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Our Mission
Microway‟s mission is to assist its clients in the development and management of
complex real-time systems using state of the art technologies.


Company Profile
Microway Systems specializes in state-of-the-art technical domains. Our main activities
cover both product development and consulting services. Over the years, we have
developed several highly technical products and performed numerous consulting
mandates. Our goal is to maintain the delicate balance between product development,
value-added resale and consulting services. The product development and sale provide
the hands-on experience and knowledge required to optimize the quality of our consulting
services.

Contact Information
Telephone: 514-279-0069 or 514-239-3545
Postal address: 193 Bloomfield, Montreal, QC, H2V 3R5
Email: cd@microwaysystems.com

News Flash
Microway to lead Maritime Helicopter Project IV&V Consortium
Microway Systems Inc. joins partners Opal-RT, Newmerical Technologies International,
University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies and Info-kit to offer Independent
Validation and Verification services for the Canadian Navy's Maritime Helicopter Project
(MHP). […]

Value-added resale products


NEBULA Performance Monitor

Microway Systems Inc. is a value-added reseller for LINMOR‟s NEBULA Performance
Monitor, the most cost-effective high-end system providing real-time service assurance
for next generation networks.
LINMOR's NEBULA® Performance Monitor empowers network operators within
service providers and enterprises to proactively, preventively, and predictably manage
how their networks perform. At its core, it does three things:
      Autodiscovers and generates a network topology of active devices
      Collects and stores vital performance statistics from network devices
      Translates data into real-time and historical graphs and reports

NEBULA Performance Monitor:

      Reduces risk by identifying problems and helping network operators to take
       action BEFORE they become outages;
      Ensures Quality of Service and manages Service Level Agreements;
      Maximizes existing network investments by optimizing the network and resource
       utilization;
      Optimizes network performance by generating multi-vendor, multi-technology
       reports on a single web console.
Products developed by Microway
Cryptographic product line development
After successful completion of the PA contract, the company investigated the possibility
of designing and developing its own product line. The products considered were boat
navigation equipment which was to use an electro-luminescent display, and a car
monitoring system to allow the police to recover stolen cars on the road.
The chosen product line was an innovative high security (cryptographic) access control
system integrated with process control. An excellent recommendation by the „Centre
d‟innovation industrielle de Montréal‟ (CIIM) allowed the company to finance the
development of the product line.

CELSAT




The first product was the CELSAT™ Access and Process Control System. CELSAT™
(short for Cellular Satellites) is registered in the USA as a trade mark of Microway
Systems.
The system consists of a central controller unit, which communicates on a single wire,
using time multiplex technique, to a distributed intelligent „Satellite‟ up to 2,000 feet
away from the controller. The Satellites are dedicated to specific functions and each is
controlled by a dedicated, on-board micro controller. One special type of satellite unit is
the Microway exclusive cryptographic lock which was „patent pending‟. Other satellite
units include sensors and alarm capabilities, as well as remote control functions, all are
real-time programmable by the user. The controller is in turn controlled by menus on any
type of IBM PC compatible computer through software. The over all system can thus be
regarded as a distributed security or as a control system, or as both according to custom
design and selection of satellites by the user.
Developed by Microway Systems Inc., Celsat™ is a fully integrated Process and Access
Control System. Celsat features a unique double encryption/decryption Cryptographic
lock. The system has a Controller Unit which communicates on a single wire to the
distributed intelligent Satellite Units. These Satellites Units are dedicated to one of a
number of specific functions and each is controlled by its own dedicated onboard
microcontroller.




Cryptographic Lock
A stand-alone cryptographic lock was developed, that is one that is not under the control
of a central computer.
Cryptographic Sensor
A very successful product was the cryptographic sensor. This sensor uses the same
cryptographic algorithms developed for CELSAT and the stand alone cryptographic lock.
Miniaturised microprocessor modules generate random data and encrypt them using user-
specific keys (entered with a “fill gun” device by the user) as well as incorporating a
number of time-dependant parameters within the encrypted message itself.
Today, seventeen Microway Systems Cryptographic Sensors protect the vault of the Bank
of Canada. These installations were done by Honeywell.
The Ottawa building of the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) is protected
by 80 Cryptographic Sensors by Microway (the first 20 were installed by United Marine
representing Microway and the other 60 were installed by Microway Systems itself).
Project for ‘Mr X’
This classified project involved the development of hardware and software with
cryptographic algorithms developed by Microway‟s client.

