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Embedded Computing is a key issue for future-orientated traffic concept in modern urban environments
For the first time in human history, most of the world's population lives in cities. Analysts expect, that until 2050 two thirds of the earth´ s inhabitants will live in urban centers. To meet their needs and to make cities all over the ...
OUTSOURCING HELPS MEDICAL COMPANIES TO FOCUS ON THEIR CORE COMPETENCIES AND KEEP PACE WITH INNOVATON 
The global medical devices market offers tremendous opportunity for manufacturers, as well as significant challenges. Due to a report of the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Global Health Team, published in 2016, aging populatio...
Before APTA Expo: KONTRON presents video in contest 
This year’s APTA Expo promises to be an essential event in showcasing the innovative technologies needed to drive a revolution in rail transportation.  Helping to get attendees eager to see the advanced solutions exhibited, APTA Ex...
Kontron finds revitalization through S&T merger
  The Internet of Things is now a staple of competitive strategies for both embedded platforms and IT solutions alike. The recent merger of Kontron, a leading global provider of embedded technology, with S&T Deutschland Holding ...
Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things are emerging market segments around the globe
Applications that enable the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 are often compared to the workflow in an ant colony. The digital exchange of data with suppliers and customers as well as from machines to machines (M2M) runs via sens...
The Future of Telecom: What I Learned at GENBAND Perspectives17
As a first-time attendee, let me just say this five-day action-packed event definitely lived up to the hype. Perspectives17 was the avenue to exchange ideas with the brightest minds in telecom. Apart from networking with leading service ...
The embedded cloud: why the embedded world will soon be turning faster 
  Data, data and even more data – each day, extremely large quantities of data are created in Industry 4.0, including types of data that until recently did not even exist. But what good are these large quantities of data if a comp...
Digital transformation helps to realize Smart Cities and supports new ways of public transport. Connected trains are essential to services of transportation agencies and their customers.
Public transport is one of the cornerstones of a Smart City. Inhabitants and commuters rely on a close network of various transportation options to reach their homes and/or their workplaces. An efficient network of various transportation ...
Ultra HD in industry: How high resolution further increases production process efficiency 
In the consumer sector, Ultra HD is currently unfolding its enormous potential.  In 2016, 4K UHD TV sales again grew rapidly – in April 2016 alone, six million of these devices were sold in the USA. In a survey of 475 global video ...
Autonomous trains are the solution of the future
Mobility is one of the major topics and a driver of growth and improvement in modern cities. Solutions for a smart city need to combine technology, communication and traffic. This enables people to get from their homes to their offices ea...
Key Takeaways from NAB 2017
Top 3 Trends Impacting the Direction of Video We were thrilled to exhibit again at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas, the ultimate marketplace for solutions that support in new and exciting ways the creation...
How do you feel today?
Being a computer person, I usually do not see technology like a form of black magic. Whenever I consider even the most complex system, I can imagine all the small pieces and the collection of techniques humming within this marvel.  A...
VPX: Perplexity Removed
In the last 7 years the meaning of VPX could have been the VME Puzzling eXtension, since this promising standard included many technical pitfalls and computer architecture changes. Only the more wealthy and performance hungry customers coul...
Secure and Connected Above the Clouds: Kontron at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017
Each year a global audience of professionals from the avionics industry gather in Hamburg, Germany, for Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX). At AIX, the industry’s most important trade show of the year, they meet, network and negotiate business...
Kontron - an Outstanding Pioneer in Electronics
Kontron was honored as a "Pioneer in Electronics" during a gala evening in Munich on March 30, celebrating Elektronikpraxis magazine's 50th birthday as well as the 21 most important electronics companies.    Kontron's Irene Ha...
Secure & Connected: Kontron at embedded world 2017
embedded world 2017 took place in Nuremberg from March 14 to 16, 2017. As always Kontron was among the exhibitors.   Kontron booth at embedded world 2017   In pole position in Hall 1, Booth 478 we presented our novelties for...
Industry 4.0: Planned Global Investment of Roughly 907 Billion USD by 2020
According to a new global study on “Industry 4.0: Building the digital enterprise” by auditing and consultancy firm PwC, manufacturing companies intend to invest around five percent of their revenue in digitalization by the year 20...
Open is as Open does
Einstein never really said the pop-culture expression "everything is relative". Although, he did say that: “There is no absolute space-time coordinate system, so there are no absolute positions in time and space. All times and positions a...
