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Embedded Software Services : Configuration, Integration and Deployment

Embedded Software Services

Windows 10 IoT and Windows 10 Embedded:

Configuration, Integration and Deployment

Embedded Software Service

From the early RTOS days of OS-9, through to the advent of Windows Embedded with Windows NT Embedded, Windows XP Embedded (Xpe), Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) and Windows 8.1 Embedded – and our latest implementations with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise – our abilities in being able to provide generic or tailored configurations of  Windows Embedded O/S images provides our customers with a helping hand around their embedded system design projects.

Embedded Software Integration - Windows Embedded

We provide a ready-to-run O/S environment incorporating your application into the image for mass deployment.

BVM Embedded Software Services include:

  • Windows image capture from customers storage device
  • Linux image capture from customers storage device
  • Windows / Linux deployment from customer image
  • Custom Windows images:- configuration & deployment
  • Management of revision updates
  • Custom BIOS

 

We can also:

  • Enable or disable specific Windows features to provide security and robustness of the operating system
  • Implement management of Windows updates 
  • Integrate your application into the operating system
  • Configure advanced features

Our Embedded Operating System Integration services are intended to allow our customers to concentrate on their own immediate business needs – either by completing the O/S in its entirety or providing the guidance & advice needed for our clients to develop and configure their own images.

Whatever your needs, come and talk to us if there’s something we can help with.

Embedded Customisation of Windows 10 IoT Images

BVM provide services to create custom embedded, locked-down Windows 10 IoT LTSC images, with customer applications incorporated. Images are configured to be fully embedded and compatible with the embedded features being enabled such as the Write Filter, Windows Embedded Shell Launcher and AppLocker

LTSC (Long Term Service Channel) and the older term LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) are terms related to the Embedded/IoT version of Windows 10 which is licensed for Embedded Systems, through the Microsoft Embedded Channel.

This includes all Windows embedded features such as:

  • Write Filter :- used to prevent unauthorised modifications to storage media. 
  • Windows Embedded Shell :- used where Windows desktop versions (i.e. Professional or Home) are replaced by the customers’ embedded application. If the embedded application erroneously exits it will be automatically restarted, rather than returning to the Windows desktop as experienced with Windows 10 Professional or Home versions
  • AppLocker :- prevents any viruses, malware, ransomware, cryptoware etc., including zero-day attacks from being able to run on the system – complete lockdown

Additionally, BVM supplied Windows 10 IoT LTSC images will have the firewall configured to block any illegal network access attempts.

In contrast, Windows 10 Professional/Home are licensed through the retail channel for office use, so don’t include Windows embedded features and suffer from constant updates.

BVM have been building Embedded Windows images for over 20 years and you can see more information at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot-core/windows-iot-enterprise

If you need a helping hand…….

In the instance where you may need assistance from BVM, the process of generating a Windows 10 IoT LTSC image can start with BVM supplying a standard “generic” Windows 10 IoT image on the hardware platform that’s being purchased. You then configure the supplied hardware platform with your software, Windows configurations & setup, customised as you require.

The hardware platform is then shipped back to BVM for embedded configuring and imaging. We ‘inject’ the product key into the image and the Windows 10 IoT embedded features e.g. write filter, embedded shell etc. are enabled. These embedded features are configured by either command line or registry entries using BVM custom configuration scripts.

Windows features such as disabling of Windows updates and Windows defender, removal of features incompatible with use in an embedded system and features for when Windows 10 is used as a desktop operating system are modified for use in embedded environment.

The image is then resealed ready for imaging and duplication – and the Windows 10 image returned to you deployed on the hardware platform for evaluation. Following the evaluation, if any adjustments are required – BVM will configure the image accordingly.

Finally, and when you’re happy with the final image version, the Windows 10 image is deployed to the hardware platform by BVM at our Southampton production facility – meaning it can be deployed to the same exacting standards time after time for mass production.

Windows 7 support ended January 14, 2020

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. The specific end date for Windows 7 was January 14, 2020, which means technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available. Read more


We like to make life easier ….

If you’d like to talk to us in helping you to produce your own embedded Microsoft images, our technical & commercial team members will always provide you with valuable but impartial advice. With their collective backgrounds, they’ll provide you with the benefit of their knowledge and experiences when & where you need it. We’ll always help you in the first instance and get back to you when additional information is required.

You can either call us directly on +(0) 1489 780 144 and talk to one of the team – or E-mail us at sales@bvmltd.co.uk – or use our fast chat / fast answer service on our website www.bvm.co.uk

OEM MANUFACTURING AND

EMBEDDED SYSTEM INTEGRATION SERVICES

Whether we’re utilising our own manufacturing & production facilities here in Southampton – or our ecosystem of partners in Asia, BVM can cope with any size or complexity of batch manufacturing.  Our production team are highly motivated with a flexible “can do” attitude ensuring consistent quality and on-time delivery.

BVM have made the investment in CAD to provide the latest tools for its electronic & mechanical hardware design and integration team. This is essential when it comes to ensuring accurate integration of TFT displays, embedded motherboards, wireless and cellular connectivity, enclosure design, additional electronics and a products overall look and feel…

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Whether a new printed circuit assembly or an embedded system, prototypes can be produced for design verification and functional testing with your application software. Environmental & extended temperature testing, EMC testing and general cosmetic and functional tests are all part of the services we provide around product design so discrepancies can be identified & rectified before your product is released for manufacture & marketing…

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It’s relatively straightforward to get up and running with an embedded O/S, but to obtain a robust, optimised and secure operating system – a deeper understanding is required. Our own processes are proven – and we can provide you with guidance on how an implementation should be configured with consideration to the implications of using flash storage, write filters, resilience to attack and system recovery procedures…

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    Quite often, we’re the manufacturer behind the solutions you know

    Whether we’re utilising our own manufacturing & production facilities here in Southampton – or our ecosystem of partners in Asia, BVM can cope with any size or complexity of batch manufacturing. Our production team are highly motivated with a flexible “can do” attitude ensuring consistent quality and on-time delivery.