According to The Register, Intel and Arm formed a partnership in order to provide corporate clients ways to add sensors to their networks. The goal of the partnership and sensor addition aspects are to improve connections on the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Register says that a frequent complaints among IoT users is that its processes and connections are fragmented. This doesn’t often work for those users’ workflows. “Most of our customer deployments are heterogeneous in nature,” said Lorie Wigle, VP of Intel’s software and services group and general manager of IoT security. “There is very much a customer request that these things work together.”
The Register says that the device provisioning process is currently “rather involved,” so scaling is a tough task. However, both Intel and Arm have solutions that can scale and securely connect any device to any cloud. For example, Intel’s Secure Device Onboard service uses Intel Enhanced Privacy data embedded chips to “automatically validate and provision corresponding IoT devices.” Meanwhile, Arm possesses an IoT management platform, Pelion, which can streamline device connectivity, data management, and more.
“This is a strategic collaboration around a common vision of any device in any cloud,” said Charlene Marini, VP of services group strategy at Arm, who also noted that this is the first time the two companies have joined forces to handle IoT security.
As a result, The Register says the two chip companies think they’re able to “provide a path to securely connect any device to any cloud, thanks to the provisioning data each embeds in its respective silicon.” From here, corporate clients should be able to more easily connect their IoT devices to cloud services, partner systems, on-premises platforms, device management services, and others.
“This is an ROI win for the customer, who will be able to deploy both Intel and Arm based devices at a lower cost and with less friction between IT and OT [operational technology] while at the same time retaining flexibility over their data and cloud partner choice until the deployment phase,” said Michela Menting, director of ABI Research, in a statement about the partnership.