Kontron Tech Talk: Quo Vadis ECT – Embedded Trends 2017
Technology trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) have an enormous economic impact and change entire industries as a whole. Naturally this development is spearheaded by the IT industry. Hardware and software vendors that make possible ...
A bright future for the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT for short) has been hailed a trend no modern enterprise can ignore. Digitalization is transforming entire industries and the economy as a whole. From printing presses to production robots, from warehouse to wind ...
Hacker Eldorado IoT: Security Risks in the Internet of Things
2016 was an extremely thrilling year for IT security experts. A controversial hacking discussion surrounded the US election and even outside of politics, high-profile attacks on IT systems were manifold. What many hacks had in common was th...
SMARC 2.0 – The Next Generation
The Internet of Things (IoT) has become an integral part of our daily lives, which have become extremely “smart” by now. Technological progress and the interconnections between humans and machines that come with it are visible everywher...
Standard IoT Security Solution Offers Protection Against Hackers
Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory promise a boost for innovation in the production sector. However, corresponding IoT security measures are still only beginning to develop, according to a study by the German Federal Ministry for Economic A...
Expanding defense capabilities by applying deep learning techniques
Technologies leveraged from advanced computing in data centers are opening up new ways to tackle defense missions across embedded platforms. Deep learning is an increasingly popular approach to processing very large data sets. Many high-vis...
Industry 4.0 – Step by Step Towards a Modern Enterprise
Digital transformation is going strong. This is the key message from the latest German Industry 4.0 Index by consultancy firm Staufen which, for the third year in a row, surveyed 277 German companies on their levels of d...
Kontron Security Solutions: Embedded Systems Safe and Sound  
When I started working in the embedded computer market in 2004, except for a few select customers in the defense sector of the industry, it was absolutely oblivious to security vulnerabilities. The ever increasing importance of connected sy...
We Certify – SYSGO and Kontron at InnoTrans 2016  
Hi Railway Community, This is my last day at the Kontron booth at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin. I wanted to share with you the number one topic, which we have discussed with InnoTrans visitors: It is about how to certify such a ...
Kontron at innotrans 2016 - Innovation for the conneted future of transportation
From September 20th to 23rd, industry leaders will gather in Berlin to discuss the future of railway technology and public transportation at InnoTrans 2016. The leading international trade fair for transport technology takes place ever...
Internet of things: are the usa outpacing europe?
The Internet of Things is widely expected to become the central innovation driver in the years to come. Its future economic value will be enormous. This view is shared by US technology research firm Gartner in the latest edition o...
The smarc evolution
Only three years after the original release, Version 2.0 of the Smart Mobility Architecture (SMARC™) embedded computing format was announced by Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies (SGET) SDT 0.1 earlier this year. It...
Autonomous Driving with kontron
Autonomous driving is one of the most thrilling visions for the future of mobility. Self-driving cars controlled by computers, the computers, in turn, fed with data from sensors and cameras mounted on, in, or around the vehicles. Digit...
How Military Embedded Designers Profit from Small Form Factor Systems
The demands from the front line are changing quickly. Gathering and sharing data has become an essential component of the modern military, relying on high performance processing to fuel leadership decisions that enable comprehensive situati...
Flexibility and long-Term Availability: kontron kiss at voxeljet
New technological developments such as the Internet of Things (IoT) create unlimited possibilities for all market players and almost as exciting, present new challenges as well. Developers aim to quickly and efficiently build cost-efficient...
The Evolution of Industrial HMI: How Smart Automation will Deliver Measureable Productivity Benefits
  Admittedly, the progress in HMIusability and functionality has not been as rapid in industrial automation as in the consumer world. But the past decade has witnessed considerable advancement in the integration of more powerf...
UGVs: How to expand their role in helping military operations become more agile, responsive and safe
According to a report from MarketsandMarkets, the global unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) market is projected to grow from USD 6.44 Billion in 2015 to USD 18.65 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 23.7% during the forecast period. This sou...
How COTS embedded technology is putting rail operators back into the frame   
Video surveillance is widely deployed in the modern world, from monitoring busy city centers, shopping malls, offices and football stadiums, to motorways, train stations and It is used in a variety of situations in both business and co...
