organization in Germany approved by the government focused on distributed ledger technology.

See link: www.iota.org

About ITIC

ITIC is a non-profit organization headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, USA which is focused on the development of an international network of open and closed testbeds to support connected, automated and sustainable mobility in smart city environments.

See link: www.itic-sc.com


ITIC Board Meeting Agenda

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Taiber Appointed Smart Mobility Advisor to IOTA

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ITIC Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Joachim Taiber, has been named an advisor to The IOTA Foundation.
Billed as “The Next Generation Blockchain,” IOTA has developed a revolutionary platform for the IoT data economy that makes every technological resource a potential service to be traded on an open market in real time, with no fees. This allows technology developers – and eventually anyone – to safely and securely share IT tools and applications, data transmission, Masked Messaging (MAM), and shared use of “anything with a chip in it,” such as appliances, tools, drones and vehicles.

On being named an advisor, Dr. Taiber said, “The automotive industry is in the middle of a massive transition stage which is driven by the digitalization of business processes, vehicle systems and infrastructure. Although IOTA is still in an early stage of development, it has the potential – both in the technology as well as the founding team – to be disruptive for the automotive industry.”

As Chief Technology Officer of ITIC, Dr. Taiber is responsible for developing a global network of testbeds for automated, connected and sustainable vehicle technologies. A native of Germany, his extensive career in the automotive industry began with BMW AG in Munich where he was instrumental in planning the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) located at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C. Eventually, he was asked to lead the Innovation Office at ITRC where he and his team developed a multitude of IT innovation prototypes in the domain of mobile device applications, cloud services and vehicle-to-infrastructure services. In 2010, Dr. Taiber became a research professor and faculty member of the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR. He created the Sustainable Mobility Institute, serving as its director and focusing on research activities in the domain of vehicle electrification, vehicle connectivity and vehicle-infrastructure interaction.

IOTA Founder David Sønstebø said, “We are delighted to have a titan like Dr. Joachim Taiber on board as an advisor to the IOTA Foundation and its Smart Mobility workgroup. He brings a lifetime of experience and seminal expertise of the present and future of the automotive sector and smart city mobility.”


ITIC to Join “Innovation Triangle”

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Fostering a culture of innovation and new ideas comes from enabling creative people to think laterally. ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber and six other distinguished panelists will share how they do this for their respective organizations at the 8th Annual AmCham Germany Business Day on March 16. Held at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, this year’s event is titled “Innovation Triangle: USA-Germany-Israel.” Speakers from all three countries will be featured throughout the day, sharing best practices designed to develop technological and business innovations. Formally called the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, AmCham Germany strives to enhance global economic and trade relations built on a strong foundation of American and German partnership.

Joining Dr. Taiber on the AmCham Business Day Innovation panel are:
•    Anton Klees, CEO, active value GmbH, Duesseldorf, Germany
•    Dr.-Ing. Norman L. Firchau, President & CEO, Porsche Consulting Inc., Atlanta, GA
•    Martin Hager, Group CEO, retarus GmH, Munich, Germany
•    Uwe Schlegel, Executive Director, Archon-Meridian, Faengerskamp, Germany
•    Dov Ganor, CEO, Mobi – Mobility Insight, Herzliya, Israel
•    Shaul Sharoni, COO, Itamar Medical Inc. – North America, Atlanta, GA

Keynote speakers for the program are Dov Moran, an Israeli entrepreneur and investor best known as the inventor of the USB Flash Drive, and Ken Weinstein, President and CEO of the Hudson Institute, a conservative non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C. that promotes new ideas for the advancement of global security, prosperity and freedom.

More information about AmCham Germany is available here. For details about AmCham Germany Business Day, click here.


Gil Joins ITIC as an R&D Engineer

Andrea Gil Batres has joined the technical team of ITIC as research and development engineer. Ms. Gil lends years of experience developing advanced automotive engineering technologies to bring innovative solutions to R&D projects underway at ITIC.

“Andrea is one of the smartest engineers I have worked with and I am so happy that she decided to join our team” ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber. “Our growing client base requires us to build up R&D talent quickly, and we are glad that Greenville is such a wonderful location to attract talent. Andrea’s passion for innovation and pushing the boundaries in engineering will help propel our customers’ R&D projects from concept to testing to market.”