Safety considerations in the cryptographic line of products
Because these lines of products were meant to be in the high range of security systems,
Microway focused its attention to the safety aspect of the CELSAT system.
The architecture of the system was made “fail safe” by using dual redundancy and a
parallel back-up system.
A Back-up Controller and/or a second communication line can be added.
In addition, the „patent pending‟ algorithm developed by Microway system (with double
cryptography) ensured a maximum integrity in all communications in the entire line of
products.
In the CELSAT network, failure in the prime system triggers a switch over to the
secondary system. This is flagged as an alarm so that servicing can be done while the
system is operating on the redundant hardware / software.
The stand alone Lock Mechanism was also designed with dual redundant solenoids.

Crowd Counter
Microway‟s affiliate, CrowdCounter Technology, manufactures a full line of both side by
side and overhead People Counters and Optical Turnstiles. These units can be interfaced
to all Security Access Control and other Monitoring systems using both Serial Data Links
and Relay Contact Closures. They are ideal for People Monitoring of all kinds, and
supplement CCTV and Automated Security and Control systems.




The Overhead Sensor with Side-by-Side in background
.
The OverHead Sensor, Display/Report Unit, & PC Data Printout


Microway’s physical security products were featured in the
Canadian Security Product Guide.
Microway Services
Incorporated in 1984, Microway offers Engineering services to numerous companies in
the areas of aerospace and military technology. The main services available are listed
below.

Project management

Engineering
      Software Engineering
      Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V)
      Quality Assurance (QA)
      CMM Certification assistance
      Consulting related to software development and testing methodologies
      Control-systems design
      Simulation-based testing of control systems


Technical and Technical/Commercial Writing
Technical manuals
Writing and reviewing technical proposals


Engineering Services Success stories

The following is a brief listing of the some typical Microway clients and the kind of
services supplied to them.

Le Groupe Videoway (1984-1987) PA work for Telematic Receiver
developed by Videoway
Microway Systems was awarded its first consulting contract by „Le Groupe Videoway‟, a
division of „Le Groupe Videotron‟ of Montreal. This consulting contract was for PA
work for the Telematic Receiver developed by Videoway. The consulting contract lasted
about one year and involved the two Microway founders, C. Dominique and B. Wong. It
was to provide services pertaining to, but not limited to, the following subjects or fields
of work:
      System Specifications
      System Acceptance Test Plans
      Engineering Unit Tests for Design Verification
      Conduct Independent Audits
      Conduct Project Reviews
      Develop Acceptance Test Procedures
      Develop Software Configuration Control
      Develop System Documentation and Manuals
In August 1993, Microway Systems obtained a new contract from Videoway to complete
state-of-the-art research to develop an RS-485 serial protocol for the Videoway Telematic
Receiver.




SACO Controls Inc. (1992-1995) ISO 9000 certification
SACO Controls Inc., is an established client of Microway Systems. In the last decade
Microway has performed substantial work for SACO Controls.

Consulting Services to SACO
In several instances, Microway provided consulting services to SACO.
In 1995 Microway advised Saco Control Inc. in its petition to be ISO 9000 certified.
In 1992 and 1993 B. Wong of Microway provided services to write test specifications,
product specifications and marketing brochures for SACO.

Development Projects for SACO
Between 1987 and 1992 Microway undertook to develop several real-time custom
products for SACO. The most complex product was the interfaces for intelligent
keyboards to be used by Ontario Hydro at its central control station. Forty such
intelligent keyboards, conceived by Microway, were produced by SACO Control Inc.
The keyboards made it much easier to manage the electrical network of the entire
Province of Ontario. The quality of these products was excellent and did not required any
maintenance/debugging from Microway.
Canadian Space Agency (1996-1999)
Microway Systems has been engaged in several other contracts with CSA. At first,
Claude Dominique was IV&V and S&PA contractor at CSA. Then, between January and
May 1998, Microway Systems was sub-contractor to Computer and Concept Associates
(C&CA) in the continuation of the SwPA contract with CSA.
The first direct contract between CSA and Microway Systems was awarded in July 1998
to support the SPDM Task Verification Facility (STVF) Development Team at CSA
Space Technologies.
A second contract was awarded to Microway for the S&PA Service support from
November 1, 1998 to March 31, 2001, Reference: RFP No. 9F006-8-0221/000/A. The
budget allocated to this contract is in the process of being increased in order to include
STVF related S&PA activities and documentation.
A third contract was awarded to Microway Systems for Independent Software
Verification and Validation (IV&V). Reference RFP No. 9F006-8-0229/000/A.
A fourth contract was awarded to Microway Systems for Technical Writing Support
Services for STVF, Reference RFP No. 9F028-8-2899/A