Medical Device Outsourcing: How to Compete with Strong Market Dynamics
The medical device market is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic sector in the life sciences industry. Two reasons for this are the high profit margins and the increasing demand for advanced medical devices. Today, healthc...
Industry 4.0: Get ready for a Digital Future!
The digital transformation is a MUST for companies which want to survive in a dramatically changing competitive global environment. But before organizations can pick the fruits and benefit from the digital change, they need to invest in dif...
Securing the IoT: 3 Tight Security Guidelines Everyone should Follow when Building any IoT Solution
Ever since Kevin Ashton introduced the term in 1999, the Internet of Things has evolved from an intriguing concept into an increasingly sophisticated network of machines, sensors and devices.  Gartner estimates that there are 6.4 ...
Airlines: How Wireless IFE will Drive a Whole New Wave of Innovations
According to numerous market studies, in-flight entertainment (IFE) growth is expected to continue to soar. Let’s start this blog with some concrete figures: According to research firm Research and Markets, the IFE and connectivity m...
How to Profit from Strong Technology Partnerships: The Kontron COM Express® in Practice
Drive and control units are essential for machine and system construction and scalable, flexible multi-technology machines are on the rise in many sectors. One of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies is Bos...
On the Frontline of Military Innovation
Real-time signal processing is a driving force in the evolution of many military applications known collectively as Digital Signalling Processing (or DSP). Among others these include software defined radios, weapons navigation systems, sona...
Kontron at the Embedded World 2016: Just a Glimpse into what is Possible…
Imagine the world in which your city’s traffic is regulated by smart traffic lights that turn the lights on and off depending on the number of cars approaching from the various directions. Imagine if your car could communicate with the ci...
From Design and Development to Successful Re-Design: A Story about the Lifetime of a High-End Product
Printing presses and machines for further paper processing are known to be particularly complex and are often called high-end products in mechanical engineering. These machines have a product lifetime of 25 years or even more. To keep the b...
New Dimension of Data Collection: How to Profit from easier Processes
Throughout the past decade the Big Data-Wave has swapped over all companies, no matter which business they work in. Using Big Data technology makes an organization more productive, efficient, agile and innovative and also strengthens its ma...
Smart Cities, Part II: Why all Concepts will Fail without Indestructible Security Measures
The sustainable development of urban areas requires new, efficient, and user-friendly technologies and services, in particular in the areas of energy, transport and ICT. New IoT technologies have the power to be applied to seemingly unlimit...
Connected Trains: All Onboard the Kontron IoT COTS Express
Whether taking the commuter train or a cross-country or intercontinental express, we hope to take for granted that reasonable standards of comfort, safety, security and reliability are provided – wherever and whenever we climb onboard. B...
Predictive Maintenance: Why it may be Over-the-Top for Me but Makes Perfect Sense for our Costumers
After my experience with my heating system I have made a lot of progress. Unfortunately, I must admit, that I have given up on trying to get the data directly out of my heating system. From my tries I learned that there seem to be...
Energy-Saving Smart Cities: Still a Vision or already Reality?
Mega metropolises all around the globe have to master various future challenges, including mobility, climate protection, healthy residential sphere and social cooperation. The UN estimates that in 2030 about 60 percent of the world populati...
The Future of Communications in an IoT World
The future of the IoT is inextricably linked to the performance of next generation networks. These must keep pace with the exponential growth in network traffic that the IoT will inevitably create as mankind, machines, and everyth...
Find Yourself a Competitive Advantage with Autonomous Agents and Things!
The amount of daily data coming from new sensors of the Internet of Things (IoT), social networks and real-time data increases exponentially. According to several predictions we will produce 40 zettabyte (one zettabyte equals one billion te...
IoT Precision Farming in Malaysia: Efficient Water Management Helps Farmers Grow more Rice
Farming is a tough way of life in any country but when an entire population relies heavily on one single crop for survival, the stakes are especially high. Rice farming in Malaysia is no exception where there is precious little margin betwe...
Industry 4.0: Manufacturing Industry on its Way to Digitalization
Frequent readers of my blog might have noticed that I’m a fan of classic science fiction novels and beside Heinlein, Asimov is one of my favorite writers. So when I was young Robotics and wireless communication between them was ...
Defense Computing Meets the Internet of Things
Each minute of every day 204 million emails are sent, 4 million Google searches are made, 277.000 tweets are published. This amazing amount of data is still mostly coming from people interacting with the digital world which in a few years h...
