Category Archives : Internet of Things

12

Sep

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/expanded-azure-maps-coverage-preview-of-azure-maps-feedback-site-and-more/This blog post was co-authored by Ricky Brundritt, Principal Technical Program Manager, Azure Maps. Azure Maps services continue to expand our support for Microsoft enterprise customers’ needs in Azure. And, we’ve been busy expanding our capabilities. Today we’re announcing Azure READ MORE

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11

Sep

Five best practices for unlocking IoT value

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/five-best-practices-for-unlocking-iot-value/Accenture and Avanade won the 2019 Microsoft Internet of Things Partner of the Year award this past spring. At the Microsoft Inspire partner conference in July, Brendan Mislin, Managing Director, Industry X.0 IoT Lead at Accenture, shared some insights and READ MORE

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08

Sep

Microsoft’s connected vehicle platform presence at IAA, the Frankfurt Auto Show

This post was co-authored by the extended Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) team. 

A connected vehicle solution must enable a fleet of potentially millions of vehicles, distributed around the world, to deliver intuitive experiences including infotainment, entertainment, productivity, driver safety, driver assistance. In addition to these services in the vehicle, a connected vehicle solution is critical for fleet solutions like ride and car sharing as well as phone apps that incorporate the context of the user and the journey.

Imagine you are driving to your vacation destination and you start your conference call from home while you are packing. When you transition to the shared vehicle, the route planning takes into account the best route for connectivity and easy driving and adjusts the microphone sensitivity during the call in the back seat. These experiences today are constrained to either the center-stack screen, known as the in-vehicle infotainment device (IVI), or other specific hardware and software that is determined when the car is being built. Instead, these experiences should evolve over the lifetime of ridership. The opportunity is for new, modern experiences in vehicles that span the entire interior and systems of a vehicle, plus experiences outside the vehicle, to create

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03

Sep

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-and-qualcomm-accelerate-ai-with-vision-ai-developer-kit/Artificial intelligence (AI) workloads include megabytes of data and potentially billions of calculations. With advancements in hardware, it is now possible to run time-sensitive AI workloads on the edge while also sending outputs to the cloud for downstream applications. AI READ MORE

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03

Sep

Petrofac transforms large-scale construction with Azure IoT

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/petrofac-transforms-large-scale-construction-with-azure-iot/ Figure 1. Petrofac is a leading oilfield services company Petrofac unlocks value for energy customers Petrofac, designs, builds, operates, and maintains oil, gas, and renewable energy assets. The company is committed to digital transformation. It looks to unlock value READ MORE

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26

Aug

Harnessing the power of the Location of Things with Azure Maps

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the beginning of accessing planetary-scale insights. With the mass adoption of IoT and the very near future explosion of sensors, connectivity, and computing, humanity is on the cusp of a fully connected, intelligent world. We will be part of the generation that realizes the data-rich, algorithmically deterministic lifestyle the world has never seen. The inherent value of this interconnectedness lies within the constructs of human nature to thrive. Bringing all of this information together with spatial intelligence has been challenging to say the least. Until today.

Today, we’re unveiling a cross-Azure IoT collaboration simplifying the use of location and spatial intelligence used in conjunction with IoT messaging. The result is the means for customers to use Azure IoT services to stay better informed about their “things” in terms of space. Azure IoT customers can now implement IoT spatial analytics using Azure Maps. Providing spatial intelligence to IoT devices means greater insights into not just what’s happening, but where it’s happening.

Azure Maps provides geographic context for information and, as it pertains to IoT, thus geographic insights based on IoT information. Customers are using Azure Maps and Azure IoT for monitoring movement of assets

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22

Aug

IoT Plug and Play is now available in preview

Today we are announcing that IoT Plug and Play is now available in preview! At Microsoft Build in May 2019, we announced IoT Plug and Play and described how it will work seamlessly with IoT Central. We demonstrated how IoT Plug and Play simplifies device integration by enabling solution developers to connect and interact with IoT devices using device capability models defined with the Digital Twin definition language. We also announced a set of partners who have launched devices and solutions that are IoT Plug and Play enabled. You can find their IoT Plug and Play certified devices at the Azure Certified for IoT device catalog.

