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An anonymous reader writes: UK open source software consultancy adds weight to industry group that enables quicker route to market for in-vehicle entertainment

Cambridge, United Kingdom, October 12, 2011 — UK-based multimedia and open source turnkey solutions company Collabora has today announced it has become an Associate Member of the GENIVI Alliance.

The GENIVI Alliance gathers companies from the entire In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) industry, including: software, consumer electronics and communication, and major vehicle manufacturers including BMW, Hyundai Motor Group, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Jaguar Land Rover, General Motors and Renault.

Collabora will contribute to make GENIVI an open source platform with best of breed multimedia support and ease of deployment.

“GENIVI is a critical organisation in enabling a quick route to market for new and innovative in-vehicle entertainment solutions,” said Rob McQueen, Collabora co-founder and CTO. “We are regarded as one of the UK’s foremost open source consultancies and as the company behind leading multimedia technologies like the GStreamer multimedia framework, the Telepathy and Farstream real-time communications stack and the Rygel DLNA implementation, we are convinced we can help propel GENIVI forward as a cutting edge platform.”

The GENIVI platform is built on top of the Linux kernel, GStreamer, D-bus, Webkit and other open source technologies in which Collabora is a major contributor. Collabora engineers have been contributing to the Linux community for more than six years, becoming one of the most widely-respected and effective open source consulting companies.

The company is seen as a pioneer for its work in system infrastructure on open source platforms in fields such as multimedia, web technologies and Inter process communications (IPC).

“At Collabora we have an unrivalled track record in pushing major open source technologies forward and providing our customers with high quality open source solutions to their challenges,” said Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller, Marketing Manager, Collabora. “By joining the GENIVI Alliance we will bring these skills to the GENIVI platform and ensure its continuing evolution and quality.”

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