Jasper, an Internet of Things platform provider, is teaming up with Microsoft to develop a comprehensive IoT service management solution. The collaboration will see the Jasper Control Center IoT services platform combined with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, which is scheduled for a preview release later this year.
In a statement announcing the partnership, Jasper VP of Strategy Macario Namie pointed to the use of the Jasper platform by over 2000 companies around the world and suggested that the partnership with Microsoft will allow Jasper “to increase the business value of IoT by making it easier and faster for enterprises to bring their IoT services to market, and to scale those services globally.”
Similarly, Azure IoT Director Sam George explained that Microsoft’s platform is designed “to help companies thrive in this era of IoT by delivering preconfigured solutions and world class services that any company, whether startup or the most established global enterprises, can use to create new value,” adding that “Jasper’s IoT services platform is a critical component of delivering on this vision.”
Both companies position their platforms as designed to facilitate the development and launch of IoT services. In Jasper’s case, by offering “the real-time visibility, intelligence and control they need to accelerate time-to-market, automate operations, optimize performance, troubleshoot and fix issues, and manage costs.” Azure, meanwhile, was designed to capture and analyze the data sent through IoT devices, allowing for improved management and automation.
Given the much-decried lack of standards in the still-emerging IoT ecosystem, it’s difficult to imagine any single platform being able to comprehensively perform all of these services. But that could change, especially if efforts like the AllSeen Alliance‘s cross-industrial collaboration succeed in establishing technological standards across the IoT. In any case, many of the big players involved aspire to the same thing – establishing frameworks that will be useful to businesses working with the IoT.