US university launches auto, IIoT and ProAV consortia for TSN testing

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The University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has launched three consortia focused on Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). Addressing the automotive, industrial and ProAV sectors, the consortia will offer test plans, tools and test beds, helping businesses to improve their products and market readiness.

“Standards based precise time, guaranteed bandwidth and guaranteed worst-case latency in a converged Ethernet network is a game changer to many industries,” said Bob Noseworthy, UNH-IOL’s chief engineer. “Through UNH-IOL’s industry-specific TSN consortia, companies can be at the forefront and drive the technology forward by validating their solutions with a full suite of testing services, which will allow applications such as self-driving cars and the Industrial Internet of Things to take off.”

The need for time sensitivity and predictability in autonomous vehicles is said by UNH-IOL to be one of the major driving forces behind the development of TSN standards, as well as the growth in the industrial IoT. Through participating in the consortia, companies will be able to collaborate in shaping the standards through neutral, third party conformance and interoperability testing.

While Ethernet was originally developed as a ‘best effort’ networking technology, TSN adds such features as time synchronisation, ingress policing, seamless redundancy, frame preemption, scheduled traffic and stream reservation to ensure the time sensitive data is not held up on networks.