Electric Imp and Microsoft partner to accelerate secure IoT connectivity

Hugo Fiennes of Electric Imp

Electric Imp, Inc., a global provider providing secure edge-to-enterprise IoT connectivity, announced that it will offer Azure-based managed services on its IoT platform. Commercial and industrial users can take advantage of Azure IoT Hub and Electric Imp’s scalable and secure connectivity platform to simplify retrofits of new and existing products for end-to-end IoT applications. The new offering expands Electric Imp’s cloud options to include a public impCloudTM on Azure, enabling existing and new Microsoft customers to implement Azure-based IoT solutions.

“With access to Azure and Electric Imp’s powerful IoT platform, Microsoft Azure users are gaining pre-integrated connectivity that virtually eliminates the complexities of deploying, commissioning, securing, and managing IoT devices at scale,” said Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp. “Industrial and commercial customers can now easily and securely connect new and retrofit IoT applications to Microsoft Azure IoT Hub and fully realise the value of Microsoft’s advanced data analytics, machine learning and other powerful tools.”

Electric Imp’s integration with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub includes the advanced functionality required for real-world product and service deployments, including secure device on-boarding, custom in-flight data processing and transformation, and fail-safe device management at scale. The integration enables customers to securely integrate real-world data with the myriad of offerings from Microsoft — including Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Suite, Power BI, and Dynamics.

“Securely connecting devices to the Azure Cloud is a critical step for organisations on the path to digital transformation,” said Kevin Dallas, corporate vice president, IoT and intelligent cloud business development, Microsoft. “Enabling the application of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud services including AI, machine learning and deep neural networks through IoT leaders like Electric Imp makes it easier for customers to implement IoT solutions that deliver business impact.”

The Electric Imp IoT platform, already deployed on more than one million devices with over 100 customers worldwide, includes:

  • A secure, purpose-built Edge-to-Enterprise IoT Platform-as-a-Service (“PaaS”)
  • The first and only IoT platform certification for UL® 2900-2-2 (Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems)
  • Managed security and platform maintenance
  • Customisation to a wide array of commercial and industrial applications ranging from asset and energy management to remote monitoring
  • Public and private Azure Cloud support

The partnership builds on Electric Imp’s earlier integration with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, which enables customers to use Microsoft’s storage and advanced data analytics while simplifying the setup and management of communications between the edge and cloud.

To learn more about Electric Imp’s Microsoft Azure IoT Hub integration, click here.

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