Jan 16, 2016

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6 great applications of embedded computers

Embedded Systems are electronic systems that have software embedded in a computer hardware. It may be programmable or non-programmable depending on the application. In an embedded system, all units have to work together according to the program. These embedded systems may use microcontrollers, microprocessors as well as processors like DSPs. Notable characteristics include power, size, reliable speed, accuracy adaptability. The reason why embedded systems are preferred is because they perform operations at high speed and can be used for real-time applications. Embedded systems are usually considered when the cost of implementing a product designed in software on a microprocessor in more reliable, cheaper, and better for a particular reason.

Application areas of embedded systems

Embedded systems have vast areas of applications varying from low cost to high cost and from industry automation equipment to consumer electronics. The technology is also applied in entertainment devices to academic equipment and from medical instruments to weapon control systems.

Embedded systems in automobile

Automobile is one of the sector that has benefited from embedded systems to produce highly efficient vehicles. The use of this technology has been enhanced by the need for better, environmental friendly and cost effective vehicles for the future. These types of vehicles include hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles. Embedded computer systems have been used to achieve better engine control, brake control and throttle control. Embedded technology is still in the initial stages in the automobile sector and this trend is expected to increase in the future.

Railroad sector

In the railroad sector, signaling is one of the things that ensure operations are carried out in an effective manner. In Europe for instance, it relies heavily on the embedded computer systems to allow safer, faster and heavier traffic to operate. Embedded technology indeed has brought significant and beneficial change in the railroad signal operations especially in streamlining the railroad operations. Apart from Europe, the idea of embedded technology in railroad operations has being adopted in other parts of the world with an assurance of less disasters in the sector.

Smart card sector

The smart card technology has been very prominent especially the use of debit and credit card. This has been the most beneficial innovation in history to help people to securely access cash from ATM machines. Recently, the technology has been pushed further to include personal identification on national levels, regional and internationally. Smart cards are today used as driver’s licenses, Identity cards, Citizenship cards, patient cards and employee cards among others.

Electronic payment sector

The same case applies to electronic payment. With many people preferring to make purchases online and POS electronic payment have become important and convenient way for making purchases. Embedded technology has delivered innovative and high performance payment systems which is easy to use and highly secure to win the trust of consumers.

Consumer electronics

Embedded systems are applied to household appliances such as microwave ovens, dishwashers, washing machines because they are seen as advanced HVAC systems that uses thermostats to efficiently and accurately control the temperature. Home automation solutions on both wired and wireless-networking such as climate, control lights, security, audio and surveillance etc.


In this sector, embedded computers are applied in form of real-time systems especially in Cellular, cable modems and video conferencing. The technology has also being applied in telephone switches, dedicated routers and network bridges to router data.

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Mar 5, 2015

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Rural Areas Slow to Tech Trends

As with most things that come out of urban centers, technology is slow to spread to rural areas. There are a few reasons for this, mainly the lack of transmission of the technology to isolated or low key towns and communities. For most people living in rural areas, they are the last to hear about a new technology, little less the last one to adopt a new way of doing things. Call those in rural areas old fashioned if you will, but those working in agriculture are often quick to pick up new ways and methods of doing things faster, more affordably and easier. For many farmers and field workers this applies to technologies.

Farms and Fields Go Tech

Industrial sized farms have taken over the neighborhoods of rural areas. Given that tractors and combines can now literally drive themselves, reducing human error and accidents by exponential amounts, it is easy to see why an agricultural business would want to embrace tech. The main issue here, of course, is to get the tech to the rural areas, such as in Crawford, Nebraska. As the big cities are where the technology is being created and manufactured it can be a challenge to get this information and these items to rural users before the technology is outdated or replaced by a more modernized piece of equipment. Finding ways to meet farmers and ag specialists sooner, such as through online platforms and training programs, would help speed up the spread of technology and decrease the lagging gap.

