Microsoft Acquires European IoT Specialist Solair
Microsoft has acquired Solair, an Italian provider of Internet of things (IoT) technology services, for an undisclosed amount.
Sam George, partner director at Microsoft Azure IoT, said in a May 3 announcement that the "acquisition supports our strategy to deliver the most complete IoT offering for enterprises." Solair specializes in IoT applications, enabling enterprises to monitor, manage and draw business insights from their connected devices.
Rancilio Group, an Italian manufacturer of espresso machines, uses Solair's platform remote monitoring capabilities to improve the efficiency of its supply chain and slash costs. AIWA System Solutions is using the Smart Factory Advisor application from Solair to turn Japanese manufacturing plants into data-driven, energy-efficient factories.
Microsoft is ramping up its industrial IoT efforts. During last month's Hannover Messe industrial technology conference in Germany, the company released a public preview of its Azure IoT Device Management service along with a beta of its Azure IoT Gateway SDK (software development kit).
Expanding its portfolio of cloud-based, industrial Internet of things services, Microsoft heads to Italy for its latest acquisition.
Azure IoT Device management allows for fine-grained control over millions of devices, according to Microsoft. Azure IoT Gateway SDK, meanwhile, allows developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to create applications that act on device data as it is collected or integrate legacy devices into their IoT environments.