In the past several months a LOT has been going on in the smartphone market and especially with BlackBerry. Most recently was the announcement of QNX Cloud, BlackBerry’s culmination of MDM/EMM & M2M business (started in beta mid 2013), and the announcement just last week of “Ford Sync units dump Microsoft in favour for QNX in the future” as reported by CrackBerry.com (of which I’m a member of as Supa_Fly1; my twitter handle.
So many members have posted in the comments of their blog entry as …. ‘this is big news’ or ‘this is huge’ … but I started to think it’s just ‘good’ news … there is much more that had me left wondering, wanting, and hoping that BlackBerry is hugely considering with Ford (or any other manufacturer really). So as always I posted on the fly … (and not to insult anyone)
Man you guys think so small, ‘now we need devices to match’. I’m not trying to insult just trying to highlight where all of us need to be in our conversations as a community!
We have bigger thoughts in our aspirations where we want BlackBerry to aspire to, developers take notice of the demand pent up waiting to be available in services, API’s, etc.
We need BB10 to connect with what QNX Cloud can do and connect to our cars – Mapping, sensors, alerts, theft, nearby gas stations, airport or public parking with rates per location, quicker routes, school crossing zones for speed reduction on safety, pedophile watch for those that have kids that walk home, yet have cars so neighbourhood watch is increased for kids in our hoods for those that have cars bit no kids!
Think beyond what is typical, apply technology to help what we fake for granted and could really use effectively!
That’s where I’d like to see our conversations get to. Show developers there is an interest into these practical applications and the need or want to have then developed!! Savvy?! ;
BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry as a brand and company has been kicked around left, right, and center in the family jewels when they’re down .. most comes from users of other platforms most especially residents in the United States, carriers included (with one only brave enough to be vocal – T-Mobile USA’s CEO). Unfortunately … a lot of the hate kicking done on BlackBerry is due to a LOT of users of the competition not understanding nor knowing what BlackBerry’s expertise and potential is beyond (security of the device).
Going forward I’m no longer going to use BlackBerry is secure as a simplistic argument … this is no longer a true fact – although how they implement security, how to respect user privacy, that is a factual argument to make, but in another post.
QNX, and QNX Cloud as a business service offering (maybe consider it a full end-to-end solution: QNX Cloud, QNX implementation, Code, UI Layout, and panel components sourcing), had an incredible potential to create huge revenues for BlackBerry, increase BlackBerry brand name recognition in a positive light and also increase end user awareness and respect … but it all comes to how it is implemented, reported on successes, and hooking up USA domestic clients and international businesses.
Let’s hope this deal also leads to QNX Cloud being licensed for services and implemented.
now THAT would be HUGE and for BlackBerry to showcase that not just initially but also how much money and how happy the top brass at Ford is with QNX Cloud over time and their plan say in mid to late 2014 to implement this across a lineup of their 2014-2019 fleet …. THAT would be something BlackBerry with QNX could showcase for future deals!
Also it would help the BlackBerry brand gain proper respect in the USA and builds stronger ties to strengthen data partnerships with US carriers!
THIS IS why I complained about Alec may not be the right guy to lead QNX Cloud over the long haul. It’s more than pushing this service … it’s a platform to create STRONGER respect for the entire brand not just with carriers (it helps them pull in a LOT of money!) but also in the consumer eye where developers will really see benefits for … he did ok with BBJam for developers across the world, initially … but over the long haul I disagree (we’re behind in the app race game – I don’t care too much about the race, but quality and necessary apps like financial banking, analytics, mortgage, construction metrics etc SHOULD’VE been ready tested and in App World before BB10 launch last January 30th!).
Now this deal with QNX and Ford has not been made official yet but many reports are stating it is already begun. We shall see, and I’ll be focusing on BB’s QNX Cloud in the future.
Good evening everyone,
Tomorrow begins and event Mobile Innovations @ Discovery Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) which takes place May 27-28, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, ON.
Of note, as one of the exhibitors is QNX … which have tweeted something very interesting.
QNX is to present more muscle into a connected Corvette. Will this be the brand-new C7 Stingray which already uses Chevrolet’s MyLink Infotainment system (featuring Bluetooth and USB connectivity), on steroids using QNX? Considering that is already use OnStar’s services (Advanced Automatic Collision Notification, roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics information, live advisors, and turn-by-turn navigation), QNX is already part of many of GM’s car systems. The C7 Corvette Stingray has already gone through a complete interior overhaul that was desperately needed some 10 yrs long overdue, yet I cannot wait to see what QNX Auto team has in store for us tomorrow.
