Microsoft provides one trusted platform for enterprises to gather, store and process data – from devices on the edge of networks, to developer tools, backend systems and services. Browse white papers, brochures, videos, customer success stories and other resources discussing Windows Embedded’s family of products for intelligent systems. Our growing library offers answers, inspiration and opportunity to help enterprises and device manufacturers harness the value of data.
The dramatic rise of smartphones and tablets, and other mobile form factors is just the beginning of the next era of computing. Increasingly, people will be connected in mobile, cloud-enabled networks that are seamless, personalized, and secure. Technology is entering into the age of intelligent systems. The next era of computing will also include connected machines to machines which will exponentially drive the value that we see today in the systems.
Retail technology should empower companies to deliver an experience that fits the customer. Windows Embedded GM Barb Edson, Microsoft Worldwide Retail Managing Director Brendan O'Meara, and IHL Group analyst Jerry Sheldon join GigaOM Research's Adam Lesser to discuss how intelligent systems create rich, personalized customer experiences and drive operational efficiency in retail and hospitality.
Connected technology can be transformative for health organizations but also needs to be secure. Windows Embedded GM Barb Edson, Microsoft's WW GM for Health Neil Jordan, and Ovum analyst Cornelia Wels-Maug join GigaOM Research's Adam Lesser to discuss how intelligent systems help health providers securely improve patient care, access and outcomes in less time and at lower costs.
For manufacturers, competitive advantage lies in connecting equipment on the factory floor to backend systems to harness real-time data. Windows Embedded GM Barb Edson, Microsoft CTO for Manufacturing Rohit Bhargava, and ARC Advisory Group analyst Craig Resnick join GigaOM Research's Adam Lesser to discuss how intelligent systems drive operational efficiency and new business opportunities in manufacturing.
Watch the video 'Where is Windows Embedded' to see how Windows Embedded can make daily life easier and better connected.
Although primary care physicians have traditionally overseen patient adherence to medication regimens, tough readmission penalties have created new incentives for hospitals to play an active role. In particular, hospital pharmacists are increasingly engaged in the safety and efficiency of patient care and medication compliance. Point-of-care solutions can play a critical role in these efforts, making it easier for pharmacists, nurses and doctors to track and administer inpatient medications and ensure medication adherence – even after discharge.
From admission and discharge to billing and record keeping, today’s hospitals use technology along every point of the care continuum. But challenges remain, especially when so many clinicians and staff access patient records across multiple points, and often on different equipment. Health IT leaders must safeguard patient data not only on desktop computers, but on hand-held devices, remote monitoring equipment, patient and physician portals, and more.
Microsoft is the world's largest software vendor, with offerings ranging from end user systems to development tools and platforms. As the market shifts toward Web-based applications, cloud computing and mobile devices, its once-dominant position is fading; however, it will remain a strong player.
For industrial companies that may be struggling to prioritize technology investments, especially for those that are content to let others adopt leading-edge technologies first, this report provides some insight into the under-appreciated risks of such an approach, together with an overview of the Information Driven Manufacturing strategy that can help companies better position themselves to succeed.
Organizations in every industry need to make faster, more intelligent decisions to keep pace in today’s competitive business environment. Increasingly, to provide maximum value to the organization, the decisions must be based on more granular data, collected and analyzed in real-time by smart devices. The information from these devices must then be shared with other intelligent systems to take actions that benefit the organization.
The push to deploy consumer-grade mobile devices in businesses is a result of their popularity and availability at low cost and massive end user adoption based on personal preference. But is lower acquisition cost a liability or an asset? Do end users really know what device they need/want while doing their work, or are they simply reacting to what they prefer in their outside-of-work lifestyle?
The 2012 Hype Cycle is a tale of two slopes. The pre-peak slope is full of technologies seeking to capture the imagination and pass the peak. The Slope of Enlightenment is full of technologies that are slowly gaining widespread deployment as their maturity grows.
Emerging technology trends such as intelligent systems, including offerings powered by Microsoft’s Windows Embedded, can drive improved service and experiences and help companies strengthen their relationships with customers so they will want to come back to do more business.
The launch of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 has revealed a major new release with many feature enhancements as well as a new software licensing and pricing approach. With SQL Server 2012, Microsoft is offering a new set of streamlined editions that are well aligned with database and business intelligence (BI) needs and an industry-standard pricing approach based on cores.
