One of the toughest IoT quandaries is figuring out how to bake IoT into existing hardware in a secure, cost-effective way. For many customers, scrapping existing hardware investments for new IoT-enabled devices (“greenfield” installations) isn’t feasible.
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Over the past ten years, Microsoft has seen embedded IoT devices get progressively smarter and more connected, running software intelligence near the point where the data is being generated within a network. And having memory and compute capabilities at the intelligent edge solves multiple conundrums related to connectivity, bandwidth, latencies, and privacy/security.
Security and resource constraints are often at odds with each other. While some security measures involve making code smaller by removing attack surfaces, others require adding new features, which consume precious flash and RAM. How did Microsoft manage to create a secure Linux based OS that runs on the Azure Sphere MCU?
Each quarter, the Azure Sphere team works to open new scenarios to customers through new features on-chip and in the cloud. The Azure Sphere 19.05 release continues this theme by unlocking the real-time capable cores that reside on the MT3620.
Azure Sphere developers might have noticed that we now have two Azure Sphere OS feeds where once there was only one. The Azure Sphere Preview feed that delivered over-the-air OS updates has been replaced by feeds named Retail Azure Sphere OS and Retail Evaluation Azure Sphere OS.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to help businesses cut costs and create new revenue streams, but it also brings an unsettling amount of risk. No one wants a fridge that gets shut down by ransomware, a toy that spies on children, or a production line that’s brought to a halt through an entry point in a single hacked sensor.
When someone mentions the words “Internet of Things,” often the first picture that comes to mind is some sort of device with the Internet “built-in.” However, a built-in design involves months or years of design work and applies only to devices that have yet to come to market.
The Azure Sphere 19.02 release is available today. In our second quarterly release after public preview, our focus is on broader enablement of device capabilities, reducing your time to market with new reference solutions, and continuing to prioritize features based on feedback from organizations building with Azure Sphere.
It’s become a reliable January tradition for manufacturers to introduce an amazing array of consumer devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).