STVF
In 1998, consultation was provided for the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator
(SPDM), Task Verification Facility (STVF) Project for the Space Technologies Group of
CSA. The STVF Project consists of developing a robot entirely controlled by computers.
The project's goal is to verify on-the-ground the tasks and procedures to be used by
astronauts on the SPDM, part of the Mobile Service System to be delivered by Canada
for the International Space Station. other participants in this project are Spar, CAE, ISE
and NASA. (see below for other consulting contracts at CSA as an S&PA and
Independent V&V agent).
One of the achievements of C. Dominique in this project was to help the group prepare
the PDR on September 2 and 3, 1998. He was part of the team which enabled the PDR to
passed at the CSSP control board.
He also prepared the planning of the Post PDR and Pre CDR activities using MS Project.
He now represents the S&PA group on this project, and as such, he made a proposal for
S&PA work, budget and schedule requirements for the next 1.5 years of the project.

Software Safety, Product Assurance (S&PA) and Independent
Verification and Validation (IV&V) of MSS
Microway Systems was a sub-contractor to Computer and Concept Associates during the
first six months of 1998. C. Dominique worked 1.5 years prior to that in the same
position at CSA as an employee of C&CA.
The Canadian contribution to the International Space Station Alpha will be launched at
the end of 1998. The various Robotics Real-Time Software Packages are being developed
by Spar Space Systems as the Prime Contractor with inputs from Sub-Contractors, e.g.
CAE, MacDonnald Dettwiler, and Prior Data Science.
C. Dominique planned all S&PA Software PA and IV&V activities on MS Project for the
MSS Project. He was the lead negotiator on software standards and procedures with Spar
maintaining the balance between cost and schedule versus safety, upgradability,
maintainability, and reliability of real-time critical software. In this context, C.
Dominique wrote a proposal and followed-up on how to implement Schlaer Mellor
methodology at Spar.
Other activities included, but were not limited to:
      Review and comments on several documents of the Canadian Space Station
       Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).
      Participation in Software Requirements reviews with NASA
      Schedule, monitor task list, and prioritise tasks and Co-ordination of IV&V and
       SPA tasks.
      Preparation of Ca. Certificate of Flight Readiness before delivery to NASA.
      Review of several CSCIs of the robotic arm at different stages of development by
       Spar/CAE/MDA.
      Review of End-to-End hazard analysis.
      CSA S&PA representation at PDR, CDR, TRR of various CSCIs.


IBM Formation Center (1998) taught the IBM course Practicing Object-
Oriented Analysis and Design
In June 1998, Microway systems was offered a contract to teach the IBM course
Practicing Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. The course was given to a group of 18
IBM and ISM employees in June 1998. In their class evaluation, most students were very
satisfied with the instructor‟s subject knowledge. IBM Education and Training asked C.
Dominique to provide a cost proposal to upgrade/revamp the course material.


Bombardier Transport March 2001 - August 2002

       Review and modification of documents
       This contract is for review of Door Monitoring Control Unit (DMCU) technical
       documentation for the Side Doors of the Trains for the New York City Transit. This
       encompasses Software Development plan, Configuration Management Plan, Software
       Quality Assurance Plan, Software V&V Plan, System Functional Description,
       Software Requirement Specification and Software Design Document.
        Transition to CMM Level II – Process Improvement
         This contract consisted in helping Bombardier Transport to transition to Capability
         Maturity Model (CMM) Level II for the Long Island Railways project. Scope of the
         contract was all Key process areas of CMM Level II with more emphasis on
         Configuration Management. Developed transition plans to Level II, analyzed
         compliance to CMM requirements and wrote Configuration Management Process.
         Renewed contract to review planning, analysis, design and test documents for the
         automatic door control system for the train cars.



CMC Electronics (1999-2001) Consulting contract: Software Quality
Engineering, Software Training, and Software Delegation of TCCA


