Missed the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar? Catch the replay

By Bla1ze on 18 Jul 2014 11:30 pm EDT

If you missed out on the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar that was held on July 10th, this weekend might be a good time to get caught up on it all, as the replay is now available. The QNX Cloud team hosted the event and ran through a lot of stuff surrounding Project Ion and the initiatives happening at BlackBerry and QNX in the Internet of Things arena.

Led by Steve West, senior director for business development of QNX Cloud, it's an in-depth presentation, answering questions and giving examples of how IoT can accelerate time to market, and improve end-customer experiences. Everyone interested in what BlackBerry and QNX is doing, should tune in.

That said though, it's pretty heavy stuff and is geared towards those interested in implementing big data systems, have a need for real-time data analysis, access to API's and are working on creating the awesome things we all want to use. To put it plainly, don't expect to fully understand everything that is addressed but it's certainly still worth watching.

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Missed the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar? Catch the replay


The future is now! Huzzah!

Sent from my Z10. Or was it my Q10? Either way, it was sent from an awesome phone.

Thanks Bla1ze. I caught the second half, which was all Q and A, but I was hoping to catch up on the initial presentation.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

I am really tired of QNX & talks surrounding it. I agree its the best OS around for super critical applications. But NEVER EVER has Blackberry been able to monetize it. If QNX is present in so many cars, NASA, etc etc then why is the impact of it in Blackberrys results so minuscule that its hardly noticed! Unless and until QNX does give an income of 1 Billion USD per annum I wont say its credible.

It's in quite a bit of back-end infrastructure, just not a lot of consumer facing devices that would make IoT useful. I think IoT will driven by things that actually are everywhere and behind everything, like Cisco. BlackBerry should try to partner with them on IoT instead of trying to somehow compete with more technology juggernauts which hasn't worked out well in the past or currently.

What juggernauts are you talking about?. In something as simple as providing cloud security, we saw the world most profitable company throw in the towel this week and hook up with IBM in an attempt to salvage something for their challenged platform. If they can't even do this properly, what does that tell us about something more complex like IoT.

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Cisco runs the internet so I think that qualifies as an "internet" of things juggernaut. BlackBerry is just talking about what they could potentially do someday, kinda like how Thorsten talked about a "mobile computing platform" but it was always just talk while others were already doing it. Comparing the smart partnership between a consumer electronic company and a leading enterprise services company with BlackBerry trying to go it alone in a crowded space of yes juggernauts like Cisco or Microsoft makes no sense. QNX has a good platform used in a small amount of devices (especially on the consumer side) so they will need to partner up. Like you said, even big guys like IBM and Apple were smart enough to partner up on something as "simple" as MDM so why wouldn't a little guys like QNX/BB do the same to try and compete?

What the webinar shows is BlackBerry is targetting enterprises not consumers for its IoT business. They are selling their secured platform and services to let big businesses to gain insight or real time notifications from connected devices, or enabling them to offer enhanced services to consumers. Think connected cars. BlackBerry will be selling its QNX OS and Cloud platform services to car manufacturers so they may offer remote diagnostic and advance service warning to its customers - the consumers. The big money in IoT is in the commercial side rather than the consumer side, for the time being. BlackBerry's partnership with NanHealth for the health care industry, and its long established relationships with major car manufacturers around the world bode well for project Ion.

You make some good points. I think the vast majority of companies working on IoT are big in the enterprise space as well. Hopefully they keep up that focus but learn to work with others so they're not left on the sidelines is all I'm saying. They tried to go it alone with BB10 and that failed so they're looking at partnerships with consumer companies like Amazon but only happened after losing billions and letting go half their skilled workforce. It's not too late to get some partnerships in IoT, maybe they can still be a late entry for IoT world forum so they can at least talk to other companies.

Well, if I remember correctly, BlackBerry makes about 200 million per year off of QNX licenses in addition to its internal use for handsets and cloud technology. Not bad for a little software company.

The great thing about QNX is that it allows BlackBerry to be a leader in IoT. It's focus on responsiveness, stability and security makes it ideal to drive a platform comprise of varied components. Clearly, Cisco a company that will be involved in designing the backbone of IoT is heavily involved with BlackBerry and QNX. One of their main R&D facilities is located in Waterloo.