UPDATE: Unfortunately this is not the C7 Corvette as GM was very restrictive of this machine. Sorry everyone 😦
Developers … there are at least 5 potential BB10 corporate apps to be created and sold shown in this video! We NEED this ASAP please!!
Welcome back everyone.
UPDATE: I’ve added an entry to this post at the bottom. Enjoy.
I figured I’d go back into technical gear once again and bring to you something related to the QNX Neutrino kernel. However this is a post more focused on your cars … something that should be using QNX yet a drive towards to the future that may not use QNX.
Is QNX been sleeping? Too focused on NASA implementations and BB10 (or training BlackBerry employee SME’s to be proficient internal experts on BB10)? Have QNX as a company been sleeping at the wheel (pun intended, respectfully)?
First, lets undesrtand what the Car-to-X-Communication is shall we? The CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) is a nonprofit, industry driven organisation that consists of the following automotive manufacturers: Audi, BMW Group, Daimler, Fiat, Honda, Opel, Renault, Volvo Truck and Volkswagen – each offering their hardware and software suppliers and research institute knowledge.
In their own words the goal is …
The CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) is a nonprofit, industry driven organisation initiated by European vehicle manufacturers and supported by equipment suppliers, research organisations and other partners.
The C2C-CC is dedicated to the objective of further increasing road traffic safety and efficiency by means of cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V) supported by Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication (V2I).
In the back of your minds while you continue to read on, keep what I’ve bolded in the quote above, please.
Interesting … yet what does this mean to you a car owner and driver? What would this mean to non government controlled car insurance plans and legislation? In the words of the drivers.com site …
We’re looking at a future filled with information bearing wireless waves, a world in which vehicles will exchange all kinds of information with one another and in which information will also be exchanged with infrastructure items such as bridges, traffic lights, signs and road curves.
Now we’re getting somewhere, yet this all sounds a bit familiar … a paragraph of words that just highlights on a concept already brought to us roughly 3 years ago, yet I can’t put my finger on it … oh yes now I recall – QNX – Imagined: Your car in the not-so-distant future.
Take a gander over here regarding what the ‘mission and objectives of the CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium are‘.
There are two different scenarios for the establishment of Car-to-X technology, which Audi is helping to promote. One such scenario involves anonymized vehicle data being sent over the wireless network to a central backend. At this point the data is individually processed and the results sent to the individual cars.
The second solution involves data being transmitted from one car to another directly via Automotive WLAN, a special WLAN variant, which is used on a cross-manufacturer basis. Direct communication with the infrastructure, such as traffic lights, can also be set up. The new technology supports the use of a form of collective intelligence. In other words, vehicles and the infrastructure quickly, spontaneously and remotely set up a network. The issue with this is that a local WLAN is only useful in the real world with a range of 100-150meters in ideal conditions, add storm (thunder, heavy down pour of rain, snow storm, etc) this no longer reaches beyond 30 meters. We need a proven network with far greater range – something that can tell you a stop sign is hidden, a major construction project accidentally opened a city main gas line, sewer pipe in which a city block has been quarantined or blocked off; before getting within 100 meters (so another route can be calculated in time).
Currently the WLAN technology will be using something from Cisco NXP
Does this mean that we’ll be in cars that will be completely autonomous?
People love to drive and have control over their devices – I don’t foresee a major push for the car of the future that drives itself, however public transportation in terms of subway cars, buses, and streetcars this makes perfect sense. Then again the streetcar which is hugely a topic of debate in Toronto is completely stupid in a modern city: the current design used in Toronto doesn’t allow for those in wheelchairs or with walkers, like the elderly, ability to board them, and their tracks are in the middle of the street, with many service routes having stops at the edge of the road where you need to past car lanes to get to. Completely asinine in my mind.
The future of mobile transportation needs to keep our drivers, riders, and pedestrians safe while increasing traffic efficiency. Traffic efficiency is important and critical, not just for the sake of reducing traffic congestion, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, or as a selling point for mayors to invite business and people to live in an ever growing metropolis … but to be able to manage all of this in a secure manner while delivering efficiencies in a UI that offers LESS distraction to drivers. THAT is the key power to this drive to mobile transportation automation.
