30 Ways QNX Touches Your Life

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Known the world over for its ultra-reliable software, QNX Software Systems is celebrating its 30th anniversary in business. Over the past 30 years, QNX software technology has become a big part of everyday life - from controlling hands-free systems in cars to delivering renewable energy to homes.

People encounter QNX technology every day when they:

  1. Use Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube - QNX technology provides the software foundation for the worlds highest-capacity routers, which handle the data, voice, and video traffic for hundreds of millions of Internet users every day.
  2. Flip a light switch - QNX technology controls thousands of power-generation systems worldwide, from wind turbines to nuclear stations to hydroelectric plants.
  3. Call for help - By leveraging the unmatched reliability of QNX technology, 9 1 1 dispatch systems deliver emergency assistance 24/7, nonstop.
  4. Call for help on the road - The QNX-based OnStar system, deployed in dozens of car models, automatically calls for help in a crash and can even provide emergency responders with the car's exact location.
  5. Use green energy - QNX-based power-grid simulators help utilities integrate electricity from solar panels, wind farms, and other renewable energy sources.
  6. Save gas - QNX-based traffic control systems reduce fuel consumption by optimizing traffic flow, minimizing traffic jams, and reducing waits at intersections.
  7. Eat a jelly donut - QNX-based food inspection systems detect dangerous contaminants and can even spot items with missing ingredients, such as jelly donuts that have no jelly.
  8. Get a caffeine fix - Car navigation systems based on QNX technology not only provide automatic route selection and turn-by-turn directions, but can even track down the nearest coffee shop if youre thirsting for a latt.
  9. Shop online - Online retailers like Amazon.com and Avnet rely on QNX-based warehouse automation systems to move massive amounts of merchandise every day.
  10. Watch TV - QNX technology keeps couch potatoes happy, controlling television stations, delivering cable signals, and even powering universal remotes.
  11. Watch an action flick - QNX technology powers motion-control systems that create some of Hollywoods most spectacular special effects and stunts.
  12. Take a train - From high-speed trains to subway cars, QNX-based systems go the distance, controlling locomotives and coordinating railway traffic.
  13. Fly in a plane - QNX technology is at the core of pilot-training simulators and air-traffic control systems worldwide.
  14. Board a boat - QNX-based navigation and radar systems keep cruise ships on course by helping crews navigate through fog, bad weather, and narrow estuaries.
  15. Buy shoes - Footwear vendors like ASICS and Brown Shoe rely on QNX-based warehouse systems to move their products from the factory floor to the shoe store.
  16. Keep cool in the checkout line - QNX technology controls the HVAC systems in many of the biggest big-box stores in North America.
  17. Stay connected while driving - Using innovative QNX software, car infotainment systems connect seamlessly to Bluetooth phones, MP3 players, USB sticks, and a variety of other devices and services.
  18. Build a sundeck - Using QNX-based machine-vision systems, sawmill operators extract the maximum amount of lumber from every tree.
  19. Mail a letter - QNX technology helps mail-sorting machines push the performance envelope, processing up to 40,000 letters per hour.
  20. Visit the doctor - QNX technology brings reliability to a host of diagnostic devices, including ECG machines, angiography systems, cardiac monitors, and bone density analyzers.
  21. Take medicine - QNX-based vision systems scan for defects in a variety of manufactured products, from pharmaceutical blister packs to the lids of peanut butter jars.
  22. Get better - QNX-based cancer treatment devices use proton beams to target tumors precisely, without damaging nearby organs.
  23. Wash socks - A QNX-based system automatically configures control panels for washing machines and tests each panel to make sure it functions correctly.
  24. Breathe clean air - QNX-based building-automation systems help factories, universities, and other large facilities slash power consumption by up to 50%, reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned for electricity.
  25. Go to college - Students and professors worldwide use QNX technology to perform medical research, explore new forms of energy generation, and even discover new planets.
  26. See better - Using a QNX-based LASIK system, doctors perform bladeless laser surgery to help people reduce their dependency on glasses and contact lenses.
  27. Buy a book - Bookstores throughout North America rely on QNX-based point-of-sale systems to deliver highly personalized service to their customers.
  28. Play video poker - QNX technology powers intercasino gaming systems that can pay out multi-million-dollar winnings, with zero tolerance for error.
  29. Drive over a bridge - QNX technology helps reduce drawbridge congestion by controlling automated bridge raising systems.
  30. Go for a digital drive - QNX-based digital instrument clusters are changing the face of in-car computing, combining virtual speedometers with navigation displays, backup cameras, and other content to provide drivers with the most appropriate information for every drive mode or road condition.