Category Archives : Internet of Things

18

Jul

Getting started with IoT: how to connect, secure, and manage your “things”

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the go-to solutions for executives looking for more and better insights about their business. Collectively, IoT is made up of a network of devices and sensors, otherwise known as things, which connect to a company’s network and the cloud by various means. These devices generate data about the organization and its operations, and stream it to data stores and apps where it can be analyzed and acted upon. The resulting insights enable organizations to take action in response to something that has already happened, or which is expected to.

But the value of the data an IoT solution generates depends largely on how effectively you deploy and manage the devices. In addition to their breadth of form factors (from an incredibly small footprint to the size of a manufacturing assembly line), devices also have numerous capabilities and can be controlled at a minute scale. Once installed, they’re designed to perform their jobs without having to be physically touched again. Some operating characteristics may include:

Automatic operation Limited power Limited connectivity Difficult to access Only accessible through the backend Susceptible to being tampered with by the public Managed by special protocols

To help

12

Jul

New Azure innovation advances customer success for the cloud- and AI-powered future

Organizations around the world are gearing up for a future powered by the intelligent cloud and AI. As these technologies become increasingly central to business strategy and transformation, Microsoft is committed to delivering cutting-edge innovations, programs and expertise that help our customers navigate these technological and business shifts.

At its core, Microsoft is a platform company. That’s why we’re constantly expanding our global reach and adding new innovation to Azure – so all of our customers, everywhere, can succeed. We rely on our vast partner network to help us deliver end-to-end value to organizations of all sizes, all around the world.

I always come back to Microsoft’s mission when preparing for our signature events, and with Microsoft Inspire starting in a few days, I am reminded how powerful it is to work at a company that is rooted in others’ successes. We’ve made it our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It’s a bold ambition and one I take seriously. Together with our partners, we’re working to ensure our customers are successful in the midst of rapid technological innovation.

Today, we’re introducing new offers and technologies that will help organizations navigate their

12

Jul

Azure IoT Central available for partners to manage and extend customer solutions

As more and more enterprises begin to see value from IoT and digital transformation, many businesses still need help building the necessary digital capabilities. That’s where our partners truly shine. Azure IoT Central brings the simplicity of SaaS for IoT so partners can focus on delivering the business value to their customers, no cloud expertise required. Today, at Inspire 2018, we are adding several features that provide an easy avenue to partner types across the IoT ecosystem to benefit from IoT.

Since entering public preview IoT Central has implemented a number of new features, capabilities, and usability improvements. Features made available today make it easy for partners to resell, manage and extend customer solutions.

Azure IoT Central now available in Azure CSP

Azure IoT Central now supports Azure CSP subscriptions. Leverage the power of CSP to add managed services and have end-to-end ownership of the customer lifecycle and relationship for Microsoft Azure. Partners are empowered to manage sales, own the billing relationship, provide technical and billing support and be the customers’ single point of contact. In addition, CSP provides a full set of tools including a self-service portal and accompanying APIs to easily provision, manage and provide billing for their

09

Jul

Power BI Embedded dashboards with Azure Stream Analytics

Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed “serverless” PaaS service in Azure built for running real-time analytics on fast moving streams of data. Today, a significant portion of Stream Analytics customers use Power BI for real-time dynamic dashboarding. Support for Power BI Embedded has been a repeated ask from many of our customers, and today we are excited to share that it is now generally available.

What is Power BI Embedded?

Power BI Embedded simplifies how ISVs and developers can quickly add stunning visuals, reports, and dashboards to their apps. By enabling easy-to-navigate data exploration in their apps, ISVs help their customers make quick, informed decisions in context. This also enables faster time to market and competitive differentiation for all parties.

Additionally, Power BI Embedded enables users to work within the familiar development environments, Visual Studio or Azure.

Using Azure Stream Analytics with Power BI Embedded

Using Power BI with Azure Stream Analytics allows users of Power BI Embedded dashboards to easily visualize insights from streaming data within the context of the apps they use every day. With Power BI Embedded, users can also embed real-time dashboards right in their organization’s web apps.

No changes are required for your existing

09

Jul

Power BI Embedded dashboards with Azure Stream Analytics

Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed “serverless” PaaS service in Azure built for running real-time analytics on fast moving streams of data. Today, a significant portion of Stream Analytics customers use Power BI for real-time dynamic dashboarding. Support for Power BI Embedded has been a repeated ask from many of our customers, and today we are excited to share that it is now generally available.

What is Power BI Embedded?

Power BI Embedded simplifies how ISVs and developers can quickly add stunning visuals, reports, and dashboards to their apps. By enabling easy-to-navigate data exploration in their apps, ISVs help their customers make quick, informed decisions in context. This also enables faster time to market and competitive differentiation for all parties.

Additionally, Power BI Embedded enables users to work within the familiar development environments, Visual Studio or Azure.

Using Azure Stream Analytics with Power BI Embedded

Using Power BI with Azure Stream Analytics allows users of Power BI Embedded dashboards to easily visualize insights from streaming data within the context of the apps they use every day. With Power BI Embedded, users can also embed real-time dashboards right in their organization’s web apps.

