We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Azure IoT team at Microsoft for reference integration of Mender, an end-to-end open source OTA software update manager for IoT products. Microsoft Azure IoT is a secure, open and scalable cloud platform to connect, monitor, and control billions of IoT assets.
In developing today’s Internet of Things (IoT) products, support for both analytics and software updates are paramount. This combination enables product and support teams to quickly detect and remediate issues, and to address unforeseen customer behavior. For example, a support team can detect an application producing a higher volume of error logs from IoT analytics data before it ever impacts the end user. Once the issue is successfully diagnosed and fixed, a patch can be deployed to all devices with over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
We have collaborated on a tutorial and reference integration to support application and system updates, which means one solution for all updating needs. System updates provide a brick-safe way to patch the latest security updates, limit application sprawl and ensure all software is consistent across devices. Application updates provide small, fast and targeted improvements to the differentiated applications allowing for new features to hit the market faster.
A widespread issue many IoT developers face is the challenge of needing to build a bespoke, complete and robust firmware and software update mechanism for devices deployed in the field. Many developers must hastily assemble an update mechanism toward the end of the project and overlook the nuances that comprise a secure and robust update process such as:
The reference integration between Azure IoT and Mender ensures the same identity and cryptographic credentials are used by both products. Three main benefits result:
Mender’s Eystein Stenberg appeared on the Channel 9 IoT Show to demonstrate how it works, watch the full video here.