Tuesday, March 31st9.9°C
25326
24949

BlackBerry subsidiary QNX sees opportunity in potholes, broken elevators

TORONTO - Finally, someone might fix those potholes littering your neighbourhood.

At least that's the hope of developers at Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems, who foresee equipping cars with sensors that automatically send data on road conditions — such as potholes — to city officials.

"If a car is hitting a crazy bump at a similar GPS location and other cars are doing the same, (the vehicle) can actually share that information with the municipality . . . Wouldn't it be nice if you could actually prioritize the problems?" asks Derek Kuhn, vice-president of sales and marketing for QNX.

QNX, which was acquired by BlackBerry (TSX:BB) four years ago, wants to lift the veil of mystery how machines can provide detailed information about everyday life.

Broken elevators are an annoyance for most people, but QNX sees them as an opportunity. Kuhn says the company's technology can use sensors inside the elevator to help mechanics determine the problem before they step inside the building and give them the chance to have replacement parts at the ready.

"We are able to share things so there can be efficiencies," Kuhn says.

The initiative is the backbone of Project Ion, a development underway at BlackBerry that's intended provide analytics data for various industries. It's part of the "Internet of Things" movement, a buzzy phrase used to describe the technology which connects various objects to one network.

"It's the things that we don't think have any kind of computing brain," Kuhn says.

Still in its infancy, it's widely expected that more devices used throughout our daily lives — from automobiles to fridges — will be linked on a network which allows remote access and control of information.

BlackBerry believes its handsets, QNX's software, and the security infrastructure between them, can play a major role in building out the next stage in the digital evolution.

QNX developed the smartphone operating system that became the platform for BlackBerry 10 phones, but a growing part of its business relies on partnerships with automakers for dashboard "infotainment" systems and what will ultimately be a vehicle that's connected to the outside world.

The company's software is also frequently used in medical devices to help manufacturers develop some defibrillators as well as patient monitoring and blood analysis systems.

Pinpoint accuracy that's built into QNX software allows variations of the technology to be used in everything from laser eye surgery equipment to autonomous forklifts.

Despite its presence in so many different technologies, QNX is still a widely misunderstood company that hasn't mainstream recognition.

"We're not prone to being a household brand," Kuhn said. "We've just always been behind things that are cool."

— Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

25607


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX14923.21+14.82
S&P CDNX677.69-2.64
DJIA17879.19-97.12
Nasdaq4927.57-19.87
S&P 5002078.08-8.16
CDN Dollar0.7887+0.0001
Gold1186.30+1.50
Oil48.13-0.55
Lumber279.00-0.30
Natural Gas2.66+0.02

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.115-0.010
Knighthawk0.010.00
QHR Technologies Inc1.49-0.01
Cantex0.03-0.01
Anavex Life Sciences0.21-0.01
Metalex Ventures0.045+0.005
Russel Metals24.41+0.01
Copper Mountain Mining1.175-0.005
Colorado Resources0.11-0.01
ReliaBrand Inc0.006-0.001
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.04-0.01
Mission Ready Services0.25+0.02
Decisive Dividend Corporation1.80+0.02

 



25670

FEATURED Property
15096298888 Lakeshore Road
4 bedrooms 2 baths
$19,999,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Down payment

If you have less than 20% down payment, mortgage insurance is required through Canada Mortgage & Housing (CMHC), Genworth or Canada Guaranty. Homeowners no longer need the minimum 5% down payment ...


CRA Notice of Assessment

Many Canadians rush to file their taxes on time each year and don’t think about it until the next year. One of the most overlooked notices received from the CRA annually is the annual Notice of ...


Medical confidential?

If ICBC asks your doctor for your information you may wonder: Can ICBC ask my doctor for my medical information? Can ICBC request a medical report from my doctor without my consent? What is ICBC entit...

_








Member of BC Press Council


24850