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Microsoft officially launches a major update for its cloud solution for the internet of things ecosystem, Azure IoT Edge. The update also includes three complementary services for developers and users of connected devices.
Azure IoT Edge is a fully manageable service that extends cloud analytics and intelligence to connected devices. It runs artificial intelligence, Azure services, and custom logic. Currently, the service is receiving a live update that makes it available on GitHub, a software development platform.
“Since we introduced Azure IoT Edge just over a year ago, we have seen many examples of the real-world impact from the factory floor to the farm to run cloud intelligence directly on IoT devices. Now devices can act immediately on real-time data - whether it be recognizing a crack in a pipe from an aerial view or predicting equipment failure before it happens,” explained Sam George, director of Azure IoT.
Aside from GitHub availability, the update delivers three additional services for device management and security:
1. Device Provisioning Service: Customers can now make provisions to tens of thousands of devices securely. The setup process of provisions can also be performed in the field.
2. Security Manager: Original Device Manufacturers are now allowed to harden the security level on connected devices based on their selected Hardware Secure Modules. HSMs include devices like plug-in cards that are equipped with mechanisms to block data theft. The devices can also conduct cryptoprocessing.
3. Automatic Device Management: This service enables users to deploy IoT Edge modules to several devices over the air. The modules are storages that run Azure services or custom codes designed by OEMs.
Other changes delivered by the update include broader language support for module SDKs such as C#, Java, and Python, simplification of module development, and compatibility with the open-source platform docker, Moby.