Windows 10 and DragonBoard™ 410c – the Perfect Start for IoT Development

Wednesday 10/28/15 09:00am
Posted By Mike Roberts
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A few of weeks ago, I posted about the developer journey into the Internet of Things and encouraged you to build your first thing.

Did you jump in right away? Or are you still waiting for the technology stars to align? I’ve got some news that will help you fast-track your development of Windows 10 IoT apps on the DragonBoard™ 410c by Arrow Electronics.

Develop for and run Windows 10 IoT Core on your DragonBoard 410c. Now!

Since the launch of the DragonBoard 410c, the full-featured, $75 plus tax development board powered by the Snapdragon® 410 processor, we’ve been telling you that you’d soon be able to develop for and run Windows 10 IoT Core on it. Now the software and tools are in place for you to get started.

Windows 10 IoT Core resources

Visit the Windows Dev Center to find getting started instructions and resources, including getting the Windows 10 IoT Core image that runs on the DragonBoard 410c. That means Windows 10 now joins Android and Linux as platforms that run on the DragonBoard 410c.

Why is Windows 10 IoT Core support so important for developing IoT apps on the DragonBoard 410c? Because Microsoft has integrated AllJoyn®, an open-source framework from the Allseen Alliance, that encourages devices to be interoperable, into Windows 10. Microsoft’s goal is to make it much easier for IoT apps to find and connect computing devices and things running Windows 10 – from PCs and smartphones to household appliances and oil pipelines. That’s why they’ve chosen AllJoyn, an open standard backed by more than 180 companies in the AllSeen Alliance, for getting devices to find and address one another regardess of device type, manufacturer or product family.

AllJoyn Studio extension for Visual Studio

If you’re going to run Windows 10 IoT Core on the DragonBoard 410c, you’ll also need dev tools. Windows 10 provides developers an AllJoyn WinRT API, and the Windows 10 SDK includes an AllJoyn code generator.

To make it even easier for you, Microsoft recently announced AllJoyn Studio, an extension for Visual Studio 2015. AllJoyn Studio combines the API and code generation with the application templates (for C#, JavaScript, C++ and Visual Basic) and project management features you expect in an IDE.

AllJoyn Studio development toolkit being used for AllJoyn development with Windows 10.

That’s the news about Windows 10 IoT Core and the DragonBoard 410c, now what about integrating the cloud?

Develop for the Azure IoT Suite

To weave IoT into the fabric of your business, Microsoft has launched the Azure IoT Suite. The suite brings together Azure IoT services that help companies of all sizes connect things, manage them and use the data they generate to make better business decisions.

What Windows 10 IoT does at the device level, the Azure IoT Suite does at the cloud level, making it easier for you to deploy and scale up applications like remote monitoring, predictive analytics, asset management and preventive maintenance.

But how do you know which devices you can reliably build your IoT applications around, without having to trial-and-error your way through testing and customization? Microsoft has thought of that, too.

DragonBoard 410c now Azure Certified for IoT

The DragonBoard 410c is one of the first devices certified by Microsoft to work with the Azure IoT SDKs and ready to be used in our IoT application. The Microsoft Azure site has getting started instructions for connecting the DragonBoard 410c to the Azure IoT Hub.

Next Steps

We’re doing everything we can to get you onto your own developer journey into the Internet of Things. Here’s how to get started:

As I mentioned last time, there’s a natural progression in taking your app development skill sets to IoT development. It’s all falling into place, so let us know what else you need to get started.