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Automotive IoT – Solutions for Connected Cars

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With new opportunities come new challenges. 

The market for automotive IoT and connected cars is set to reach a staggering $133 billion by 2024 – generating serious potential profits for OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers. 

Reliable connectivity for connected cars can help with everything from Telematics to preventive maintenance to accident prevention and enhanced entertainment systems. 

Autonomous driving will be facilitated by V2X (vehicle to everything) connectivity and the emergence of 5G connected cars, which will provide a new – more convenient – driving experience.

But connected cars will meet challenges and stiff resistance too. 

It will only take a couple of accidents caused by connected technology for progress to be delayed by years. Regulators and consumer groups will also push back against anything they perceive as risky.

To succeed in this exciting new market, automotive suppliers and car manufacturers will need to show they meet the highest standards of security and connectivity. 

The IoT in Automotive market worth $133B in 2024


4 key features connected car offerings must deliver 

Car manufacturers and Tier 1 providers need to build trust in their connected car offerings if they are to enter this lucrative and fast-growing market. They must demonstrate that connected cars offer: 

  • Inviolable security
    If a connected car can be breached, the risks are enormous – from private data being leaked to hackers taking control of the vehicle. Any connected securing element must implement the highest security standards. 
  • Device lifecycle management
    It needs to be possible to remotely update, patch, and improve connected car applications and embedded devices. This process will keep connected cars working at optimal performance and protect them against new cyber risks while enhancing the user experience.
  • Always-on, reliable connectivity
    Any connected automobile must be able to transmit data rapidly and reliably. Delays could confuse the driver and even generate accidents. 
  • Worldwide and seamless operation
    Any connected vehicle component, device, or app must be suitable for deployment in any market around the world without complex adjustments for different markets.  

Thales’ dedicated automotive connectivity solutions, advanced security expertise, and device lifecycle management platform allow you to meet the requirements of the connected car of the future. OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers use our dedicated eSIM, and cellular modules are used by for a wide range of applications.


Thales State-of-the-Art Automotive Solutions provide OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers with:

  • Dedicated automotive-grade cellular connectivity modules
  • Product design according to AEC Q100
  • LTE Advanced Pro high-speed connectivity
  • V2X secure connectivity
  • Advanced temperature management
  • Automotive-grade eSIM and Secure Element
  • Embedded processing
  • Renowned security expertise: ID and credential management, and full data encryption
  • Fully certified automotive quality processes and services

Thales solutions for automotive IoT

CONNECT smart vehicles

CONNECT smart vehicles

Vehicle manufacturers demand uninterrupted connectivity from any smart device in their cars – delays in data transmission could put lives at risk or spoil the user experience. Thales’ dedicated automotive connectivity solutions offer you:

  • Robust and tamper-proof cellular modules which reliably transmits data even in the most extreme environments of temperature, vibration or moisture 
  • Embedded

Digi International Introduces New Routers and Software to Address Next-Generation IoT Connectivity and 5G Needs of Retail, Digital Signage, Transportation, Smart Cities and Beyond

Digi now has routers that include 5Ge / Gigabit LTE (Cat 18) radios, Band 71 and CBRS connectivity, 5G readiness, and are FirstNet Ready™.

Digi has created its new cellular connectivity offerings to match the shifting needs of the IoT marketplace and revamped their features to align with customer needs: whether TX for transportation, IX for industrial, or EX for enterprise, Digi has the right routers for the market’s needs. On supported Digi devices, additional flexibility is available with the Digi CORE® plug-in module: no need to replace the whole unit, just swap the Digi CORE to the LTE standard needed.

While designed for different applications, Digi’s new TX54, TX64 and EX12 are built on a strong foundation that is shared by the rest of Digi’s routers, including:

  • Digi Accelerated Linux (DAL), Digi’s secure operating system for the most demanding business-critical and mission-critical applications. This release adds multicasting, expands routing protocols, and – critical for transportation applications – offers dual APN capabilities and supports dynamic DNS updates.
  • Edge Compute, as each new router comes with Python built-in, allowing users to add intelligence on the device – from simple scripts to full-fledged IoT applications.
  • Digi Remote Manager® for centralized device deployment, monitoring and control. With Digi Remote Manager, organizations can easily automate firmware, software and configuration updates of all units in the field – for complete asset tracking and compliance, including security protection. Also available as an Android or iPhone mobile app.
  • Digi TrustFence®, the built-in security framework, protects internal and external I/O ports to prevent unwanted local intrusion. Digi TrustFence also provides data authentication and device identity management options. Digi TrustFence utilizes the latest encryption protocols for data in motion and over-the-air (OTA) transmissions to ensure the integrity of data flowing across a network.

“We’re unveiling a number of new networking devices today and that will only continue throughout the year as we work to align with customer needs and the next generation of IoT applications in public safety, transportation, smart cities, retail, and beyond,” said Brian Kirkendall, Vice President, Product Management, Digi International. “The Digi TX54, TX64 and EX12 routers are ready to begin that process out of the box today, but also as we continue into the future. We intend to make Digi the IoT connectivity player of choice as the generation of IoT we’ve heard about for years becomes a reality.”

Designed for transportation, intelligent traffic system (ITS), and public safety applications, the Digi TX54 and Digi TX64 are built to make smart cities a reality. In traffic systems, these routers lay the connectivity groundwork needed for traffic monitoring and optimization for connected and even self-driving car capabilities in the future. Dual cellular and dual Wi-Fi makes them ideal for on-transit-vehicle connectivity by both eliminating network downtime with immediate cellular failover and providing simultaneous, firewalled passenger and administrator connectivity to meet the demands of modern riders without jeopardizing the transit organization’s operations.

Additionally, the Digi TX64 with its dual Gigabit LTE (Cat 18) radios is ready