The “Internet of Things” means physical objects are seamlessly integrated into the information network, becoming active participants in business processes while still protecting security and privacy. That is one of the major trends in information technology that can drive competitive advantage for enterprises.
An intelligent system enables data to flow across an enterprise infrastructure, spanning the devices where valuable data is gathered, to the back-end systems where that data can be translated into insights and action. With this capability, companies can finally unlock hidden value from data previously out-of-reach.
Most embedded devices are now connected to the Internet or internal systems, or have the capability to do so, and they’re capturing unprecedented quantities of data about both customer interactions and internal operations. To extract the most business value from this data, businesses need intelligent systems that address identity, security, connectivity, manageability, analytics and user experience.
This paper shows how Windows® Embedded powered solutions help mitigate the most acute recurring pain points faced by innovative manufacturers—and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that supply them with technology for a competitive edge. Each key challenge posed to the manufacturing sector—sustainability issues, pressure for device convergence, security, operations that increasingly transcend borders, changing workplace demographics, regulatory complexity, and the emergence of new markets—can be addressed by Windows Embedded Technologies. This paper offers a brief overview of those capabilities, matched to relevant market challenges.
This paper shows how Windows® Embedded powered solutions enable fast, economical deployment of improved human-machine interface (HMI) systems in manufacturing environments. The HMI advantage is among several benefits relevant to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) helping their customers maintain a competitive edge in today’s marketplace. Each key challenge faced by your manufacturing customers—not just HMI upgrades but sustainability issues, pressure for device convergence, security, operations that increasingly transcend borders, changing workplace demographics, regulatory complexity, and the emergence of new markets—can be addressed by Windows Embedded capabilities.
Watch this video webcast to find out how Neiman Marcus is leveraging their Scala digital signage platform and leveraging analytics as part of their digital platform to ensure increased conversion and customer service.
Kevin Dallas, Dr. Abel Sanchez and Yousef Khalidi discuss the Internet of Things and how Microsoft is extending Windows and the cloud to specialized devices.
The traditional POS era as we know it is coming to a close. Listen to the panel of experts as they discuss how store systems are evolving the customer experience to encompass loyalty, mobility and traditional point-of-sale and hear their recommendations about how to plan your current and future store strategy.
Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas explains the product road map for Windows Embedded 8 products, the newest releases of Microsoft's intelligent systems solution platform, based on Windows 8 technology, that helps companies generate a wealth of new business insight.
Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas explains how products such as Windows Embedded, Microsoft Systems Center and SQL Azure work together to help companies generate a wealth of new business insight.
Embedded Group Manager John Coyne shows off an industry application on a PC running Windows Embedded 8.
Jim Buczkowski, Technical Fellow and Director, Electronics and Electrical Systems Research at Ford Motor Company, talks about customer experience and the future of the connected car.
Kevin Dallas, GM for Windows Embedded at Microsoft, talks with Steve Clayton about the emergence of intelligent systems and Windows Embedded Standard 8 community technology preview.
Kevin Dallas says technologies are coming together to make intelligent systems a reality. At IDC SMART TECHnology World in San Francisco, Dallas says the technology exists today and businesses are beginning to experience the results.
Royal Caribbean International wanted to gain better insight into customer behavior and enhance workflow for processes such as food-safety inspection on its innovative cruise ships. To improve operations, Royal Caribbean deployed a Windows Embedded-powered solution from Agilysys and ParTech (PAR) that includes point-of-sale (POS) and inspection products. By creating an intelligent system, Royal Caribbean implemented more effective selling strategies and automated data-handling processes to improve profitability and cut operating costs. Royal Caribbean also improved workflow throughout the ships, including reducing food-inspection time from five to two hours, and enhanced the customer experience by sharing data seamlessly among multiple devices and venues.
Ever since Henry Ford built the world's first manufacturing assembly line in 1913, the Ford Motor Company has been a symbol of innovation worldwide. In the 21st century, Ford is breaking new ground in telematics. Partnering with Microsoft, Ford created SYNC, its best-selling infotainment system to date. At the heart of SYNC is Windows Embedded Automotive, which delivers a powerful and reliable platform with numerous connectivity options and turns SYNC into a gateway for phones, digital music players and more. SYNC not only helped sell more Ford cars, but it strengthened consumer perceptions of Ford as a leader in safety, quality and smart technology.
