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Clarion licenses RealVNC software to deliver Terminal Mode capabilities

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Clarion selects VNC® Mobile Solution for Automotive to underpin integration of mobile device applications with in-vehicle infotainment systems

1st November 2010: RealVNC, the original developer and leading provider of VNC®, today announces that Clarion Co., the global Tier-1 automotive equipment supplier, has licensed its VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive. Terminal Mode is the recently announced CE4A (the German Automotive industry working group comprising Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen) and Nokia open standard, based on VNC.

The VNC technology enables a totally new generation of in-car infotainment systems that integrate seamlessly with mobile devices and enable consumers to easily and safely access their smartphone content and applications. The VNC solution permits mobile devices to be automatically detected, accessed and controlled through the head unit touch-screen, bezel keys or steering wheel controls as they enter the vehicle. RealVNC provides a single, common device-independent communications protocol along with the VNC Server software running on any existing or new mobile device, for all operating systems. This provides car manufacturers and Tier-1 suppliers with the major advantage of not having to continuously upgrade in-vehicle system software to keep pace within the fast moving mobile market.

Renowned for its pursuit of the ultimate human-machine interface, Clarion has used its wealth of experience in automotive infotainment systems to integrate the VNC Viewer into its next-generation HMI design, embedded within the vehicle head unit. With advanced connectivity to mobile devices, the solution also provides mechanisms for policing application access to minimize driver distraction and ensure safe operation is always maintained, whilst offering the driver the highest quality experience.

“After evaluating several options and development paths, we selected VNC as it provided the most comprehensive and mature solution, with the widest range of cross-platform device support and features. The performance is excellent and puts little load constraints on the limited head unit resources,” said Hideyuki Tamura, General Manager, Software Development Division, Clarion. “It is allowing us to accelerate the development and quickly deliver solutions to our Automotive OEMs. We have found working in close collaboration with the RealVNC team to be a very positive experience as their flexibility and responsiveness has been instrumental in the timely delivery of our project.”

Tom Blackie, Vice President Mobile of RealVNC added, “As a world leader in vehicle infotainment systems, Clarion’s decision to select our mobile solution further reinforces VNC’s growing role in the development of a new generation of vehicle infotainment systems. We have worked closely with Clarion designers for a considerable time and their depth of experience and industry knowledge has enabled us to gain a detailed insight into the demanding requirements of the automotive industry.”

VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive is an OEM package that supports a range of in-vehicle embedded operating systems including Linux, Windows Automotive, CE, QNX, Qt, Android and other proprietary operating systems. RealVNC continues to provide cross-platform solutions with all leading mobile devices supported, including Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry, iPhone, Android, WebOS and Linux.

About RealVNC

RealVNC was founded by the original developers of VNC to promote, enhance and commercialize VNC. With over 100 million software downloads, VNC has been used widely in hundreds of different products and applications, from helpdesks to virtualization. Many millions of licenses to RealVNC’s commercial products have been shipped to customers throughout the world, and across all sectors. Customers range from individuals to the world’s largest organizations.

For further information about RealVNC see: www.realvnc.com

About Clarion

Clarion ranked among the top 93 Global OEM parts Suppliers by Automotive News.

Clarion joined Hitachi-group as a consolidated subsidiary since 2007. Clarion, an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940, conducts research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of vehicle entertainment, navigation, communications and security products for the automotive and recreational vehicle environments. Clarion has over 10,000 employees worldwide and 12 factories in 10 countries, with marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

Clarion is located on the Web at www.clarion.com

VNC is a trademark of RealVNC Limited in the US and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For press information contact:

Peter Rennison / Allie Andrews at PRPR: pr@prpr.co.uk or allie@prpr.co.uk

Tel: + 44 (0)1442 245030

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