Why agile collaboration is the key to fast and cost-effective design cycles 

Today, the process of car design, development and manufacturing represents an interaction of different parts and equipment manufacturers, suppliers and end producers. The interdependence is vast. Economic, innovative solutions can only be achieved through efficient, partnership-based cooperation.

Productive collaboration creates synergies causing new creative processes, accelerating development cycles and leading to competitive advantages.

Design centers build on collaboration

Efficient collaboration between designers is playing an increasingly important role within the manufacturers’ design centers.

While traditional design cycles are often a linear, time-consuming process, new technologies take agile collaboration to a completely new level.

New dimensions of agile workflows

Beyond distances

New transmission and switching technologies make it possible to overcome physical distances. Different offices or even buildings and locations are easily connected. This opens up unimagined possibilities in development: the immediate exchange between diverse levels enables the early involvement of different designers and departments on a detailed level; leveraging location-independent, life-size visualizations with astonishing image quality together with VR/AR integrations.

Saving of time

Instant and flexible access to resources and content enables parallel, simultaneous workflows. Traditional workflows are based on a rather linear, hierarchical and thus time-consuming structure. In contrast, the interconnection of high-end design computers with freely selectable, instantaneous user access enables a dynamic workflow. This is not only more practical and convenient for the designers, it also leads to an enormous acceleration of the design process.

Saving of costs

The lifelike visualization of vehicle models in real size requires expensive high-performance computers and appropriate software licenses, which also incur high costs. In traditional design processes, various licenses must be purchased; for each designer involved. Even if certain programs are only occasionally needed. Sharing equipment and software licenses leads to a more efficient use of resources and saves considerable costs.

Flexibility

Real flexibility in development results from the re-location of all compute power to central equipment rooms. Remote real-time access and free switching options with highest quality and zero latency between all connected, centrally located computers and the keyboard, video, mouse and VR/AR headset at the user workspace are essential.

Designers can access sensitive content from their own work space and choose between numerous connected high-end PCs; regardless to their actual physical position. Also, when it comes to sharing of remotely located equipment, operations are executed from the individual work spaces, just like TeamViewer in real-time with the highest possible quality and resolution.

Truly interactive workflows

For key note presentations or meetings, remote content can be accessed via tablet and switched on a life-size video wall, including full interactivity features. By touch input or the integration of VR/AR elements, lifelike scenarios can be displayed vividly, quickly and effectively.

When changes in location are no longer necessary to reach certain computers, and even a greater number of content and resources is available at the same time, this leads to more comfortable and above all more efficient workflows.

Collaboration in the age of digitization is essentially based on technological advancements in high-end signal extension and switching. The system operates in the background and must run reliably and fail-safe. 24/7 with no interruption. The technology behind is ideally seamless and invisible to the user, taking the development and design process to completely new dimensions.