All participants of the openMDM General Assembly 2021 agreed: A reliable and traceable validation of vehicle functions with the help of both, physical tests and simulations, requires standardized, open data management solutions. Accordingly, the Working Group can record an increasing use of openMDM components at OEM´s and suppliers worldwide.
“The data model based on ASAM ODS standard, the API (Application Programming Interface) as well as the Web Client offer not only the end user companies of openMDM a versatile software platform for managing test and simulation data coming from different test domains, but also enable tool providers to integrate their products into the customer´s tool chains with a manageable amount of effort and in compliance with a widespread standard”, stated Dr. Hans-Jörg Kremer, Managing Director at Peak Solution. Today, openMDM based applications can be found in many test domains, like NVH, Durability, Electric Driving, Engine Development, Passive Safety, Multivariate Analysis, and many more.
Angelika Wittek, the Working Group´s Product Manager, presented the platform’s milestones and releases over the last 12 month. In addition to a number of bug fixes, a multitude of technical and functional API enhancements as well as usability improvements and extensive documentation work, the so-called “Node Provider” was implemented in the web client. This allows the tree structure and nodes for navigating in the ODS database to be adapted individually. Now, the user can configure and use several “Navigators” in parallel. This means that openMDM can be tailored precisely to the needs of different user groups. While the manager of an overall vehicles project would primarily like to see the results of the various tests that were carried out in the course of his project, the development engineer of a specific vehicle component may be more interested in comparing different test bench and road measurements with his simulation results. "With 5.2.0 M5 there will be another release shortly available, with improvements in search functions, support in the management of parameter sets, single sign-on mechanisms, data import and export extensions and much more," promised Angelika Wittek. Most of the contributions to this release will come from BMW and MTU Aero.
Another topic on the agenda of the General Assembly was the program plan for 2022. The objectives are to increase global visibility and acceptance of the project as well as to identify cross-project opportunities for cooperation in order to advance technical initiatives. This is to be achieved, among other things, by publishing the openMDM application model and the API as an ASAM ODS companion standard as well as by hosting a series of international information events to arouse interest in the use and further development of openMDM among new user groups. I this context the Steering Committee approved the 2022 OpenMDM Working Group budget as presented as well.
The continuous further development of openMDM, which is driven by members and non-members of the working group, represents a considerable benefit for user companies and tool providers in the field of test data management and guarantees planning and investment protection for everyone involved.