Embedded electronics play a signiﬁcant role in automobile products. This demands greater collaboration, innovation and governance from engineering services partners.
Here’s how Mindtree partnered with a global manufacturer of tools and diagnostics products, to engineer and sustain a leading product.
The customer has a telematics product, which is an on-board, wireless and web based system, for remote monitoring and diagnostics of on-the-road trucks and ﬂeet vehicles. The customer needed a solution that would extend the product utility to vehicles other than J1708 and ISO 9141 trucks. They also wanted to offer value added services such as fuel tax collection, vehicle insurance and automatic toll payment to ﬂeet operators.
The use of proprietary technologies was considered a barrier in extending the product reach. At the same time, support for open source components was scarce. This put pressure on the customer to contain the number of components and realize savings in BOM. They needed an end-to-end supply chain ownership to manage sourcing risks and ensure timely delivery.
The hardware and software design needed to support multiple communication protocols, vehicle-speciﬁc interfaces and porting across proprietary real-time OS and Windows CE.
Mindtree owned the system, software integration, compliance testing and conducted ﬁeld trials to ensure reliable product performance. We created a new open standards based product and introduced modularization. We also developed backend applications, server software components and a graphical user interface.
Our extensive experience in hardware design, manufacturing, performance and compliance testing enabled us to advise the customer, on the tests needed to ensure ﬁeld performance and meet industry compliance standards.
Mindtree reduced component sourcing risks for the customer, by taking full ownership of PCB and electronic components supply chain and vendor management. We collaborated with vendors to realize signiﬁcant cost savings with on-time delivery.
We adopted a prototype based design approach to mitigate risks associated with evolving standards, technologies and delays with ﬁeld testing. We have designed more than 100 prototypes to ensure that reliability, compliance and performance standards are met.
To secure continuity of operations and realize cost savings, we set up a dedicated ODC with a secure, high bandwidth direct link to customers.