There has been an advent of smart device applications in various industries including household, workplaces, etc. More and more devices will be connected to the internet which will increase further in years to come with more IoT innovations. Though IoT devices provide an end to end solution to household and industrial applications, they are not exactly secure by nature and are vulnerable to hacking and security threats. This puts businesses and customers/consumers in a whole new dilemma. Not only has there been many solutions to this threat to security on smart devices, but also, it poses a risk to billions of devices produced annually.
This is where Microsoft wants to create a niche by introducing Azure sphere– a product line that will focus and secure IoT devices and such, which are powered by tiny microcontrollers (MCU’s) for basic control or connectivity features.
Three components will play a role in the Azure sphere ecosystem that will provide security, operating system, and cloud services, providing a comprehensive end to end solution to smart devices:
- Silicon: New class of MCUs with custom silicon technology that combines both real-time and application processors.
- Operating System: This OS was built with intention of providing multiple layers of security. It combines security from Windows, a security monitor, and a custom Linux kernel to create a safe environment and platform for newer IoT applications.
- Cloud Service: provide security by detection of threats from software updates that run on the cloud that constantly vigil devices from hacking threats.
The announcement, made at RSA 2018 conference is the first ever attempt by any Tech company to provide complete security solutions to smart devices that enable IoT applications. Microsoft also announced that it plans to license these new Azure Sphere chips for free to jumpstart an Azure ecosystem.
This innovative move made by Microsoft puts it in a unique position in the IoT market, unlocking value for businesses and their services by creating customer value and insights. One can imagine the impact Microsoft could create on companies that produce billions of such devices, with its perfect plan to secure device safety.