Did you remember to keep “Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication (V2I)” in the back of your mind while reading thus far? You may recall another post of mine, RIM – BB10 True End-Game is QNX & NOC, specifically mentioning BlackBerry (RIM at the time of that article) looking towards the Machine-to-Machine business. Think of cars already enabled with QNX kernel, existing models for the past 15yrs could be retro upgraded with new sensors at a very cheap cost in order to provide local wireless communications with our smartphones, then through an existing, secure and proven global network (BlackBerry’s NOC combined with over 208 cellular wireless networks). Of course these vehicles already out number new cars in every country worldwide and can provide much more accurate data to an infrastructure than what Car-To-X (or Car-to-Car & Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication) can offer in just 2 years.
Has QNX been sleeping at the wheel? I don’t think so … I believe their ahead of the game and have much more experience in this field and may indeed work with the new entrance to establish working standards, leverage BlackBerry’s infrastructure and business contacts with wireless providers to properly implement this End Game Goal – Machine to Machine business, by BlackBerry. A key point to remember is everything QNX does with respect to car MMI enhancements, respects the brand!
Ladies and gentleman …
I’m about 5 months late on this particular finding … I blame the popularity of CrackBerry.com showing of their specific interview with Dan Dodge for this. There is another, more in-depth QNX Car 2 CES 2012 presentation … with a unique surprise for BB10 device users. Check out the timeline beginning at 4:12 be ready.
During the 4:12 timeline till almost the end of the video … take note of what the QNX team have done, serving up HTML5 web app (runs in the browser on any smartphone) in the cloud connected to this car.
It can do the following:
control windows, lock the doors, honk the horn, tire pressure, view media player, stats on: tire pressure, fluid levels, etc.
Plot a route directly from the phone and it integrates on the cars Maps system in its MMI. (think about presenting a location from a meeting, then when you get to the car you’re ready to go – especially with Police directing traffic rushing you out of road parking).
As a bonus here is the making of the Bentley Continental QNX Car 2 Concept shown at CES 2013. And for the finally … QNX and Crank: Creating a digital light projection (DLP) HMI used in the center console within the Bentley. I’m VERY interested which software on OSX they where using, considering the heavy use of Apple Mac laptops and Mac Mini shown in both these videos. BlackBerry is not new at their employees using Mac’s either … which perplexes me about they firmwares for legacy and BB10 devices cannot be downloaded and locally installed using OSX without the need for Windows (Boot Camp or a VM) ?!
Crackberry youtube “The QNX Bentley at CES 2013
Drivers.com “What is Car to X Communication?”
QNX “Imagined: Your car in the not-so-distant future”
Serious Mobile “RIM – BB10 True End-Game is QNX & NOC!”
Interesting Research Reading: BlackBerry M2M articles
Connected World Magazine
The Globe and Mail
Some BIG news lately by BlackBerry ….
As the Official Mobile Computing Partner for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, BlackBerry will collaborate with the team on technical and marketing opportunities. The new BlackBerry 10 platform will deliver tools and services for and fan engagement will be improved through the joint development of apps. BlackBerry 10 smartphones will also be used by the team so they can ‘keep moving’ throughout the Formula One season.
The new partnership sees the iconic BlackBerry branding featured prominently on the chassis and headrest of the F1 W04 Silver Arrow, the racesuits of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and on the team’s racewear kit. As the Official Mobile Computing Partner, BlackBerry and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS will be working closely together to develop the team’s use of the BlackBerry 10 platform at the team’s headquarters and at each Grand Prix
Does this mean we’ll see QNX get a serious JOLT?!
Empowering mobile employees, we’ve all seen the incredible viral marketing ad about a potential future of mobile BB users by Enterprising Minds. This video was well done and very inspiring, but it was uploaded on Oct 28, 2011 to you tube – at least in the above link by Hans Hanraths.
Both Enterprising Minds (RIM) and Corning have envisioned the future of technology using desks that extend our view of connected devices as a display surface, going as far as using full glass windows (courtesy of Corning’s , Architectural Display Glass ).
So we know the future will have a huge push towards glass for many reasons:
Best for recyclable
Best for maximum sunlight in
– allows for less heating costs (greenhousing)
Best for Touch Sensitive interactive displays
Best for internet/data connectivity (fibre optics)
(shading, opposite of greenhousing)
Best material for cleaning
Best material against acids/electrical current/etc.
(every chem lab has a beaker made of … glass! This is NOT a coincidence)
Most of these technologies are already in practice, even the Photvoltaic Glass in upscale hotels and condominiums.
The obviousness most likely hasn’t escaped all of us because of how slow implementing technology happens. I then challenge just how RIM only began showing QNX in early 2011 (fiscal Q2 2012) with the PlayBook yet only highlighted how its security worked in 2012. Did anyone notice watching this video by Enterprising Minds that QNX’s kernel for security was actually featured?! Separating Work from Personal just like BB Balance in BB10?
