IOTech Teams Up With Microsoft To Enable Edge XRT to Support Microsoft Azure Sphere

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  • Edge XRT for Azure is fully compatible with Azure Sphere-certified chips and Azure Sphere OS
  • Edge XRT can also host edge intelligence applications for Azure Sphere devices

IOTech, the edge software company, announced the launch and availability of Edge XRT, its time-critical edge platform for Microsoft Azure Sphere. Ir said that it is designed and optimized for resource-constrained environments. It delivers out-of-the-box device connectivity and edge intelligence for microcontroller units (MCUs), gateways and smart sensors at the IoT edge. It reduces time-to-value from weeks to hours added the company.

Keith Steele, CEO of IOTech said, “We’re delighted to collaborate with Microsoft and its partners to deliver real-time IoT edge capability for low-profile, yet powerful, devices. The availability of Edge XRT for use with Microsoft Azure Sphere is an important step to accelerate the deployment, and even more importantly, dramatically reduce the time-to-value, for both greenfield and brownfield IoT edge solutions.”

Integrate securely with the Azure Sphere security service running in the cloud

Edge XRT for Azure is fully compatible with Azure Sphere-certified chips and Azure Sphere OS. An Azure Sphere device is designed to integrate securely with the Azure Sphere security service running in the cloud. The security service ensures the integrity of the device. It provides the secure channel used by Microsoft to automatically install Azure Sphere OS and customer application updates to deployed devices.

It added, “Edge XRT reduces the time-to-value for Azure Sphere, delivering securely connected device service deployments from weeks to hours. In addition, by moving specific workloads to the edge of the network, devices spend less time communicating with the cloud. The result is devices react more quickly to local changes and operate reliably, even in extended offline periods.”

Edge XRT simplifies connectivity to sensors and devices at the edge by configuration versus coding. This enables connectivity to Azure Sphere devices using a range of standard industrial protocols such as Modbus, BACnet, EtherNet/IP and others.

It said that Edge XRT can also host edge intelligence applications for Azure Sphere devices. It allows users to create edge applications that can be downloaded and updated securely over the air via the Azure Sphere security service throughout the life cycle of the device.

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