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Kona S Licenses Smith Micro’s Firmware Update Technology for Integration into its Device Management Platform for the Automotive Sector

May 09, 2017
FOTA technology adds comprehensive functionality and robust update capabilities to the Kona S platform

ALISO VIEJO, CA, May 9, 2017 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMSI) today announced that Kona S, an embedded solutions and services provider based in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), has selected Smith Micro’s FOTA (firmware over-the air) software for integration into its device management (DM) platform. Part of Smith Micro’s comprehensive QuickLink® IoT Services Platform, Smith Micro’s FOTA solution supports the entire firmware update process from update package creation to device installation and update verification.

Leveraging advanced differencing algorithms, Smith Micro’s FOTA solution creates delta firmware update packages that are significantly smaller in size than the original firmware updates. This technology enables Kona S to greatly reduce the amount of Internet traffic associated with updating a large network of IoT devices. Once created and delivered, the FOTA technology unpacks the delta versions of the firmware update packages and applies them to the device in a very robust manner by active handling of bad memory blocks, recovery due to power loss, and detection or corrupted update packages.

A leading DM solution provider for the Telecom industry, Kona S is expanding its footprint into the surging connected car market with AVN (Audio, Visual, Navigation) solutions. Due to recent market consolidation, Kona S needed a proven, independent FOTA solution for integration into this new DM offering for the AVN use case.

“Smith Micro’s FOTA technology adds comprehensive capabilities for updating device firmware over-the-air to our DM platform,” said Thomas Choi, IoT planning/Manager for Kona S. “The solution is extensible with well-documented APIs that can be easily adapted by OEMs to almost any hardware platform running Linux.”

“We are pleased that Kona S is licensing our FOTA technology as part of their device management offering for the automotive sector in the APAC region,” said William W. Smith, Jr., President and CEO of Smith Micro Software. “The market consolidation in this segment has enabled Smith Micro to address the growing demand for proven device management solutions in the rapidly expanding IoT market. With the need to update millions of mobile devices already in the field, and with millions more to come, our carrier-grade, QuickLink IoT Services Platform provides comprehensive, in-field support for connected devices throughout their entire lifecycle.”

Integrated into the Kona S offering, Smith Micro’s FOTA technology will be deployed in South Korea, China, and Japan in the second quarter of 2017. Learn more about Smith Micro’s FOTA technology here.

About Kona S

Kona S Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Seoul-based Kona I, is a trusted provider of device management, data synchronization, and remote FOTA update solutions. Since its establishment in 1999, Kona S has provided embedded software solutions and services to telecom services providers and leading device manufactures, such as Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Pantech.

About QuickLink IoT Services Platform

The QuickLink IoT Services Platform provides end-to-end device management functionality for connected devices in the Internet of Things. Features include secure firmware updates, device monitoring, remote configuration, data collection, and much more.  Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Original Device Manufactures (ODMs) can leverage the extensibility and flexibility of the QuickLink IoT Services Platform to address a wide array of use cases. Built on industry standards defined by the Open Mobile Alliance, such as OMA-DM and LwM2M, QuickLink IoT adds robust and secure device management functionality into both legacy connected devices and next-generation smart devices that comprise the growing Internet of Things. Learn more about the QuickLink IoT Services Platform here.

About Smith Micro Software, Inc.

Smith Micro develops software to simplify and enhance the mobile experience, providing solutions to some of the leading wireless service providers, device manufacturers, and enterprise businesses around the world.  From optimizing wireless networks to uncovering customer experience insights, and from streamlining Wi-Fi access to ensuring family safety, our solutions enrich today’s connected lifestyles while creating new opportunities to engage consumers via smartphones. Our portfolio also includes a wide range of products for creating, sharing and monetizing rich content, such as visual messaging, video streaming, and 2D/3D graphics applications. For more information, visit smithmicro.com. (NASDAQ: SMSI).

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