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Integrating Smart Devices into Linux-based Infotainment Systems



Car drivers and passengers increasingly expect to make use of their personal Smart Devices remotely controlled from the In-Vehicle Infotainment system (IVI).  Smart device capabilities such as personalized phone calling, music and media players, favorite apps, and 4G/LTE network access from the smart device can significantly enhance what is available from the pre-installed vehicle IVI system. 

This webinar will cover the available technologies that enable safe and feature-rich connection,  allowing the driver or passenger to operate the Smart Device using in-car controls.  The webinar will be presented jointly by RealVNC and Mentor Graphics.

What You Will Learn

  • What are the options for linking Smart Devices to Linux IVI Platforms?
  • An explanation of the underlying RFB and VNC technologies
  • Where MirrorLink and GENIVI fit in
  • Connection mechanisms
  • Managing Apps and in-car integration
  • Solutions for Android, iOS and other operating systems

About the Presenters

Presenter Image Andrew Patterson

Andrew Patterson is Business Development Director for Mentor Graphics embedded division, specializing in the automotive market. Prior to Mentor Andrew has spent over 20 years in the Design Automation market specializing in a wide range of technologies including wire harness design, automotive simulation model development, virtual prototyping, and mechatronics. Currently he is focused on working with the GENIVI industry alliance, and leading Mentor’s Infotainment and in-vehicle Electronic Cluster and Telematics solutions. Andrew holds a master’s degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.

Presenter Image Bruce Bye

Bruce has worked in the software industry for nearly two decades, working on a wide range of products from system admin configuration tools, to carrier grade telecoms equipment. He currently works in RealVNC's Mobile Solutions Pre-sales division. His responsibilities include assisting customers with their developments using the RealVNC Mobile Solution SDK, and building RealVNC's own demonstrator kits

Who Should Attend

This webinar will be of interest to all designers and developers of IVI solutions,  needing to leverage Consumer Electronic devices in the vehicle.  The topics covered will help to give a deeper understanding of both the business and technical issues arising when integrating Smart Devices into existing or new IVI designs.  

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
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