Published: June 4, 2015 | Tokyo, Japan
Toshiba and Microsoft will jointly develop systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) after signing a memorandum of understanding. The systems will initially target the transportation and logistics market. Leveraging Toshiba’s innovative IoT devices with Microsoft’s Azure IoT Cloud infrastructure, Toshiba will deliver state of the art sensor-data-driven applications in various market segments starting this calendar year.
Toshiba will provide XaaS (X as a Service) making use of in-house technologies such as ApP Lite (Application Processor Lite), in-vehicle driving recorders, sensors and cloud storage services and Microsoft will provide IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), private line services (Azure ExpressRoute) and advanced analytics (Azure Machine Learning) as part of Microsoft Azure.
Together, the companies will build next-generation Windows and Azure powered IoT systems. Microsoft expect to release a complete offering for the transportation and logistics industry, from devices to services, including state-of-the-art hardware such as an onboard video recorder than can also track vehicle data and analyse driver behavior. This will also include a ruggedized environmental device with up to 12 sensors onboard, a military-grade case and a battery capable of six months continuous operation that will run on the Azure infrastructure to track shipping and ensure that goods arrive on time, undamaged and in a predictable manner.