Martello NEWS : 2019

Ali Longwell

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.”

Martello is “uniquely capable of solving this problem,” Proctor said, as it has the required expertise to manage real-time applications in tandem with its SD-WAN technology. Specifically this refers to Martello’s ability to enable real-time communications services over its SD-WAN, delivering application traffic in real time to IoT systems such as smart city applications or autonomous vehicles.

Martello intends to use the QNX technology to optimize multiple cellular providers in smart cars traveling at highway speeds. In order to optimize the networks running on QNX, Martello will build a product based on its performance management and SD-WAN.  Specifically in autonomous cars, though it could also apply to smart cities and other IoT applications, Martello’s combined technologies can “help rank, limit, or promote different traffic streams —whether they’re coming from a vehicle’s infotainment system, a cell phone, or a connected mini-fridge — allowing critical traffic to flow unimpeded,” said Proctor.

While nearly all applications can benefit from SD-WAN’s ability to improve network performance, there is a greater challenge with IoT applications. Martello can address the challenges “in those applications like autonomous vehicles and smart trains, where maintaining optimal network connectivity and performance is both critical and difficult to achieve using currently available technology,” according to Proctor.

Last year was a banner year for Martello. The Ottawa, Canada-based firm started the year with a new CEO, John Proctor, after its former CEO Bruce Linton stepped down to become co-chairman of the company’s board of directors at the end of 2017. It made a number of acquisitions including of Elfiq Networks, which enabled it to launch an SD-WAN service. And in September, it went public on Canada’s TSX Venture Exchange after a reverse takeover of Vancouver-based shell company Newcastle Energy.

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Phil Edholm

January 2, 2019

Martello, the Canadian Network Monitoring and SDN company announced before the end of the year that it was participating in the BlackBerry/L-SPARK Accelerator Program. The program, initiated by Blackberry with six promising Canadian small and medium-sized technology companies, is focused on enabling functionality for the Blackberry QNX operating system. QNX is a core component of many systems, including companies like Audi, Cisco, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Electric, Intuitive Surgical, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens.

As part of the program, Martello will focus on using the technology developed for real-time aware SD-WAN solutions to enable IoT systems to have deterministic latency and optimized network operations. In a discussion with John Proctor, Martello CEO, he emphasized how the developments that Martello has done in enabling real-time communications over SD-WAN are particularly well suited to the demands of IoT. Per Proctor, “The emerging IoT market will have many use cases that will require managed network delivery, an area that Martello has focused on. Secure delivery of high-performance services using the best available networks is critical to the success of IoT.”

Martello believes that partnering with Blackberry will give the company an advantage in defining the next generation of SD-WAN, optimized for IoT. Proctor said, “The BlackBerry L-SPARK Accelerator Program exemplifies the collaborative spirit of the Canadian tech ecosystem, and we look forward to working with BlackBerry to bring simplicity to the increasingly complex network requirements created by IoT.”

The emerging IoT market promises to be a huge opportunity. Gartner estimates that IoT end points and services could be a $3.9T market by 2021. Clearly, while many IoT applications do not require real time or managed delivery, a full range of new capabilities, from self-driving vehicles to automation require the managed network delivery and determinism that Martello is developing in SD-WAN.