WALTHAM, Mass. and TOKYO — Feb. 20, 2014 — UIEvolution, the industry leader in the connected screen space for more than a decade, has announced a partnership with Red Bend Software, the leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM), on a proof of concept project to develop a Linux-based Driver Evolution Platform which enables In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) Systems to be updated over-the-air (OTA) using a smartphone.
The IVI system has become central to the connected car. The IVI manages and plays audio content, delivers rear-seat entertainment, communicates incoming and outgoing SMS text messages, makes phone calls and accesses smartphone-enabled content such as traffic conditions, sports scores and weather forecasts.
Next week at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, UIEvolution and Red Bend will demonstrate how the IVI system can be updated wirelessly. With Red Bend’s automotive software management solution, new IVI information is downloaded over wireless or Wi-Fi networks. When the smartphone is connected, it will automatically upload the updates to the car’s IVI system to provide drivers with the latest information.
“The functionality of the IVI system is so similar to that of the smartphone that drivers and passengers both expect up to date, personalized entertainment content. To ensure this, the automotive industry is adopting technologies proven in the mobile space. Partnering with Red Bend, a leader in managing software OTA, immediately gives us the credibility to offer a Driver Evolution Platform that will be embraced by OEMs and Tier 1s,” said Koji Hosaka, GM of Automotive and President of UIEvolution Japan.
“Software management and OTA updates in connected cars – from the IVI system to the head unit and ECUs – is becoming more important for the entire automotive ecosystem to cut costs, enhance safety and strengthen consumer relationships. Partnering with UIEvolution is another example of Red Bend’s commitment to leverage our automotive software management solution to help make the connected car a reality and ensure a continuously better driving experience,” said Moto Fujimura, the country manager of Red Bend Japan.
UIEvolution and Red Bend’s joint IVI wireless updating demonstration will be shown at UIEvolution’s stand, Hall8.1 8.1A11, and at Red Bend in Hall 2, stand 2M30.
About Red Bend Software Red Bend® Software, the leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM) with more than 2 billion Red Bend-Enabled™ devices, makes mobile devices and services continuously better in a rapidly changing world. Red Bend is the only company that provides standards-based products and solutions for software management, device management and mobile virtualization that work on any mobile phone and connected device uniformly, efficiently and securely over the air. Red Bend enables its customers to stay competitive in a fast-moving market by helping them deliver high-value services on an increasing number of connected devices with growing software complexity. More than 100 leading device manufacturers, mobile operators, semiconductor vendors and automotive companies worldwide trust Red Bend with their most important assets—the mobile and connected devices their consumers depend on. www.redbend.com
About UIEvolution As an industry leader in the connected screen space for over a decade, UIEvolution’s leadership possesses world-class executive experience drawn from iconic firms in the digital industry. Together, UIEvolution’s leaders deliver a wealth of experience, driving successful innovations in companies of all sizes — from large Enterprise customers and partners to small media companies. Winning in digital business today requires an Evolutionary approach to how large companies view “mobile” or “web.” UIEvolution realizes that all screens should be connected, regardless of device type or platform. Today, UIE’s Evolution Platform solves problems for a greater array of smart devices and large Enterprise customers than any other technology. For more information, please visit www.uievolution.com.
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