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Updating Connected Car Software Over-The-Air – Why Wait?

Updating Connected Car Software Over-The-Air – Why Wait?

Today’s connected drivers are already demanding up-to-date content and fully updated electronic components that only over-the-air updates can facilitate. In this white paper we will provide car manufacturers with the information of how, instead of holding the technology back until such time as next generation cars go through the production line, they can flash in-vehicle software management agents to current car models over-the-air – anywhere, and at any time, whether at dealership lots, on owner driveways, or on the road.

The New Connected Car Economics – Infographic

The New Connected Car Economics – Infographic

This infographic is a friendly guide to all OEMs looking for ways to cut car testing cycles and Tier 1 partner testing support workloads, minimize production software flashing bottlenecks, eliminate the need for time- and cost-consuming “flash parties” and no less importantly lower warranty- and recall-related car service loads (eliminating the need for consumers to visit dealerships for manual updates), professional training requirements and OBD2 update tool and labor costs – all while reducing customer servicing complexities and software update efforts.

Making Sense of IoT Standards

Making Sense of IoT Standards

For the IoT revolution to become reality and fully deliver on its promise, numerous hurdles need first be overcome. First and foremost, there’s connectivity. In addition to overcoming the physical connectivity challenges there must also be an agreement on communication and management protocols. Adherence to a single standard will be key in enabling the success of the Internet of Things on a global basis. The need for standardization between units, especially in the home is a prerequisite for the broad adoption of smart devices.

This whitepaper explores currently existing device management standards, inter-device and proximity application frameworks, and physical short-range network connectivity standards that are expected to play a role in the realization of IoT.

Cost Effective Updating of Software in Cars From IVIs, TCUs and Domain Controllers to the Entire Vehicle

Cost Effective Updating of Software in Cars From IVIs, TCUs and Domain Controllers to the Entire Vehicle

The dramatic increase in the amount of software in cars is creating a sea change in the automotive industry that will bring more connectivity to the driver’s finger tips and offer new ways for OEMs and Tier 1s to increase user satisfaction, while at the same time saving money.

As we all know, time equals money. This is especially true in the automotive industry where much of success criteria are measured in financial terms. Two cost-structures in the automotive market that are interesting to explore are the financials around warranty claims and recalls and how OTA software updates can minimize these costs. Today, a software update is used mainly for in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVIs) and map content. Moving forward, with the advancements being made in automotive software management, OEMs will soon be able to update all models of a vehicle in its entirety – from bumper to bumper – with one reliable and efficient software update campaign. The efficient management of this software allows OEMs to quickly respond to recall problems and decrease overall warranty costs.

From Hardware Manufacturer to Service Provider: 5 Software-Based Services that Can Transform OEMs

From Hardware Manufacturer to Service Provider: 5 Software-Based Services that Can Transform OEMs

This white paper is for manufacturers of mobile phones, tablets, automotive vehicles, consumer electronics and other wirelessly connected devices (in the paper, described as “mobile devices”) that are interested in using their hardware products as platforms from which to deliver value-added services.

The paper describes how Mobile Software Management (MSM) can be used to achieve this strategy. With MSM, manufacturers can leverage a range of over-the-air technologies—firmware updating, application management, device analytics, policy management and Type-1 virtualization—both as differentiating features that can strengthen their offerings and as services to their customers. Readers will learn from case studies of how to successfully use MSM to deliver new integrated services.

OTA Updating Simplified: Using SaaS to Update Android Devices

OTA Updating Simplified: Using SaaS to Update Android Devices

This whitepaper is intended for Android device manufacturers interested in offering an OTA software updating service to continually delight customers with the latest features and performance improvements. It describes the importance of delivering software updates and explains how it has become an integral part of a manufacturer’s go-to-market strategy. The paper discusses the technology, expertise and service infrastructure needed to ensure reliable and efficient software updates to devices used both by consumers and enterprises. By reading this white paper, Android OEMs will learn how to easily offer an OTA software updating service and gain a competitive edge in the crowded consumer electronics market.

Why Software Management is Needed for All Automotive ECUs

Why Software Management is Needed for All Automotive ECUs

FOTA technology has entered the automotive industry to remotely manage software inside the infotainment system and telematics devices. This paper explains why the automotive industry needs software updates, the types of ECUs that need updating, how updates are done today, the challenges facing the industry that needs to update even the smallest ECUs and how software management can help OEMs and Tier 1s update tiny ECUs.

From the Connected Car to the Managed Car

From the Connected Car to the Managed Car

Sophisticated software features and car connectivity introduce opportunities to deliver new services for a better driving experience, yet they also introduce challenges associated with cost and manageability. This white paper, updated in October 2013, is intended for automotive OEMs, their suppliers and other software and hardware providers in the automotive ecosystem interested in using the connected car as a platform from which to deliver differentiated services that build lifelong brand loyalty and generate new revenue streams. The paper describes the new opportunities yet growing challenges created by car connectivity, and explains the management capabilities required by OEMs to service the increasing amount of car software. By moving beyond the connected car to the “managed car,” the automotive industry can manage the car’s software experience to become a key differentiator and strategic enabler.

