Microsoft has signed a memorandum of understanding with Toshiba to jointly develop solutions for the internet of things (IoT).
Using its devices combined with Microsoft’s Azure IoT cloud infrastructure, Toshiba plans to deliver sensor-data-driven applications across a range of market segments.
The two companies will work together to deliver IoT devices and 'x-as-a-service', using highly scalable, cost-effective services and technologies.
At this week’s Computex event in Taipei, Microsoft and Toshiba revealed a new IoT solution for the transportation and logistics industry. This solution uses a Windows IoT-powered driving recorder, an environmental data logger and Microsoft Azure IoT services and tracks and monitors goods in real-time while they are in transit.
Microsoft also featured Crestron Pyng at the event, a home automation technology that uses Azure IoT services to connect lighting, shades, audio, thermostats, door locks and security systems in the home.
“IoT is bringing in a dramatic technology transition that is reshaping the nature of networks, the meaning of service, and the way we live and work,” said Shigeyoshi Shimotsuji, corporate vice president and executive vice president of Industrial ICT Solutions Company, Toshiba. “This partnership presents a unique opportunity for Microsoft and Toshiba to bring together the best of our technologies and offer a compelling value proposition to our enterprise customers and further build a more information-friendly and comfortable community.”