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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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