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25.02.2016

“Vehicular CrowdCell”: connectivity experts at peiker turn vehicles into mobile transmission masts

  • The “Vehicular CrowdCell” research project uses vehicles with built-in femtocells as mobile hotspots
  • The next step in the evolution of “Vehicular Small Cell” technology will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 22 to 25, 2016


It turns vehicles into “mobile transmission masts”: “Vehicular CrowdCell,” a research project of the BMW Group in cooperation with automotive supplier peiker and Nash Technologies. The concept relies on femtocells built into cars to improve mobile communications networks in the vehicles’ surroundings. The partners will be exhibiting a prototype installed in a BMW X5 at Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, from February 22 to 25.

To meet the requirements of today’s digital society, automakers have to integrate their customers’ living environments into vehicles. To do this, telematics modules like those from automotive supplier peiker connect cars with the outside world at high speed. And outside their vehicle, too, the “smartphone generation” expects to have access to the digital world anywhere, anytime. To help carriers offer a mobile communications network that delivers top performance and coverage, the connectivity experts at peiker joined forces with the BMW Group and Nash Technologies to develop the “Vehicular CrowdCell.” The new technology is based on the “Vehicular Small Cell,” which was unveiled in 2015: a femtocell built into the vehicle that both improves connection quality inside the car and significantly reduces radiation and battery use in the end device.

The new “Vehicular CrowdCell” research project now uses these “mobile transmission masts” to boost the mobile communications network in the area around a vehicle with a built-in femtocell as needed. This means dead spots in areas with spotty coverage could soon be a thing of the past. As for how important that can be, the eCall function offers a good example: The automatic vehicle emergency call system, which manufacturers are required to install in new models starting in 2018, uses the mobile communications network to transmit the necessary data – so optimum network coverage is not just a convenient feature, but can even save lives in an emergency.

peiker Managing Director Reinhard Kromer-von Baerle explains: “With the Vehicular CrowdCell research project, we are taking the subject of connectivity to a whole new level. It’s no longer just about connecting a vehicle to the outside world – our automotive expertise is now also helping to boost coverage and performance in the mobile communications network for the outside world, too.”

About peiker:
peiker is a leading provider of high-tech solutions in the area of communications technology – both for cars and for professional radio (PMR). Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, peiker has spawned subsidiaries in France, the USA, China, and Mexico. Founded in 1946 as an acoustics company, the mid-sized company now provides an extensive portfolio of products and services for in-car infotainment and entertainment. peiker’s connectivity modules are suitable for use in vehicles and enable a fast and reliable data transmission on the road; under the heading of “connected car”, it thus opens the car door to the internet, navigation, other manufacturer-specific assisted services, and emergency call (eCall). Among peiker’s regular clients are renowned international auto manufacturers, industrial firms, government agencies, and mobile phone manufacturers. In the 2015 fiscal year, the peiker group of companies, which has about 1,000 employees, posted sales of approximately 325 million euros. More information is available at www.peiker.com.

Press Contact:

Falk Issmer
Comany Spokesman

peiker acustic GmbH & Co. KG
Max-Planck-Strasse 28-32
61381 Friedrichsdorf/Ts.

Tel: +49 (0) 6172 767-0
Fax: +49 (0) 6172 767-158
E-Mail: falk.issmer@peiker