Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AAEON collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate Internet of Things solutions



AAEON Technology Inc. (Taiwan) - Verified hardware and software enhance interoperability and allow faster time to production.

AAEON announced it has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production.

Benefitting from this collaboration is one of AAEON’s upcoming highlight, the UP board- a credit card-sized single board computer (SBC) designed to bring computing to the masses. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ x5 Z8350 processor, the board offers enhanced performance in form of robust I/Os, support for up to 4 GB of RAM, and native support for the burgeoning 4K digital content, making it one of the most powerful and affordable SBCs on the market. In addition, with Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT, UP is poised to reach out to an even broader user-base, preparing and revamping applications as small as vending machines or large-scale operations such as building or fleet management for the IoT ecosystem.

“Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to jumpstart customers’ IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations,” said Troy Lin, Product Manager at AAEON’s Design and Manufacturing Services. “Decreasing the usual customization and work required for compatibility ensures AAEON helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution.”

“Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT extends our promise to bring IoT to business scale, starting with interoperable solutions from leading technology companies around the world,” said Barb Edson, general manager for Data Platform and Internet of Things, Microsoft Corp. “With trusted offerings and verified partners, Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT accelerates the deployment of IoT even further.”

IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement. Customers find that choosing and connecting the right set of devices, assets or sensors to the cloud can be time-consuming. To jumpstart their IoT projects with confidence, customers are looking for certified devices and platforms that are tested for readiness, compatibility and usability with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. By choosing a partner from the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program, customers can save time and effort on project specs and RFP processes by knowing in advance what devices and offerings will work with the Azure IoT Suite.

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