A Quebec vision for the Other IT

Install in their products. Unlike computers,

in drones that fly over dangerous areas or evenin the concrete of roads or bridges forindicate the condition of the material.

In short, these computer systems are found everywhere. Tomorrow, Why embarked? Quite simply because the system embedded. If it does not contain any, embedded? The Quebec industry is relatively young,

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microelectronics. In summary,

The typical Quebec company of advanced systems is an SME of31 employees (the average) born after 1980.It withstood the financial crisis of2008-2009 and it does massive R&D.So we should not be surprised if it works inclose liaison with the University.Governments seem to have understood the magnitudeof the stake since Ottawa and Quebecagree to finance up to more than 240million dollars the creation of a Centerof Collaboration MiQro Innovation (C2MI) in Bromont.They also finance massive purchases of equipmenttechnology for universities (emSYSCAN project).

Obstacles to development

is almost absent. In these conditions, rarely questioned. If by chance we do it, the state. Canada has no real strategy,

The Other Computing: Recommendations

The Study offers five recommendations:

1) The creation of a Québec action plan on theGerman “National Roadmap” model.

The Action Plan will be used to define the needs ofcompanies and their objectives to raise Quebecin the leading group of advanced economies (United States,Japan and Germany).This action plan should represent all the majorQuebec industrial clusters (aerospace, energy, transport,etc.) and indicate how to stimulate inter-sectoral cooperation.

2) The creation of a Club of principals ofembarked.

One of the initial mandates of this Club of principals ofthe embedded could be the identification of software toolsreusable from one company to another and from one sectorto the other,which would allow them to optimize their investment,or even make it profitable.

3) Mobilization of the University.

Quebec lacks ICT graduates, in particular,in the field of embedded systems.The time has come to go further and mobilizeuniversity and create an Embedded Institute inclose liaison with the private sector.

4) A “smart purchasing” policy forGovernment of Quebec.

The Government of Quebec has everything to gain by setting up apublic procurement policy based oninnovation based on the German model with two components:

  • Strategic ministries are given the task of publishingtheir long-term purchasing forecasts.To this end,these ministries are encouraged to putin place of consultation mechanisms withSuppliers,including very small businessesof on-board systems.
  • Calls for tenders and proposals concerningon-board systems must include the criterion”best available technology”,instead of the criterionlowest bidder.This method enabled Germanyto become the world leader inphotovoltaic energy.

5) Targeted innovation aid.

Replacement of innovation aid granted on a universal basis(R&D tax credits) through targeted aid.This recommendation is also in line with the resultsof the Center for Productivity andprosperity of HEC Montréal.