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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Intelligent Systems in Health

    Posted By Garrett Clarke
    Senior Business Development and Strategy Manager

    As many of my colleagues have mentioned in their blogs over the past few months, we are seeing an increasing trend from autonomous devices toward ones that are truly connected and part of a much broader ecosystem. This shift in the embedded industry toward Intelligent Systems is further accelerated by the desire of enterprises to obtain a competitive advantage through increased knowledge about their customers and their business. It is truly an exciting time as the number of devices that are part of an Intelligent System is expected to nearly double by 2015 according to IDC. Clearly the application for Intelligent Systems spans many industries including Retail, Manufacturing, Auto, and Health. However, since I have spent the last 10 years (or so) working in healthcare, I wanted to share some of the thoughts I have on some usage scenarios of Intelligent Systems in health.


    Enabling the Connection to the Patient at Home:
    The impact that Intelligent Systems have on the healthcare has many similarities to that of other industries (i.e. reuse of data, cost reduction, timely access to information….) but it also has some distinct advantages. Most importantly, improved outcomes for patients. Many device manufacturers are now making devices that patients can use at home that will automatically connect the patient back to the provider or caregiver through the cloud. This streamlined integration increases the frequency that a provider or caregiver receives critical health metrics (blood pressure, blood glucose levels, weight, etc.). These “Connected Health” scenarios allows for greater collaboration across the provider, patient, and caregiver potentially allowing action to be taken prior to an acute event occurring.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Transforming the Low-Tech Retail Letdown

    Posted By Simon Francis
    Solutions Specialist

    I’ve become a fascinated observer of the shopping experience here in the UK, and the many opportunities to use technology to transform poor customer experiences. A recent shopping experience of my own highlighted the opportunity that is lost when stores don’t support their sales associates.

    Rapidly approaching middle age—OK, I’ll admit it: I am middle-aged, and maybe I was shopping in a store better suited to Generation Y–but here’s my “Why.”

    Store Interior

    Many retail store displays keep inventory overhead…or in a back room. A connected handheld device could instantly offer in-stock information.

    I found a particularly great sweatshirt—great color, great logo—not in my size. No problem; there was a store associate nearby, looking far too cool to be disturbed, but he came straight over and was extremely helpful. He checked all of the shelves for the right size. This included grabbing a ladder and checking the shelves that were far too high up to be of use. Then he ran down two flights of the nearby stairs, saying that he would get a check of the store room.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    May 2013 Security Updates are on MyOEM for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

    Posted By Windows Embedded Team

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

    The list below applies to Windows Embedded Standard 2009:

    • KB 2804576 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Spoofing
    • KB 2847204 - Security Update for Internet Explorer

    The list below applies to both Windows XPe SP3 and Windows Embedded Standard 2009:

    • KB 2804577 - Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Spoofing
    • KB 2829361 - Vulnerabilities in Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation Of Privilege
    • KB 2829530 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
    • KB 2820197 - Update Rollup for ActiveX Kill Bits

    This download is a cumulative update which incorporates all updates from prior months, for the current year. The componentized updates for April 2013 are included with this update. Therefore you do not need to download and install previous monthly updates. The new updates included in this download can be applied directly to runtime images. The componentized versions of these update for updating the database will be included in next month’s security update release.

    If you have questions on accessing MyOEM, please email the OEM Customer Communications Care Team at OEM@microsoft.com.

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    March 2013 Security Updates are on MyOEM for XPe SP3 and Standard 2009

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

    The list below applies to Windows XP Embedded SP3 and Standard 2009:

    • KB2807986 - Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege
    • KB2809289 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

    The download is a cumulative update which incorporates all updates from prior months, for the current year. The componentized updates for February 2013 are included in this update. Therefore you do not need to download and install previous monthly updates. The new updates included in this download can be applied directly to runtime images. The componentized versions of these updates for updating the database will be included in the next month's security update release.

    If you have questions on accessing MyOEM, please email the OEM Customer Communications Care Team at OEM@microsoft.com.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    The connected car at a crossroads: why consolidation is critical for long-term success

    Posted By Pranish Kumar
    Group Program Manager, Windows Embedded Automotive

    Since the mid 90’s, car makers and technology vendors have been searching for ways to help drivers become better connected and to enrich the in-car infotainment experience – a concept that’s epitomized by the connected car.

    Much of the technology to create connected cars is currently in place. And millions of evolved vehicles are already on the road. Yet these are a mere shadow of what’s ultimately possible through the collective power of technological breakthroughs like the cloud, machine learning, natural language processing and data analytics.

    At Microsoft we have a clear vision for the driving experience of tomorrow and how it could impact our day-to-day lives. And as we set out to develop the future automotive platform we discovered that it was more than building a connected car.  We need a car which adapts to each user, knows our behaviors, understands that driver’s workload and delivers high value services; we need an intelligent car.

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