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TRW Wins Chassis Controller Business: Livonia-based TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) said Monday it had won its first contract to supply an integrated Driver Assist System and chassis control unit for an unnamed European car manufacturer. TRW will begin to supply the control units, known as the Safety Domain ECU or SDE, in 2013 for 2014 model year applications. The SDE integrates a number of chassis, suspension and driver assist system control functions and has the flexibility and processing capacity to integrate software from both the supplier and third parties including the vehicle manufacturer, using AUTOSAR as a basis. Initial SDE functions targeted for this contract include control and arbitration of several DAS and active safety systems. One important enabler for these advanced safety functions is the FlexRay communication bus that allows high speed data transmission. In addition to the SDE controller, other advanced safety electronics integration is planned for the vehicle platforms involved. This encompasses integration of the inertial measurement unit for Electronic Stability Control into the Airbag Control Unit, while overall control of the Electric Park Brake system will take place within the ESC electronic control unit.
Boulder County Live on Manatron Appraisal Software: Portage-based Manatron Inc. Monday announced that Boulder County, Colorado is now utilizing the company’s GRM customCAMA software to assist with the process of assessing county property values. Manatron GRM customCAMA is a comprehensive property appraisal software product and is the only completely customizable CAMA solution in today’s market, offering multiple tailored solutions for local government property appraisers. This combination of power and flexibility makes the customCAMA software a popular choice for large and complex jurisdictions. The GRM customCAMA software also incorporates oblique aerial image access, which uses multiple cameras that combine images, for property appraisal accuracy. This comprehensive approach has improved efficiency by allowing employees to take measurements and 3D images of buildings for recording purposes, ultimately resulting in a ten-fold increase in productivity. Manatron, a privately held company and an investment of private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC, provides software and services for state and local governments to completely, fairly and efficiently assess real and personal property, and to bill and collect the related property taxes in their jurisdictions. Manatron currently serves more than 1,500 customers and manages approximately 40 million parcels. More at www.manatron.com.
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