A recent graduate of Clemson University’s master’s program in Electrical Engineering, Ms. Gil has played a key role in the design and development of a number of innovative transportation technologies at ITIC, such as wireless charging for electric vehicles and cloud-based smart parking. She will continue her work on these projects while also managing other R&D projects at ITIC testbeds around the world. She specializes in technologies related to Internet of Things (IoT), connected vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, cyber-physical systems and wireless charging for electric vehicles.

Ms. Gil has presented her work in wireless power transfer and smart parking application development at a number of industry-leading conferences, including the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference, the International Conference on Parallel Processing, the 2014 IEEE Electric Vehicle Conference, and the International Conference on Sustainable Automotive Technologies.

From 2011 to 2016, Ms. Gil served as a graduate research assistant at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR). She also spent three consecutive summers as a research intern at Cisco Systems focused on IoT. In 2014, she was the recipient of Cisco’s “You Inspire Innovation Award.” Other awards she has received over the years include first place in the SAP Global Connected Car Contest; a finalist in the Valeo Innovation Challenge; and Best Student in Electrical Engineering from IEEE El Salvador.

Ms. Gil has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Central America University in San Salvador.


Hong Kong Consortium Taps ITIC Expert for Smart City Workshop

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HONG KONG, (November 23, 2016) — Dr. Joachim Taiber, Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, S.C., will share his expertise on smart mobility at Hong Kong’s Smart City Executive Workshop on Wednesday, November 23. Hosted by Hong Kong’s Smart City Consortium, the workshop is an interactive session with renowned experts on smart city planning and design. Organizers intend for the workshop to help scale up practical urban solutions, shape new policies, deploy new technologies, embed new innovations and help partnerships flourish. Topics of discussion include smart infrastructure, smart mobility, smart living and smart care.

“Using open and closed test beds is essential to accelerating the implementation of smart city mobility concepts,” says Dr. Taiber. “I look forward to sharing how ITIC is developing these test beds in the U.S. and beyond.”

The Smart City Executive Workshop will be held at the Hong Kong Science Park.


Joachim Taiber Speaks at Eco-Mobility Conference in Austria

VIENNA, Austria, (October 19, 2016)

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Dr. Joachim Taiber, Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, S.C., was a featured speaker at the Eco-Mobility 2016 Conference in Vienna, Austria. Hosted by the Austrian Association for Advanced Propulsion Systems (A3PS), the two-day conference focused on the field of tension between technological feasibility and political trends. Speakers included representatives from OEMs including Porsche and Renault; energy suppliers such as Argonne; IT providers including Samsung; automotive suppliers such as Bosch; and technology policy institutions such as the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile.

A3PS is a public-private partnership between Austrian companies, R&D institutions and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology promoting the development and market introduction of alternative propulsion systems and energy carriers. It hosts the annual Eco-Mobility Conference in part to establish collaborative solutions for sustainable transportation solutions for Austria.

Dr. Taiber’s presentation addressed the paradigm shift currently underway that is moving the automotive industry from one that is vehicle-centric to one that is infrastructure-centric. Driven by the demand for connected, autonomous and zero-emission vehicles, smart city developments require the collaboration of city planners, architects, transportation, automotive and IT engineers. To ensure all vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) systems are safe and effective, two types of test beds are needed: closed test beds that operate in private and secure environments; and open test beds that operate in portions of public, real-time environments. Dr. Taiber presented examples of both, which ITIC currently has in development in South Carolina, Florida, Munich and Trondheim, Norway.

“Public-private partnerships are the key to tomorrow’s transportation needs,” says Dr. Taiber. “ITIC’s mission is to create these collaborations for the development of safe and efficient smart cities all over the world.”


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ITIC to Collaborate with Worldwide Leader in Smart Charging Technology

GREENVILLE, S.C., (April 19, 2016)

The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) in Greenville, S.C. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Zaptec of Norway to mutually work on smart charging technology solutions for electric vehicles. Zaptec specializes in super compact power electronics. Its ­­­­­­­­­­smart charging technology is widely considered an increasingly important technological component for the electronic charging industry.

Zaptec intends to develop and expand its R&D and manufacturing activities in North America and chose ITIC as a strategic partner due to its unique ability to test smart charging solutions in closed test beds and in urban and non-urban open environments with smart grid and next generation communication infrastructures. The collaboration with ITIC also allows Zaptec to test innovations such as bi-directional charging, fast charging and wireless charging.

