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Via and Microsoft collaborate on IoT development

Steve Rogerson
August 31, 2017

Taiwanese company Via Technologies is collaborating with Microsoft to accelerate the development of IoT products using verified hardware and software to enhance interoperability and allow faster time to production.
Via has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT, helping its customers get IoT products and services up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms.
“Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to jumpstart customers’ IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations,” said Richard Brown, vice president at Via Technologies. “Decreasing the usual customisation and work required for compatibility ensures Via helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution.”
The Taipei-based company has developed a portfolio of embedded platforms and systems for various enterprise IoT and smart city applications, including energy management, industrial automation, in-vehicle transportation, healthcare, building automation and digital signage. Its verified hardware platforms facilitate the integration of sophisticated cloud-based applications.
“Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT extends our promise to bring IoT to business scale, starting with interoperable solutions from leading technology companies around the world,” said Jerry Lee, director of marketing for Azure IoT at Microsoft. “With trusted offerings and verified partners, Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT accelerates the deployment of IoT even further.”
IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement. Users find that choosing and connecting the right set of devices, assets or sensors to the cloud can be time-consuming.
To jumpstart their IoT projects with confidence, they are looking for certified devices and platforms that are tested for readiness, compatibility and usability with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. By choosing a partner from the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT programme, they can save time and effort on project specifications and RFP processes by knowing in advance what devices and offerings will work with the Azure IoT Suite.