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Tiny Green opts for Windows to target IoT applications

Steve Rogerson
August 3, 2017



The combination of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and fanless compact PCs from Anders Electronics’ London-based Tiny Green subsidiary could enable connected, secure and stable real-time monitoring and reporting for the IoT.
 
The announcement follows a thorough evaluation of the operating system to enhance the company’s computer portfolio for outdoor, in-vehicle and transportation markets.
 
Using Windows 10 IoT technology, Tiny Green’s range of PCs can let businesses locate their fleets of lorries, taxis, ambulances or public transportation. Farmers can track their livestock. Companies can monitor movements, traffic, speed or on-time deliveries, with data sent in real-time to the cloud. 
 
“The need to connect devices has exploded especially with the growth of the industrial internet of things,” said Viru Patel, embedded and computing manager at Tiny Green PC. “We have been monitoring Windows 10 IoT since its launch and completely appraised all the different versions and the benefits they could bring to Tiny Green PC customers. We selected Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB as the most appropriate OS for our customers. It is the OS for business, built from the ground up, offering the security and stability our customers are looking for. In combination with our customable fanless PCs, we have the next generation of industrial mobile PCs supporting applications from security surveillance to mobile monitoring to process control.”
 
Tiny Green is offering the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB version on ten of its most popular customisable fanless PC platforms from the entry level Fitlet-I to the IPC3 i7. Windows 10 IoT Embedded LTSB is available in three version types – entry, value or high end – according to the processor performance of the PC.
 
“Central to the LTSB version are the comprehensive lock-down features, allowing designers and IT managers to have full control of the application and limit the ways in which an end user can interact with the device,” said Maxime Fazilleau, product and application engineer at Tiny Green PC. “This is valuable as it helps protect against user misuse and malicious attacks. As LTSB receives security updates only, customers know that their OS compatibility stays identical to when it was first installed, improving the product stability. We selected this OS because it is 100% business driven: consumer-oriented features of Windows 10 such as the Cortana assistant or the edge browser are not available. “
 
The company will continue to offer Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows Embedded 7, Linux Mint, Ubuntu and other appropriate OS options on its fanless computers and servers.