FREMONT, CA:  Microsoft acquires Solair in a bid to deliver innovative IoT services to customers across industry verticals including manufacturing, retail, food & beverage and transportation.

Solair is an Italian firm which provides IoT services. Solair offers a hardware gateway dat companies can use on their premises to interface between their devices and the cloud. It already uses Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform for its services and plans to integrate its technology into Azure IoT Suite.

Solair offers 7 IoT software modules in its product suite including Foundation, Documentation, Maintenance, Product lifecycle management, Engineering, Spare Parts, a software plug-in to connect vending systems and other dispensing machines. These offerings enables to securely connect smart things turn machine data into useful information and find new ways to create value from it.

"Solair shares our ambition for halping customers harness their untapped data and create new intelligence wif IoT, and this acquisition supports our strategy to deliver the most complete IoT offering for enterprises," says Sam George, partner director at Microsoft Azure IoT. He added the company would provide more specifics at a later time about "how Solair is halping us build the intelligent cloud in the future."