Martello Technologies Uses SD-WAN to Optimize IoT Systems

SDxCentral | January 10, 2019

Martello Technologies is leveraging the technology developed for its SD-WAN to optimize IoT network operations and systems. This work is part of the Canadian firm’s participation in the BlackBerry and L-Spark Accelerator Program — a program working to build network performance management (NPM) technologies for IoT. Martello announced its participation late last year as one of seven Canadian tech startups involved in the program. The other companies are a software-as-a-service (SaaS) connected car startup Evolved Vehicle Environments, a secure wallet app Bluink, a smart car application company Acert, security firm Kypersecurity, and automotive sensor startup Soltare. The program lasts six months and gives the companies an opportunity to build new IoT products using the Blackberry QNX operating system. QNX is a software system built for connected and autonomous cars. QNX was originally developed by Quantum Software Systems and acquired by Blackberry in 2010. It is currently built into a number of the company’s systems, including Audi, Cisco, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens. IoT systems require secure managed network delivery, improved communications technology, failover and availability, and application uptime and security, which SD-WAN is primed to deliver. According to Martello CEO John Proctor, these systems are often dependent on network performance. “In autonomous vehicles, smart trains, or the complex integration of this into a smart city and its sensors, where you’re expecting a moving vehicle to perform effectively or report data in real-time, this is a more complex challenge. At this level network connectivity is directly associated to human safety.”

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