Mentor Collaborates With Microsoft to Accelerate Internet of Things Solutions

Owen Stevens
April 26, 2017

Visitors to the Hannover Messe Industrial show this week can come see Azure-connected Micron Authenta Technology Flash solutions in action at the Microsoft booth (C040XX) in Hall 7.

In addition to IoT Central and the Stream Enhancements, Microsoft launched Connected Factory, a preconfigured solution in the Azure IoT Suite developed to connect factory devices to the cloud to drive operational efficiency, as well as the Azure Time Series Insights analytics service. This comes on the heels of growing adoption of Internet and digitization for sensors, as well as, devices promoting the companies to come up with solutions for cyber-security related issues.

The software firm's director of Azure IoT cloud services, Sam George, commented, "Microsoft and Micron are collaborating to provide customers with a unified approach to improve IoT security". IoT Central is being promoted as the first end-to-end IoT software-as-a-service (SaaS) product, that companies can use to develop smart products using connected devices. Microsoft indicated that its IoT software is integrated into those partner gateways, which limits the configuration work needed for Azure IoT Hub. The service offers a global view of data over different event sources, allowing organizations to validate IoT products. Users of Microsoft's DICE technology and Azure IoT services can now contact Micron and Microsoft to begin evaluation and integration of these security and identity solutions. The SDKs can also be used to retrofit older devices and sensors, the companies said.

The new Windows IoT Azure DM Client Library addresses such functions as device restart, certificate and app management, as well as many other capabilities introduced with the new Azure IoT Hub device management.

Scheduled to be announced at the Hannover Messe industrial show next week, the solution is created to aid organisations towards Industrie 4.0, making it easy to connect on-premise OPC Unified Architecture and OPC Classic M2M devices to the Microsoft cloud.

Finally, on the IoT front, Microsoft said it has bolstered security with support for key industry standards and partnered with several players of components at the silicon layer.

At the Hannover Messe 2017, Micron has also announced a new IoT security technology called Micron Authenta™ that helps enable strong cryptographic device identity and device health management in flash memory. This enables more advanced functionality like hardware-based device attestation and provisioning, as well as allows an administrator to securely remediate the device if compromised in the field.

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