Microsoft Embedded Systems Custom Guide
Embedded systems are devices with embedded computational capability. Sometimes these devices are much more device than computer, like a motion sensing light that turns on and off at different times of the day. Other times, these devices are essentially special-purpose computers or handhelds, like electronic hospital charting systems, or handheld inventory trackers.
But, now that you've got all these devices and you want to deploy them, how do you manage them? If you're a device manufacturer, how can you put these in the field and maintain and update them without a huge fleet of field service technicians? If you're an enterprise IT consumer, how can you install all these devices, keep track of their behavior, and know when they're not working, without having to visit every location, every day?
It's this fusion of embedded systems with intelligent systems that we'll be discussing throughout the rest of this whitepaper. It's a transition that's as transformative as it is exciting, one that can transform businesses, free up hidden value, and, quite possibly, save lives.