Advantech announced at its Embedded World Partner Conference (WPC) that it will collaborate with Microsoft to build Asia'a first IoT WISE-Cloud (Wireless IoT Solutions Embedded, WISE) platform. Advantech and Microsoft will jointly develop solutions and products intended for the Internet of Things (IoT) with the aim of establishing a brand new cloud application model.
Chaney Ho, Advantech President, said that in recent years, the applications for IoT have been widely established in people's daily lives and work. Advantech not only established "Enabling an Intelligent Planet" as it's corporate vision in 2012, it has been fully engaged in the development of Smart City and IoT technology from the beginning. In the course of its evolution, Advantech found that the embedded board is at the core IoT and so the development of all types of intelligent systems could naturally be realized for a diverse range of fields."
Chaney further stated that Advantech is deepening its concept of the traditional IoT 3I (Instrumented, Interconnected, and Intelligent) concept to develop an IoT cloud platform called WISE-Cloud (Wireless IoT Solutions Embedded) by using comprehensive wireless networking technology. Moreover, in order to fully perceive the information collected (data) and then convert it into service and effectively apply it to business intelligence, Advantech collaborated with Microsoft at the Platform as a Service (PaaS) layer through the use of Advantech's SusiAccess and Microsoft Azure.
Miller Chang, Vice President of Advantech Embedded Core Computing Group stated, "WISE-cloud cooperation by Advantech and Microsoft not only enhances enterprise management efficiency but also integrates various cloud service applications. In addition, there will be synergy through the various integrated cloud services, especially when used in business intelligence after data analysis." Miller further added that through the integration and configuration of cloud services, enterprises can improve their competitiveness and develop new business models.
"Big data analytics and machine learning have created more possibilities for business application. Microsoft Azure provides computing and analysis service in the context of the Internet of Things and enables the IoT industry to move toward the intelligent industry via machine learning," said Roan Kang, General Manager of M&O, Microsoft Taiwan. "The strategic alliance between Advantech and Microsoft Taiwan allows Advantech to use Microsoft Azure cloud platform to process comprehensive data gathered from SUSIAccess solutions. Moreover, by introducing machine learning as a service, Advantech can leverage the IoT to enable smart, value-added business applications, creating more business opportunities. This collaboration not only demonstrates that the combination of the IoT and cloud computing has reached a new milestone but creates a synergistic effect for both parties. Microsoft will provide consulting services to help the establishment of the WISE-Cloud platform while joining hands with Advantech to expand the global reach of the IoT application."
Steve Teixeira, Director of Microsoft Program Management IoT Operating System Group, said: "Embracing IoT enables business to become fully data-driver in their decision making. Businesses can gain enormous new insights by ingesting device telemetry into the cloud, combining it with other relevant enterprise and industry data sets and feeding it all into a rich analytics pipeline. As companies mature in their mastery of IoT, we them transition from operational efficiency gains through improved insights to competitive advantage through predictive analytics to business transformation by discovering new revenue opportunities in IoT."
Advantech has always kept the spirit of "Partnering for Smart City and IoT Solutions" following on form the MOU signing with Intel for the collaboration of IoT solutions last year. This year, the cooperation with Microsoft shows Advantech's strategic partnership. Currently Advantech has distributed more than 70 WISE-Cloud applications worldwide in different industries.