One of the greatest challenges in producing hardware connected to the market for IoT devices is a transition from state prototyping to that of commissioning large-scale business. This is why Microsoft wants to help companies specialized in the production device for the Internet of Things, providing them with special laboratories with highly specialized personnel.
Interested companies can bring their own hardware in one of three laboratories Things and Artificial Intelligence from Microsoft. Within two to three weeks, Microsoft comes up with a product ready for distribution. Microsoft also provides support for its cloud services to which it can lean on hardware developed in these laboratories.
It is a fascinating program not only because of such support from Microsoft for manufacturers of IoT devices but also because more and more companies realize that IoT moves from a prototype to a device ready to use.
The IoT/Microsoft AI labs save so much time because it includes equipment that can speed up the prototyping hardware, including the design and testing of printed circuit board. Compared to the standard procedures for testing these components, which can take several days, Microsoft’s labs can do the job in a day.
The presence of qualified engineers who provide help personally. Engineers are not only from Microsoft but also from Cisco, Dassault and Seeed Studio participating in this program in partnership with Redmond.
To become part of this program, interested companies must complete an online form by answering different questions (design type, the number of team members). Microsoft accepts participants if it considers a reasonable and exciting proposal.
Examples of companies that have benefited from the program are those of the New Sun Road, California-based company specializing in solar power systems, and Sarcos Robotics, a company that produces connected robots. In both cases, the IoT/Microsoft AI laboratories have proven critical to solve problems, overcome technical bottlenecks and get immediate support thanks to the engineers on-site.
Currently, these laboratories are located in Redmond (USA), Shenzhen (China) and Monaco (Germany), but Microsoft has already hinted that the possibility of expanding the program to other laboratories.