Accenture wants faster platform development

Michael Carroll
18 Feb 2011
Daily News

The smartphone software market needs an equivalent to Moore’s Law to meet demand from a growing number of industries, a leading expert claims.

David Wood, technology strategy lead for Accenture’s embedded software services division, says speed is essential to matching growing demand from sectors covering energy, healthcare and in-vehicle applications.

Wood told some incentive is needed to spur platform developers to adapt their software for new devices and services.

“Embedded software is a fantastic enabler,” he noted, pointing to a range of possibilities in devices for utilities firms, and cost cutting health network technologies that will put “more tools in doctor’s hands.”

The Accenture man made no bones about using the Mobile World Congress as a “coming out party” for the firm’s embedded software division. The firm teamed with Vodafone to demonstrate a prototype health device capable of remotely monitoring a patient’s weight, heart rate, glucose level and blood pressure.

Other joint demos covered home monitoring, and a vehicle tracking service for insurance firms that can monitor and analyze the driver’s behavior.

Major automotive components maker Magneti Marelli highlighted the car industry’s interest in December, agreeing to a five year deal covering in-car infotainment, telematics and embedded software services.

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