Internet of Things
It has been only eight years since the smartphone emerged, introducing the new age of always-on mobile connectivity, and networked devices now already outnumber the people on the planet. By some estimates, within the next five years, the number of devices connected to the Internet will outnumber the people on the planet by over seven to one—50 billion machines, ranging from networked sensors to industrial robots.
Inexpensive computing power, cheap or free connectivity, and the relative ease with which new software and chips are connecting will make it possible for governments, companies, and even individuals to collect detailed data from IoT devices and automate them in some way.
IoT technology is a key part of the pitch for "smart cities," "smart buildings," "smart factories," and just about every other "smart" proposal from sensor manufacturers, networking companies, and big technology consultancies. Seemingly everyone is looking for a piece of the biggest potential collection of integration projects ever. Sometimes the "smart" is relatively close to the sensor itself, but it often relies on a remote cloud service or data center to process the information and control actions.
Using Microsoft’s Cloud Framework, Azure, your provided IoT services offering a broad range of capabilities. These enterprise grade services enable you to:
- Azure IoT suite packages together Azure IoT services with preconfigured solutions. These preconfigured solutions:
- Enable you to get started quickly with end-to-end implementations of common IoT scenarios.
- Showcase the patterns and practices that make them easily extensible, and that enable you to customize them to meet your business needs.
- Reduce the time to deliver your IoT solutions.
- Collect data from devices
- Analyze data streams in-motion
- Store and query large data sets
- Visualize both real-time and historical data
- Integrate with back-office systems