QNX Software Systems, Alcatel-Lucent Win OCRI Award for LTE Connected Car
The ng Connect Program announced that its members QNX Software Systems and Alcatel-Lucent have won the 2010 Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation or “OCRI” Strategic Partnership Award for their joint work in the ng Connect Program.
QNX and Alcatel-Lucent were selected for their collaboration on the LTE Connected Car, a new concept vehicle that illustrates how 4G/Long Term Evolution or “LTE” mobile broadband access technology and resulting ultra high-bandwidth connectivity can bring a wide range of new capabilities to the automobile, ng Connect Program officials said.
The companies, together with Atlantic Records, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., chumby, Gamestreamer, Intamac and Kabillion, created what they call the “world's most innovative integrated in-vehicle experience.”
The LTE Connected Car, according to ng Connect Program officials, creates an entirely new mobile communications platform by bringing together leading automotive makers, network operators, component suppliers, and content providers.
Application developers and content providers from the program contributed to show how those industries can extend existing services to the LTE Connected Car, and how they can create a whole new class of vehicle-centric and travel-centric applications and services, they added.
Important applications tested on LTE Connected Car include remote maintenance, entertainment, safety and mechanical telematics, and enhanced navigation, including detailed traffic and weather information.
QNX Software Systems provided the software foundation for the LTE Connected Car, including the operating system, touchscreen user interfaces, media players for YouTube and Pandora, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, multimedia playback, handsfree integration, games, an app store, and a virtual mechanic. All components are based on the QNX CAR application platform, company officials said.
For the LTE Connected Car, Alcatel-Lucent provided LTE radio and patent-pending antennae technology that supports new advances in in-vehicle connectivity. The company's multi-screen video solution provides streaming video applications to four touchscreens simultaneously.
The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry ecosystem dedicated to the development and commercialization of the next generation of broadband services based on LTE and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. The ng Connect Program recently announced the addition of 10 new members, says a TMCnet blog.
OCRI is Ottawa's lead economic development agency. Winners for this year's OCRI awards were selected by a committee from the Society of Collaborative Opportunities and Advancement of Professionals or “SCOAP,” according to OCRI officials.