Microsoft announces Microsoft IoT Central, a new SaaS solution to simplify IoT

Microsoft today is announcing Microsoft IoT Central, a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution to simplify IoT solutions. Built on the power of the Azure cloud, it is a is a fully managed SaaS offering for customers and partners that enable powerful IoT scenarios without requiring cloud solution expertise.

According to Microsoft, Microsoft IoT Central "simplifies the development process and makes it easy and fast for customers to get started, making the digital transformation more accessible to everyone." It will be available alongside Microsoft's platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution, Azure IoT Suite, and could dramatically increase the speed at which manufacturers can innovate and bring new products to market. The following technologies and programs will add to the Microsoft IoT portfolio.

  • Azure Time Series Insights: A fully managed analytics, storage, and visualization service that makes it simple for customers to interactively and instantly explore and analyze billions of events from an IoT solution.
  • Azure IoT Suite Connected Factory: A new preconfigured solution in the Azure IoT Suite: Connected Factory, which helps accelerate a customer’s journey to Industrie 4.0 and makes it easy to connect on-premises OPC UA and OPC Classic devices to the Microsoft cloud and get insights to help drive operational efficiencies.
  • Microsoft Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service: The new Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning service simplifies the enrollment process, enabling organizations to automatically register and provision their devices to IoT Hub in a secure and scalable way while saving time and resources.
  • Azure Stream Analytics on edge devices: A new feature of Azure Stream Analytics that extends the benefits of this unique streaming technology from the cloud down to the device level.
  • Azure IoT now supports DICE and HSM industry wide security standards: Azure IoT now supports the industrywide security standards Device Identity Composition Engine (DICE) and Hardware Security Module (HSM).

You can dive into the full details by visiting the Microsoft IoT blog. And, you can also visit to learn more about how Microsoft IoT can transform your life.

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