Beyond Agriculture in Rural Areas

For those living in rural areas, there are plenty of places where technology could fit the bill in making lives happier and days easier. For example, in the health care industry, having technologies, such as POC devices, could make all of the difference in having a doctor be able to determine an illness in the right amount of time to save a life. Other industries include the telecommunications industry, such as CenturyLink Internet Nebraska. Having high speed Internet can allow those working in most industries to communicate with more expedience and without fail in order to increase their work efficiency and professional outreach. Until rural areas have found the magic path to making tech work in their world long before the tech becomes ancient news, they will continue to fall behind the big cities in terms of communication and advancement.

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Mar 2, 2015

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Web Presence Are You Lost or Found

In the days of modern technology, and massive use of social media, almost everybody has a web presence. A web presence can be defined in a variety of ways, and it’s really easy to increase or decrease yours depending on the goal! So, if you want to be lost or found in the world wide web directly depends on how much time you invest.

Social media is the main reason that the majority of the population has a web presence. Once you create something such as a Facebook or a Twitter account you have instantly created a web presence for yourself! Anyone that wants to find you, can. They usually do this by doing a quick Google search of your name. Once a person does a Google search to find you, links will pop up that contain your name. One of the first links to usually pop up is your Facebook account if you have created one. This may be because that is where your largest web presence comes from. Facebook is one of the most popular apps, and the more you use it, and the more friends you connect with, the higher your web presence will be.

You are considered lost in terms of web presence if it takes a while to find you. This means that if someone searches your name on a variety of platforms and you don’t pop up right away, you are considered lost. A lot of people prefer this, and therefore shy away from Social Media. Those that want to be found create pages on all the different platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and many many more.

Your web presence can also be considered found depending on how many followers you have. If you have more than a thousand followers on Facebook or Twitter, that means you have a greater web presence. A lot of people have seen, and will be seeing your profile because it is out there in greater circulation.

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Feb 6, 2015

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Some of the Most Popular Rural Technologies


Quickly, what is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear “rural”? Is it corn?A field? An apple? I don’t know, really, it could be all of it. But I know what you are not thinking, or at least – what most of you are not thinking about. Technology. Yes, technology, and I’m not talking about better tractors or irrigation systems. Or at least not in the conventional way. What this is all about is: smart devices and wearables. Little pieces of sci-fi looking devices that make everything better. In future years, the challenge is to bridge the gap between the rural stereotype and modern technology so they can coexist and advance one another.

POC Devices – In rural areas, be it US Midwest, Alps countryside in Europe or a field in central Africa, if you are far away from medical centers your life is literally depending on the process of getting to the hospital. Now, what if we tell you there is a way to run a diagnose on yourself using a device that will send the results to your doctor? What if we tell you that you no longer have to go all the way to the distant hospital for the results and that they will be delivered to you without you having to get out of your house? Yes, that is one of the novelties brought to you by using POC devices. You can send scan results from your house, bed or even field. Process of health care is shortened by a few steps and you get things done faster and more efficient. Emergencies made worst by the response time of the faraway doctor can now be stopped in time using smart devices to communicate with your doctor.
Non POC Devices – When we said technology can help you whether you are in US, Europe or Africa – we were not kidding. Although not a standard POC device, a concept in that direction is used in Malawi. There, newborn babies are tested for HIV (a plague that has about 1 million people infected) and test results are delivered to parents over an SMS. This trend makes the process of virus diagnose easier and you should look at the bigger picture here: every step to make it easier will in time help the fight. Also, this is only one example of what can be done, it gives us a background for future endeavours to make rural life better through use of technology.

Wearables – Have you heard about wearable technology yet? In the past year, it was hard to miss it. Google’s project Google Glass is famous, but they are not the only one to go for it. Sony is joining the race and hopefully bringing us more updates for this new technology. Have you heard about the Apple’s Watch? Because Android has it’s own ideas! And it will be interesting to see what the future holds for those guys. In 2015. we’ve been introduced to some now concepts: a smart ring, some nice and smart earbuds and earplugs and with introducing smart belts on this year’s CES: Mota, we’re left wondering – is there anything we ware that won’t be smart in a few years? And just think of all the possibilities it brings!

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