Ubuntu Core for iotCanonical has teamed up with embedded solutions giant Advantech to certify the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) gateways for Ubuntu Core.

The ‘strategic partnership’ means users of Advantech’s Intel x86-based gateways will have a certified and fully supported Ubuntu image, ready for production use.

The deal also nets users access to a number of services to fully manage their device’s security and software.

Oft-neglected in talk of smart refrigerators and network-controlled lightbulbs, Gateways are intrinsic to the ‘Internet of Things’. They act as the “middleman” in the Internet-of-Things, ferrying data from sensors and equipment in the real world to and from that stored and analysed in the cloud.

Ubuntu Core delivers a robust and secure platform through which embedded devices and the web of smart things can communicate.

Jon Melamut, vice president of commercial devices operations at Canonical says:“This partnership confirms Ubuntu Core as the operating system of choice for IoT developers and systems integrators who want to deploy products to market quickly. Ubuntu Core is Ubuntu for IoT and it provides amongst others, a production ready operating system for IoT gateways.”

Miller Chang, vice president of Advantech Embedded Computing Group, says: “This collaboration will enable us to satisfy even more customer requirements and deliver an integrated, pre-validated, and flexible open-computing gateway platform that allows fast solution development and deployment”.

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