Retailer Saves 722 Tonnes of CO2 a Year Using Embedded Operating System
The Co-operative Group has always taken a lead in responsible retailing. After the organisation deployed Windows XP Embedded - a highly flexible, customisable operating system - across its till systems in 2003, it looked for ways to use the software to further its ecological sustainability strategy. In 2008, its development team created a Wake-up on LAN component for its Electronic Point Of Sale (EPOS) system, In-Control. The application takes advantage of the unique boot loader support and network configuration settings in Windows XP Embedded to automatically switch off 8,000 Point Of Sale (POS) units when Co-operative stores close at night, and turn them back on just before the stores re-open in the morning.