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.”