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Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
One of the most exciting parts of the job for us here at Windows Embedded is learning about innovative, real-world applications of our technology. These applications always drive business forward with incredible access to new operational intelligence; often, there’s a truly human side to the story, too, and that’s one reason we’re particularly interested in the Autolib’ car-sharing solution in and around Paris.
We recently profiled Autolib’s cutting-edge solution on the Windows Embedded News Center; today, I’m pleased to share with you a video of the Autolib’ system our team shot in Paris. It’s a vivid reminder of how Microsoft and Windows Embedded technology can have a positive impact on daily life — here, by relieving traffic congestion and pollution, and giving millions of Parisians a better way to get where they’re going. The Paris program is so successful that it’s expanding to the U.S.; it’s just been announced that the solution’s developer is planning to launch a similar Windows Embedded-based solution in Indianapolis, some time in late 2014.
The Autolib’ story is a great example of Microsoft’s CityNext initiative, a new program aimed at helping cities around the world harness technology to improve people’s lives. As we look at the diverse opportunities across the Internet of Things, and our work with ecosystem partners and enterprises to execute on those opportunities through intelligent systems, CityNext marks a tangible illustration of how Microsoft and our industry-leading solution providers take a real-world, citizen-centric approach to helping cities implement technology solutions that address real issues.
Just this week Microsoft and the city of Seattle unveiled details behind a creative pilot program that’s aimed at reducing power consumption in commercial buildings. While it’s not uncommon to equip buildings with sensors to monitor and control energy consumption, Microsoft is extending the technology to provide real-time data analysis to optimize building performance.
Throughout the world Microsoft works with municipal governments to help address many technological challenges. The issue in Paris – helping a city of more than 8 million people grapple with worsening traffic and air pollution – allowed creative minds from Microsoft and its partners to bring consumer-friendly solutions that speak to what CityNext was created to do. I hope you’ll take a look at the video of the Autolib’ program, and let us know what you think.