Harbrick Selects PrismTech’s ‘Vortex’ Data Sharing Platform for Autonomous Vehicle OS

By Caroline Rees / 23 Apr 2015
Vortex Intelligent Data Sharing Platform

PrismTech’s Vortex Intelligent Data Sharing Platform

PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, has announced that robotics company Harbrick has selected Vortex™ to serve as the intelligent data sharing platform for its PolySync, the world’s first out-of-box operating system (OS) for autonomous vehicles.

PolySync is comprised of a set of software tools and services that make it easier to build advanced autonomous vehicles. Similar to the benefits Android and iOS provide to mobile apps developers, PolySync is an OS for autonomous vehicles that provides a massive plug and play ecosystem of sensors, actuators, computing hardware, and third party software. It uses a standardized API that transforms autonomous vehicle development into app development. PolySync handles the sensor drivers, data management, and fault tolerance.

“Working with the PrismTech team allows us to stand on the shoulders of giants,” said Josh Hartung, CEO of Harbrick. “PrismTech’s track record of success providing real-time distributed system solutions for a variety of mission and safety critical environments, along with its outstanding tooling and customer support, is a perfect fit for our needs.”

Vortex serves as the data sharing backbone for PolySync by controlling, monitoring, and regulating the data interfaces—ensuring the right data gets to the right place in real-time. Vortex provides PolySync with the platform to optimize data accessibility and usability.

Vortex enabled Harbrick to utilize development resources more effectively. Specifically, Harbrick would have needed to employ a team 10 times larger over the period of one year to build the required feature set for the first commercial release. Vortex tooling has been measured to reduce debugging by as much as 52 percent and increase new feature development by a multiple of 16.

“The autonomous vehicle industry provides an exciting opportunity for PrismTech to deliver its high performance data-sharing platform into a growing market sector,” said Spiros Motsenigos, VP US Sales, PrismTech. “The technologies that are fueling this industry are continuing to develop and Vortex is proving to serve as a catalyst to this growth.”

Vortex is based on the OMG™’s Data Distribution Service (DDS) open standard and builds on proven technologies to provide an efficient solution for device-to-device, device-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud Internet scale real-time data sharing. It is a crucial enabler for systems that have to reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end qualities-of-service (QoS) facilitating its ability to deliver the right information to the right place at the right time.

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