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Ford Announces Release of SYNC 3 Emulator

For those looking to build mobile apps for the automotive world, this is a very big deal! The Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator helps developers create mobile apps for Ford vehicles that are equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The emulator allows a smartphone to connect to the developer’s workstation as though it would normally connect with SYNC 3. From there, developers can accurately build their apps and see exactly how their app will function in a SYNC 3 vehicle. This new capability, released free by Ford, will dramatically speed the development, testing and deployment times for new apps coming soon to Ford vehicles.


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As i2Integration provides the technology support of the Ford Developer Program, including website, mobile apps, global hosting and data integration, we see the release of the SYNC 3 Emulator as a powerful addition to bringing new developers to the Program. With more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road globally (and 43 million expected by 2020), that’s a tremendous amount of potential for the mobile developer market.


For Ford and i2, it's exciting times ahead.



i2Integration Takes Reins of Mousetrap Mobile Applications and Services

Lansing, Mich.— A Detroit-area mobile strategies agency will transition its applications and services to Lansing-based information technology company, i2Integration. The transition comes after the unexpected death of Mousetrap's founder and president, Greg Nasto.


Mousetrap’s core services included web and graphic design, mobile apps, text (SMS) messaging, social media management and online digital marketing for associations.


“To ensure that Greg’s dream lives on and our service continues, we have been working closely with i2Integration,” said Jessica MacConaghy, Mousetrap Mobile’s former project manager. “i2 has been working with associations for 20 years, so we knew they have the means, capability and experience to take this on quickly. We also felt strongly that i2 has the standards and morals that reflected our own, so we were very confident that this was a great fit to move forward.”


John Forsberg, CEO of i2Integration, was introduced to Nasto through the tight-knit association community.


"I got to see over the years how he and his staff built a hard-earned reputation for their work and responsiveness," Forsberg said. "Our mission now is to continue that level of excellence.”


In the months ahead, i2Integration will complete the various projects in-progress for the association conference season.


Forsberg said i2 will begin to gather feedback from its new clients, evaluate the various mobile applications and begin to lay out plans for improvement and expansions for 2017.




Automaker Partners with i2Integration on Mobile App Integration

i2Integration is helping Ford Motor Co. expand the connected car on a global scale, and setting the stage for a growing presence in developer program creation and management.

As the technology company behind the digital assets in the Ford Developer Program, the Lansing-based web and application developer is playing a key role in establishing the Detroit automaker as the leader in integrating mobile apps with vehicles.

i2Integration provides technology support for both developer and consumer facing resources within the Ford Developer Program for AppLink which is the Ford product built upon the open-source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) platform.

"Other automakers are picking up Ford's open source architecture," said Scott Burnell, who heads the Ford program. "This is a brand-new world for a very old industry, and it's going to grow -- exponentially.”

Right now, some 15,000 developers are part of the FordDev Program, from Pandora and Major League Baseball to one-person shops that span nearly 100 countries.

"What we really like about having i2Integration on board is, we’re a global company but we're still where the entire automotive industry began, in Michigan," Burnell said. "It's great to have a Michigan company working alongside us that can work at a global level."

For i2Integration, that global capability includes developing, establishing and managing systems, content and mobile apps for the development program in key locations worldwide, with each installation tailored for speed, reliability and accessibility.

“Our team is at the forefront of what is truly a transformation of the automotive and mobile app industries and the growth of the 'Internet of Things,'" said John Forsberg, CEO of i2Integration. “We're proud to be a key component in Ford’s lead in that transformation.

“There's also a real and growing need for industries to integrate their products with independent mobile app developers worldwide, whether that's retail, automotive, b2b or healthcare. i2Integration is perfectly positioned to support that need, and that is extremely exciting for us.”



Wireframing and Prototyping Seminar

On May 10th, i2Integration was proud to conduct an hour long seminar to the Michigan Information Systems Association, discussing the new technologies and processes in application wireframing and prototyping. Sounds dry and boring, right? Actually it’s pretty cool stuff that has fundamentally changed design and development and, in doing so, has shaved a TON of time (and money) from the process. Not so boring! i2Integration CEO, John Forsberg, Vice President, Sean McEvoy and Sales/Strategic Partnerships, Mark Stiles all presented in this informative one hour event.

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 Have questions? Give us a holler or email. We can talk about this stuff all day.



Geofencing: putting location and the internet to practical use

What the heck is geofencing?

Geofencing is the use of GPS satellites, Bluetooth or WiFi to create a virtual boundary around a specific location from which you can trigger an event for your mobile device. That device might be a car, a phone or any other type of connected device. These days even mattresses (insanely) are connected devices!


Here’s a quick example of geofencing: As you drive home from work, your phone reminds you to pick up a gallon of milk as you drive by the grocery store. For iPhone users, this can be done via the Reminder App. Implementing geofencing application used to be an expensive endeavor. Not anymore. Now, the hardware and application software costs have made geofencing available to everyone, whether that’s a business or a single individual.


For your organization, the possibilities are endless:


Automotive (Connected Cars)

Soon, instead of an annoying beep that your gas is low or when it's time for an oil change, your car will tell you where you can actually get gas or an oil change based on your regular commute and which places have the best deals. FYI, this “connected car” functionality happens to tie directly to our experience in developing and supporting Ford Motor Company’s connected car program. It’s an exciting time to be in technology for the automotive industry.


Internet of Things (Smarthome)

Today there are connected devices such as the Nest smart thermostat. Right now, Nest can determine when you are at home and adjust the temperature accordingly. But with geofencing, you can take that further. Soon you can have your cell phone “talk” to the thermostat as you drive home, and based on how far away you are, automatically start warming the house for your arrival.


Industrial Internet of Things (Manufacturing)

Here’s an example of how geofencing can save manufacturing thousands (or more): Say you have a product that requires First In, First Out. If the product doesn’t ship quickly, quality and cost suffer. With RFID chips and geofencing, the company can now be flagged when a product is nearing its critical delivery date and clear the flag automatically once it’s left the plant.


For those of us at i2, geofencing is like the ultimate “if/then” application. If something is here, then do this. Or, if something is not here, then do that. For 20+ years, those kinds of questions have resided solely within code on a server or workstation. Now, with geofencing, the doors are open and the opportunities are (literally) anywhere you want them to be. Pretty cool.




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