No changes are required for your existing

03

Jul

What’s new in Azure IoT Central
What’s new in Azure IoT Central

Azure IoT Central brings the simplicity of SaaS for IoT with built-in support for IoT best practices, and world class security and scalability with no cloud expertise required. We have been constantly adding new features, and true to the promise of SaaS applications, you can just start using these features right away to build production-grade applications without worrying about managing infrastructure.

Since entering public preview, IoT Central has implemented a number of new features, capabilities, and usability improvements. We will dive deeper in to many of these features in the future, but for now we’d like to focus broadly on what new features have landed in IoT Central.

State measurement

Previously, devices could be measured by telemetry or by events triggered. Now, users can measure their devices qualitatively by defining device states. State measurement enables devices to report the current state of the overall device or its components. For example, a connected air conditioner may have two states (stopped and operating), and a user can see all connected devices and their current state. For more information, please visit the state measurement documentation.

Event monitoring template

IoT Central is continuing to expand remote monitoring capabilities by adding support for device

03

Jul

What’s new in Azure IoT Central
What’s new in Azure IoT Central

Azure IoT Central brings the simplicity of SaaS for IoT with built-in support for IoT best practices, and world class security and scalability with no cloud expertise required. We have been constantly adding new features, and true to the promise of SaaS applications, you can just start using these features right away to build production-grade applications without worrying about managing infrastructure.

Since entering public preview, IoT Central has implemented a number of new features, capabilities, and usability improvements. We will dive deeper in to many of these features in the future, but for now we’d like to focus broadly on what new features have landed in IoT Central.

State measurement

Previously, devices could be measured by telemetry or by events triggered. Now, users can measure their devices qualitatively by defining device states. State measurement enables devices to report the current state of the overall device or its components. For example, a connected air conditioner may have two states (stopped and operating), and a user can see all connected devices and their current state. For more information, please visit the state measurement documentation.

Event monitoring template

IoT Central is continuing to expand remote monitoring capabilities by adding support for device

28

Jun

How tech is moving the insurance industry to be more customer-focused

Insurers need to become the home page for their customers. A home page is a source of meaningful, targeted and useful content that the customer seeks out. Technology can now deliver innovative solutions directly to insurance customers. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are delivering targeted content continually from multiple sources, including data generated from IoT devices owned by customers, in real time. Focusing on the customer will make the relationship more valuable to the consumer, and will increase the number of interactions with the insurance company. Technology is making that happen from the point of first interaction. For example, when a potential customer interacts with a company’s website, or with an app powered by bots. Then the company uses AI to make sure the products are correctly matched and priced for the customer. As the needs of the customer changes, the enterprise delivers continuing, direct support.

A survey by InsuranceNexus in June 2018, titled Insurance Customer Engagement Europe, 400 senior insurance executives were surveyed, 91 percent agreed that the insurance industry must become more customer-centric. With that, Bain reports that insurance companies can boost revenues, improve margins and most importantly, sustain the loyalty of their very demanding customers.

27

Jun

Automatic device management, module identity, and module twin are now generally available

Last month, we released Azure IoT Hub automatic device management, and module identity and module twins. Each of these features enable scenarios to enhance device management capabilities within your IoT application built on Azure IoT Hub. Today, we are excited to announce that they are generally available with the same great support you’ve come to know and expect from Azure IoT services.

Automatic device management

Automatic device management automates many of the repetitive and complex tasks of managing large device fleets over the entirety of their lifecycles. With automatic device management, you can target a set of devices based on their properties, define a desired configuration, and let IoT Hub update devices whenever they come into scope. We offer two services in automatic device management for different scenarios – automatic device configurations and IoT Edge automatic deployments.

Automatic device configurations

Automatic device configurations provides the ability to perform IoT device configuration at scale including updating settings, installing software, and updating firmware with reporting and conflict resolution automatically handled. It provides an additional layer of capability by building upon existing platform primitives, namely device twins, and queries.

With general availability support comes expanded SDK support. We now support service SDKs

27

Jun

Automatic device management, module identity, and module twin are now generally available

Last month, we released Azure IoT Hub automatic device management, and module identity and module twins. Each of these features enable scenarios to enhance device management capabilities within your IoT application built on Azure IoT Hub. Today, we are excited to announce that they are generally available with the same great support you’ve come to know and expect from Azure IoT services.

Automatic device management

Automatic device management automates many of the repetitive and complex tasks of managing large device fleets over the entirety of their lifecycles. With automatic device management, you can target a set of devices based on their properties, define a desired configuration, and let IoT Hub update devices whenever they come into scope. We offer two services in automatic device management for different scenarios – automatic device configurations and IoT Edge automatic deployments.

Automatic device configurations

Automatic device configurations provides the ability to perform IoT device configuration at scale including updating settings, installing software, and updating firmware with reporting and conflict resolution automatically handled. It provides an additional layer of capability by building upon existing platform primitives, namely device twins, and queries.

With general availability support comes expanded SDK support. We now support service SDKs