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Ubuntu for the Internet of Things

From smart homes to smart drones, robots, and industrial systems, Ubuntu is the new standard for embedded Linux. Get the world's best security, an operating system designed for IoT, a private app store, a huge developer community and reliable OTA updates.

Launch a smart product with SMART START


A small footprint and full OpenGL make Ubuntu Core the perfect platform for secure digital signs.

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Unleash the robots with ROS on Ubuntu. For autonomous vehicles and smart manufacturing.

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Rich networking and comms make Ubuntu the perfect choice for your industrial gateways.

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Reinvent the automobile with Ubuntu, designed for critical embedded systems.

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Build secure SmartNICs and operate them at scale on Ubuntu.

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Smart city

Harness the power of Ubuntu Core to keep distributed devices connected and secure.

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IoT App Store

A custom, private app store. Enterprise-ready for efficient software distribution and IoT package management, with on-premise options to support your use case. Utilise our huge range of existing apps or build your own. Included in the SMART START package.

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Get to market quickly with SMART START

A single consulting package to deliver your device to market. SMART START includes your app store setup, device enablement, image customisation and snaps of the key applications you need to get your device to market fast. App store and over-the-air security updates guaranteed.


$30,000 - 2 week delivery

  • X86 or ARM
  • Ubuntu Server or Core
  • Dedicated app store
  • 1,000 devices included
  • 3 snaps produced for you
  • 3 days consulting
  • Monthly security updates
  • Embedded technical support

Time to market is crucial. Canonical will validate your hardware, package your apps, set up your app store and prepare your device image.

The package includes one year of app store services and device security updates for up to 1,000 devices. Choose from our extensive list of certified boards and boxes.

Add-ons to SMART START

Extra features, enablement and certification of alternative boards and additional chipsets.

Full Disk Encryption


Enable full disk encryption with hardware key management and optional key escrow. Choice of ciphers and hardware acceleration for minimal performance impact. Essential for devices with personal information in regulated industries.

Secure Boot


Enable secure boot, ensuring that the device will only run its certified workload. Hardware key management devices such as the TPM are used to validate each stage of the boot process, for enhanced assurance of integrity of the running OS.

Device Enablement

$25,000 - $200,000

If Canonical's certified hardware list doesn't include what you need, we may be willing to enable your preferred board. Pricing varies depending on the similarity between your board and existing certified boards.

FIPS Certification


Meet Federal information processing requirements with a FIPS-certified kernel and cryptographic libraries. FIPS certification takes place every six months - fully compliant devices must restrict updates to certified versions. Note that this is available on x86 only.

Kernel Livepatch


Reduce the number of reboots significantly by live patching your running kernel. Requires specific certified kernel on an Ubuntu LTS release. Requires x86 architecture.

High Availability Kubernetes


With Canonical MicroK8s you gain a fully CNCF conformant cloud-native Kubernetes for device application operations, including clustering for high availability, service mesh support and automatic security updates.

Ready–to–go gateway solutions

For industrial and enterprise solutions, just add your apps and they'll handle the rest.

Update Control

Regular updates for Ubuntu and your apps protect devices from ongoing attacks. Robust and reliable update mechanisms mean we safely address security issues automatically by default. If you want to review changes, Update Control ensures that changes are only applied after they are certified by the device manufacturer.

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Snaps for security

Ubuntu Core is an all-snap version of Ubuntu. A snap is a secure, easily upgraded, universal Linux package for an app and all its dependencies. Snaps are:

  • Confined for strict security
  • Transactional for reliable updates
  • Compressed to save disk space
  • Easy to create and distribute
  • Widely adopted by industry leaders

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Look who's leading

SNA Displays unlocks proactive maintenance with Domotz and Ubuntu

With deployment numbers and customer expectations rising, SNA Displays needed a way to monitor more displays more efficiently, while delivering a more seamless customer experience. By implementing Domotz – a network monitoring solution built on Ubuntu Core – the company has unlocked automated display monitoring and a proactive maintenance model.

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Tunnel drones, going where man cannot

AeroLion Technologies's UAVs are undertaking tasks autonomously and helping to inspect areas that were previously unreachable, either due to extreme or dangerous conditions or because the area is geographically inaccessible.

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Azeti raises the bar for field operations

Azeti Networks is a global provider of IoT technology to companies from telecommunications to manufacturing, finance and healthcare. Azeti chose Ubuntu Core for improved operations and security.

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Dell — defining industrial intelligence

The Dell Edge Gateway range bring familiar X86 robust connectivity to the industrial market, making it easy to create and manage diverse industrial control systems for static and mobile applications.

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From prototype to production on all major platforms

Intel IoT platforms

Intel’s portfolio of edge-ready compute and connectivity technologies make it easy to deploy edge applications quickly.

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Raspberry Pi 2, 3 and 4

For fun, for education and for profit, the RPi makes device development personal and entertaining. With support for both the Pi2, Pi3 and the new Pi4, Ubuntu Core supports the world's most beloved board.

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Qualcomm Dragonboard

64-bit ARM boards bring high-end performance to the low-power segment, enabling a new class of drones and mobile intelligence.

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Xilinx Evaluation Kits and SOMs

Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoCs integrate a quad-core 64-bit Arm application processor with real-time processors and FPGA logic to offer an embedded, low-latency acceleration platform.

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Best for developers

With Ubuntu, you can develop a packaged application on your laptop, then monetise it by publishing it directly to the snap store.

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Let's work together

Talk to us if you are thinking about using Ubuntu Core for your next Internet of Things project.

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