Updating Car ECUs Over-the-Air (FOTA)

Updating Car ECUs Over-the-Air (FOTA)

FOTA technology is a proven, safe, and cost-effective method for OEMs and car manufactures to manage the car software evolution, which is turning the car from iron driven to code driven. FOTA can help auto makers to save time and costs, mitigate risk, and attract and retain customers. In addition, this can enable car manufacturers to establish new ways of up-selling services and deliver new features and applications to consumers throughout the car lifecycle.

Should SCOTA Supersede FOTA?

Should SCOTA Supersede FOTA?

FOTA – Firmware Over the Air, the means of updating the software of mobile devices over the mobile network, is a successful mobile technology that is being routinely used on millions of cellular phones and devices to introduce new features and fix defects. SCOTA, updating Software Components Over the Air, is a relative newcomer, but has already become a common feature in operators’ requirements and device specifications, with early adopters among some of the leading device manufacturers. This article focuses on the management of FOTA and SCOTA according to the OMA DM standard, defined by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), the organization responsible for mobile Device Management standards being deployed worldwide by major network operators. This article explores whether devices that support SCOTA should still use FOTA to update firmware, or whether SCOTA can and should absorb FOTA functionality, making SCOTA the sole software-managing mechanism on these devices.

FOTA Best Practices: 5 Steps For Successful FOTA Implementation

FOTA Best Practices: 5 Steps For Successful FOTA Implementation

Today's consumers are demanding the latest software version, pushing OEMs and operators to improve their FOTA update strategies, especially considering the growing problem of Android fragmentation. Planning a winning FOTA system starts first by analyzing customers' requirements, proper dimensioning, deciding which technology to use, and finalizing the business logic that will determine the user experience. In this white paper, Red Bend Software describes five steps for successful FOTA implementation, leveraging Red Bend’s vast experience in providing the FOTA technology used in nearly 1,500 different device models over the last 10 years. To create this white paper, Red Bend has analyzed the best practice FOTA processes of its leading customers. By reading this paper, OEMs and operators in any market -- Mobile to M2M to Automotive -- can understand how to deliver continuously better mobile devices and services using FOTA.

Software and Firmware Updating: Streamlining the Indispensable FOTA in m2m Applications

Software and Firmware Updating: Streamlining the Indispensable FOTA in m2m Applications

Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) updating provides a cost-effective, fast, secure and reliable way for wirelessly re-flashing the firmware on mobile and m2m devices, ensuring that embedded software is up to date with the latest enhancements and features. FOTA has been used widely in the mobile handset market since the mid-2000s. It is a concept proven in billions of mobile handsets and other wirelessly connected devices worldwide. FOTA enables new features and services to be delivered after devices have been deployed in the field. Because FOTA updating sends only the changes (i.e., the differences) between firmware versions to deployed devices without having to send the entire new firmware file over the air, it significantly saves on bandwidth and usage charges. This whitepaper is co-authored by Telit Wireless Solutions and Red Bend Software.

Background Updates: FOTA for the Always Connected Consumer

Background Updates: FOTA for the Always Connected Consumer

Tens of millions of FOTA updates are performed each year in all geographies, not just to fix software defects, but to deliver valuable new features and applications to the consumer. The frequency of updates continues to rise sharply, with OS providers like Apple, Android and Microsoft publishing at least two major releases every year and as many minor updates each month. With software updates becoming more frequent, not just on mobile phones but on all the connected devices around us, it’s time to consider a FOTA update process that does not interrupt a consumer’s use of the device. The solution is to perform FOTA updates in the background.

Monetizing Mobile Software Management: Business Models and Benefits to the Software Value Chain

Monetizing Mobile Software Management: Business Models and Benefits to the Software Value Chain

This white paper presents how Mobile Software Management revenue and business models can evolve, and highlights the business scenarios where participants in the mobile value chain can benefit from MSM.The paper introduces Mobile Software Management and describes the main market needs and use cases as well as discusses how MSM relates to similar technologies. A simple business case is then demonstrated in order to quantify the core benefits of MSM. Finally, potential MSM service models towards consumers and value chain scenarios for realistic MSM deployment are described.

Extend the Value of M2M Modules with Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) Updating

Extend the Value of M2M Modules with Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) Updating

Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) technology offers an efficient, reliable and proven solution for updating software on machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless modules. By keeping deployed modules up to date with the latest software improvements, M2M manufacturers and service providers can ensure module quality, avoid product recalls, reduce support costs and improve customer satisfaction.

FOTA has been used widely in the mobile handset market since the early 2000s. It is proven in hundreds of millions of mobile handsets worldwide. By the end of 2010, Red Bend Software estimates that approximately 40% of new M2M module shipments will be FOTA capable. This white paper is intended for corporate adopters of M2M who want to learn more about FOTA technology and its benefits for M2M. It explores important questions to ask M2M module manufacturers when evaluating the software management capabilities of their product offerings.

A New Solution to Managing Embedded Handset Software

A New Solution to Managing Embedded Handset Software

A new firmware update technology is being evolved to enable manufacturers and operators to manage individual software components over-the-air (SCOTA). SCOTA allows deployment of discrete software components, either updated or new, to the embedded firmware of a mobile device. A modification or feature change in a software component requires only a single updated version of the component to be deployed to all relevant handset configurations in the field. A completely new feature can be deployed and installed to applicable handsets, and previously installed features can be removed to make space for other features. With SCOTA, operators can maintain the reliability and security of tightly integrated firmware, but they gain more flexibility to efficiently update devices post-sale.

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