The global aerospace market is foreseeing a growth of $352.5 billion by 2023. The major drivers for this growth are increased aircraft size, high replacement rate, and the constantly changing security programs that force companies to embrace newer technologies on and off the ground in planes. Yet, in recent years, aerospace industry has suffered fatal difficulties in the execution of major programs. With rising challenges in operational costs, lack of infrastructure, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), value chain and many others, IT departments within aerospace today must do more than just send, receive and store communications. Adding to these, there is a requirement to upgrade tools for designing, procuring, manufacturing, and supporting aerospace products.
With workflows being digitized and contemporary means being adopted to test aircraft parts and machines, the aerospace sector is on the fast lane of embracing technology. Guiding, tracking and communication systems such as GPS, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS–B), Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) and many others are assisting in flight control and flight management.
With these developments, there are a multitude of opportunities for the technology providers in the aerospace industry. In the last few months, CIO Review’s editorial board has looked at hundreds of firms in the aerospace arena and shortlisted the ones that are at the forefront of tackling the challenges in the industry.
The companies featured in this list showcase extensive business process knowledge, integrated and innovative strategies combined with talent base across locations. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, and analysts including CIO Review editorial board has selected the final 20.
We present to you CIO Reviews’ 20 Most Promising Aerospace Technology Solution Providers 2015:
NordiaSoft – Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and Consulting Services for SCA Based Systems
Aircrafts are today extremely complex electronic flying machines composed of a multitude of electronic sensors and control gears all connected to embedded computers that must react quickly to support the pilot in operating the aircraft in the most safe, efficient and economical way. Software is playing an increasing role in manufacturing, testing and management of aircrafts, deeply influencing the aerospace landscape. “We are moving to an era of Software Defined Aircraft environment. With the increasing complexity of the aircraft embedded systems, it is imperative that the methods and techniques to develop critical systems for aerospace be very efficient,” comments Claude Bélisle, CEO, NordiaSoft. He believes that the full potential of a solution is realized only when it can be effortlessly scaled to meet the changing infrastructural goals of aerospace enterprises. Addressing these rudiments, NordiaSoft has created an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) particularly tailored for the development of complex heterogeneous embedded systems with reusable and upgradeable capabilities.
NordiaSoft offers products and services to customers that need to create state of the art software defined platforms for use in military and in industries like aerospace, telecommunications and robotics. The NordiaSoft SCARI Software Suite is the company’s flagship product –a complete IDE designed for embedded systems developers. The Suite is intended to simplify several architectural system designs, optimize development costs and overall system performance. The SCARI Suite implements the Software Communications Architecture (SCA)— an open specification originally developed by the U.S. Department of Defense for secure radio systems and now endorsed and evolved by the international communities and industries. “The SCA is a very well integrated Component-Based Development architecture and is also applicable to any embedded system found in aerospace, transport, radar, instrumentation, electronic warfare, and more,” explains Bélisle.
The SCARI Suite provides an abstraction layer between the hardware platform and the software applications enabling significant simplification of software development and permitting high level of software reuse, essential for updates, upgrades and system scalability. Application developers are no longer tailoring their development to a specific hardware environment. The agnostic nature of the Suite, supporting multiple operating environments as well as the automatic software component discovery and deployment allow developers to create complex heterogeneous and distributed embedded systems built using multiple processor types, operating systems, programming languages, and communications transport protocols. Apart from the SCARI Suite, NordiaSoft provides SCA-based training courses and consulting services. “Whether through remote collaboration or by deploying a Field Application Engineer to your site, NordiaSoft helps organizations translate business requirements into SCA compliant implementations,” articulates Bélisle.
NordiaSoft has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Wireless Innovation Forum to evolve the SCA into a standard that is currently mandated by a number of military forces around the world. NordiaSoft’s IDE has been thoroughly tested with proven benefits in military deployments. “NordiaSoft products have been used by many organizations and military forces and it is successfully deployed in thousands of radios,” says Bélisle.
The company devotes significant R&D effort aimed at helping industry involved with embedded systems minimize the cost, time and quality of their development cycles. “We constantly invest in Research and Development and this reflects in innovative features in all our products,” points out Bélisle.“We are planning to expand our offices to the Asian region and our R&D team is also addressing other domains like Electronic Warfare, RADAR, Sustainable Infrastructures and Geospatial Networks,” concludes Bélisle.