But there is something more here than the obvious.
Phablets are becoming popular in sales for Samsung, with LG making a slight effort in this field as well. Time will tell that phablets are a trend, and that users will want the larger 5″ screens but all new smartphones by top manufacturers will use 1080P displays on 5″ screen. This means a phablet having 5.5″ display no longer has an appeal > Samsung’s Note II should not exist – they’ve already confirmed its unique dual application display feature will be coming to the SGS III. Keep this in mind as i’ll reflect back upon this shortly.
Tablets … they’ve served us well and are no longer a trend nor a niche – yet the kind of tablet’s, Apple’s iPad(s), are mostly used in board rooms, universities and 70% of the time on the couch as a 2nd screen or a companion to the family TV! This is not an advance in technology. Then I saw the Microsoft Surface, no not the RT, but the full Win8 Pro unit.
Tablets, should be our PC laptop replacements – and the Surface Win8 Pro clearly serves this purpose a real computer as a tablet without being crippled for data input like traditional tablets have been for years. The industry is picking up on this slowly giving us ultrabooks, and transitioning to PC Tablets, basically ultrabooks in a tablet form factor.
Microsoft with Mr. Gates tried this with horrible hardware 7 yrs ago and failed. Too advanced for the technology at the time. But … what if this is also a trend, an interim stop gate to what SHOULD be available to mobile professionals and consumers.
You have a smartphone – hopefully an advanced BB10 device with a full 1080P, 4.5-5.5″ IPS+ display, and running an incredibly efficient sub-20nm quad-core or 8-core cpu & mobile gpu processing. Now think of NFC along with conductive charging.
Remember I talked about phablets being a trend, while newer smartphones using 5″ 1080P displays?! Smartphones have always been mobile and truly personal. Laptops/Desktops failed at physical security and have been more prone to OS corruption, failure, and each OS is slowly more complex and not user friendly (OSX has been while Win8 is making strides to fix this). Smartphones are always easily transportable and its the only computer we NEVER forget, less prone to theft.
Now … with mobile applications, HTML5, NFC, multicore processors, LCD’s and Corning glass surface desks … its only right to envision the future of computing to solely be our smartphones. BB10 with QNX kernel, NFC (not just secure transactions), WiFi Direct, dual-display, etc is best prized for this kind of future.
Place your BB10.x device on a table at a meeting, a video conference or your desk in a lecture/lab at university. NFC enables the WiFi Direct display function, enables a surface keyboard (can easily be resized for your needs), and you can display your content to colleagues.
QNX security kernel comes in where colleagues can be shown your content, they cannot copy it! Imagine such a room where the NFC is also setup to disable cameras of all smartphones connected, disabling social sharing features of apps/os of others’ smartphones until YOU specifically share that content. All the while your device is being conductivity charged while resting on the glass table’s surface.
WiFi Direct switching displays
powerful multi-core cpu+gpu
extended battery life
auto switching from LTE to WiFi based on NFC connections
NFC to enable it all.
Thank you one & all for stopping by.
We’ve all heard the haters, analysts, and fanboys of other platforms all shoot down RIM and the BlackBerry platform every chance they get! Is it to short the stock (buy low and sell high), or just because they believe a Canadian company no longer deserves a second chance at success or opportunity?!
Analysts ALL have conclusively – on a global scale – deduced RIM has no real future; even Gartner themselves believe RIM will not exists in less than 20 months (I’ve personally spoke to a Gartner mobile analyst in July 2012 at a corporate event).
These naysayers to RIM & BB10’s success all agree that RIM’s end game is the make a break launch of BB10. Think about that for a second … a one day event for a launch of a product is the make a break, not a full quarter of sales, partnerships, application debuts, nor collaborations like all other platforms have had to earn in several months, even several quarters after launch. Last time I checked – RIM is a global company not a one nation sales company. The end game is NOT BB10’s success alone.
Over the next 23 days you’ll see RIM’s marketing machine kick into high gear! You’re already seeing BBJam events, hackathons, web featurettes (Inside/Developer/Business BlackBerry Blogs), etc show off what exactly BB10 can do, and how it can make your mobile experience that much easier and so much more sweeter than the competition.
Let’s look at QNX for some background information, before we understand where RIM is REALLY going.
Some still are not sure why RIM chose to purchase QNX just over a 1.5yrs ago. To them I say do a little research. QNX is a true, real-time OS! But real-life benefits does QNX offer us? Most people do not see QNX let alone know it exists until RIM started using it in press releases about BB10.