IoT in Transportation: The World is on the Move
By 2015, seven out of ten people will be living in cities. This will change the way, people all over the world will live. Cities will become bigger and bigger, some of them will even turn into megacities with millions and millions of inhabi...
Video-on-Demand: How Service Providers Can Thrive, Instead of Simply Survive
The television industry is changing rapidly. Streaming services like Netflix set new challenges to cable companies. In the US, the trend to change from TV contracts with cable providers to video-on-demand services on the internet ...
Smart Factory: How to Get Intelligent Machines
In a future ‘Smart Factory’ there will be an almost perfect production logic. Intelligent products are clearly identifiable, locatable at any time and know their history, their current status, as well as alternative routes to their targ...
IoT Security: Is the State Device ID a Good Idea?
The Internet of Things is a whole new infrastructure which of course leads to a number of challenges that must be addressed. In Germany there are plans for an “Identity Safety Act” that should protect this new infrastructure. Right now,...
Come Scale With Us: How Scalability Saves Costs
Come scale with us! This motto has driven a webinar which I held together with Intel in mid- September. Within the webinar we explained how and why it makes sense to implement scalable solutions, what the benefits of using Kontron’s scala...
Data Access: Are Your Systems Still Operating in a Data Island Mode?
Last year the company I’m working for decided to move to another city. Not really far away, but for me too far to drive the distance every single day. Since I like the job and the colleagues I work with, my wife and I decided to move to a...
The IoT: Delivering the Future Demands Action Today  
The ‘thing’ about the Internet of Things (IoT) is that no matter which research you believe IoT is going to be big, very big – but no one can say exactly how big. According to the mobile industry group GSMA, by 2020 there will be 24 ...
Wi-Fi in Aircraft: Are we Safe from Hacker Attacks or Hijacking?
An increasing number of airlines offers „On-Board Wi-Fi“ to their passengers with connectivity improvements to the aircraft while it is on the ground (3G/4G LTE) and in-flight (air-to-ground and air-to-satellite). This develop...
IBC 2015: Are Telco and Cable Service Providers ready for the Simplified Network?
Video is fueling the burning necessity for service providers to transform their networks by depending less on legacy purpose-built proprietary infrastructure and more on a generic set of standard-built COTS (commercial off the shelf) equipm...
Five Key Attributes of NFV-Optimized Server Infrastructure
Looking at the development of mobile video and the IoT, the service provider market is changing dramatically. Margins for their traditional services are dwindling while many new and potentially lucrative revenue opportunities are waiting in...
Hybrid Cloud: Why Converged Modular Servers are just right for IoT Infrastructures
As mentioned within my last blog post, nearly every important market researcher and analyst agrees to the following: hybrid technology will be one of the main drivers of the digital transformation. The reasons for this are obvious: Big...
Hyperconnecting the IoT: A Risky Fly into the Cloud?
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” – currently it looks as if this famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi will also be true of the cloud. Let’s take Amazon Web Services (AWS). They a...
IoT in Transportation: How Data is Driving the Trains
The IoT is everywhere. This may sound a bit scary – maybe it actually IS a bit scary – but it’s true. Do you know what is driving the world today? It’s not money, technology or even people – it’s data. It’s the same with trans...
3 Basic Rules for Applications in a Safety Critical Environment
When I wrote my blog about a backdoor in an air-condition compromising the entire safety of a company network, I thought that’s bad. But at least the air-condition suppliers closed this backdoor. Not fast but they did. Last week...
5 Arguments for Pre-validated Systems to Help Defense Contractors with their Build vs. Buy Decision
Many people jump into the build or buy decision based on past experiences or make too quick of a decision due to short term time constraints and, in doing so, waste valuable total project time and resources that could be been saved by selec...
It’s all about the Customer: How to Improve the Problem-Solving-Experience
This weeks blog is all about the customer. In our following interview, Klaus Hjorth is answering questions on the challenging service environment, the new Kontron service portfolio and how to give customer’s a great problem-solving-experi...
The Paris Air Show 2015: Wake-up Call for the Embedded Computing Industry
The 51st International Paris Air Show, held at Le Bourget Airport from 15-21 June 2015 was a record breaking event: With more than 351000 visitors the Show again confirmed this is the place to be when you are part of this incredibly vi...
