Spring Has Sprung at ng Connect

2010 kicked off to a great start with a presence by many ng Connect members at Consumer Electronics Show in January, Mobile World Congress in February, and a very successful CTIA Wireless 2010 in April.

Spring Has Sprung at ng Connect

With the warmer weather and a buzz in the air, it felt like spring had finally arrived at CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas! Announcing ten new members for the ng Connect Program and winning a CTIA E-Tech award are just a few of the highlights from the show.

On the CTIA show floor, the ng Connect Program drew lots of attention as we demonstrated eight of our solution concepts featuring a wide variety of industries and involving various members. The demonstrations included the LTE Connected Camera, Mobile Gaming, TeleHealth Manager, e-Learning, SecureAnywhere, Mobile Enhanced Reality with CelebMap, Crowd Casting, Digital Signage, and a simulation of the LTE Connected Car. Attendees came by the Alcatel-Lucent booth to see our demos and we met with a number of reporters and analysts, including PCMag.com, TechWeb and ABI Research.

The ng Connect Program also took advantage of the show to announce that ten new members have joined the Program. A big ‘Welcome Aboard’ to CoolSign, Desktone, EON Reality, K12, LiveCast, Mobideo, Movial, NCR, Optical Crime Prevention, and Vidyo! With membership now at 37 companies, the Program has more than doubled in size since its launch! Program momentum continues to grow with even more companies communicating their interest in joining the program while on the CTIA show floor.

We work hard to create a real-world experience with each of our solution concepts, so we were honored and thrilled to be presented with the 2010 E-Tech Award in the Enterprise & Vertical Market Solution – Mobile Marketing or Advertising category for our LTE enabled HumanKiosk! Mike Foster, SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Roger Sanford, VP of Media Services, Simon Wilson, CEO of MediaTile and Silvio Fernandez, Sr. Director, Emerging Technology and Media from Alcatel-Lucent took to the stage at the show to accept the award on behalf of the ng Connect Program.

Spring Has Sprung at ng Connect

Since the show, the ng Connect Program has been recognized for our accomplishments with additional awards. Members QNX Software Systems and, Alcatel Lucent recently won the 2010 Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Strategic Partnership Award for their joint work in the ng Connect Program. They were recognized for their work on the ng Connect Program’s LTE Connected Car. QNX Software Systems provided the software foundation for the car and Alcatel-Lucent provided LTE radio and patent-pending antennae technology. Both companies have been instrumental in the car’s ongoing success.

And just yesterday, Alcatel-Lucent also won the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Award in the Mobile Platform category at the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala Dinner for the company’s leadership in the co-development of the ng Connect LTE Connected Car. The LTE Connected Car is a prototype vehicle that showcases the potential for the next generation in-car mobile experience.

Alcatel-Lucent is very excited about continued collaboration with new and existing members of the Program, and is looking forward to continuing to enhance the understanding across multiple industries of what the connected user experience really means.

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