Testing and QA for the Upcoming Internet of Things

by Chuck Black

QRAAs we move closer towards the upcoming “internet of things,” where our technology, transportation systems and even appliances start making decisions automatically without our input, we’ll need to develop testing methodologies to insure the safety of those networked utensils before anyone begins rolling them out in an operational capacity.

That’s why we’ll need firms like Halifax based Quantum Research Analytics (QRA).

Eduardo Vaz.

Eduardo Vaz.

As outlined by their director of business development Eduardo Vaz, “a design error is always easier to fix at the design stage than at the production stage.” He’s one of a small team of people developing testing and fault protection tools for the next generation of embedded cyber-physical systems in manufacturing and transportation.

Much of our team started out as part of the Quantum Theory Group at Dalhousie University. We really only became a business in 2012” he said of his team, in a recent interview.

Our core mandate is focused on developing the most advanced analysis tools, on the most advanced hardware, to help validate the world’s most complex cyber-physical systems.”

Oddly enough, a surprising number of those “cyber-physical systems” are being built into the current and upcoming generation of civilian and military aircraft.

30% – 40% of modern aerospace design and development work is related to testing,” according to Vaz, “and we’ve built a tool-set powerful enough to validate and verify complex, interactive systems at the beginning of their aerospace design cycle, when the cost of revision is lowest.”

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Sample assessments of the development resources spent on design and testing in various sectors related to aerospace and defence. Infographic c/o QRA.

As well, the QRA tools do not require the types of quantum computers being developed at places like Burnaby, BC based D-Wave Systems in order to effectively function, but can harness these when the architecture offers a performance boost.

According to Vaz, “we currently have access to D-Wave hardware along with hardware from others such as IBM, but we are not limited to any one specific configuration. We are always open to options relating to the optimum testing configurations of both our tools and the test platform.”

In fact, QRA is looking to develop relationships with testing partners, to validate and develop new configurations for the tool-set. So if you’re in manufacturing or aerospace and developing complex systems requiring powerful testing solutions, you should give Quantum Research Analytics a call.

But hurry. Although currently “pre-commercial” and certainly open to ideas, the firm might not stay that way for long.

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