The 4K Promise Land: Why HEVC 4K Video Will Be a Revenue Differentiator
Despite all the industry naysayers and complainers, all the technical and business roadblocks and ‘missing pieces’ to the puzzle, production grade 4K service roll-outs are well rolling. Why? Even after a disappointing 3D TV hype blip, c...
My Smart Home (and why it’s still a Dream)
I assume the Isaac Asimov was right: “Luxury is something you could easily get used to”. Why? Because when I enter my home in the evening and switch on the light, I do not really care. I assume it’s the same for most of you....
The Iron A-Team: Unmanned Robots in Harsh Environments
With this blog I want to introduce our customer Roboteam and its product ROCU-7, which stands for Ruggedized Operator Control Unit. This unmanned robot classifies a handheld with a 7-inch monitor, that supports military and civilian pr...
CERN and Kontron: When Matter matters
The European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN is a place of which many people dream, not only the protagonists of TV soap “Big Bang Theory”. After all, the research institution operates the largest particle physics labor...
At Any Time, at any Place: Hardware Remote Management for ‘Wartungsfrei’ Systems
Operators need to be able to rely on the functionality of their system. Because of that, it is a necessity that an industrial computer platform has networked remote management capabilities, so that all the relevant parameters, the ‘big da...
Maximum Reliability: An Inside Look into Maintenance-Free Industrial Computer Platforms
As written in my last week’s blog post, by deploying ’wartungsfrei’ (maintenance-free) industrial computer platforms, OEMs and operators can both: reduce operating costs and increase the reliability of system installations. Eliminatin...
‘Wartungsfrei’: The next PC Evolution
When I was still a student, I earned some money working for system administration of a computer network. It was a nice and not to stressful job. Using Novell (does anyone of you remember?) and the remote console you could sit in the sun and...
Aircraft Interior Expo (AIX) 2015: Going Beyond the Passenger
The In-flight Entertainment (IFE) Zone at this year’s Aircraft Interior Expo (AIX) (5-7 April at Hamburg Messe/Germany) had increased over 30% from last year with about 150 companies representing their products and services. Thi...
Custom Product Design: Let Others Create What You are Thinking
After returning home from a two week trip in Europe I went with my family to one of our favorite hamburger stops for a big greasy cheeseburger. The food is always great and I can get most anything I want on my burger including a fried egg a...
System Health Management: It’s all about Monitoring, Control and Communication!
With my last week’s blog post you hopefully learned a lot about the importance of computing health management. Within the article I already mentioned that health management supports three main functions: monitoring, control ...
Computing Health Management in Transportation System: No Room for Error
The market for transportation systems is forecasted to continue its rapid expansion according to a report by Transparency Market Research that predicts double-digit growth from 2013 to reach $30.2 billion by 2019. As the use of tr...
#HM15: Go Industry 4.0, Go!
From April 13th until 17th Hannover is once again the center for the world of modern manufacturing. Industry innovations are often shown first on the “HANNOVER MESSE 2015” (#HM15) and this year especially will bring new techno...
IoT for Horticulture/Hydroponics: Real Science Fiction
When I was still young, science fiction books and films were my favorite way to spend time. So I more or less grew up by reading books from authors like Robert A. Heinlein or watching films with Captain Kirk, Bones and Spock. One of the coo...
High Performance Computing (HPC): Hard to Define…
Our customers continually demand greater computational power, because they want to reduce the execution time of their applications and overcome the limitations of desktop computing architectures. But what are we able to offer them? You may ...
Technology Revolution at Oilfields: Which Systems Requirements are Essential?
Using the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), more systems and processes are being connected on the oilfield; the industry itself is making monumental progress by incorporating computers and sensors that take equipment control and...
Ten Reasons why Data Drives the Oilfield
Oil and gas exploration has always been difficult, complex and costly—recognized as a process that depends upon vast amounts of data to guide decisions, processes and production. Today new supply sources, such as deep water wells, shale b...
Which Skills do we need for a successful IoT Project?
More than 40 percent of organizations expect the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform their business or offer significant new revenue or cost-savings opportunities in the short term (over the next three years), rising to 60 perce...
NFV: It takes a Village
“Where do I start with NFV?” “What are the network functions I can virtualize today that will make an early and quick result for the bottom line?” If we take a timeout from the pre-show frenzy of next week’s Mobile World ...
The Embedded World – which are the Steps for the Future?