ITIC has successfully demonstrated wireless charging solutions with other R&D partners and is planning a significant expansion of its testing capabilities in connected driving, automated driving and zero-emission driving. This is in direct response to the automotive industry’s growing global investment in vehicle electrification, more intelligent charging processes, and smart city initiatives.

ITIC Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joachim Taiber said, “Zaptec is the industry leader in small-form-factor EV computing technologies, therefore it is particularly gratifying to be chosen as their testing partner as they expand to North America. We look forward to a long and highly productive collaboration for many years to come.”

Zaptec CEO Brage W. Johansen said, “In the future, many North American cities will implement an extensive charging infrastructure to become green and smart cities. Together with ITIC we can continue to develop, construct and test a holistic charging solution that takes care of the electric car, the user, the utility, the network operators and the city needs. A formidable task we can’t wait to complete.”

In addition to bringing technological innovations to Zaptec’s EV testing, ITIC will also help drive standardization of Zaptec technologies with partners like SAE International and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


The International Transportation Innovation Center Appoints Chief Technology Officer

GREENVILLE, S.C., (Feb. 11, 2016)

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The International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) has bolstered its executive team with the appointment of Dr. Joachim G. Taiber as Chief Technology Officer. The move comes as ITIC begins implementation of a major expansion of its Greenville presence. A longtime research professor at CU-ICAR, Taiber will continue to serve as an adjunct faculty member there.

As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Taiber will be responsible for leading the implementation of the master plan for ITIC Greenville presented last year to the public and to design a public/private partnership model centered around automotive R&D and event activities in order to validate, showcase and learn about new technologies. An important element of bringing R&D business to the region is to develop and maintain national and international R&D partnerships, a central element of the ITIC business development strategy.

Dr. Taiber has been a leading force behind ITIC since its inception in 2010 when, as a research professor for CU-ICAR, he helped form a joint economic development initiative with the South Carolina Technology Aviation Center (SCTAC). Originally called “Project Green”, this joint venture worked to redevelop an inactive 1-mile long airfield runway and adjacent property at SCTAC into a physical test bed for connected vehicle and sustainable mobility technologies. The program eventually became the legal entity now known as the International Transportation Innovation Center.

John Hopkins, Executive Director of ITIC, said, “We have worked closely with Joachim over many years to turn a visionary idea into reality. We are excited to have him officially become our Chief Technology Officer and know that we will continue to benefit immensely from his experience and leadership.”

Over the last couple of years Dr. Taiber has helped ITIC become known nationally and internationally as a leading test site for connected and sustainable mobility. For example ITIC has been working on wireless power transfer for electrified vehicles with partners that include Oak Ridge National Labs, Toyota, Cisco, Duke Energy and CU-ICAR. Together, they have pioneered a testbed infrastructure that supports both stationary and in-motion contactless charging. ITIC has also developed a partnership with SK Telecom of South Korea to apply new cybersecurity technologies to secure connected vehicles and related infrastructure.

Among his many duties, Dr. Taiber will direct the implementation of the master plan design for ITIC Greenville developed by Tilke Engineering of Germany, one of the world’s most prestigious companies in the design of automotive race and test tracks. Tilke has been tasked to create on 559 acres a multi-purpose automotive testing, training, innovation and event facility with unique features to support connected, automated and zero-emission driving to draw automotive R&D companies, supply chain partners and start-ups to the Greenville region, leveraging its capabilities to take a lead role in the Southeast as an automotive hub not only for manufacturing but also for R&D.

Fred Cartwright, Executive Director of CU-ICAR, said, “Dr. Taiber’s many contributions to CU-ICAR, including the forging of our relationship with ITIC, are very much appreciated. I look forward to a continuation of this important partnership as we work together to establish the Greenville area as a global leader in transportation research, education and economic development.”

Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Taiber received formal academic training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, where he graduated with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1991. He completed his PhD in Technical Sciences in 1996. His career in the automotive industry began with BMW AG in Munich as an in-house consultant for the redesign of the product development process with a focus on functional integration. In this role he learned how vehicles are made and how simulation methods and physical test methods are combined to validate all product functions of the vehicle.