        Approved Delegated Engineer (DE) for software representing the Minister of
         Transport in the Industry (DO-248B and DO-178B for software plus DO 254 for
         firmware, i.e. PLD, ASIC, FPGA). Complete review of all Software Artefacts up to
         final DE recommendation for Certification of several Software / Firmware
         Applications for FMS and GPS.
        The GPS work was WAAS (Wide Area Augmented System), LAAS (Local Area
         Augmented System) and JPALS (Joint Precision Approach and Landing
         System). The client was Honeywell Minneapolis and Phoenix. The work also
         involved supervision of Novatel in Calgary, company partly owned by CMC
         Electronics also in direct contract with Raythion. NovAtel developed the ASIC
         named MINOS which works together with the CMC CIA (CPU Interface ASIC)
         in the CMC GNNSA GPS Card. Reference: FAA Technical Standing Order
         TSO-C153.
        Integration of BAE System HUD with Honeywell FMP in Phoenix for Bombardier
         Global Express Simulator. Audit of BAE System in Rochester UK and Honeywell in
         Phoenix for Certification of the HUD Software in an effort to develop an Enhanced
         Vision System.
        Extensive experience with standards: (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, MIL-STD-
         2167A, DO-178B, DO-248B, ADA, C, structured programming knowledge, following
         methodology by Yourdon, De Marco, Constantine, Gane Sarson)
        Tools: DOORS, AONIX
        Airborne Equipment certification with Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation
         Administration (FAA). Flight Management systems, Global positioning systems.
        Capability Maturity Model (CMM) process improvement. In charge of advancing the
         Software Quality Assurance Key Process Area (KPA) of CMM Level II until
         achievement of the Level II in August 2000.
        Later, in charge of Training KPA of CMM Level III March – September 2001 develop
         training plan of 23 courses and the specialized course in Structure Analysis and
         Design.
        Real time software Quality Engineering on Airborne equipment including Military
         Radios, Flight Management Systems (FMS), Avionics Management Systems
         (AMS), Global Positioning System (GPS), and Mission Computer (MC).
        Establishes and maintains policies, and documented procedures for development
         and quality assurance of all products developed and manufactured by the company
             Manager of a group of 8 people located in Montreal and the Software Quality
              manager in Kanata overlooking the processes and software work products
              developed by 100 software Engineers. Built the team from 2 to 9 quality engineers
              in two years.
             Manages and directs quality assurance department activities, managers and staff
             Delegate authority within the quality organization in the Montreal and Kanata plants.
             Maintains an awareness of ISO 9000 and state of the art quality methodology,
              techniques and developments in both plants.
             Experience in hardware design, manufacturing, software development and
              safety analysis.
             Verification, Validation, Integration, Tests and Configuration of all project
              Artefacts
             Interfaces with upper management and other divisions of the company
             Plan and Verification of performance and activities of quality engineers
             Perform and manage internal quality audits and assessments.
             Safety Criticality Analysis, Failure Mode, and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and
              Functional Failure Path Analysis (FFPA) for Design Assurance.
             Review of technical documentation for compliance with plans.
             Recommendation for Certification by the Ministry of Transport Civil Aviation
             Reports to upper management and to Transport Canada


         Following are three (3) complex electronic hardware projects, where C. Dominique
         worked as delegate to ensure that DO-254 requirements were met.




Certif       Type of Name of       Name of the    Higher level      Main          Developed
icatio       complex the chip      system in      system            function      by
n            hardwa                which the                                      company
level        re                    chip is
                                   installed

„C‟          Two                   Custom         Interface for     Data          Air Data
             FPGAs                 Interface      CMC               conversion    Inc.
                                   Unit (CIU)     Electronics       ARINC-
                                                  Flight            429 to
                                                  Management        ARINC-
                                                  System (FMS)      561 and
                                                                    vice versa.

„A‟          ASIC      MINOS       GPS card by    GPS card by                     Novatel at
                                   CMC            CMC in box of                   Calgary
                                                                    Satellite
                                   Electronics    Honeywell         raw data

„A‟          ASIC      CPU       GPS card by      GPS card by       Interfaces    CMC
                       Interface CMC              CMC in box of     de la carte
                   ASIC        Electronics     Honeywell          GPS,          Électronics
                   (CIA)                                          incluant
                                                                  avec le
                                                                  MINOS




News
November 2003, Microway to lead Maritime Helicopter Project
IV&V Consortium
Microway will lead a consortium with partners Opal-RT, Newmerical Technologies
International , University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies and Info-kit to offer
Independent Validation and Verification services for the Canadian Navy's Maritime
Helicopter Project (MHP). The responsibilities of each partner are as follows:
      Microway – Airworthiness, IV&V, QA, avionics integration and engineering
      Opal-RT – Real-time simulation
      NTI – Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and numerical analysis
      UTIAS – Helicopter flight simulation and avionics simulation
      Info-Kit – Training and e-learning
More details on the MHP IV&V Consortium may be found in the following documents:
Presentation of Consortium Participation (PPT 1029 kB)
IV&V Review of MHP Plans (Word DOC 96 kB)




Key Personnel


Claude Dominique, CEO, co-founder, principal consultant

Mr. Dominique specializes in the management of complex real time embedded critical
software systems using state of the art technologies. Experienced with modern project
management tools (several tools, including MS Project) and methodologies, Capability
Maturity Model (CMM), Safety and Product Assurance of real-time Software, and expert in a
broad range of IT fields and industry domains. Mr. Dominique is an approved Design
Approval Representative (DAR) representing the Minister of Transport in the Industry for
Aircraft Appliance Certification.

