Category Archives : Internet of Things

23

May

How you can use IoT to power Industry 4.0 innovation

IoT is ushering in an exciting—and sometimes exasperating—time of innovation. Adoption isn’t easy, so it’s important to hold a vision of the promise of Industry 4.0 in mind as you get ready for this next wave of business.

IoT can serve as an onramp to continual transformation, providing companies with the ability to capitalize more fully on automation, AI, and machine learning. As companies harness the power of IoT, cloud services, robotics, and other emerging technologies, they’ll discover new ways of working, creating, and living. They’ll test and learn more swiftly, and scale results in the most promising areas. And this innovation will find form in smart buildings, more efficient factories, connected cities, fully autonomous vehicles, a healthier environment, and better lives.

Between now and that digital world, there are years of trial and error and dozens of applications ahead. But companies across the spectrum are embedding IoT to attain data and analytics mastery, optimize processes, create new services, and rethink products right now. Their leaders are positioning themselves and their companies to take advantage of the promise of digitization across industries.

This post is the fourth in a four-part series designed to help companies maximize their ROI on

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22

May

Securing the pharmaceutical supply chain with Azure IoT

You’re responsible for overseeing the transportation of a pallet of medicine halfway around the world. Drugs will travel from your pharmaceutical company’s manufacturing outbound warehouse in central New Jersey to third-party logistics firms, distributors, pharmacies, and ultimately, patients. Each box in that pallet – no bigger than the box that holds the business cards on your desk – contains very costly medicine, the product of 10 years of research and R&D spending.

Oh, and there’s a catch – actually several. You will need to ensure compliance with a long list of requirements from temperature and vibration to whether the box has been opened. The box must be kept at a stable temperature of between 2-8 degrees Celsius the whole journey. Additionally, the box is as vulnerable to shock as a Faberge egg. And the contents of each box can easily be faked. And another catch: your company isn’t in the global logistics business, and you lose oversight of those boxes of precious medicine as soon as they leave your freight bay in New Jersey.

IoT opens a new era for secure, smart cold chain asset management

It used to be that the only solution available for you to monitor and

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07

May

SAP and Microsoft bring IoT data to the core of the business applications

As a leader in the IoT cloud ecosystem, Microsoft enables a full stack of business applications, within different industries, across the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud. The continued growth of the IoT industry is going to be a transformative force across all organizations. Microsoft and SAP have collaborated for over two decades to enable enterprise SAP solution deployments and the partnership has expanded across the Industrial Internet Consortium, the OPC Foundation, and the Platform Industrie 4.0.

At Mobile World Congress in February, SAP and Microsoft announced our extended collaboration to physical assets in the space of Internet of Things (IoT). Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of SAP Leonardo IoT integration with Azure IoT Hub.

SAP Leonardo IoT integrates with Azure IoT services providing customers with the ability to contextualize and enrich their IoT data with SAP business data to drive new business outcomes. Leveraging Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge, it provides access to secure connectivity at scale, powerful device management functionality, and industry-leading edge computing support. With the ability to intelligently combine business data to provide industrial IoT capabilities and services consumed by SAP business applications, customers now have a complete view on their

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07

May

Build with Azure IoT Central and IoT Plug and Play

We’ve made it our mission to provide powerful yet simple-to-use IoT offerings across cloud and edge, so that our partners and customers can quickly move from idea, to pilot, and then production without the need for deep expertise. Azure IoT Central and IoT Plug and Play are at the center of our quest to simplify the IoT journey so that any customer, no matter where they’re starting from, can quickly and easily create trusted, connected solutions.

Build with Azure IoT Central to integrate new streams of data into your business processes

Azure IoT Central is a fully managed IoT solution that makes it easy to connect, monitor, and manage your IoT devices and products. Azure IoT Central simplifies the initial setup of your IoT solution and reduces the management burden, operational costs, and overhead of a typical IoT project.

A growing population of developers and partners are discovering the powerful ability to build with Azure IoT Central. This approach to building allows you to apply your energy, creativity, and unique domain expertise to solving customer needs and creating business value, while also leaving the dirty work of managing a global scale solution with high availability and disaster recovery to Microsoft.

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07

May

Azure IoT at Build: making IoT solutions easier to develop, more powerful to use

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-iot-at-build-making-iot-solutions-easier-to-develop-more-powerful-to-use/

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02

May

Intelligent edge innovation across data, IoT, and mixed reality

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/intelligent-edge-innovation-across-data-iot-and-mixed-reality/

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01

May

5 internal capabilities to help you increase IoT success

Enterprise IoT adoption is following a path typical of new technologies. Industry standards emerge, but there is competition among them. Companies gradually develop codified frameworks and best practices to structure projects and minimize the risk of failure. However, during this developmental time, leaders and teams new to the technology may feel like they are wandering in uncharted territory.

This article is the third in a four-part series designed to help companies maximize their ROI on IoT. In the first post, we discussed how IoT can transform businesses. In the second post, we shared insights on how to create a successful strategy that yields desired ROI. In this third post, we discuss how companies can move forward by identifying and filling capability gaps. Let’s dive into some ideas about how to solve some of the challenges that could slow your IoT progress.

Capability #1: Create an enterprise data strategy

Companies today already possess vast amounts of data. Yet much of it remains siloed and unusable, a problem that will exponentially increase with IoT and edge computing.

That’s why many companies are developing an enterprise data strategy and data practice. This discipline helps businesses understand what data they possess and how

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24

Apr

5 tips to get more out of Azure Stream Analytics Visual Studio Tools

Azure Stream Analytics is an on-demand real-time analytics service to power intelligent action. Azure Stream Analytics tools for Visual Studio make it easier for you to develop, manage, and test Stream Analytics jobs. This year we provided two major updates in January and March, unleashing new useful features. In this blog we’ll introduce some of these capabilities and features to help you improve productivity.

Test partial scripts locally

In the latest March update we enhanced local testing capability. Besides running the whole script, now you can select part of the script and run it locally against the local file or live input stream. Click Run Locally or press F5/Ctrl+F5 to trigger the execution. Note that the selected portion of the larger script file must be a logically complete query to execute successfully.

Share inputs, outputs, and functions across multiple scripts

It is very common for multiple Stream Analytics queries to use the same inputs, outputs, or functions. Since these configurations and code are managed as files in Stream Analytics projects, you can define them only once and then use them across multiple projects. Right-click on the project name or folder node (inputs, outputs, functions, etc.) and then choose Add Existing

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22

Apr

Connect IIoT data from disparate systems to unlock manufacturing insights

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/connect-iiot-data-from-disparate-systems-to-unlock-manufacturing-insights/

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18

Apr

Put IoT in action to overcome public building safety challenges

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/put-iot-in-action-to-overcome-public-building-safety-challenges/

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