QNX and Safran Demo Remote SIM Positioning

June 23, 2016  by  

qnx safran connected-car-solutionSafran Identity & Security and QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, presented a joint demonstration of remote SIM provisioning for connected cars at TU-Automotive Detroit. The demonstration showcased how over-the-air provisioning will bring a new level of flexibility to connected vehicles, enabling a single SIM card to support different mobile operator profiles and provide domestic network service around the world.The joint demonstration of the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment and Safran’s GSMA-compliant remote subscription provisioning solution, MorphoFlex™, illustrates the secure delivery of operator credentials for flexible cellular connectivity. For the end customer, the solution can ensure that the vehicle remains fully connected, no matter what country it is driving in, with continuous delivery of infotainment, reliable access to emergency services, and maintenance of vehicle data integrity. For the automaker, the solution can enable SIM management and the flexibility to change the active operator throughout all phases of the vehicle lifecycle, including manufacture, delivery, initial sale, and resale.

One in five vehicles on the road worldwide will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, amounting to more than 250 million connected vehicles (Gartner). The market for connected cars is a huge growth sector within the Internet of Things. Together, the Safran and QNX offerings can deliver secure cellular connectivity that enables global car manufacturers to address these new commercial opportunities.

Support for remote SIM provisioning will be essential to the market success of connected vehicle systems. Because these systems typically use embedded SIMs, switching SIM cards to change mobile operators on the fly is not an option, which makes remote provisioning a critical feature. The QNX CAR Platform is designed to offer automotive developers and OEMs flexibility, including choices for user interfaces, app environments, hardware platforms, and smartphone integration standards. Our joint demonstration with Safran illustrates how this flexibility can be extended to cellular integration standards, enabling cars to work with almost any mobile network, reliably and securely.

Yves Portalier, Vice President and General Manager Telecom at Safran Identity & Security, said: “The joint demo of MorphoFlex with the QNX CAR Platform at TU-Automotive this week in Detroit illustrates the delivery of highly secure and flexible cellular connectivity for the automotive industry, and shows how the commercial success of the Internet of Things will be achieved by working together.”
QNX also said that its acoustics software for hands-free voice communications has shipped in over 50 million telematics and infotainment systems. Almost 20 automakers now use QNX acoustics software to enhance the user experience of their vehicles, in products such as Chrysler Uconnect®, Ford SYNC® 3, GM OnStar® and Honda BlueConnect®. On average, QNX® acoustics software is shipped in an automotive system every 2.5 seconds.

Engineered to address the challenges of noisy automotive environments, QNX acoustics technology runs on a rich choice of automotive hardware and software platforms. These include the QNX Neutrino® OS, which has been deployed in over 60 million vehicles worldwide.

Today’s drivers expect to hear – and to be heard – clearly when they call from their cars, and to have a distraction-free experience. Moreover, the smartphone is driving expectations for better call quality through support for Voice-over-IP calling and Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technologies. To meet these expectations in the harsh acoustic environment of the car, automakers rely on QNX Acoustics for Voice, which provides patented algorithms for echo cancellation, noise reduction and other voice-enhancement technologies, and on the expert tuning, testing and software support provided by QNX Software Systems worldwide.

In addition to QNX Acoustics for Voice, QNX Software Systems offers:

  • QNX In-Car Communication – A revolutionary technology that enhances the driver’s voice, allowing passengers in the back seats to hear the driver clearly, even when the vehicle is driving at highway speeds. Instead of shouting or turning around to be heard, the driver can speak normally, while keeping his or her eyes on the road.
  • QNX technologies for improving in-vehicle sound quality – These include QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control, which reduces the low-frequency engine “boom” noise caused by modern fuel-saving techniques, and QNX Acoustics for Engine Sound Enhancement, which enables automakers to create and maintain unique engine sounds that enhance the appeal of their vehicles.
  • QNX Acoustics Management Platform (AMP) – A new, holistic approach to managing in-car acoustics that combines all of the above technologies into an integrated solution. QNX AMP allows automakers to manage the total sonic experience of their vehicles, while reducing system costs and complexity.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) encourages automakers to adhere to standards for in-vehicle call quality that QNX Software Systems helped develop.

“The quality of hands-free communications can make or break the driving experience, which is why so many automakers and tier one suppliers rely on QNX acoustics technology – it is engineered to enable the best possible UX, to eliminate the cost of dedicated hardware, and to simplify the tuning of complex acoustics systems,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Head of QNX Software Systems. “Being deployed in over 50 million systems by nearly 20 automakers is a testament to the value that our acoustics expertise brings to the industry, and to the trust customers place in our production-proven technology.”

QNX Software Systems offers a comprehensive suite of infotainment, telematics, safety, and acoustics software platforms deployed in more than 60 million vehicles. More than 40 automotive OEMs use QNX technology for their infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, advanced driver information systems (ADAS), telematics units, and connectivity modules.

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