Symphony Teleca's Andrew Till ( left) and G Krishna Kumar in Bangalore ( Photo: IndiaTechOnline)
Symphony Teleca crafts solutions for a connected, mobile world
From iPhone audio to in-car systems to dual screen phones, India-based engineers have contributed to the company's innovative solutions
Bangalore December 31, 2013: For Palo Alta ( California, US)-headquartered Symphony Teleca -- the world's first services company focused on creating products at the convergence of software, mobility and the cloud-- buzzwords like Internet of Things, Machine to Machine and Smart Metering are more than the stuff of year end crystal ball gazing. They are workaday technologies that the company harnesses in the service of software vendors, mobile device and solutions manufacturers worldwide, as its engineers turn today's bright ideas into tomorrow's cutting edge products.
"There is a continuing evolution in how everything works with everything else in the home -- from smart TVs to smart metering", says Andrew Till, Symphony Teleca's UK-based Senior Vice President and head of the Mobile and Media Devices Business Unit, " I see 4G and 4G+ driving a whole new generation of personalized services built rich multimedia and location/context aware cloud-based platforms."
Thanks to its good relationship with Google, Symphony Teleca has rolled out over 600 Android apps since 2007, making important contributions to its performance and stability. A big chunk of the company's solutions have been around Android at home with five anchor customers in the burgeoning field of smart metering.
Retail, telecom, automotive, healthcare, and energy are some of the areas where mobility is the name of the new game -- and the company has contributed innovation in all these areas, Till says.
Key software to manage the YotaPhone, the world's first dual screen phone --an LCD touch screen on one side and an electronic paper display on the other -- was created at the India labs of Symphony Teleca, adds G. Krishna Kumar, Vice President Engineering, Mobile and connected Devices . Indian engineers brought their Android platform expertise to bear, to improve power management, manage the dual displays. If users could read long news articles and social networking updates and display photos, stock quotes etc on the EPD without draining the phone’s battery or having to constantly “wake up” their smartphones, it was thanks to the tight integration of the EPD into the phone software.
In other arenas too the Indian end of Symphony Teleca has contributed significant chunks of software innovation, Krishna Kumar adds. The Pune centre has special expertise that has flown into Symphony's connected car solutions; while Bangalore-based engineers have contributed software to the Wolfson chip which fuels the audio on the iPhone.