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Why do you think Cisco is "clearly" partnered with BlackBerry? Check out the Internet of Things World Forum.. BlackBerry and QNX are not even involved, instead they offered their own webinar talking about potential. Also Cisco has no offices in Waterloo, they have an office in Toronto which is kind of close if that's what you meant. http://www.iotwf.com/steering_committee/info

Cisco just invested 500 million in the Waterloo region through their latest R&D facility. It was in the popular press about 4 months ago and part of a major announcement by the provincial government. Perhaps not a total surprise as the second in command at Cisco is Canadian and comes from the southern Ontario region. As to Cisco working with BlackBerry, they have a long standing relationship as QNX softwares has been driving their routers and switchers since 2006. The key to IoT is distributed computing and this is where QNX Shines. You can't rely on some sort of monolithic kernel design to power a diverse network of objects.

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It's funny how you talk about partnerships now as a good thing but in your previous post you said partnerships were throwing in the towel and were arguing with my comment that QNX should partner up with some of the real players in the IoT space. No point in arguing with misinformed people like you so I'm out.

Do you guys even realize that the high end cisco routers that power the backbone of the Internet run qnx already?

So they already are pretty much partnered.

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It's true 10 years ago cisco licensed QNX for its underlying microkernel for ios. They are not working together on IoT and BlackBerry is trying to take a leadership/competitive position in this space. If they were partnered, why are BlackBerry and QNX not involved in the IoT world forum run by Cisco with every major other IoT player in attendance? Instead they have a webinar on their own. Using the same logic, Apple is using QNX for carplay so I guess BlackBerry is partnered with Apple for smartphones now?

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You know what would be really cool? When it says "watch...." and it actually worked. On another note QNX should get into the oil and gas industry, each well communicating water and oil levels in the tank dispatching trucks to hail a load of what ever needs to be taken out. I know QNX Is working on fluid levels in ship tankers, but there's only so many tankers and there's thousands of Wells just in my area.


I have listened to the webinar twice so far. As I understand the facts QNX dominates the automobile vertical, QNX + Nanthealth potentially dominates the IoT healthcare sector, in a separate talk Alec Saunders mentioned optimizing oil viscosity in pipelines, and maybe they need partners for Smart Energy, Smart Homes, Smart Buildings, and successive verticals. The webinar mentions a specific cloud partner. I'd guess Amazon but I have no idea. But it seems to me only QNX and partners can Walk the Walk of IoT, successive verticals, others Talk the Talk. But you'd have to listen to the webinar a few times to see if any other company can match what QNX has.

Super boring! Some guy reading over slideshow. As of we couldn't read it ourselves.

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

QNX and partners might springboard off the Internet of Cars into the Internet of Mining, the Internet of Forestry (BC forestry due to access to Asia), the Internet of Agriculture, the Internet of Energy. All these have fleets of vehicles and heavy equipment which follow from the Internet if Cars.

About 372 of Fortune 500 companies are outside America. QNX Project ION should focus on them. Inside America QNX should focus on Detroit, healthcare, finance, government, regulated and similar enterprises. But sadly, Snowden and Wikileaks tend to exclude American based companies from the IoT. Of course, like CISCO, we welcome IoT companies and developers up here. Healthy lifestyle and free medicare too. Apparently, we'll even subsidize US companies. So great welcome to you.

The Internet of Cars can identify and locate potholes, if I understand Alec Saunders; municipal fleets can be optimized to fix potholes; "the traveling salesman" algorithm can determine the most efficient deployment of the municipal crews; etc. In Calgary some fleets are monitored to ensure the crews are not wasting time at Tim Horton Donuts. Kindly apply this tech to donut living municipal police. The Oxford paper may indicate some pothole dispatchers can be replaced by machine learning and mobile robotics.

Ok. I listened to the webinar 3 times and it seems to explain the BlackBerry z3 rollout. That seemed to work. So I'd guess Project ION works. So September 2014 rollout by QNX and automakers? Also QNX seems friendly with IBM, Apple and so on. Any other IoT platform that works?

Project ION might have BlackBerry Assistant or equivalent, HMI, and/or AI on the device, the cloud and the administrative console. Would this help Dilbert to create AI at least as smart as the pointy haired boss?

How could Domino's Pizza, Project ION, BlackBerry Assistant work in connected cars? Driver could dialogue with BlackBerry Assistant, which in turn locates nearest Domino's, checks wait time, traffic and then asks driver to confirm the order. Domino's is already leading in connected cars I understand. But for an oil change, the car itself would "know" where and preferable oil better than most drivers so the car ought to shop around for oil and check the driver's schedule etc. And then ask driver to confirm the booking.

Where should ASR and NLU reside in a high end mobile device on wheels (like Mercedes). Suppose you ask your virtual financial advisor to research and report on company A offering $100,000 annually and company B offering $150,000 annually; that you want to listen to the report while driving to the cabin, off grid. Surely your Financial Assistant on your phone will download to your Mercedes and you need off grid ASR, NLU, TTS etc to listen to the report. I.e. Tech resides in the connected car.

