Tridium Selects QNX Neutrino RTOS for Next-Generation Niagara Framework

5/4/2004 - Tridium, Inc., a leader in software for realtime control applications, and QNX Software Systems, a developer of real-time operating systems, have announced an agreement where Tridium will use the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system bundled with IBM’s WebSphere Custom Environment. The QNX and IBM bundled offering will be delivered in NiagaraAX, Tridium’s next generation of the Niagara Framework.

Niagara is a software framework designed to address the challenge of integrated control in environments that contain diverse smart devices. Niagara provides realtime access to machines and equipment, normalizes the data from those devices, and integrates a control engine with alarming, scheduling, data logging services, TCP/IP connectivity, and a web server. The software is used in facilities automation, energy services, industrial automation and diverse M2M applications.

“Integrating a true realtime operating system is essential to provide distributed control capabilities. QNX Neutrino and WebSphere Custom Environment provide a highly reliable and efficient platform for Niagara. This optimized QNX/IBM solution will enable us to streamline continued development and increase the functionality and performance of the Niagara Framework,” said Jerry Frank, Tridium founder and CTO.

WebSphere Custom Environment has been specially optimized to take advantage of the many advanced capabilities that the QNX Neutrino RTOS provides. Java applications running on WebSphere Custom Environment have full access to the many advanced services that QNX Neutrino offers, including real-time scheduling, distributed processing, symmetric multiprocessing, and the QNX Photon microGUI® windowing system.

“Our true realtime foundation was key in delivering predictable response times for the Java-centric capabilities of NiagaraAX,” said Dan Dodge, president and CEO of QNX Software Systems. “We are extremely proud to help innovative companies such as Tridium deliver extremely reliable and robust solutions to the automation market.”

About Tridium Inc.
Tridium is the inventor of the Niagara Framework, a software framework that integrates diverse systems and devices - regardless of manufacturer, communication standard or software - into a unified platform that can be easily managed and controlled in real time over the Internet or intranet using a standard web browser. Niagara provides many benefits across a wide variety of customer applications including: building automation, energy services, remote site management, service bureaus and maintenance management. System integrators use Niagara products to provide true open solutions without regard for specific protocols, products or technologies. Manufacturers adopt the Niagara Framework technology to move their products to the web, reduce development time, migrate legacy systems, develop new service offerings, and open up new markets. Tridium is a privately held software company headquartered in Richmond, VA, with subsidiaries based in London and Singapore. Tridium markets its products to value-added resellers, original equipment manufacturers and a network of Tridium Systems Integrators. Additional information about Tridium is available at

About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and proven performance of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications in the networking, automotive, medical, and industrial automation markets. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Ford, Siemens, and Texaco depend on the QNX technology for their mission- and life-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit

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