By Manuel Nau, Editorial Director at IoT Business News.
Any company starting an IoT project usually aims to generate new sources of revenue or reduce costs in the shortest possible time. Using market-ready components to develop all or part of the solution can accelerate the project and eventual success. With this in mind, Intel and Microsoft are offering IoT products and services that reduce the complexity of solution development. The combined capabilities of the two companies in terms of hardware, software, processing edge and cloud capabilities offer many opportunities to build an IoT solution quickly, without compromising performance or security.
In addition, Intel and Microsoft have established dynamic ecosystems with dozens of partners capable of delivering end-to-end solutions for every type of use or industry.
The partnership between the two companies comes with several objectives: to share their expertise in edge computing, to offer ease of development, to provide secure and scalable IoT products and services, and to provide a comprehensive range of services to the IoT community.
For edge computing, Intel and Microsoft offer solutions based on Azure Stack and Azure IoT combined with Intel hardware and software. The mix is optimized to work with Azure cloud services. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Azure Digital Twins and virtual or augmented reality capabilities available also can be integrated into their IoT solutions.
Intel IoT developer tools like the Intel Distribution of the OpenVINO toolkit empower deep learning inference from the edge to cloud and accelerate AI workloads such as computer vision. These tools are optimized for a variety of hardware—CPU, iGPU, VPU, and FPGA—and work with Azure IoT Central and Azure IoT Edge modules. Additionally, repeatable solution templates are designed to be adapted for specific tasks without extensive programming, including IoT Plug and Play.
The ecosystem’s portfolio of Intel- and Microsoft-compatible solutions reduces the time needed to deploy IoT projects. In addition, Intel and Microsoft intend to give visibility to the solutions developed within the ecosystem so customers can quickly find market-ready solutions.
As you can see, the partnership between the two technology companies in the IoT field is ambitious and intended to produce an acceleration effect on the market. By leveraging their joint solutions, expertise and partners, Intel and Microsoft are well-positioned to help the ecosystem create opportunities in the IoT space, especially in areas requiring powerful, robust and scalable solutions such as smart cities, smart grid/smart metering and remote asset tracking.