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Luxoft, a member of IBS Group and a leading global provider of advanced application and product development services, announced today at the Telematics Detroit 2012 Conference & Exhibition technology preview of its open source iviLink connectivity platform. This preview allows developers to dive into iviLink’s symmetric architecture, understand its working model along with the wide range of usage models it supports. iviLink, a free to download software, enables seamless connectivity between mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet PCs, and vehicle infotainment systems, including head units, radio modules, rear seat entertainment and more.
Enabling In-Car Apps Integration
The iviLink Technology Preview is aimed at automotive manufacturers, suppliers and mobile apps developers that are considering the implementation of secure OEM-controlled two-way apps integration and multi-media content sharing, including cloud-based content. iviLink can help enhance the automotive connectivity experience in a number of ways, including the use of iviLink-enabled apps from Android or Apple mobile devices with the in-car HMI (human machine interface), which adds in-car remote control functionality and head unit replacement capability by mobile devices.
“We designed iviLink to provide a cost-effective way for automotive OEMs, including commercial car makers, to implement tethered or integrated connectivity within the car, while allowing the consumers to continue using the familiar apps on their smartphones,” said Vasiliy Suvorov, VP Technology Strategy, Luxoft. “Following the growing interest in apps integration among the automotive infotainment community, we’re excited to release the iviLink Technology Preview. Now iviLink software and sample applications are freely available to all developers to evaluate and contribute.”
Benefits for Automotive OEMs
The iviLink connectivity platform can benefit automotive OEMs and top-tier suppliers, as well as app developers and mobile device manufacturers. iviLink offers a competitive advantage by extending multimedia and connectivity functions to the current and future IVI systems. Additionally, iviLink provides a safe and easy way to seamlessly upgrade IVI software without critical impact or risks to the entire system.
iviLink serves as a flexible platform to design, test and deploy solutions that enhance mobile capabilities of the vehicle, while minimizing human capital and financial investments. Automotive OEMs can create a variety of their own car-centric apps in addition to creating an ecosystem of third-party app developers.
Suvorov added: “We see iviLink as the future open standard of choice for enabling seamless integration of mobile devices into cars. In order to make iviLink future-proof, we engineered it to be compatible with such emerging automotive infotainment standards as GENIVI.”
The GENIVI-ready iviLink is designed to be compatible with multiple operating systems (Android, iOS, and Linux) and can operate over numerous serial links (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB and more). The iviLink Technology Preview v.0.9 supports Linux on the head units and Android on the mobile devices. iOS support will be added in Q3 2012. Starting with the version 1.5, iviLink will support HTML5-based remote HMI.
Luxoft, a principal subsidiary of IBS Group, is a provider of advanced application and software engineering outsourcing services for global and regional enterprises. Luxoft builds partnerships with its clients, such as Boeing, IBM, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Harman, Avaya, Alstom, and Sabre based on the culture of engineering excellence, innovation, and deep domain expertise. Luxoft offers international delivery capability through its network of state-of-the-art delivery centers in North America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Luxoft`s customers benefit from the right mix of technology skills, industry knowledge, proprietary processes and methodologies, and a choice of engagement models. For more information, please visit www.luxoft.com. To learn more about Luxoft automotive solutions, please visit http://www.luxoft.com/automotive.
About IBS Group
IBS Group is a leading software development and IT services provider in Eastern Europe. Through its two principal subsidiaries, Luxoft and IBS IT Services, it offers a wide variety of information technology services, such as software development, IT outsourcing, business and IT consulting, business applications implementation. IBS Group is headquartered in Russia and has business operations in Russia, Canada, Germany, Romania, Poland, Switzerland, the UK, Ukraine, the USA, Vietnam and Singapore. IBS Group employs more than 8,300 people worldwide. In financial year ended March 31, 2011 IBS Group reported US GAAP revenues of $656 million. IBS Group is trading on Frankfurt stock exchange under the symbol IBSG GR and is majority-owned by management, with portfolio investors holding 37% of the Group’s share capital. For more information on IBS Group, please visit http://www.ibs.ru/.