Dr. Paul Baracos, Ph.D., Chief technical officer
Dr. Baracos is a highly-trained engineer with expertise in automation and controls, real-
time systems, simulation and software development (project management, feasibility
studies, proposal preparation, financing and R&D tax credits, design, coding, simulation
and validation, testing, start-up, training and after-sales support). He also has extensive
commercial experience including consulting, technical marketing and sales.


Eugenio Ricci, Director of software
Consultant for DO-178B level A and DO-254 level A Software systems development and
verification.
Marvin Sebastyan, Director of systems



Brian Wong, former CEO, cofounder, consultant



Ludovic Dissaux, V&V and Quality director

Twenty years of experience in engineering and management of products and projects in
information processing, telecommunications and emerging technologies. Involved in
specification, design, development, procurement, audit and acceptance of complex
systems and supporting equipment. Comitted to quality and excellence, values strong
leadership, negotiation and true teamwork to achieve objectives and high client
satisfaction.


Sonia Turcot, CFO

Jacques Taillefer, Director

Paul Lauzon, Lead Software Developer

Vincent Yeung, Electrical engineer quality engineering
Luiza Iugan,Software Developer
Giuseppa Chirico, Secretary

TOC
Corporate History
Starting in 1984…

Cryptographic product line development
After successful completion of the PA contract, the company investigated the possibility
of designing and developing its own product line. Theroducts considered were boat
navigation equipment which was to use an electro-luminescent display, and a car
monitoring system to allow the police to recover stolen cars on the road.
The chosen product line was an innovative high security (cryptographic) access control
system integrated with process control. An excellent recommendation by the „Centre
d‟innovation industrielle de Montréal‟ (CIIM) allowed the company to finance the
development of the product line.
C. Dominique lead the software development group, L. Dissaux developed the software
installed on PCs while B. Wong was in charge of hardware development. In addition to
his technical and managerial roles, C. Dominique was to assure the quality of the product
to be delivered to the clients.
CELSAT
The first product was the CELSAT Access and Process Control System. CELSAT (short
for Cellular Satellites) is registered in the USA as a trade mark of Microway Systems.
The system consists of a central controller unit, which communicates on a single wire,
using time multiplex technique, to a distributed intelligent „Satellite‟ up to 2,000 feet
away from the controller. The Satellites are dedicated to specific functions and each is
controlled by a dedicated, on-board micro controller. One special type of satellite unit is
the Microway exclusive cryptographic lock which was „patent pending‟. Other satellite
units include sensors and alarm capabilities, as well as remote control functions, all are
real-time programmable by the user. The controller is in turn controlled by menus on any
type of IBM PC compatible computer through software. The over all system can thus be
regarded as a distributed security or as a control system, or as both according to custom
design and selection of satellites by the user.
Cryptographic Lock
A stand-alone cryptographic lock was developed, that is one that is not under the control
of a central computer.
Cryptographic Sensor
A very successful product was the cryptographic sensor. This sensor uses the same
cryptographic algorithms developed for CELSAT and the stand alone cryptographic lock.
Miniaturised microprocessor modules generate random data and encrypt them using user-
specific keys (entered with a “fill gun” device by the user) as well as incorporating a
number of time-dependant parameters within the encrypted message itself.
Today, seventeen Microway Systems Cryptographic Sensors protect the vault of the Bank
of Canada. These installations were done by Honeywell.
The Ottawa building of the Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) is protected
by 80 Cryptographic Sensors by Microway (the first 20 were installed by United Marine
representing Microway and the other 60 were installed by Microway Systems itself).
Project for „Mr X‟
This classified project involved the development of hardware and software with
cryptographic algorithms developed by Microway‟s client.
Safety considerations in the cryptographic line of products
Because this line of products were meant to be in the high range of security systems,
Microway focused its attention to the safety aspect of the CELSAT system.
The architecture of the system was made “fail safe” by using dual redundancy and a
parallel back-up system.
A Back-up Controller and/or a second communication line can be added.
In addition, the „patent pending‟ algorithm developed by Microway system (with double
cryptography) ensured a maximum integrity in all communications in the entire line of
products.
In the CELSAT network, failure in the prime system triggers a switch over to the
secondary system. This is flagged as an alarm so that servicing can be done while the
system is operating on the redundant hardware / software.
The stand alone Lock Mechanism was also designed with dual redundant solenoids.
SACO Controls Inc.
Canadian Space Agency (CSA)


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