Hilton Reservations & Customer Care needed thin clients for a work-at-home program for room-reservation agents. Wyse V90 thin clients, based on the Windows Embedded Standard family, offered seamless compatibility with Win32-based applications, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and connectivity with Citrix application delivery software. Confidence in this solution was boosted by the fact that the Hilton IT staff was already familiar with Microsoft tools and systems. At the end of fiscal year 2009, nearly one-third of Hilton's US reservation agents were working from home.
Jeroen Bosch Hospital (JBH), an innovative medical center in the Netherlands, wanted to install interactive terminals at patient bedsides that would seamlessly connect doctors to patients. JBH chose Patientline, a leading provider of hospital bedside solutions, to deliver 800 touch-screen terminals in an intelligent system anchored by Windows Embedded. Managed by Patientline, the integrated solution gives patients and staff access to multimedia entertainment, communications tools and electronic health records. In addition, Patientline cut time-to-market in half and reduced related IT maintenance costs by 40 percent, while the hospital expects to gain 50 percent ROI by offering additional services.
South Jersey Healthcare wanted to improve patient care by providing critical data to medical professionals across multiple campuses. To improve efficiency, South Jersey Healthcare replaced manual medication-distribution processes with an automated dispensing system from Omnicell that runs on the Windows Embedded Standard 7 operating system. Because the solution shares information across multiple applications and devices, medical staff have better visibility into patient care and more control of their workflow. By using the automated solution, the pharmacy has cut delivery time for patient medication from two hours to 18 minutes. In addition, South Jersey Healthcare can more easily meet electronic health-record regulatory requirements, improve inventory control and simplify IT management.
To handle continuous production for Chrysler Group's Jeep Wrangler, KUKA Systems Group needed an automated manufacturing solution that would connect assembly-line robots with a controller, multiple devices, applications and back-end systems. The company implemented an intelligent system anchored by Windows Embedded and Microsoft SQL Server that controls 246 robots and produces more than 700 car bodies each day. The new solution added flexibility to the manufacturing process, provided continuous uptime and increased visibility.
To support growth and simplify innovation, the United Kingdom's fifth-largest food retailer, the Co-operative Group, replaced its Oracle customer-management system with a solution based on Microsoft data warehousing technology for strong support and interoperability. The solution reduced the cost of the company's growth plans by tens of millions of dollars, simplified reporting and development, and improved the security of customer information.
Bravo Outdoor Advertising, which sells and manages advertising panels on public transit vehicles and roadways in Ireland, wanted to secure new business by delivering content on digital panels. Pica Vision, a provider of digital media solutions, designed an intelligent digital advertising system anchored by Windows Embedded Standard 7 and Microsoft SQL Azure. The innovative new solution has the potential to attract 50 percent more views over a traditional static panel and uses GPS information to customize content in real time based on route and vehicle. By taking advantage of an intelligent system, the company is increasing revenue, cutting maintenance costs and gaining a stronger competitive advantage.
Hillcrest Family Health Center, a network of 12 family and specialty medicine clinics, needed a better way to manage hundreds of computing devices. An electronic health record system required constant patches and fixes, making support costly and time consuming. Roby Solutions, a local systems integrator, proposed a solution based on Wyse thin clients running Windows Embedded Standard to connect to Windows Server 2008 R2 running Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization. The new system centralized IT resources for easier management; allowed users to connect to their personalized, dedicated desktop from anywhere; and reduced Hillcrest's infrastructure costs by approximately 35 percent.
AMI Entertainment Network, a leading developer of touch-screen games for the entertainment industry, wanted to stay ahead of the competition with advanced connectivity and improved support for hardware and 3-D game developments. AMI replaced its Embedded Linux operating system with Windows Embedded Standard 7, implementing cloud-based services to enhance the gaming experience and give game operators enterprise management capability and better business. The solution allowed AMI to cut development time by 50 percent, and enabled game operators to increase revenue.
Carl's Jr. of Las Vegas, a quick-service restaurant chain, wanted to upgrade its point-of-service (POS) solution by connecting local POS devices with the corporate network, improving profitability and customer service, and supporting business growth. To meet its goals, Carl's Jr. implemented a POS system based on PAR EverServ QSR software and Windows Embedded. Now the company has an end-to-end solution that helps it serve customers faster and gain better control of food and labor costs. Carl's Jr. has also eased management and business expansion with cloud-based reporting and administration tools.
