DETROIT, MI, Convergence 2002, October 21, 2002 - QNX Software Systems and Johnson Controls today announced a collaboration to develop innovative and future-ready products for in-vehicle telematics and multimedia systems.
The companies are collaborating on Johnson Controls' BlueConnectTM, the hands-free system that allows drivers to operate a Bluetooth-enabled cellular phone without taking their hands off the wheel. This product will be demonstrated in the Johnson Controls booth (#821) at the Convergence 2002 international congress on transportation electronics in Detroit, October 21-23.
"Johnson Controls is pleased to be working with QNX," said Mark Zeinstra, business manager, telematics for Johnson Controls. "Through our collaboration, QNX Software Systems will provide the core operating system for our flexible telematics offering, ensuring reliability and support for whatever comes down the telematics road."
Recently, UBS Warburg, a business group of UBS (NYSE: UBS), one of the world's largest financial services firms, predicted that the telematics market will grow to $41 billion worldwide by 2010, with $9.3 billion in the U.S. annually by 2005 and $13 billion by 2010.
The QNX® Neutrino® RTOS provides a fault-tolerant, dynamically upgradable platform that gives Johnson Controls a rich environment in which to build reliable telematics systems and next-generation products. The first wave of these applications, which result from a combination of cutting-edge technology and industry expertise, will be on display at Convergence 2002 and will be available to consumers soon.
"Automakers need technology components that will help them create telematics solutions with longevity and adaptability across the industry," said Dan Dodge, chief executive officer at QNX Software Systems. "At the same time, however, telematics devices must adhere to the cost, safety, and power restrictions of the automobile. Working with Johnson Controls, QNX is delivering the only operating system that meets the high standards of reliability that automakers demand."
About the Demos
Johnson Controls' BlueConnect system allows drivers to carry on a phone conversation and still keep both hands on the wheel. The system, powered by the QNX Neutrino OS, requires only the push of a button to make a call - all other functions are engaged with the driver's voice commands. The system consists of a Johnson Controls-built receiver module, an embedded microphone, and the driver's own Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. The driver can then use spoken commands to operate it.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of seating, interior systems, and batteries. For nonresidential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services, energy management, and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its sales for 2001 totaled $18.4 billion.
About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and small memory footprint of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Siemens, Alcatel, Texaco, and Ford depend on the QNX technology for network routers, medical devices, intelligent transportation systems, safety and security systems, next-generation robotics, and other mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.
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