QNX Technology Powers Fortna Warehouse Control Software


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  • Fortna, a supply chain design and implementation firm, selects QNX for FortnaWCS™, a warehouse control solution used by Amazon, ASICS, O’Reilly Automotive, Avnet Electronics, and Brown Shoe.

  • Modular architecture of QNX Neutrino RTOS allows Fortna to create reliable, high-performance applications that scale quickly to customer demands.

  • QNX technology delivers proven reliability and high uptimes in manufacturing and industrial automation environments.

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    OTTAWA, May 6, 2009 — QNX Software Systems today announced that its QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS) is powering warehouse control solutions from Fortna, a leader in designing, implementing, and supporting complete supply-chain solutions for companies such as Amazon, ASICS, O’Reilly Automotive, Avnet Electronics, and Brown Shoe.

    The FortnaWCS™ warehouse control system utilizes the QNX Neutrino RTOS to deliver high speed and industrial strength reliability. Designed to serve both operations and IT, FortnaWCS is a robust, maintainable, and supportable solution that optimizes materials handling systems. Its superior flexibility and modular design allow organizations to efficiently manage their automation (sortation, conveyors, RFID, print and apply equipment, voice and light systems) with one system across disparate equipment. FortnaWCS provides the lowest cost of ownership, simplicity, and scaleability across multiple sites, plus reliability for maximum uptime performance metrics in tough industrial environments.

    “We rely on QNX technology to develop and deploy our FortnaWCS product because of its proven reliability, speed, and industrial strength fault-tolerance,” said Peter Counihan, president of Fortna. “In addition, the modular architecture of the QNX Neutrino RTOS enables us to build high-performance systems that scale easily to deliver great results for our clients.”

    For almost 30 years, QNX technology has been used in a wide variety of industrial automation systems, including nuclear reactors, wind turbines, SCADA products, building automation systems, and ultra-precision machining tools. The QNX Neutrino RTOS provides a robust, fault-tolerant microkernel architecture that enables shorter development cycles, fewer software bugs, and higher uptimes than traditional operating systems.

    To speed development of industrial automation applications, QNX Software Systems provides the QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, an Eclipse-based solution that offers highly integrated tools for memory analysis, system profiling, application profiling, code coverage, visual debugging, and remote diagnostics.

    For more information on QNX in industrial control applications, visit the QNX control and automation Web page.

    “From manufacturing microchips to running oil rigs, the QNX Neutrino RTOS delivers proven reliability to manufacturing and process control applications, making it the software foundation of choice for mission-critical environments,” said Bill Graham, product marketing manager, QNX Software Systems.

    About Fortna
    Fortna – “Driving Supply Chain Results”

    We design, implement and support complete end-to-end solutions for our clients through supply chain consulting, material handling systems implementation and systems selection and implementation. Our “no-silos” business approach ensures alignment strategically, financially and operationally and brings our clients’ supply chain strategy to life. Our integrated services and unmatched supply chain design tools have provided long term and trust-based relationships with clients in a wide range of industries including multi-channel retail, consumer products, electronics, parts distribution and third party logistics. www.fortna.com

    About QNX Software Systems
    QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX Momentics® development suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.

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