March 2nd, 2022 — Advantech, a leading provider of embedded IoT solutions, has collaborated with Canonical in the provision of Ubuntu pre-loaded and certified embedded boards and systems for diverse edge computing applications. By certifying Advantech products, Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, guarantees up to 10 years of Linux security and update capabilities for users in the AI robotics, industrial manufacturing, and mission-critical application sectors.

Deployment-Ready Ubuntu Certified AIoT Devices Reduces Time to Market

In order to ensure the best out-of-the-box experiences, Advantech and Canonical collaborated on the provision of Ubuntu certifications for deployment-ready IoT devices. Indeed, users can save time when configuring/installing the OS on the hardware. Canonical performs tests that confirm industrial-grade standards for the Ubuntu running on the system. These tests also ensure that individual hardware I/O function normally. Once completed, Advantech will issue a comprehensive test report that reduces hardware and OS validation procedure from ten days to one. Additionally, pre-installed services can save over 30 minutes in lead-time per device.

Reliable Security Updates Backed by Both Canonical and Advantech

In order to prevent security breaches and maintain system functionality, AIoT developers have to keep their devices up to date with the latest software. To this end, Canonical and Advantech have certified Ubuntu Core, a transactional version of Ubuntu designed for IoT devices and embedded systems that provides secure boot, full disk encryption, secure device recovery, and over-the-air, transactional software updates through a cloud-based CI/CD (Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment) service that lowers upgrade risks and reduces the need for on-site repair. Canonical provides continuous regression testing for certified hardware throughout the Ubuntu release lifecycle. Doing so supports security updates for up to ten years with guaranteed backwards compatibility. Likewise, Advantech also provides a one-stop after-sales service for IoT devices and the Ubuntu OS backed by Canonical.

Simplify Design-in Operation Flow with AIoT Software and Ubuntu’s Snapcraft Store

Finite programming resources are best invested in building applications, not handling OS development and maintenance procedures. Advantech and Canonical have simplified the developer workflow with this in mind. For example, our DesignIn service helps accelerate customer hardware and software stack definitions. Similarly, Advantech provides IoT devices pre-loaded with a certified Ubuntu image, SUSI API, and WISE-DeviceOn to facilitate the simultaneous management of numerous devices. These features deliver an out-of-the-box AIoT management software with over 200 IoT management apps from Ubuntu’s Snapcraft store. 

Advantech Ubuntu Certified Product List

About Canonical

Canonical is the publisher of Ubuntu, the OS for most public cloud workloads as well as the emerging categories of smart gateways, self-driving cars, and advanced robots. Canonical provides enterprise security, support, and services to commercial users of Ubuntu. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.

About Advantech

Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leading provider of trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. We cooperate closely with our partners to provide complete solutions for a wide range of applications in diverse industries. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet by developing automated and embedded computing products and solutions that facilitate smarter working and living. With Advantech products, the application and innovation potential becomes unlimited. (Corporate website: www.advantech.com)