Tuesday, January 31, 2017

congatec backs Windows 10 IoT on compute modules

By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk

Leading German board maker congatec is supporting the IoT editions of Windows 10 across its range of computing modules as an embedded operating, partly driven by the need for data analysis capabilities at the network edge. 

"Supporting Windows 10 IoT is a very crucial milestone for us as part of an array of measures on our IoT roadmap which aims to simplify the integration and use of IoT connected embedded computer technology, " said Martin Danzer, Director Product Management at congatec.
This has involved changes such as enhanced security and switching off Windows activation as well as lockdown options for IoT-connected appliances. congatec has integrated these features on all its current boards with Intel Atom, Celeron, Pentium, Core and Xeon processors as well as AMD Embedded R and G Series processors. This allows designers to benefit from an overall simplified development of IoT connected devices in industrial automation and production, retail and outdoor advertising, the healthcare and transportation segments, plus a host of additional industries.

"Our customers who are using Windows 10 platforms want to develop innovative IoT applications and generate comprehensive business intelligence," said Danzer. "They need highly unified, consistent and completely trustworthy OS support to cover all the embedded devices, tablets, smartphones and IT systems that are to be deployed." 

The Windows 10 IoT Enterprise as well as IoT Core editions, which congatec and Microsoft will support for at least 5 years for mainstream appliances and 5 additional years for customers with extended support, offer a range of security technologies such as Secure Boot, BitLocker, Device Guard and Credential Guard, to ensure that appliances are comprehensively protected for the entire operation time from power-on to power off. Whether just a particular app has to be launched or access to non-authorized USB peripherals has to be locked down, Windows 10 IoT provides the necessary functions for any specific device environment.

Additionally, Windows activation - which is otherwise obligatory - can be switched off to enable booting in locked network environments. Customers also benefit from the integrated interoperability for IoT-typical heterogeneous device environments, which apart from embedded appliances also integrate smartphones, PCs and laptops as well as edge, fog and cloud servers. That simplifies the development of universal apps and additionally the security and management of IoT applications. It also means that developers can completely focus on their tasks and core competences.

The new Windows 10 IoT Board Support Packages are now available in the download area of the corresponding congatec single board computers and modules at http://www.congatec.com/en/products.html

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