One of the nation's largest discount retailers, Family Dollar Stores has strategic business initiatives in place to support its growth objectives. To get those strategies implemented at the store level, Family Dollar needed to revamp its 16,000 checkout lanes and legacy point of service (POS) systems. Toshiba TEC America and Microsoft Corp. partnered with Family Dollar to develop a POS solution designed to improve services, processes and business value. Windows Embedded for Point of Service provided a stable, secure, multitasking operating system and leveraged Family Dollar's existing investments in Microsoft technology. The POS terminal provided access to both centralized and decentralized store applications, enabling higher employee productivity, improved customer service and new revenue streams.
Giletta, a leading winter-services-equipment manufacturer in Italy, partnered with the European Commission to create an intelligent road de-icing system. Salt spreading is essential for winter road safety, but the large quantities of salt required have a high environmental impact and social costs. Giletta's system, based on Windows Embedded, receives weather information from Galileo satellites to provide remarkable improvements in terms of accuracy of the salt-spreading machine's position, allowing for a significant reduction of salt amounts needed for de-icing operations.
The 2011 Nissan LEAF is the latest example of an affordable car that uses advanced technology to enhance the driving experience. The 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF uses its advanced intelligent transportation (IT) system to help drivers maximize their zero-emission driving capability. This advanced IT system delivers a steady stream of information, such as a real-time locator for public charging, timers for charging and running heat or air conditioning, energy usage and other tools to help the driver more efficiently use the vehicle. All these features can be quickly accessed through Nissan LEAF’s easy-to-use, touch-screen Information Hub, powered by the Windows Embedded Automotive platform.
Kia Motors wanted to build an infotainment system with voice- and touch-activated experiences that would match the expectations of people who play video games, connect to social media and carry mobile devices. Built on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform, Kia created the UVO system which fully integrates Microsoft Tellme embedded speech technology. UVO, short for 'Your Voice,' features a breakthrough user interface that provides simple and quick access to a vehicle's multimedia and infotainment systems.
Europe’s most successful retailer of cosmetics and fragrances, Douglas, worked closely with Wincor Nixdorf, a leading provider of IT solutions and services, to develop retail point of service (POS) systems that meet its evolving business and technical requirements, while making its customer services more personalized, secure, speedy, reliable and desirable. Douglas migrated its cash registers to Windows Embedded POSReady for stronger security and remote management; standards-based plug-and-play support for peripherals; the flexibility to deploy flash-bootable devices for greater reliability; and the ability to add and remove components after deployment to enable new applications and business processes that enhance customer services.
Since 2006, University of Colorado Hospital, a leader in using technology to improve patient outcomes while reducing the costs of healthcare, has been rolling out Wyse thin clients running the Windows XP Embedded operating system. Hospital workers use more than 500 of these advanced devices to access health IT data quickly and securely with a familiar and easy-to-use interface. The thin clients save money by reducing energy consumption and system failures.
As Korea's rail operator, Korail has a responsibility to ensure passengers reach their destinations on time and in the greatest comfort possible. With cashless payments on the increase in Korea, Korail wanted to embrace this technology on its trains and give passengers further payment options besides cash. The operator decided to roll out devices for card payments running Windows Embedded for Point of Service as the operating system to support this initiative. This decision resulted in a ten-percent increase in sales, improved efficiency in sales management and access to business data in real-time to drive future performance initiatives.
AREVA Multibrid GmbH, a leader in wind power plants, teamed with embedded industrial automation leader Beckhoff to solve many of the reliability issues associated with generating wind power at sea. An embedded controller, running the Windows Embedded Compact family and motion-control software, transformed the Multibrid M5000 wind turbine into a fully automated, self-monitoring energy plant. Six M5000 turbines, capable of powering up to 50,000 German households, were recently installed in a North Sea test site, where they reliably and efficiently generate clean energy with predictable service intervals.
