From Norway to Mongolia in the smartest wreck on Earth

On July 15 this summer, Kjetil Blokkum and the brothers Frode and Jostein Johansen, cram into a crappy Skoda in which they are going to drive from Norway to Mongolia.

They are participants in Mongol Rally 2018, arranged by The Adventurist, which is an organization that aims to make the world less boring.

IoT abroad

Frode is checking the engine, Kjetil pretends to drive, and Jostein sits on top.

Small, shit and smart

According to Mongol Rally rules, the car must be small and shit. But nobody says it can’t be small, shit and smart, Blokkum says.

The Skoda is equipped with small, wireless IoT sensors. It is probably the smartes wreck on Earth.

Some of the sensors measure key parameters of the car, such as tire pressure and coolant temperature, while some sensors measure the environment around them (CO2-level, daylight, temperature and relative humidity).

The robust sensors measure every other second and they work for 15 years on one battery. The data from the sensors are transmitted to a gateway that uploads the data to the Internet every five minutes.

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There is nothing new about cars having sensors. What’s interesting about Neuron wireless sensor system is that you can use the technology to connect everything everywhere to the internet.

Although the sensors are developed for use in industry, buildings, ships and heavy vehicles, it is no sweat to use them on an old Skoda.

The Mongol Rally starts in the Czech Republic the 15th of July. The trio expects to drive through Istanbul, Teheran, Samarkand and Ulan Bator, and arrive Ulan Ude about six weeks later, but, on the other hand, this is an adventure and they can’t really expect anything but the unexpected.

The Mongol Rally represents an unique opportunity to test technology in a harsh and unstable environment, says Tor Øistein Skjermo, Head of Development at El-Watch.


Making IT in Norway

Neuron sensors are developed by El-Watch, a Norwegian hi-tech firm located in Rindal and Trondheim. The sensors are produced by Simpro where the three rally drivers are employed.

According to Frode Johansen (who besides being a budding rally driver also is the IT-manager of Simpro), it is cool that relatively small Norwegian companies can cooperate to develop, produce and test state-of-the art technology!