Welcome to the Connected Battlefield

Really? A blog about ruggedized embedded computers? Cynics among you might think this is something a marketing guy dreamed up because he couldn’t think of anything else to do.  Well, I’m the marketing guy around here—and I beg to differ.

Embedded computing is exciting and relevant. Way more exciting than your friend’s trip to Cancun or gluten-free muffin recipes or lots of other things that people blog about on a daily basis.  Increasingly, we look to our machines—whether they’re refrigerators or minivans or water treatment plants—to be intelligent and connected. The very same advances in commercial computing that make all this embedded intelligence possible have transformed the battlefield, and will continue to do so at an ever-increasing rate.

And that’s what we do here: design and integrate state-of-the-art solutions that make military machines more capable and more integrated with one another. It’s an incredibly exciting area because it’s changing all the time. Every time it seems like we might be approaching the limit of what’s doable with embedded computing, another breakthrough occurs, putting us on a whole new frontier of possibility.

We’re inviting you to join us in a discussion about the battlefield of the future—one where computing power that would have been locked up at the Pentagon 20 years ago is now resident on every tank, plane and ship. Where do you see all this heading? Will the soldiers of the future depend on embedded technology in ways that we haven’t even considered yet? We’ll give you our vision of the future and hope you’ll share yours in return.

Todd Stiefler

Todd joined GE from the world of Washington politics, and in no time at all has moved on to his second assignment, which sees him managing business development for the services GE is increasingly looking to offer to customers, including the Proficy SmartSignal predictive analytics software.

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