Extreme miniaturization combined with much higher computing power, efficient communication in network and mobile systems – the developers of embedded systems actually have to fulfill enormous demands. The security of electronic systems, d...
Mobile World Congress 2015: The Year of Real Virtualization
It’s February and the temperature ice cold, but for the mobile industry 2015 is already getting steaming hot. As it has been every year since the creation of the biggest worldwide event in the mobile industry (the Mobile World Congre...
Is your Business still dumb?
Last week I read a very interesting article from one of the world’s leading technology forecasters and CEO of Burrus Research, Daniel Burrus. He asked, if we are ready for innovation and transformation. With transforma...
Our IoT Vision
Nowadays we talk about IoT – a lot. For good reason! We @Kontron think that IoT is transforming for many industries and will greatly impact all levels of our daily life. But what is our detailed approach to IoT? And what makes u...
Are Smart Meters really a smart Idea?
When I was in Mumbai I learned that in some areas there is no tap-water for some hours each day. People, who can afford it, can buy a tank with fresh water outside for the day. Or at least this was my understanding from what the guide told ...
Embedded Trends 2015
This year will bring a lot of challenges for the embedded community. Trends like IoT and risk management coincide with Gartners predictions for 2015. In the near future manufacturers should deal with implementing security strategi...
Internet of Things and Security: Mission impossible?
The internet of things (IoT) will be the next step in integrating even more of the real world into the web. With this step companies and consumers will be facing billions of insecure devices because of the inadequate security meas...
Wireless In-Flight-Entertainment (IFE): The next Step for Connecting Avionics Systems?
More space while sitting, personalized entertainment concepts and always online: Flying in the future should above all be a continuation of lifestyle on the ground. What sounds like wishful thinking, could be reality in a few years. But so ...
Intelligent Energy Analytics Software: A good way to optimize Energy Flows?
Although reducing energy use is on everyone’s agenda, organizations face difficulties in identifying saving opportunities. With increasing energy costs, companies need to significantly reduce their energy consumption and find solutions to...
Is Cloud Computing really the next BIG Thing?
The impact of cloud computing will grow during the next years as more and more cost saving effects are unleashed and security problems solved. Experts predict that cloud services might be a commodity soon – and that a substantial change i...
4 Reasons why you should not press on Price (too hard)
When I had to do shopping for my grandmother I had to understand a very important fact: When you are send to the butcher, cheap always has a drawback. Either old meat or lower quality or even a different animal: “Schnitzel” is much chea...
Why Spreadsheets & Virtualization are my Number 1 Choices for Innovation
Being immersed in computing, from microcode to Unix/linux type OSes and X11 windowing system across 5 different processor architectures (CISC, RISC) I have seen a lot of very cool innovation in the last 30 years. The most famous categories ...
Is the Internet of Things (IoT) the new Wave of being energy-efficient?
Intelligent devices that learn to think and organize themselves? And as well being power efficient in applying them and gaining benefits in the environment in which they are used? The idea which could result of a science fiction movie is on...
Smart Guns: Could they reduce location specific Incidents?
The recent school shooting incident in Washington state got me thinking about how technology could possibly be utilized to reduce such violence. Current smart guns use RFID, fingerprint recognition or other such technologies to help reduce ...
Can Digital Healthcare save Lifes?
IT-based networking has become an indispensable part of the health sector. Whether app or software – experts are sure – Digital Healthcare optimizes the quality and effectiveness of the procedures in doctors’ offices and hos...
Embedded Systems: Form Factors for the Future
One of the foremost requirements for embedded systems is their long term availability. To secure their investments, companies have to make sure that they make the right decision for a system that will be successful and thereby available on ...
Why we should not bemoan the loss of 2G
When I was still a quite small boy my grandfather gave me an old radio. This one was still using vacuum tubes and was of course only mono. There were just a handful FM (UKW) stations at that time, but I really enjoyed the gift. Today I’m ...
The Mobile Gaming Experience: More Fun, more Service?
As a follow up to my last blog post about gaming security, I recently attended the Global Gaming Exposition (G2E) in Las Vegas where all of the major gaming companies displayed their latest games and system platforms. The vast arr...
Smart Cities Require Smart Ideas
What makes a city smart? There are quite some angles to this idea. It usually covers sustainability, energy conservation, infrastructure and traffic, but also energy efficient buildings, health care and emergency services. The intelligent s...