With today’s announcement, solution developers can start using Azure IoT Central or Azure IoT Hub to build solutions that integrate seamlessly with IoT devices enabled with IoT Plug and Play. We have also launched a new Azure Certified for IoT portal, for device partners interested to streamline the device certification submission process and get devices into the Azure IoT device catalog quickly.

This article outlines how solution developers can use IoT Plug and Play devices in their IoT solutions, and how device partners can build and certify their products to be listed in the

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20

Aug

Azure Sphere’s customized Linux-based OS
Azure Sphere’s customized Linux-based OS

Security and resource constraints are often at odds with each other. While some security measures involve making code smaller by removing attack surfaces, others require adding new features, which consume precious flash and RAM. How did Microsoft manage to create a secure Linux based OS that runs on the Azure Sphere MCU?

The Azure Sphere OS begins with a long-term support (LTS) Linux kernel. Then the Azure Sphere development team customizes the kernel to add additional security features, as well as some code targeted at slimming down resource utilization to fit within the limited resources available on an Azure Sphere chip. In addition, applications, including basic OS services, run isolated for security. Each application must opt in to use the peripherals or network resources it requires. The result is an OS purpose-built for Internet of Things (IoT) and security, which creates a trustworthy platform for IoT experiences.

At the 2018 Linux Security Summit, Ryan Fairfax, an Azure Sphere engineering lead, presented a deep dive into the Azure Sphere OS and the process of fitting Linux security in 4 MiB of RAM. In this talk, Ryan covers the security components of the system, including a custom Linux Security Module, modifications and

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28

Jul

Announcing general availability for the Azure Security Center for IoT

As organizations pursue digital transformation by connecting vital equipment or creating new connected products, IoT deployments will get bigger and more common. In fact, IDC forecasts that IoT will continue to grow at double digit rates until IoT spending surpasses $1 trillion in 2022. As these IoT deployments come online, newly connected devices will expand the attack surface available to attackers, creating opportunities to target the valuable data generated by IoT.

Organizations understand the risks and are rightly worried about IoT. Bain’s research shows that security concerns are the top reason organizations have slowed or paused IoT rollouts*. Because IoT requires integrating many different technologies (heterogenous devices must be linked to IoT cloud services that connect to analytics services and business applications), organizations face the challenge of securing both the pieces of their IoT solution and the connections between those pieces. Attackers target weak spots; even one weak device configuration, cloud service, or admin account can provide a way into your solution. Your organization must monitor for threats and misconfigurations across all parts of your IoT solution: devices, cloud services, the supporting infrastructure, and the admin accounts who access them.

To give your organization IoT threat protection and security posture

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23

Jul

IoT sensors and wearables revolutionize patient care

When was the last time you or a loved one went to the doctor or hospital? Things have changed dramatically over the last few years, with kiosks to register, portals to track your health history, and texts reminding you about upcoming appointments.

These changes have made a difference in how we interact with our healthcare providers. But there are more changes, not on the horizon, but here today. It is estimated as many as 50 billion medical devices will connect to clinicians, health systems, patients, and to each other.

Cardiac patient monitoring improvements

Imagine that you or a family member have periodic symptoms of irregular heartbeats, an all too common medical disorder known as an arrhythmia. If persistent, an arrhythmia can cause blood to clot in the heart, significantly increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. If caught early, a clot or blockage can be contained or cleared away and stent can be put in to keep blood flowing normally. In the US, more than 1.8 million stents are implanted annually, along with countless other preventative cardiac procedures to treat the 28.2 million US adults with diagnosed heart disease. Following any cardiac related procedure, a patient is typically

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