According to a Microsoft official, the company is trying to link embedded computing systems to the cloud. The cloud is going to reveal a number of wider options to embedded computing. Windows Embedded General Manager of Microsoft, Kevin Dallas made a note that the capability of capturing the intelligence from the verge of the network shall make an intense change in the charges which is going to be delivered for the enterprises. The real charge for the device is their capability to capture the data and to analyze that information which is necessary for driving business efficiencies.
The cloud is supposed to play a vital role in growing the range of embedded computing. Embedded computing involves placement of computer processors inside the common objects such as automobiles and refrigerators in order to gather data from the users. Though embedded devices are not anything new, their usage is rapidly growing because of plummeting charges of processors and the increasing ubiquity of the Internet. Deliveries of embedded systems are supposed to increase from approximately $1.4 billion in 2010 to $3.3 billion in 2015, according to IDC. This idea of inexpensive and abundant network-connected embedded devices is termed as Internet of things. This Internet of things should be thankful to cloud computing services, for example, Microsoft Azure. The idea of Internet of things has been for many years but it’s the cloud which provides the absent elements, said by Dallas.
Holders of vending machines could take advantage by outfitting their machines through the processors and making connections with network. A small system which is embedded inside the machine can easily keep a tally of snacks or other items which are sold. The holder of a series of retailing machines can easily get a running total of all the items being sold through all the machines. In place of sending a human being to see that when a machine wants to be switched off or updated, the machine will itself inform the corporation. It provides you more information over which of these retailing machines want to be refilled and which ones don’t. Overall prediction was made that end-devices can still do about 80% of the processing that wants to be done to the collected data. Such devices will condense the raw data and sends the result to back-end facilities.
Microsoft’s proposal of employing cloud and embedded computing is not amazing, given the company’s latest enthusiasm for everything is cloud. Earlier the company specified that it will spend 90% of its 2011 development and research budget on the development of cloud-related technologies. Researchers predicted that cloud computing is going to develop a market of $241 billion by 2020 from $40.7 billion in 2011.