Multinational software company BlackBerry has announced the launch of QNX Everywhere, a new initiative to increase the availability of highly-skilled embedded systems’ developers.
Some of the target markets of the scheme include automotive, industrial, robotics and healthcare, all of which the firm predicts to be shaped by software in the future.
As a result of this, software engineers familiar with the most popular platforms and technologies are in high demand, the company added.
QNX Everywhere has been established to provide easy access for students, academic and research organisations and hobbyists to address this shortage.
The platform was designed to help them develop knowledge of QNX technologies compatible with major medical device manufacturers and ‘more than 45 of the leading vehicle manufacturers worldwide’.
“Embedded devices are becoming increasingly software-defined, complex and pervasive, at a speed that is outpacing the talent market’s ability to upskill on practical knowledge,” said Grant Courville, VP, products and strategy, BlackBerry QNX.
“The QNX Everywhere initiative offers frictionless access to QNX software for students, hobbyists, and academic and advanced research organisations. By making QNX accessible to these enthusiasts and groups, we hope to increase availability of valuable skills across the global developer ecosystem.”
The platform will feature some self-service access elements, as well as on-demand training, open-source projects and cloud-enabled development tools.
Support will also be made available for low-cost CPU boards to support developers in the design and testing of their software on embedded hardware.
QNX is set to begin operating ear 2024, with further details set to be released by BlackBerry in the coming weeks.
BlackBerry will be exhibiting at Stand 1020 at Robotics and Automation 2024.