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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Five Reasons Intelligent Systems are Growing in Korea

    Posted By SeongJin Kang
    Windows Embedded Business Lead for Korea

    The information-technology market is expected to grow continuously here in Korea, despite risks compounded by fears of a prolonged, worldwide economic slump. In just the past few months, there has been a tremendous number of IT market forecasts for the coming year. Although these reports are full of detailed and various explanations and modifiers, they all have one interesting thing in common: none of them failed to include the term “big data.” This really shows that big data is not a term that’s come into vogue, only to be soon swept away; big data is a significant factor for business. That means that the days are rapidly approaching where implementing and leveraging big data is a necessity in a real business environment.

    With every passing day, the business environment in Korea—as elsewhere—is quickly changing, incorporating a vast increase in the quantity and quality of available data, transformed by intelligent systems into meaningful information for businesses. What will the enabling factors be for the increased development of intelligent systems?

    There are five technical trends that are accelerating these changes in the business ecosystem. The first trend is connectivity, which enables swift and easy data transfer by leveraging wired and wireless communications including WiFi, 3G and 4G. The second trend is big data, which is growing explosively, thanks to the proliferation of Internet-based devices and connected systems, as well as individuals. The third is computing power, which is making possible tremendous features and performance attributes in smaller and smaller computers than ever before. The fourth is social networking service, which enables intra-person social interactions, free of time and space restrictions. Last but not least is logical and physical security, which buttress secure transactions, processing, storing and utilizations of information.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    The Intelligent Grocery Store: The Future of the Retail Industry

    Posted By John Boladian
    Marketing Director, Asia Pacific & Greater China

    It’s often the small, everyday experiences that really illustrate how important intelligent systems are becoming to customer service. In Japan, those systems are already revolutionizing the grocery-store experience, as my colleague Guillaume Estegassy, the new Windows Embedded BG lead for Japan, explains.

    After many years spent on the Windows Embedded team in Redmond, I am thrilled to now look after the Japanese market. And what a great time to get on board, as we are preparing for Retail Tech Japan (RTJ) held March 5-7; the biggest retail show in Japan and one the biggest in the world. How big is it? About 670 booths in an approximately 161,000 square-foot venue, Tokyo Big Site, where about 150,000 visitors are expected.

    It is fascinating to witness the evolution of retail over the years, and how intelligent systems are becoming a reality—a reality that all of us, as consumers, are either starting to experience now or will experience in the very near future. Picture yourself two years ago, shopping in your favorite supermarket. A few posters advertise the weekly or monthly promotions (maybe some delicious Yubari watermelon from Hokkaido!). But unfortunately, there are no more watermelons left in the store, and you can only stare at the mouthwatering image on the wall. Today, thanks to the systems diversity and built-in intelligence, a supermarket will run digital signage that is directly connected to their cash registers and back-end servers. Not only will the signs react to the availability of the product, they will also adapt to make sure the timing of sales is optimum, and that customers have a great, seamless experience. For retail, we are talking about a multitude of connected devices, from a small mobile- payment terminal to a giant digital signage screen, in all sorts of forms and shapes. And with the Windows 8 experience, the possibilities and scenario are almost limitless. It’s all about attracting customers by understanding what they want, and guiding them through an enjoyable buying experience. Can you imagine a digital sign that analyzes your fact to learn your age and whether you are a male or female, and then adjusts its display to offer you products targeted to you? This is not a thing of the future— it exists today in Tokyo!

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    A Better Bedside Manner

    Posted By Myriam Semery
    Windows Embedded BG Lead

    According to the World Health Organization, France has the top-rated healthcare system in the world. Part of this can be attributed to our belief that all citizens should have access to quality medical care, but also the government’s commitment to fostering innovation and economic development in the healthcare system via agencies such as Eurasante.

    Two companies pushing the innovation envelope in the area of patient care are Groupe Scotler and Econocom. They joined forces to address the need to provide doctors and nurses with easy access to patient medical information, as well as improve the comfort of patients during their hospital stay. Scotler brought its expertise building customized software and hardware solutions; Econocom contributed its years of working as a system integrator and solution provider. The result is Care and Comfort.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    How Intelligent Systems Streamline Data Landscapes in Healthcare

    Posted By Jeff Wettlaufer
    Technical Program Manager

    Hi everyone. With the exciting release of Windows Embedded 8, and the amazing application experiences that are associated with this new platform, we wanted to talk about how, from the sensor to the cloud, a consistent data stream and application experience can be shared across a number of form factors using a single development toolset.

    By optimizing our development, and helping you adopt using world-class development tools like Visual Studio, we enable organizations to standardize on one trusted platform, so you can develop cloud- connected services right down to embedded devices, and even the smallest of sensors like devices such as pulse oximeter sensors, used to record blood oxygen at family doctor offices.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    February 2013 Security Updates Are on MyOEM and ECE for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    The February 2013 Security Updates are now available on the MyOEM site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.

    The February 2013 Security Updates are now also available on the ECE site for Windows® Embedded Standard 2009 and Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded with Service Pack 3.

    The list below applies to Standard 2009 only:

    • KB2736428 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742595 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2789642 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    The list below applies to XPe SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2736416 - Vulnerability in Open Data Protocol Could Allow Denial of Service
    • KB2742596 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2756918 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2757638 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2753842 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2778344 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2780091 - Vulnerability in Media Decompression Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2792100 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
    • KB2797052 - Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2799494 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2789643 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2802968 - Vulnerabilities in OLE Automation Could Allow Remote Code Execution
    • KB2794119 - Israel and Libya time zone update for Windows operating systems

    If you have questions on accessing the ECE, please email MS Mobile & Embedded Communications Feedback & Support, ECE@microsoft.com.

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