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ng Connect Program

April 12, 2010 12:00 ET

ng Connect Program Members QNX Software Systems and Alcatel-Lucent Drive Home With 2010 OCRI Strategic Partnership Award for LTE Connected Car

ng Connect Program Is Committed to Development and Rapid Deployment of the Next Generation of Broadband Services for 4G and Long Term Evolution (LTE) Networks

KANATA, ON--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) - The ng Connect Program today announced that two members, QNX Software Systems and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris: ALU) (NYSE: ALU), have won the 2010 Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Strategic Partnership Award for their joint work in the ng Connect Program. OCRI is Ottawa's lead economic development agency. The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry ecosystem dedicated to the development and commercialization of next generation high-bandwidth services.

QNX and Alcatel-Lucent were selected for their collaboration on the LTE Connected Car, a new concept vehicle that illustrates how 4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband access technology and resulting ultra high-bandwidth connectivity can bring a wide range of new capabilities to the automobile. ng Connect Program members Alcatel-Lucent and QNX Software Systems -- along with Atlantic Records, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., chumby, Gamestreamer, Intamac and Kabillion -- worked together to create the world's most innovative integrated in-vehicle experience.

The LTE Connected Car creates an entirely new mobile communications platform by bringing together leading automotive makers, network operators, component suppliers, and content providers. Application developers and content providers from the program contributed to show how those industries can extend existing services to the LTE Connected Car, and how they can create a whole new class of vehicle-centric and travel-centric applications and services. These include remote maintenance (such as vehicle software and application upgrades), entertainment, safety and mechanical telematics, and enhanced navigation, including detailed traffic and weather information.

QNX Software Systems provided the software foundation for the LTE Connected Car, including the operating system, touchscreen user interfaces, media players for YouTube and Pandora, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, multimedia playback, handsfree integration, games, an app store, and a virtual mechanic. All components are based on the QNX® CAR application platform.

For its part, Alcatel-Lucent provided LTE radio and patent-pending antennae technology that supports new advances in in-vehicle connectivity. The company's multi-screen video solution provides streaming video applications to four touchscreens simultaneously. Alcatel-Lucent's historic Bell Labs invented key standards for MiMo and OFDM that support today's smart antennae and emerging LTE networks.

Winners for this year's OCRI awards were selected by a committee from the Society of Collaborative Opportunities and Advancement of Professionals (SCOAP).

About The ng Connect Program
The ng Connect Program is a multi-industry organization committed to the development and rapid deployment of the next generation of broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. Founded in 2009, the ng Connect Program is supported by leading network, consumer electronics, application and content providers including 4DK, Alcatel-Lucent, Atlantic Records, BUZZMEDIA, chumby, Connect2Media, CoolSign, Creative Technology Ltd., Desktone, dimedis, EON Reality, FISHLABS, GameStreamer, Inc., Gemalto, HP, Intamac Systems Ltd., K12, Inc., Kabillion, Kyocera Communications Inc., LearningMate, LiveCast, MediaTile, Mobideo, Movial, NCR Corporation, Optical Crime Prevention, Inc., QNX, R360, RebelVox LLC., Samsung, SIGNEXX, Total Immersion, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., TuneWiki, V-Gate, Vidyo and Words & Numbers. For more information on the ng Connect Program, please visit: www.ngconnect.org

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