spo-comm goes ISO 9001:2015!

spo-comm is now certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. But what does that actually mean?

DIN EN ISO 9000 ff. is an internationally applied and approved quality management standard, which ensures that certain standards are maintained within a company.

Our operational processes are regularly reviewed, optimized and kept transparent for all. Risks can be easily identified, reduced and even estimated. Therefore suppliers have to prove themselves and the production of goods in monitored in order to ensure a continuous quality assurance of our products and services.

With the DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 certification, the latest revision of the ISO standard, we guarantee that we work according to the latest quality standards and regularly control ourselves through internal audits.

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14 Mar 2017 Array ( [id] => 248 [title] => Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Introduction [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => What actually is Windows 10 IoT Enterprise? Broadly speaking: It is the Embedded version of Windows 10. But stop: We should not be discouraged by this comparison. While Windows Embedded was often seen as too complicated, Microsoft has changed and simplified a lot of things with the introduction of Windows 10 IoT. So Windows 10 in the IoT variant is suitable for almost everyone. [description] =>

But let’s start from the beginning and talk about the question why this operating system is now called Windows 10 IoT. First of all a little excursion to the term "IoT":

What does the term "IoT" mean?

IoT is the short form of "Internet of Things". This term describes the idea that PCs will gradually disappear and will be supplemented and replaced by smart objects ("things"). For the private sector this means that everyday objects are equipped with processors, sensors and transmitters. For example, refrigerators that re-order food or a smart brush that analyses your hair structure. But also and especially in the industrial sector the topic IoT is interesting for many industries. With embedded micro-devices, among others productions plants and dispatch processes can be networked and thus work much more efficiently.

What does this mean for Windows 10 IoT?

So why did Microsoft choose the name Windows 10 IoT for its new embedded operating system? Well, on the one hand, the term IoT is slowly on everyone’s lips, so that this isn’t a bad idea for marketing reasons in particular. On the other hand, Windows 10 IoT is part of the so called “One Windows” strategy. This means, that there is one Windows for all devices – from small devices up to big servers. This is because Windows 10 IoT exists in three versions which are differentiated according to the type of device: Windows 10 IoT Core for small devices like Raspberry Pi, Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise for smartphones and small tablets and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise for systems with desktop shell and Win32 apps.

All three variants are based on the same core, to which different features for each device family can be added. Thanks to the common core, the so-called Universal Apps can run on all platforms or device types, which significantly reduce and simplify the effort for development and support.

Regarding the three Windows 10 IoT variants, we are only focusing on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise since this is the version that is running on (Mini-)PCs and allows running desktop apps as well as Win32 applications. Possible fields of applications for Windows 10 IoT Enterprise are areas such as POS, kiosk, digital signage, industrial control, production facilities as well as cash mashines.

##Overview page of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise

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Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Introduction
What actually is Windows 10 IoT Enterprise? Broadly speaking: It is the Embedded version of Windows 10. But stop: We should not be discouraged by this comparison. While Windows Embedded was often seen as too complicated, Microsoft has changed and simplified a lot of things with the introduction of Windows 10 IoT. So Windows 10 in the IoT variant is suitable for almost everyone.
12 Apr 2017 Array ( [id] => 260 [title] => What’s new? Bluetooth 5, TPM and high demand for SSDs [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => A lot has happened in the last few weeks. This month we have some news about the new Bluetooth standard, the Trusted Platform Module and we explain the rising prices for SSDs. In addition: Product change in the spo-comm range and everything about Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. [description] =>

Even faster, even better: Bluetooth 5

A few weeks ago, developers of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) presented Bluetooth 5. The fifth version of the radio standard promises a faster data transmission, further distanced and thereby also saves energy in some cases. These changes mainly affect Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for small, current-saving systems. With these, the data rate can even double. Manufacturers of radio chips have already announced that the new standard will be available soon.

More security for Mini-PCs: Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

The Trusted Platform Module is a chip that is integrated into many systems and provides more security. The TPM can be used to encrypt a hard drive, identify a computer and detect changes, such as malware. More information about TPM and the spo-comm Systems possessing the chip, will soon be available on our blog.

Rising SSD prices due to high demand: Improvement is finally in sight

Due to the increased demand for NAND memories (=a type flash memory used for SSDs), the prices for SSDs have risen a lot in the recent months. This is because on the one hand SSDs are increasingly popular because of their multiple advantages. This also results in an increased demand for the more favorable so called TLC memory. On the other hand, NAND modules are also required for smartphones. While a price increase of up to 16% was expected for the first quarter, the situation should slowly ease in the second quarter.

It’s time for a change: WINDBOX II Plus goes EOL

Unfortunately everything has its end: Our very popular spo-book WINDBOX II Plus is End of Life (EOL) and is now completely replaced by the spo-book WINDBOX II Quad. Thanks to the same dimensions and also the same connections – only one USB was upgraded from 2.0 to the current 3.0 standard – the product change should not cause any problems. The WINDBOX II Quad also features a newer quad-core processor and Windows 10. Drivers for the old system are from now on available here.

Windows 10 IoT Enterprise: Find all information on our blog now!

It is hard to believe that our Windows 10 IoT weeks are already over. Over the past five weeks we’ve introduced you to a new topic every Tuesday: from general introductions, to the benefits of the OS, customizing and security features, to Microsoft’s new licensing policy. And if you do not have enough time to read, just take a look at our overview page. We have summarized the most important information short and sweet, just for you.

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What’s new? Bluetooth 5, TPM and high demand for SSDs
A lot has happened in the last few weeks. This month we have some news about the new Bluetooth standard, the Trusted Platform Module and we explain the rising prices for SSDs. In addition: Product change in the spo-comm range and everything about Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
22 May 2017 Array ( [id] => 264 [title] => On the roads of the Nuremberg Web Week #NUEWW [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => For the fifth time, the Nuremberg Web Week offered digital natives the opportunity to network. The main focuses of the Web Week from the 15th to 22nd of May were events and lectures on digital topics such as online marketing, eCommerce, web development and virtual reality. [description] =>

Sounds exciting, right? Indeed, it is. We also found some time and visited two events: eCommerce-Day and "VR in Nuremberg". On Tuesday the eCommerce-Day offered interesting lectures about the latest state of eCommerce. In addition to trends and forecasts regarding commerce in the digital age, we also learned a lot about payment methods, growth opportunities for online shops and what we can expect from Google in the near future regarding SEO and SEA. Also the important topics eCommerce law and data protection weren’t missed out. As you can imagine, we took a lot of useful input with us, which we can use for our daily business.

Virtual reality in Nuremberg

On Thursday we visited "VR in Nuremberg" (#vrnue) at the Südwestpark Forum. Local companies and start-ups presented their impressive virtual reality applications. The enthusiasm of the exhibitors for their projects was infectious and so we held interesting discussions about the possibilities offered by augmented and virtual reality for the industry 4.0. In addition to the VR exhibition, the sessions of the barcamp were also an ideal opportunity to network and exchange visions.

Many thanks to the organizers and to all those who made this event so unique. This just leaves us one question: Where can we register for the next Web Week?

##Nuremberg Web Week

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