State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the largest electric power transmission and distribution company in the world, wanted a monitoring and control system for power transmission and distribution equipment located in harsh, demanding environments. Working with ABB Group, a worldwide leader in power and automation technologies, SGCC implemented a compact and rugged data acquisition and supervisory control system for production process control and scheduling automation. A Windows Embedded Server appliance monitors and controls on-site equipment, including measurement, parameter adjustment and signal alarms. The system improves network reliability, security and efficiency, to achieve power transmission and distribution automation and modernization.
Hannover Medical School, a leading university medical center in Germany, required a new fleet of systems for critical patient facilities, intensive care units and operating rooms. Hannover turned to the Penta Medical Express system running Windows Embedded Standard 7 to meet its industry requirements, including connectivity to a wide range of medical devices and compatibility with thousands of healthcare software applications. The systems also help the school save time, increase productivity and improve data accuracy in managing patient information.
SMG, a global leader in venue management, was focused on boosting profits at the 8,000-seat Sioux Falls Arena by replacing aging cash registers and menu boards. Value-added reseller Dakota Retail Technologies put together a solution based on Touch Dynamic Breeze All-in-One POS devices running Windows Embedded POSReady. SMG saw an increase in sales from new integrated high-speed credit card processing, new digital menu screens and connectivity with handheld POS terminals based on the Windows Embedded Compact family. Integration with back-office Windows Servers for advanced inventory control and reporting resulted in higher profits. As a result, full ROI is expected in less than 12 months.
Nakajima USA, a specialty retailer best known for distributing Sanrio "Hello Kitty" products, wanted to improve the customer shopping experience while keeping tighter control over inventory and ordering for higher profitability. The retailer recently replaced its aging point-of-sale (POS) solution with Retail Anywhere's POS and retail-management system, powered by Microsoft Windows Embedded POSReady. Benefits of the new system included a 25 percent decrease in POS operating costs and significant improvements in credit/gift card processing and inventory functions.
Fast Retailing, which operates 960 international clothing stores with 40,000 employees, wanted to improve customer service and business intelligence by automating its corporate inventory system and sales reporting while increasing productivity through improved employee time-management.
To expand market share in an increasingly competitive marketplace, Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company wanted to improve the quality of its infotainment system by offering a customizable user interface and compatibility with multiple devices. Dissatisfied with its Linux-based system, Dongfeng Nissan chose a solution from Shenzhen Hazens Automotive Electronics Company based on Windows Embedded. The infotainment system provides high-definition satellite imagery navigation, digital television, rear-seat entertainment, digital media player functionality and compatibility with diverse standards of 3G/4G networks. The extensible solution also works with a variety of downloaded applications and peripheral devices. Dongfeng Nissan reported increased sales of its car models equipped with the new infotainment system. Moreover, the solution is more reliable, easier to maintain and delivers superior usability that further enhances customers' driving experience.
Shanghai CHILO Press Company, a Chinese manufacturer of iron core motors, wanted to increase profitability and accuracy by eliminating manual inventory-management processes. To improve efficiency, the company implemented an automated inventory solution based on an intelligent system that wirelessly connected Motorola handheld devices to a back-end ERP system. As a result, CHILO has cut its loss rate by 46 percent, gained better control over inventory, improved business agility and strengthened its competitive advantage.
The Cincinnati Reds, one of baseball's most historic franchises, has also become one of its most technology-savvy, with intelligent systems that enhance their fans' experiences and improve operations. From ticketing and sales, to marketing, creative, operations, accounting and even scouting for players, connected systems based on Microsoft technology create efficiencies and cost savings, and improve the fans' experience. At the gate, tickets are scanned instantly using Windows Embedded-based handheld devices; the data is synced to a SQL database for back-office business intelligence. Vendors’ menus and other concourse displays are controlled centrally, and display technology at the ballpark extends across the stadium concourses into vendors’ booths throughout the facility, so fans never miss a play.
Syndicat Mixte Autolib’ is an electric car-sharing program established by the city of Paris and 46 surrounding municipalities to relieve traffic congestion, reduce noise and air pollution, and provide people with more flexible transit options. Implemented by logistics company IER, the intelligent system based on Windows Embedded provides connectivity between the in-car system, registration and rental kiosks, charging stations and a central management system. Available around the clock, the solution has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 metric tons annually and replaced 25,000 privately owned gas vehicles. By using Autolib’, former car owners have cut their transportation costs by approximately 90 percent annually. Autolib’ subscribers also enjoy an enhanced driving experience with GPS navigation, free parking and personalized settings. The flexible solution also simplifies implementation and minimizes deployment risk, which makes it easier for Autolib’ to implement new features and services.
