Innovation is an important component of business success, but many products get unnecessarily bogged down in the development-cycle, trying to implement computer systems. In many cases, the technology these new companies need already exists, and many OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) are using things like embedded PCs to shorten development times and build on top of established and proven hardware.
The Benefits of an Embedded PC
An embedded PC gives OEMs the chance to maximize their time developing their own products because they don’t have to waste any of it researching and testing x86 or ARM based technology. There are many providers out there who have already done the legwork and made sure the products they provide have been repeatedly tested and even come with warranties and a service support structure.
Embedded PCs allow companies to focus on innovating their own products while relying on some well-established technology. There are some high-performance machines available to OEMs, which can be installed directly in the new products, saving a lot of time and money. Businesses can work faster, increase the functionality of their products, and improve the security features (which can be extremely important in many different industries).
OEMs in Different Industries
There are many different industries that are currently employing the types of products that include this kind of embedded technology. Some of the most prominent examples include the healthcare management, industrial automation, and consumer interactivity.
Some medical device companies, for example, have used embedded PC technology to into MRI machines to help track the data it gathers and coordinate with other databases on the premises. This kind of machine needs to have networking capabilities, secure data storage, and a simple, reliable interface. It is certainly possible for the manufacturer to develop all of these systems on their own, but the technology already exists. All the OEM manufacturer has to do is find and install the components the machine requires.
On the consumer side, the security measures become extremely important. If the OEM is designing a consumer-facing device – something that accepts personal information like credit card numbers – it must have sufficient protective measures to ensure it doesn’t fall victim to malicious attacks. This is more than just a good idea, though. In many cases the proper security is a regulation that must be met before the product is allowed to go to market.
New or small businesses often don’t have the resources to staff to handle the security requirements or develop a new application to manage excessive amounts of data. That doesn’t mean they have to settle for developing second-rate products or wasting time trying to re-invent the wheel (as it were). As an OEM, these companies have the opportunity to take advantage of some high-end technology and applications, which means they can deliver the same kind of results as those from the larger companies. Innovation is one of the most important components of business success, and you can focus more on developing your own products by using established technologies like this. Whether you’re managing healthcare data or automating a manufacturing plant, these PCs can help create a strong foundation to hold up the rest of the project.
Jared Jacobs has professional and personal interests in technology. As an employee of Dell, he has to stay up to date on the latest innovations in large enterprise solutions and consumer electronics buying trends. Personally, he loves making additions to his media rooms and experimenting with surround sound equipment. He’s also a big Rockets and