QNX software is used in embedded systems all around us – yet its not limited to embedded systems. Automobile (cars & trucks) CPU’s and infotainment applications,medical devices, nuclear reactors/management systems, parking meters, credit card machines, ticket booths and much more which I’ll get to shortly.
QNX Customers: include … Acura, AdTran, AECL, Audi, BMW, BTI Photonics, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Daewoo, DragonWave, Emerson Process Management, Fortna, General Electric, GM (On-Star is based on QNX so you know how QNX works with internet/intranet connecitivty in the mobile space!) Hyundai, Infinera, Intalysis, JDSU WaveReady, Kieback & Peter, Land Rover, Novar/Honeywell, Porsche, Precitech, Renault, Samsung, Saab (their still a company??), Tridium, and the US Postal Service.
QNX-in-Education Program: For academic faculty (RIM can easily jump into the education space for K12 Education. Recall Unisys ICON; yup Ontario Education system’s own computer design.)
What is more interesting is somewhere else that we see QNX being utilized – where its not just the kernel with various UI overlays but seeing its networking stack being used in such a secure manner. Mission Critical Defense Market – yes the military uses QNX …
Organizations such as the US Army, NASA, BAE Systems, Harris, Lockheed Martin, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and Boeing have engaged with QNX Software Systems on a wide range of projects that share the same demanding requirements. Examples these mission critical systems include:
- Unmanned aircraft control systems
- Acoustic sensors for tracking tank movements
- JTRS wireless military radios
- High-capacity data radios
- Autonomous underwater vehicles
- Guidance systems for anti-tank weapons
- Embedded controller for aerospace applications
- Wearable GPS/communication systems for ground troops
- Transponder landing systems
- Military weather satellite test beds
I’ll bet you thought this stuff was only available in PS3/XBox games like Modern Warfare and the like … we’ll its been there in testing or in the real military warfare for years! It is in this type of environment, engaged use that you understand just how robust, reliable, how easily it is to augment and build upon while remaining robust, and the networking stack of how QNX really works where the worth is!!
BB10 is just the first plan in RIM’s end-game in this mobile chess board. RIM’s NOC (Network Operations Centre) has been secretly overhauled running QNX within their infrastructure (not just using Cisco ASA’s and other switching equipment). BB10 runs on QNX Micro-Kernel OS, yet QNX is not just for their BB10 OS and devices, but mostly for their M2M (Machine to Machine) strategy.
Thorsten Heins has already stated that RIM …
“We believe in mobile computing, not just mobile phones. QNX taught us a lot about cars, but we also asked, what does it mean for other domains? For example, it can be the mobile computing system to manage an energy grid. It is for more than just BlackBerry 10.
I want us to be the company that manages all mobile computing end points, whether in a phone or car, across the data network globally. Today we are connecting 654 carriers, and our system is being used to carry data, reliably, across these networks.
That’s the vision for the company. I want to take it into the mobile computing space and be clear leader in that space.”
RIM is interested in the Machine to Machine business – THIS my friends is the end-game for RIM!
This is the secure, reliable connectivity layer for mobile computing that sits on top of carrier networks. They can run their own services across it, but the secure layer on top of this, globally, will come from us.
Think of a car manufacturer that sells cars globally, and needs to address all in-car computers from a certain series, and get a message out, like ‘Put the car in the garage for the next 24 hours because we are giving it a big software update’. How many vehicle recalls do you see these days? Imagine the time and cost that can be saved if we can provide telemetry data from all these cars, on a globally connected system, and with the endpoints managed for reliability and security.
There is so much to do right now – it is overwhelming in terms of priorities. RIM needs to figure out where to be the enabler, and where to utilise our own servers. But the opportunity is huge: mobile computing, end-point management, API’s created to add sensors to devices, using the mobile data network for distribution – basically any vertical application where we think we have a play, and where we can use our push and compression services.
Smartphones and tablets part of it, but they are not the only purpose of the company.
Other blogs have already pointed out to RIM’s potential future showing off ‘Enterprising Minds’ look at using QNX – I’ve already done this on December 30, 2012 in my post “QNX – Imagined: Your car in the not-so-distant future“. Now you understand what RIM’s real goal is … if you think Google is the end all and be all of internet search, think of RIM’s NOC+QNX as the end all and be all of Machine to Machine business! Oracle, VMWare and many others are scrambling to match this.
Goodnight all and have a pleasant, productive and interesting work week while watching the news and tweets of CES2013.