ANN ARBOR, Mich.; May 22, 2007 Providing top-tier automakers with the most robust data and media management technologies for new in-car entertainment systems, All Media Guide (AMG), the premier technology and content database provider for exploring music, movies, and games, and QNX Software Systems, the leading supplier of realtime operating systems (RTOS) for in-car telematics and infotainment applications, have announced that AMGs media recognition and playlisting technologies will be made available to participants in the QNX OEM Innovation Labs (OIL) Program. OIL provides participating automakers with early access to advanced technologies for use within their research and development groups. The two companies will demonstrate their market-leading technologies here at the Telematics Update conference in the AMG booth, #2.
With the increasing interest in in-car entertainment and advanced telematics, giving consumers the same power to control that experience, while also increasing the safety factor, is paramount for automakers, said Andrew Stess, Vice President, Consumer Electronics for All Media Guide. QNXs advanced operating system is a perfect match to support the implementation of AMGs technology into the mobile environment at the highest possible level.
QNX will integrate two of AMGs digital media technologies with the QNX Neutrino operating system: LASSO, AMGs digital media recognition solution, and Tapestry, its intelligent playlisting technology. LASSO automatically identifies and tags audio CDs, DVDs, or individual digital music tracks using table of contents and acoustic fingerprint recognition technologies, so that any number or combination of criteria can later be used to retrieve the music. Tapestry is AMGs playlist development technology, which uses the companys editorially applied music profiles on more than 6,200 descriptive elements in the music to help make recommendations for moods, activities, and more.
When used within the QNX Neutrino operating system and the QNX Photon® microGUI® windowing system, these AMG technologies will allow users of in-car systems to build playlists based on criteria defined by the consumer, or if desired, by recognizing music patterns and user preferences. Music data ranging from artist, song title, and musical genre to lists of similar albums and web links to display cover art can also be displayed.
Digital music and entertainment consumption continues to see remarkable growth, said Andrew Poliak, automotive segment manager for QNX Software Systems. This growth has created a desire by consumers who want greater access to their digital music collections in their vehicles. By working with AMG, we can help automakers satisfy their consumers growing appetites by providing the most advanced, easy to use software systems to power and control the new generation of in-car entertainment systems.
All Media Guide, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the leading authority on music, movies and games. Since 1991, the company has provided comprehensive content and technologies to support the physical and digital distribution of entertainment media. With thousands of musicologists, film historians, and game specialists contributing over the years, AMG has created the industry's cleanest, most in-depth database of information and original editorial content. AMG content and technologies are licensed by leading consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and Internet sites. Visit AMG at www.allmusic.com, www.allmovie.com and www.allgame.com.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and QNX Momentics® development suite together provide the industrys most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.
Roher Public Relations for AMG