Telematic Control Unit


With continuous market research and working side-by-side with advanced technology suppliers, FICOSA has developed a smart and compact communication platform to satisfy the increasing demand of in- vehicle telematic services. The TCU – Telematic Control Unit – platform comprises compact and cost effective solutions to enable security, safety and infotainment applications in the vehicle. Furthermore, the TCU product family is designed to minimise installation costs and maximise system robustness in the case of an accident or external manipulation. The TCU is a state-of-the-art OBU (onboard unit).

Main characteristics and benefits:

Linux based.
Many telephony connectivity technologies: GSM, GPRS, WCDMA, HDSPA, LTE, LTE-A are growing!
Cost-effective and compact electronic design.
Optimal design and performance of integrated antennas with the option of external antennas.
System robustness in the case of an accident and external manipulation thanks to integrated aerials in the same module.

Automotive conformance.

Crash detection and airbag deployment: able to detect a crash and deploy the airbag by CAN bus and also by external and dedicated wire.
Several power-saving modes (ON, sleep, and deep sleep modes).
Europe eCall ready.
Point of interest download, map updating… all by USB connection.
WiFi hotspot/client connection.
Multiple CAN communications for vehicle CAN and for multimedia CAN.
Backup battery for security and safety services. An external backup battery is also possible.
Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) capable of updating internal firmware and also other ECUs’ firmware.
GNSS capability (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou…).

A totally scalable solution which can grow with your business (Ethernet/BroadR-Reach connection, memory…).


New regulations for emergency calls in Europe – eCall (Era Glonass in Russia)- require telematics units to be integrated into vehicles. For both systems Ficosa has ready-to-install solutions for car manufacturers which meet all the technical requirements required by the regulations.

As a leader in vehicle communications systems, Ficosa has extensive experience in the development of communication modules for emergency calls from vehicles, automatically taking data.

Implemented Functionalities

Vehicle sensor data collection via CAN Bus interface.
Audio input/output.
Localisation and tracking.
Eventual and periodic location report to control centre via SMS or GPRS.
Event notification and audio channel establishment with Control Centre.
Automatic: crash detection.
Manual: crisis, accident, and roadside assistance.
Power autonomy with integrated rechargeable backup-battery.
Route download.
Storage of up to 40,000 positions.
Provision for in-band modem.
Optional extended connectivity.

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