What’s new? VR for industry and special features of vehicle PCs

At the end of the year we are talking about a topic that is on everyone’s lips: Virtual reality, which is also important for industry 4.0. Furthermore we look at two special features of our vehicle PCs.

Virtual Reality: Also for industry 4.0

For applications in the industrial environment, applications from the areas of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are increasingly being developed. In industry 4.0 numerous applications are possible: In addition to the training of employees, customers and business partners (e.g. flight simulators, operating rooms, but also hard-to-reach places such as power plants), VR is also interesting for design, development and presentation. In virtual reality, products, assemblies, systems and processes can be simulated and are interactively accessible. Currently, however, there is still a lack of decent hardware, since VR applications place high demands on the processor and graphics performance of a Mini-PC.

Integrated battery: More reliability

The vehicle PCs of the MOVE series from spo-comm can all be ordered with an optional battery pack. If, for instance, the power fails or the ignition in the car unexpectedly breaks down, the PC runs operated by battery and shuts down automatically, if it doesn’t get power again. Among other things, this is interesting in the measurement technology, as data can still be saved. In addition, a hard shutdown isn’t good for PCs, since the operating system can be damaged sooner or later.

Not just for border crossers: Two mobile networks

Our new models of the MOVE series each have two SIM card slots and therefore it is possible to rely on two mobile networks (3G or 4G). The advantages are obvious: On the one hand two simultaneous connections can be established, which increases the speed of data transfer. On the other hand, by using two different networks, a larger coverage can be achieved, in order not to suddenly get into a dead zone during transport. This is also interesting for vehicles traveling in the border area. Here it is possible to use the appropriate network for each country.

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A blackout is always bad for PCs and server systems. Short failures in the millisecond range are already sufficient to turn off electronic devices. As a result, ongoing operations are aborted and unsaved data are lost. In order to protect oneself against this, a so-called UPS (abbreviation for uninterruptible power supply) is often used. In case of a blackout, these emergency power units can supply devices with battery power. Unfortunately they are often quite expensive, large and unwieldy.

Built-in battery instead of UPS

An alternative to an UPS are PCs with built-in battery pack, such as the spo-comm series MOVE and RUGGED. With this optional supplement, the power supply is sufficient to bridge a short failure of up to 10 minutes. Enough time to save operations, shutting down programs and turning off the Mini-PC. Also you have the possibility to configure the BIOS in order to complete all memory operations automatically and to shut down the PC properly.

This is also interesting for use in vehicles for which the MOVE series was originally designed. If the vehicle-PC is equipped with a battery, a sudden shutdown or stalling of the engine does not have any negative consequences for the ongoing operations.

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Security: Mini-PC with battery as UPS

Another alternative to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is presented in the third part of our blog series about security: the Mini-PC with built-in battery.
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What are features of a Vehicle-PC?

A Mini-PC that is suitable for the use in vehicles is characterized by various factors. First, Vehicle-PCs should have no moving parts to endure shock and vibration easily. Therefore, they have fanless cooling, and ideally an SSD is installed instead of an HDD. The robust design and a completely enclosed housing also protect against dust and moisture. In order to bear the voltage spikes of starting the engine of a car, a Vehicle-PC requires a wide range input of 9-36 volts, sometimes even up to 48 volts. Furthermore, a compact design is advantageous because the space available in vehicles is limited. Mini-PCs are therefore always the first choice. An extended temperature range is also important as Vehicle-PCs are used outdoor and thus should be able to withstand minus degrees and heat.

Depending on the area of application, Vehicle-PCs can additionally be equipped with various extensions. These include GPS as well as 3G or 4G modules. Some PCs even offer two SIM card slots, which significantly improve the availability in the mobile network. If you want to prevent a sudden shutdown of the PC, for example, by stalling the engine, you can get a battery pack, which supplies the PC for another 10 minutes of power and thus can prevent data loss.

Where are Vehicle-PCs used?

The application areas for Vehicle-PCs are diverse. Examples are emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, police cars or customs vehicles. In addition, mobile operating centers and mobile monitoring platforms can be equipped with vehicle-compatible Mini-PCs. Vehicle-PCs are also used in vehicle development. In prototypes, for example, they can monitor, measure and check the processes while driving. Autonomous driving requires Vehicle-PCs with enormous computing power. Images of several cameras as well as measurement results of different sensors have to be evaluated and processed with artificial intelligence and deep learning. Another area of application is digital signage and infotainment. On buses, trains, subways and even taxis, screens with news, weather forecasts and advertising are commonplace.

Which Vehicle-PCs offers spo-comm?

In spo-comm’s product catalogue everyone finds the suitable product for his specific vehicle application. The Vehicle-PCs include the models of the MOVE series: the MOVE N3160 and, for those who need a bit more power, the MOVE QM87. The newer models of the RUGGED series are as well suitable for the use in vehicles: the RUGGED Q170, the RUGGED Ryzen on AMD basis and our RUGGED GTX1060 Ti, which is equipped with an NVIDIA Geforce graphics card and allows multi-monitor applications.

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Mini-PCs in vehicles? How does this work?

A normal desktop PC is not the best solution to use in a car, which should be clear to everyone. We have summarized, why Mini-PCs are the better choice and what special features they need aside from that.
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Vehicle Computing by spo-comm

As the name suggests, the MOVE Series is a classic for use in vehicles of all kinds. Special transformers, optional batteries and numerous modules for mobile applications (3G/4G, GPS) ensure smooth operation in every imaginable vehicle. Thanks to passive heat management and particularly robust construction, usage within an extended temperature range of-40°C to 70°C is no problem.

Mini-PC with Masses of Content

The inner workings of the typically compact industrial PCs provides a few surprises, with numerous options that propel vehicle computing to a new level. In the rugged and fanless metal casing measuring 250x55x150mm, there’s space for up to two HDDs or SSDs as well as modules for mobile networking (3G/4G), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Thanks to the dual SIM slot, it’d even possible to use two completely separate mobile networks.

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spo-book MOVE QM87 – Vehicle Computing with Every Refinement

The spo-book MOVE QM87 is a vehicle solution with a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU, fanless heat management and numerous additional features.