IBC 2014 – Over-The–Top (OTT) Business Convention
There has never been a more exciting time than now when it comes to the business of producing, delivering and consuming video. The buzz surrounding this year’s IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) event in Amsterdam certainly prove...
The forgotten Side of Virtualization
I’m working with computers for a long time now, but I still remember the times when I was a student. There was good but expensive hardware like ISA Novell NE2000 LANcards or Hercules monochrome graphics adapters. I could ne...
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Intuitive Human Machine Interfaces (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) require new approaches in the Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) and there has been a lot of development in touch display technology during the last years. The artist Salvador Da...
IoT: So What…?
Why it is important to communicate the Benefits of IoT to the Customer When I was a little boy, I never got the point my grandfather made. He was so proud because he managed to get 4 flavors of apples from one tree. And he managed to engra...
Retail Connected: Smart Mirrors and Virtual Car Showrooms
Isn’t this a Ladies dream: digital wardrobe and smart mirrors?! While I was in College, one of my classmates recreated the outfit management software from the movie Clueless, a 90s cult classic, as a class project. The concept shown ...
The Electric Giraffe goes to Washington – Chapter 5: Russell meets the Leader of the free World
From there we got things unloaded and set up the Electric Giraffe near the rose garden, and waited. The heat was unbearable and most of the event was moved indoors. Russell and I did an interview with the White House press crew, then they s...
The Electric Giraffe goes to Washington – Chapter 4: Screaming on the Road
On Wednesday the 18th, with a Maker Faire photographer in tow, we hit the road and went to the Smithsonian to get the giraffe on the tow truck rig. Right away we noticed a possible serious problem. The Electric Giraffe up on the towing...
The Electric Giraffe goes to Washington – Chapter 3: Our one ton Beast in detail
What everyone at Smithsonian were seeing was years of work on a machine that truly walks on 4 tall legs, all made of hand welded steel. In borrowing the walking design of my Electric Giraffe from a little toy model from Tamiya, I managed to...
The Electric Giraffe goes to Washington – Chapter 2: Good Planning is Half the Battle
Right away, Sherry and Louise agreed to help out all they could with regards to finding a way to fund the appearance, and gave me the go ahead to start putting together a plan for shipping the giraffe to Washington. I was now once again in ...
The Electric Giraffe goes to Washington – Chapter 1: The White House Invitation
On Monday morning, May 19th, I got all packed up for the drive home from San Mateo. Maker Faire 2014 was done and over with. My programmer (and namesake for the Giraffe) Russell Pinnington was dropped off at SFO and was on his way home to E...
Computer Health Management: How do we maintain Control over our Devices?
With the mind boggling number of intelligent devices announced to deploy in the coming years, the limit of the PC architecture as a baseline becomes more and more acute. Personal computers have been created and further refined during almost...
Secure Gaming Machines: Wanna bet on it?
Ever since the gaming industry introduced electronic video slot machines and subsequently other electronic gaming formats, the game designers have been in pursuit of that next best irresistible game that will attract and intoxicate players ...
Intelligent Transportation Infrastructure: The technical Challenges of autonomous Cars
A recent article in BusinessWeek seems to suggest that there will be increased amount of traffic, especially in urban areas, with the advent of autonomous or self-driving cars.     It is an interestin...
SMARC vs. Qseven: Is SMARC really better than Qseven?
Two form factors are currently fighting for domination in the market for small computer on modules. Qseven, released 2008 and created for X86 platform, namely for Intel’s Silverthorne Atom chips, which were the first implementation w...
The Electric Giraffe and Kontron: How did THAT happen?!
Long before Kontron’s location in San Diego, a fire alarm contractor named Frank (Lindsay being his middle name) Lawlor found himself wandering the massive new and very empty tilt-up structure way out in what was known then as “the midd...
Industry 4.0 & Internet of Things (IoT): How can Developers handle the Lack of Standards?
With Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things looming at the horizon, the industry is confronted with a new game. IT becomes even more important and there is a huge need for new standards that combine industry and IT needs – as organizatio...
BIG Telecom Event (BTE) – the Innovation Path to the Future
Big Telecom issues back to Chicago: This year’s inaugural “BIG Telecom Event”  hosted by Light Reading demonstrated that the evolution is not over yet, and services can be delivered by re-engineering the network infrastructu...
