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Embedded software article: using an email server

By Colin Walls

My latest article over at has just been published:

Embedded email

As with any technical endeavor, the selection/development of technology for communicating with an embedded system should be done with a view to standards compliance, to aid interoperability, and to avoiding “reinventing the wheel” – i.e. reuse a previous development instead of starting from scratch – to reduce costs.


In this article, some creative uses of well established email protocols are outlined. This approach enables some quite imaginative functionality to be added to devices with minimal effort and cost

Of course, this approach may be taken with any RTOS, but you should ensure that the email software is designed specifically for embedded applications, as is the case with Nucleus.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at