Aventi Technology is an independent international provider of automation solutions to the infrastructure industry which is based in Norway. A significant part of their business is within the transportation sector, where they have experience and reference in the market. Aventi supplies systems for management, control and surveillance, video surveillance, and electrical installations in the transport sector – both road and rail.
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The requirements are many in this project. To begin with, one of the main requirements of this project is to develop a solution creating a smart transportation system to monitor all vehicles (including vehicle details), establish and communicate all obstacles such as, oncoming vehicles, accidents, roadblocks and road signs. The system is also required to show wrong wrong way drivers and road conditions, such as slippery roads and traffic. On top of the above requirements the system should be able to send out information to 3rd parties on request as a public API.
Challenges in the Business Process
Some of the initial challenges were to work with multiple teams in multiple time zones. There were Norwegians, Sri Lankans, French, Swedes and other nationals working together. As challenging as it was, this made it all the more fun and worthwhile too. While working together we traveled abroad, researched, and learned from each other to better our games.
Challenges in Technology
We researched multiple new technologies and methodologies, such as selecting the most viable database for the project. These research spanned over multiple teams across multiple nations. We tested the systems and their structures on how to archive historical data, and to use threads and queues to handle vast amounts of data (millions of records even) per sec. Our system had to be scalable in order to capture this vast inflow of data. The data captured in this system came from multiple device vendors such as onboard units and roadside units. We tried out various measures to enhance the security of the system, such as experimenting with TLS for the database and running a virtual road site unit. Even communication methods were thoroughly encrypted which required username and password authentication including carrying out information from the Database Server.
Next step in moving forward was system integration. For this, we flew to Oslo and conducted the procedure at the Aventi’s office, followed by a factory testright across the street. After several successful factory testing, it was time for a pilot deployment to be conducted in the presence of the Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA). With clearances from the NPRA the next hurdle was to conduct user acceptance testing, which was successfully carried at the pilot-test site as well. To conclude this has been an amazing and still ongoing journey, which is one of kind. Till to date, we are experimenting, working and developing this system with Aventi Technology AS.