Monetizing Virtual Financial Advisor for connected car: well $20,000/year for professional unlimited reports may be going rate but in multiple job offer or one off investment scenarios, $500 per report may be the maximum the market will bear, probably less for recent graduates.

Virtual Real Estate Advisor. This is a different virtual person, like a buyers real estate agent. Here the advisor not only pulls in comparative listings, but also traffic flows, school rankings, nearby golf courses and everything a young or old family needs in searching for housing. So here the Connected Car pulls everything in while cruising around, then uploads to desktop and big display. Remax or CIR might co-market or rent this "SIRI for real estate" by the day. But in terms of architecture, the connected car needs on board "brains".

Project Ion Sensors Architecture: This responds to a webinar question. Myo, sensor clothing, and wearables may locate, measure and aggregate data like soft tissue pain, while the person is off grid, off wifi or off network, then upload it to the cloud later for analysis by coach, ergonomists, sports doctors etc for analysis. This overlaps consumer health and fitness, WCB, and Nanthealth professional grade medicine/medicare ETC. Responds to off grid, on grid environments.

Project ION median user $10,000? Enterprise development is a different animal. When you sell development services to enterprises you may subcontract for millions; professional users will pay @ $20,000 EACH per annum. Even consumers for health treatment options and management or job applicants will pay $ hundreds for authoritative reports or access to proprietary databases. Professionals like lawyers pay thousands annually for proprietary databases. Real life "games" and enterprises tend to be fee for service. Ditto virtual experts. Note how much consultants charge Dilbert's company. But junk and stupidity should be free or excluded from Project ION.

What else can Project Ion monetize? 47% of enterprise vocations according to Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology | Oxford Martin School? This must be done wisely to avoid "Hobo with a Shotgun" scenarios. Essentially upgrading and retraining for workers who are essentially obsolete or replaced by technology.

Project ION ought to deliver smart cities and 3rd wave of Internet to India, indigenized with companies like Tech Mahindra. As discussed on Bloomberg TV, app etc. Liveops could partner too due to evident synergies. Massive opportunities for BlackBerry enterprises in India under new government. What does PW see?

If Project ION, BlackBerry Assistant and Liveops did not pursue synergies, as a shareholder, I'd be di$appointed. What about engineering services? Licensing patents and tech etc. Exemplia gratia: BlackBerry Assistant query classification tech might answer % of queries to Liveops call centers thus semi-automating the services. If only U of W would pump out multilingual ML/mobile robotics experts on an industrial scale.

Project ION competition: Firstly an IoT , internet of everything company, must be able to do connected cars. Can we rule out Microsoft? Can we rule out American based companies due to Snowden, Wikileaks, serial security failures etc. Secondly an IoT company must be able to do mobile devices, like smartphones and connected cars, so that narrows the field. Thirdly an IoT company must be good at software, flawless on security and reliable. Can we rule out Koreans. Fourthly an IoT company must be substantially free of sanctions. Can we rule out Russia? An IoT company must be respected in emerging nations. Can we rule out Israel? An IoT company must be global and familiar with lingua franca. Can we rule out China? An IoT company must have critical mass of carriers and devices. It must support ALL DEVICES, including nuclear power plants. Can we rule out Nokia? What can I say? Is there any realistic competition for Project ION? India might have offerings but they have a lot of work to do! South America has not really put out a contender, either. So, since Canada invented the phone, they may inherit the IoT.

What if BlackBerry patented Project ION as they usually do? One scenario is that Project ION is standard and essential for IoT or aspects if it. Exemplia gratia 4G, LTE, security patents etc. Then anyone or any entity ought to have access to Project ION on fair and reasonable terms. I.e. Upon payment of license fees etc. What do Foss Patents and patent lawyers think? I mean, do you suppose QNX has patents related to connected cars and HMI? See their website.

BlackBerry shareholders have much to be thankful for: John Chen for turnaround; Prem Watsa for faith; IBM and Microsoft for creating the personal computer industry; Apple for instigating touchscreen devices; Android for 1,000,000 apps; Samsung and Asia for 1,000,000,000 smartphone users; SIRI for popularizing tech like BlackBerry Assistant; Nortel for a monopoly on mobile tech. American media for publicizing IoT. The list goes on and on. Thank you.

Nanthealth and BlackBerry Assistant may be using the same math, ML, or techniques. They ought to explore collaboration. SIRI for medicine is one possibility.