Towards Open Platforms for Mission-Critical IoT Systems
Mission-critical IoT deployments, such as Positive Train Control (PTC, USA) and Enhanced Train Control (ETC, Canada), are made up of complex systems-of-systems that operate in challenging environments. They require reliable building blocks that can implement safety-critical functions in guaranteed fashion as well as to provide other operational functions. Those building blocks include application-specific interface systems; safety-critical hardware and software; general-purpose computing; local and external communication systems; and middleware for handling application software containerization, system health remote monitoring, remote updates, systems security, etc.
While some of the building blocks for PTC/ETC are application specific, many are common to other mission-critical IoT systems, such as Intelligent Transportation Systems, Avionics Systems, or Connected Industrial Controls. As part of its work on advanced train control systems, CN is proposing an industry-wide Open Platform approach based on open standards, standard communication protocols and APIs that would be common to many industries, not just railways. The goal is to encourage the development of an ecosystem of competitive solutions with best-of-class technologies at every layer of those mission-critical systems. Such an approach has the potential to provide industries with proven reliable interchangeable components from which to build complex mission-critical IoT systems capable to adapt to evolving challenges.
Jean-Marc Naud is an experienced IoT professional who has held senior engineering leadership positions in many companies ranging from start-ups to large corporations. Among other, Mr. Naud has been involved with: connected cars; IoT communication systems for underground mining assets; intelligent cities; intelligent buildings; and lately with connected railroading. Through these roles, Mr. Naud has been instrumental in bringing to the market innovative IoT solutions involving technologies such as low-power wireless mesh network; advanced crypto systems; smart lighting; real-time video analytics; sensor fusion; etc.
Mr. Naud holds degrees in Engineering Physics (B.Eng.) from École Polytechnique de Montreal and in Project Management (M. Sc.) from Université du Quebec à Montreal. Mr. Naud holds a PMP certification and is Six Sigma trained (Green Belt).