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    Europe welcomes Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch

    Posted By Barb Edson
    General Manager, Marketing and Business Development

    Recently, I joined our partners at Ford for the European launch of Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

    At IFA Ford announced that this version of Ford SYNC—which includes a touchscreen interface—will be coming to Europe in 2013 in the Ford Focus Electric.

    While I was at the conference I participated in a roundtable discussion with Ford and a few other industry experts to discuss the future of the connected car. The connected car focuses on how the vehicle experience can be enhanced when you integrate internet connectivity, data, and new user interface technologies like speech and touch.

    The subject of the connected car is especially near and dear to us in Windows Embedded – and not only because Ford SYNC is built on the Windows Embedded Automotive software platform. When we talk about intelligent systems as the evolution of the embedded device market, it’s exciting to see how this is affecting the automotive industry.

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    The Role of Intelligent Systems in Continuity of Healthcare

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    As we’ve seen in previous posts, Intelligent Systems touch every industry whether it be banking, retail, manufacturing, or healthcare. Today’s post showcases continuity of care and how Intelligent Systems can have a positive impact. Authored and presented by a member of The Embedded Ninja clan, Ben Smith shares his thoughts and some wonderful resources. Enjoy!

    We really would love to hear feedback on usage of the video blog – as well as feedback on the content. Let us know how the ninjas are doing!

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    Group policies and Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011

    Posted By Pavel Bansky
    Program Manager

    One of the most common questions asked by customers and users of Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 is the applicability of group policies on write filter protected box. Although, most of the embedded devices usually operate outside of the domain, with Thin Clients in enterprises this is no longer true.

    Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 in combination with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 persist updates and configurations on write filter protected devices based on “on demand” principle. This maintenance task needs to be planned and scheduled from Configuration Manager Console. Group policies are usually updated outside of this maintenance task therefore they will never persists on the device, unless the timing for maintenance task crosses with timing for group policy update; which is very unlikely.

    In this article I would like to give you step-by-step guide how to issue maintenance task for policy update from Configuration Manager Console to persist the updated policy. All we are going to do is create task sequence that will be disable write filters, run the gpupdate.exe and restore write filters again. This task sequence will have a mandatory assignment scheduled for 1am every night.

    1) In System Center Configuration Manager console right click on Task Sequence node under the Computer Management. In the context menu select New Task Sequence

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    Sizing Up Intelligent Systems

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    Over the past year, one of the more prominent discussion points surrounding in-store devices has been the ability for a retailer to properly size their customers. When you think about it, sizing is a difficult situation that customers are faced with every time they shop. There’s the issue of determining your size, matching that known size to the fit of the clothes, and ultimately trying the clothing of choice on. And this assumes, of course, that what you want or fits is in stock in the store.

    While this experience is indeed one that a retailer can capitalize on, it most certainly has the opportunity to distract a customer from experiencing other parts of the store, examining other products, and ultimately impacts the impression of the store. Ideally, sizing is either a non-event or one of the quickest and simplest things a customer has to go through – preferably once. From that point on, it’s just a matter of coordinating colors and styles vs. trying clothes on or trying to find a pair of pants that fit.

    One of our ninjas, Eric Kamont, speaks of his experience with an interesting spin on sizing with an in-mall sizing kiosk from Me-Ality. As you listen to the story keep in mind the multitude of ways one could leverage the sizing data in BI analytics, customer loyalty, and feedback mechanisms into manufacturing and supply chain. Definitely try this one on for size.

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    A Ninja Sneak Attack: Strength in Numbers with Intelligent Systems

    Posted By The Embedded Ninja

    During a recent trip, I had an unassuming conversation with someone where they asked – why do ninjas always travel alone? It was a great question, one that stimulated some wondrous thought. Contrary to popular belief, ninjas never travel alone, but rather always together with their clan. The magic is in the fact that you’ll never see the other ninja(s) – just the one you’re face to face with. In that secrecy is power. One is a powerful number in and of itself. But the other numbers that surround the “one” can be more powerful, especially when they’re unknown and unexpected.

    We are faced with known numbers on a daily basis, using them to convey all kinds of information. You can calculate wealth and financial success of a company. You can use numbers to show the amount of time remaining on the clock of a soccer match. You can arm your argument with statistics. You can even speak the truth and dispel myth and hype with numbers – such as the question I was asked.

    Often when we discuss technology the conversation steers towards devices like PCs, tablets and phones. This makes sense – they’re devices we use every day for calling our moms (ninja moms require a once a week call), updating Facebook, buying movie tickets, or reminding us to practice our ninjastics (ninja gymnastics).

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