Platform Wars: Brillo vs Windows 10 IoT Core

The Internet of Things (IoT), a network of physical objects or "things" embedded into electronics, with software and sensors, which enables these objects to exchange data, is indeed the new frontier to conquer in the emerging technology landscape.

Microsoft released Windows 10 IoT Core as a streamlined version of Windows targeted at small, embedded devices with or without screens. While, Google also announced Brillo, as underlying operating system for IoT devices, derived from Android.

Albeit, little is known about Brillo at the moment, we thought it wise to make a comparison of the two platforms based on major elements involved: Core services and Platform security.

Brillo Core Services

Brillo is built on Weave, which enable devices to connect with desktop and mobile, and also ensures secure network connections. With Metrics component, to help analyze data to understand usage patterns. The reports are useful to debug remote devices employed in field works and also to make available the latest versions of the software.

Windows 10 IoT Core Services

Windows 10 IoT Core utilizes same configuration and tools as other Windows 10 editions which eases integration with desktops and mobile. It is designed to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services, which brings improvement and efficiency, leveraging on advanced data analytics in the cloud.

Platform Security: Brillo vs Windows 10 IoT Core

Windows 10 IoT Core delivers same security standards available for Windows 10, with built-in defenses to help protect critical business information from leaks or theft, employing latest technologies like Secure Boot, BitLocker, Device Guard and Credential Guard.

While, Brillo is harping on enterprise-grade encryption to limit exposure to attacks, and intuitive update system which allows recovery of compromised devices quickly.

In conclusion, it is penitent to note that Google as a late entrant in the IoT landscape, means Brillo is certainly in the early days, but with promising interest from developers may perhaps be a repeat of the Android magic.
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