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Key Industry Challenges
A battery management system (BMS) is a critical device that facilitates the efficiency and safety of hybrid and electric vehicles. The BMS acts as a communication control center, as it interfaces with various on-board automotive systems to ensure ongoing efficiency, safety, and compliance with design objectives. The BMS monitors the individual cells of each battery pack and protects the cells from reaching the threshold condition. It provides a “safe mode” abort or a “fail-safe” mechanism during uncontrolled extreme conditions. It isolates the battery systematically during emergency conditions and provides parameters in driver displays and alarm functions. The BMS also calculates the range possibility based on the remaining battery charge and provides a means of access for charging individual cells. The BMS also offers an “emergency mode of operation” in case of unexpected predicaments.
According to Frost & Sullivan’s research, the key issue that end-users face is the use of a complex wire harness to monitor the status of the battery cells. This process based on wire harness has disadvantages, such as higher cost, difficulty of automating the manufacturing process, accident concerns, and lack of scalability to handle a large number of battery cells. It requires a three-dimensional design and manual production and installation, which relate to cost, reliability, and productivity. The printed circuit board (PCB) mounted on the rack requires extra space for the slave BMSs. The BMS is likely to be problematic under conditions of vibration. Other key issues with current BMSs include the existence of too many components, which results in high manufacturing cost and concerns about malfunction.
Impact of Technology Innovation Award on Key Stakeholders
The Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award is a prestigious recognition of Navitas Solutions, Inc.’s accomplishments in the Battery Management Systems. As an unbiased, third-party, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Navitas Solutions, Inc for delivering excellence and best practices in their respective endeavors. The Technology Innovation Award is backed by extensive analysis; companies identified, and the quality, uniquness and impact of their technology strategy are monitored and evaluated through primary analyst research. This stringent methodology positions the recipient company as a superior market participant.