Self-driving cars are no longer a funny idea
Last week I saw a funny video about Google’s self-driving car project. At the first glimpse it definitely doesn’t look like a real car you would use. Rather like one of the cartoons from my childhood. Such car might have occurred a...
A long and healthy life – Connected Medical Devices
A visit to the local hospital during a business trip or vacation abroad is not a welcome interruption. Many hospitals around the world provide equally good care but with language barriers and without access to the patient’s health records...
Momentous Metamorphosis
These are heady, head-spinning times in telecom. And one of its milestone moments is hitting right this week with the Big Telecom Event in Chicago, June 17-18. Ironically, this is the same city that used to play host to the good o...
There is no such thing as off the shelf CBIT
In many complex computer RFQs I have seen in the last decade, when it came to BIT (Built In Test) requirements, heated discussion on compliance would arise. However complex the compliance assessment, it always went down to compromise and in...
Are vehicles more ‘aware’ than the drivers?
As we see increasing adoption of smart sensors across all assets, fixed and mobile, there will soon come a time when our cars and other vehicles will become more ‘aware’ of the environment than the people using them. Autonomous vehicle ...
Is this really the 21st century of Technology?
Water is a precious commodity in California as we are dependent on seasonal rainfall and melting snow from the mountain ranges to supply a very thirsty state – not only for personal use but for commercial and agricultural use. When the ne...
I saw Big Data
Like the lone intrepid hikers who make it their business to track down the ever-elusive and folkloric Bigfoot creature of the West Coast, the IoT (Internet of Things) market is equally hot on the trail for something rather shadowy – “Bi...
How will tomorrow’s mobility look like?
In Germany we have a significant growth in shared cars. But it looks like this is a more global effect according to the article “Future of Personal Mobility” recently published on Forbes.com: Right now I consider using one of ...
Maintenance Free Products – Connecting the world
We are all accustomed to communicating with family, friends and colleagues near and far. When far apart from each, the ability to connect reliably to each other in an instant makes the world feel like a “smaller” place. It is ‘a small...
No “Thing” Left Unconnected
Scouring through reports of the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain it is easy to see that The Internet of Things (IoT) was a “driving” force at the show. Indeed, many of the abundant IoT products, services and ap...
How do you feel today?
Being a computer person, I usually do not see technology like a form of black magic. Whenever I consider even the most complex system, I can imagine all the small pieces and the collection of techniques humming within this marvel.  Aft...
When is ubiquitous connectivity becoming reality?  
For anyone who use public transport, such as trains, buses, planes or ferries, to get to and from work, having a reliable internet connectivity while on the move is highly desirable but quite challenging. Even with widespread cellular ...
Can connectivity really replace real networking?
This week I was at EE Live in San Jose CA – the West coast’s version of one of the more preeminent embedded computing technology events  where the latest and greatest in technology is showcased here in  Silicon Valle...
Content anywhere, at any price?
It is no secret that the worldwide demand to consume video – from whatever source, in whatever format and on whatever device, be it smartphone, tablet, pc or television – is increasingly filling the demand for bandwidth, processing and ...
Cloud based service for machines?
I have seen some industries consider it quite common that M2M is only the transfer from data to a server system… and then call this the cloud. However, in today’s business environment, manufacturers not only need to improve the product ...
Almost entirely unlike a PC
For the most senior of us who were introduced into the weird techno fun culture of Douglas Adams (the Hitch  Hickers Guide to the Galaxy), this expression will bring back some memories of weird influence of the technology on our d...
What’s the next big thing in Embedded Computing?
It is not surprising that embedded computing technologies typically lag the latest trends in the broader retail computing space, primarily due to some unique requirements such as longevity, security and reliability. Eventually, many of the ...
The Digital Oil Field – Times are changing
I grew up with my Dad working as a company man for Diamond Shamrock and one of my first jobs was roughnecking off the coast of Louisiana.  It was a good job that offered hard dangerous work for good pay.  After more than two decad...
What about you?
As I was driving into work the other morning it occurred to me just how much technology surrounds us but that we take for granted that it should always be there. Cars now have everything from satellite connectivity to proximity safety senso...
Air-condition with built-in backdoor
It’s really surprising what you hear in M2M (Machine-to-Machine) groups. Last time I read an unbelievable data point: 55,000 air-condition or heating systems are connected to the Internet without adequate (or any) protection  Due to...

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