ADVANTECH is expanding Residential Gateway support by integrating specific features of Microsoft's Windows CE .NET version 4.2 embedded operating system.
As the home/building automation market continues to expand, system integrators need reliable and high-performance computing platforms that meet both their application needs as well as their business concerns.
VoIP features found in Windows CE .NET 4.2 make it easier for Advantech and its customers to integrate IP phone capability into solutions, providing a sample Telephony User Interface for custom dial pads and a VoIP Application Interface Layer with support for SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), an IP-based industry standard.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 for Windows CE .NET 4.2 is also included, which is the same version as the mainstream PC, making integration easier with multimedia compatibility with MPEG-1, MPEG-4 and MP3.
Windows Media 9 Series codecs provide enhanced compression that better supports streaming video. All these features complement Advantech's broad line of Kiosk, POI and VoIP services and solutions.
Making it easier to connect a Windows CE .NET-based product, such as Advantech's EH-7104 Residential Gateway, to many other business and technical Windows-based platforms that are already firmly established, expands Advantech's potential customer base.
Windows CE .NET 4.2 makes it easier to design devices that can connect with enterprise servers. HTML data can be viewed by browsers, allowing for better control and scale across multiple platforms running Windows NT or Windows CE.
Plus, the Microsoft Windows CE .NET strategy is leading to more integrated building automation solutions-everything seamlessly connected, from enterprise servers, local servers, and PCs, to internet appliances, handheld devices and PDAs, Web tablets, phones and more.