In 2003, he was asked to help plan the BMW Information Technology Research Center at CU-ICAR, and in 2005 he moved his family from Munich to Greenville to lead the Innovation Office at ITRC. He successfully implemented an IT innovation team at ITRC from 2005 until 2010 where a multitude of IT innovation prototypes in the domain of mobile device applications, cloud services and vehicle-to-infrastructure services were developed in collaboration with multiple BMW business units, BMW IT partners and BMW university partners, in particular Clemson University. In 2010, Dr. Taiber joined Clemson University as a research professor and he became a faculty member of the Department of Automotive Engineering at CU-ICAR. He created the Sustainable Mobility Institute where he served as director and focused on research activities in the domain of vehicle electrification, vehicle connectivity and vehicle-infrastructure interaction.


ITIC Proposes Pathway to South Walton Traffic Transformation

SOUTH WALTON BEACH, Fla., (November 9, 2015)

One of the country’s top R&D organizations for clean transportation and advanced vehicle communications recently conducted a workshop in South Walton Beach to address traffic woes in the 30A region. What transpired was an eye-opening vision of a future Walton County free of traffic congestion and becoming a national model for automated and emission-free transportation.

Walton County hosts some of the nation’s most pristine beaches and resort communities, all assembled along a small county road (Florida Scenic Highway 30A) with limited access and even more limited expansion opportunities. It is what gives this part of the Panhandle its small town character and what for decades has defined the region that locals simply call “30A.” Now 30A’s charm is threatened by its very success — overcrowded roads and gridlock typically associated with urban centers like New York or Los Angeles. How to address this dilemma has confounded local leaders and residents alike.

To address the problem head on, Seaside founder and resident Robert Davis sought the advice of one of the country’s foremost authorities in the field of transportation innovation, Dr. Joachim Taiber, Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center. Intrigued by what he learned, Davis contacted Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold and arranged for Taiber to lead an envisioning workshop for state and local policymakers, technology experts and transportation and logistics analysts. On October 19 -20, the group gathered at Seaside Assembly Hall and heard Taiber’s perspective on what could be done to alleviate traffic woes in this idyllic resort community and what it could mean for residents and tourists.

A different kind of mass transit.

One possible answer is mass transit, but not the kind commonly used today. Instead of roads filled with hulking, environmentally unclean commuter buses, planners discussed many options from electric bikes and scooters to golf-cart style vehicles that pilot themselves; even Tesla-drawn trolleys capable of carrying passengers from one village to another along this scenic byway. Operated autonomously by computers, riders simply sit back and enjoy the view with family and friends.

According to Taiber, “The future is shaped by automated vehicles, and the automotive industry and the ICT (information and communication technology) industry is investing heavily in the development of driver-assisted and driverless technologies. Fully automated driving requires infrastructure adaptations that could be made in South Walton, making it one of the nation’s leading living labs in mobility innovation. ITIC is excited about this potential and the opportunity to work with local leaders to deploy these new technologies in a safe and reliable way.”

Transportation Secretary Boxold said, “The unique communities that border County Road 30A are one of Florida’s treasures along the Emerald Coast. We look forward to working with local leaders and residents to maintain its character while managing future growth using innovative solutions.”

Joining Secretary Boxold at the workshop was Florida Transportation Commission Chairman Jay Trumbull, Sr., who lives and works in neighboring Bay County.

“I see a tremendous regional benefit to what was discussed at this conference,” he said. “We can serve visitors arriving at Beaches International Airport and offer a place where research and development in this field of transportation can occur and then be tested in a real world environment. It offers an exciting opportunity to make Florida the leader in cutting edge transportation solutions.”

Meanwhile, Davis sees an opportunity to create a more diverse and sustainable model for Walton County’s future growth.  Davis’s idea is to lure people to live here much of the year, moving the economy beyond tourism.

“Tourism has a limit,” he said. “We want visitors to so love their experience here that those with the flexibility to live anywhere will choose to live in Walton County and create knowledge industry jobs. We want our children to come back here to live after college.”

In coming weeks, local residents will be asked to offer their thoughts about the ideas discussed at the workshop. In addition, Walton County has commissioned a transportation study that should be available early in 2016.

To learn more about the workshop and future planning for transportation innovations on South Walton’s 30A coastline, go to http://30amobility.com.