the world’s largest software company, Microsoft is to jointly develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with Japanese electronics maker Toshiba Corp, a company official said at Computex Taipei yesterday. “The cooperation between the companies will provide a new level of data access and business intelligence to customers,” Parker said, adding that the companies expect to release complete solutions for the transportation and logistics industry this year.
The IoT solutions will include Toshiba’s hardware devices, such as a vehicle-mounted video recorder that can also analyze driver behaviors and track vehicle data to help customers track shipping and ensure the goods arrive on time and undamaged, Parker said.
The solution will include up to 12 onboard sensors, a military-grade case and a battery that power the system for six months running Azure’s cloud infrastructure, he said.
Commenting on the upcoming launch of the Windows 10 operating system, which is to be released on July 29, corporate vice president for Windows and Search Marketing Tony Prophet said the company expects 1 billion devices to be running the new operating system within three years.
Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s OEM division, described Pyng as an “elegant home automation technology that utilizes Azure IoT services to connect lighting, shades, audio, thermostats, door locks and security systems, so that everything works together intelligently to make life easier,” in a company blog post. “Connected devices and solutions like these can help make our lives easier and more productive, and help both individuals and businesses save time and money.”