BMW drivers expect a premium experience in their cars and the company always delivers. Continuously innovative, the company turned to Continental Corporation to design an affordable infotainment system while maintaining rigorous standards for quality. Powered by Windows Embedded Automotive, the solution offers multimedia entertainment, support for mobile phones, media players, and integration with numerous other embedded systems in the car with a well-supported platform that includes updates for future mobile devices and familiar development tools. The benefits are extended to car aficionados worldwide, who can enjoy easy connectivity with multiple devices and services across the BMW product line.
An iconic car manufacturer, Fiat Group wanted to build on its long history of continuous innovation by offering the most current communication and entertainment technologies in 15 car models, including Fiat and Chrysler. To meet that goal, the company turned to Continental to design an affordable infotainment system within 18 months. Powered by Windows Embedded Automotive, the solution offers multimedia entertainment, integration with the Fiat eco:Drive application, and support for mobile phones, media players, and TomTom satellite navigation. The company projects an increase of up to 40 percent in market penetration by adapting the affordable, high-quality system to multiple brands and models. Fiat has also cut its own deployment time and risk while enhancing driving experience, safety and fuel efficiency.
Rockford Health System, an award-winning regional healthcare provider with over 3,000 employees, needed to speed adoption of electronic health records while allowing hospital staff to quickly and securely access disparate healthcare records and applications.
Great River Health Systems, a regional provider of healthcare, sought a better solution for medication management. To improve efficiency and patient care, its hospital replaced manual processes and upgraded its distribution platform with an intelligent system from Microsoft and Omnicell based on Windows Embedded. As a result, Great River has reduced delivery time of patient medication from 1.5 hours to 30 minutes, cut $400,000 in inventory costs, and expects rapid ROI and ongoing annual savings of $300,000.
Lido Stone Works, a custom manufacturer of stone products, wanted a more automated production environment, so it asked Breton, a well-known machinery manufacturer, for help. Lido decided to implement an intelligent system from Breton and Microsoft that connects manufacturing equipment with central servers. The solution includes ASEM Ubiquity software based on Windows Embedded. As a result, Lido has increased revenue by 70 percent and productivity by 30 percent, while Breton has cut travel costs by approximately €400,000 (US$524,000) by assisting customers remotely. Most importantly, the solution is helping Lido realize its potential for innovation.
Tommy Hilfiger Japan Corporation wanted to improve efficiency and data security. The company decided to replace stand-alone computers across 170 locations with mobile thin clients running Windows Embedded. The thin clients are connected locally to peripheral devices as well as remotely to the corporate infrastructure. By using an intelligent system to share information more efficiently, Tommy Hilfiger is enhancing customer service and brand identity, strengthening security, improving manageability and cutting costs.
Siloah St. Trudpert Klinikum, a leading hospital in Germany, wanted to optimize healthcare and demonstrate its pioneering endoscopic surgery to visiting physicians. The hospital decided to implement a digital operating room from medical-instrument maker Richard Wolf based on Microsoft technology that connects multiple endoscopic devices and data sources to a central control with a touchscreen interface. The solution also integrates with a video-conferencing system so that visitors can observe surgeries in real time. As a result, the hospital is optimizing patient care, enhancing medical training, and improving efficiency and workflow.
To expand its worldwide operations, China Minsheng Banking Corporation (CMBC) needed a banking solution that would connect ATMs, customer-service terminals, and specialized applications. The bank implemented an end-to-end solution anchored by Windows Embedded that connects 30,000 terminals and 4,000 ATMs with a Beijing data center. The intelligent system provides CMBC with better flexibility and support for business growth, improves system manageability, enhances customer satisfaction, and lowers the total cost of ownership.
A subsidiary of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Yonghe King is a leading fast-food chain in Asia with 300 restaurants in China. To ease expansion and improve efficiency, the company wanted a point-of-sale (POS) solution that would connect POS registers with back-office computers, peripheral devices, and corporate servers running in a remote data center. The solution, powered by Windows Embedded, Windows Server, and Microsoft SQL Server, enables the company to drive better business decisions, cuts business expansion time in half, saves US$130,000 annually, increases profits and improves usability and efficiency.
