After years of testing and previewing, Microsoft has finally launched the Azure Sphere service to the public to make IoT devices more secure. It is derived from the Sopris project at Microsoft Research and features multiple measures that combine software and hardware levels, including microcontrollers developed specifically for Linux operating systems. Microsoft first announced Azure Sphere in 2018 and went live on February 24 this year.
“The Internet of Things is in the scientific competition, with at least one experiment per business, but security is the biggest obstacle to ioT development,” said Galen Hunt, Microsoft’s top engineer and general manager of Azure Sphere.
The good news is that Microsoft offers Azure Spehere services with their certified microcontrollers, processors, memory, storage, IoT-enabled microcontrollers, and Linux OS and cloud security services integration.
In addition, Azure Sphere supports security services such as authentication, threat response, device and application failure information.
The company introduced the first Azure Sphere chip, the MT360 from MediaTek, which includes what Microsoft calls the Onboard Security Subsystem.
Last year, the company announced that it would build another Azure Sphere-certified chip based on the i.MX 8 platform at NXP for artificial intelligence, graphics, and a richer UI experience.
In addition, the company partnered with Qualcomm to develop the first Azure Sphere certified chip that supports cellular technology to ensure the security of the connection.
One of the company’s executives claims to have been previewing customers using Azure Sphere by designing and producing appliances for retail, manufacturing and consumer.
The Azure Sphere-certified MediaTek MT3620 chip is also used in ‘protection modules to provide secure connectivity for mission-critical devices.
The monitoring module is no larger than the size of a deck of cards built around the Azure Sphere chip, allowing existing customers to securely connect to the cloud.
Finally, Microsoft’s own Azure data center team has been using the Azure Sphere and Guardian modules in an internal preview.