Microsoft Opens IoT Innovation Center in Taiwan
Seeking to tap into the growing market for internet of things technologies in Asia, Microsoft establishes an IoT Innovation Center in Taiwan.Microsoft is setting the stage for an expansion of its internet of things efforts into Asia. The company on Oct. 14 announced the launch of its new IoT Innovation Center in Taiwan, a technology hub meant to bring together experts, industry partners and academia to advance the state of the internet of things in the region. "Asia is a critical and rapidly growing part of the IoT market and Microsoft has already deployed the Azure IoT Suite to multiple regions," said Sam George, general manager of Microsoft Azure IoT, in an Oct. 14 announcement. "We believe that through the first Microsoft IoT Expo, our market leading IoT offerings and the newly launched Microsoft IoT Innovation Center as a hub in Asia, we are enabling customers and partners to realize the enormous business potential of IoT." Microsoft's IoT Innovation Center will operate as a "federated lab," a semiautonomous model that will help accelerate the development of IoT solutions, according to the company. The Taiwanese IoT Innovation Center "will play a strategic role in IoT development," stated Microsoft, with the results being directly reported to the software giant's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. The center will link local partners, startups and research institutes with the company's global ecosystem to foster international collaboration and help integrate the various IoT research and development projects Microsoft has a hand in. Partner companies include Advantech, AOpen, NEC, Nexcom and Trend Micro.
The center is also home to the IoT Community Lab, which offers training and specialized consultation services. In addition, three IoT Scenario Labs will offer individualized architecture design, business consultation and development services.