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital wanted to speed adoption of its new MEDITECH EMR system, provide faster access to data in disparate applications, and to improve usability by enabling data access from multiple devices such as tablets, smartphones, and thin clients. The hospital teamed up with Microsoft and Healthcast to create a single-sign-on solution that automatically and securely connects clinicians to multiple applications through thin clients as well as doctors’ own mobile devices.
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), a leading beverage distributor in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, wanted to design an innovative way to market beverages to consumers, and create an appealing—even addictive—new way for consumers to interact with their brand. They teamed up with Australian digital agency TKM9 and Microsoft to create an intelligent system that allows customers to connect with interactive digital signage installed on beverage coolers—often with their own devices—to engage with content, including games, contests, discount offers, social media and more.
Serving approximately 350,000 residents and millions of tourists annually, Orleans Parish Communication District (OPCD) handles more than one million 911 calls each year. OPCS wanted to improve efficiency and response time and quality by automating the flow of information between multiple agencies. OPCD implemented a Motorola Solutions integrated call control system based on Microsoft technology including embedded versions of Windows Server and SQL Server that connects disparate police, fire department and emergency medical services systems.
Windows Embedded Handheld is a high performance OS platform optimized for enterprise handheld devices. The platform enables mobile Line of Business applications with secure and efficient data input. Windows Embedded Handheld addresses the broad needs of Enterprises in many segments, including field mobility, transportation and logistics, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing.
Windows Embedded 8 Standard provides device makers with a flexible platform to create unique, best-in-class products that delight customers and stand out from the competition. The latest operating system innovations help shorten the device development cycle with specialized technologies designed for the industry devices. These devices are optimized for the intelligent systems that have the ability to transform data into lasting competitive advantage.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 for embedded systems provides OEMs with a robust database for embedded applications deployed on server appliances. Your server appliances can interoperate with powerful business intelligence (BI) tools, to help deliver key insights for your customers.
Server appliances offer the advantage of integrated hardware, operating system, database, and custom application, pre-installed and configured. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for embedded systems provides OEMs with a robust database for server appliances when deployed on the Windows Server 2008 R2 for embedded systems operating system.
Windows Embedded Automotive 7―based on the newest generation of embedded operating systems from Microsoft and combining the award-winning Windows® Automotive and Microsoft Auto platforms―is designed specifically for developing state-of-the-art, in-vehicle infotainment systems. It offers a standardized, industry-proven platform for building communication, entertainment, and service-enabled location-based solutions.
Windows Embedded Enterprise brings the full functionality of the popular Windows operating systems to embedded devices. It’s the engine that will power a new generation of devices with full application compatibility, enhanced user experiences and the power of Microsoft’s premium operating system.
Windows Embedded Handheld is a high performance OS platform optimized for enterprise handheld devices. The platform enables mobile Line of Business applications with secure and efficient data input.Windows Embedded Handheld addresses the broad needs of Enterprises in many segments, including field mobility, transportation and logistics, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing
Windows Embedded 8 Industry shortens the development cycle and helps enable device makers to focus on creating differentiated devices that delight customers and stand out from the competition. These devices are line-of-business solutions optimized to extend the power of intelligent systems to transform data into lasting, competitive advantage.
Windows Embedded POSReady 7 is an operating system optimized for Point of Service solutions that unleashes the power and features of Windows 7. It is the platform of choice for retailers looking to replace in-store transaction devices with cutting edge Point of Service systems designed to enhance the customer experience and increase customer loyalty.
Windows Embedded Standard 7 brings the technology and rich user experiences of Windows 7 to enterprise and media centric devices. Its enhanced features and familiar tools help OEMs make the journey from concept to creation quickly
Windows Embedded Standard 7 is the next generation platform in the product family that includes Windows XP Embedded and Windows Embedded Standard 2009. Windows Embedded Standard 7 delivers the power, familiarity and reliability of the Windows 7 operating system in a highly customizable and componentized form.
Windows Server 2012 for embedded systems provides OEMs with a proven, robust operating system platform for embedded applications in server appliances in a wide variety of industries where long term product availability is essential.
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Embedded Systems, with its virtualization, management technologies and a smaller footprint, is a highly robust and reliable foundation on which to deliver dedicated solutions and appliances.
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