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Tuesday, October 29 2019 - 00:00
Microsoft announces new capabilities for a seamless, smart and secure IoT world
REDMOND, Washington, Oct. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

New solutions deliver IoT innovations from cloud to edge

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced new capabilities that further 
simplify the customer journey and deliver highly secured IoT solutions. These 
solutions help customers embrace IoT as a core strategy to drive better 
business outcomes, improve safety and address social issues by predicting and 
preventing equipment failures, optimizing smart buildings for space utilization 
and energy management, improving patient outcomes and worker safety, tracking 
assets across a supply chain, and more.

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The proliferation of IoT devices is enabling companies to bring cloud 
intelligence to the edge, to create solutions that are adaptive and responsive 
to their environments. According to IDC,[1] 41.6 billion devices -- including 
smartphones, smart home assistants and smart appliances -- will be connected to 
the internet by 2025. Even sooner, by 2021, 94% of businesses surveyed will be 
using IoT, according to a recent Microsoft IoT Signals research report ( 
) and, in nearly every case (97%), those companies are concerned about 
potential security risks.

"At Microsoft, we are committed to building a trusted, easy-to-use platform 
that allows our customers and partners to build seamless, smart, secure 
solutions regardless of where they are in the IoT journey," said Sam George, 
CVP of Azure IoT at Microsoft. "That's why we are investing $5B in IoT and 
intelligent edge ( 
) -- technology that is accelerating ubiquitous computing and bringing 
unparalleled opportunity across industries."

Delivering new IoT innovations from cloud to edge

Our core focus is addressing the challenge of securing connected devices at 
every layer while advancing IoT to create a seamless experience between the 
physical and digital worlds. In the past year, we launched more than 100 
new services and features ( 
) that make IoT solutions more secure and scalable, reduce complexity, and 
create opportunities in new market areas.

Making IoT seamless 
IoT Central is a fully managed IoT app platform that provides solution builders 
with built-in security, scale and extensibility needed to develop 
enterprise-grade IoT solutions. New features to IoT Central simplify challenges 
of building and deploying scalable and affordable enterprise applications:

    - 11 new industry-focused application templates to accelerate solution 
      builders across retail, healthcare, government and energy.
    - API support for extending IoT Central or integrating it with other 
      solutions, including API support for device modelling, provisioning, 
      lifecycle management, operations and data querying. 
    - IoT Edge support, including management for edge devices and IoT Edge 
      module deployments, which enable customers to deploy cloud workloads, 
      including AI, directly to connected devices. 
    - IoT Plug and Play support, for rapid device development and 
    - The ability to Save & Load applications to enable application 
    - More Data Export options for continually exporting data to other Azure 
      PaaS services, such as storage for rich analytics. 
    - Multitenancy support for building and managing a single application 
      with multiple tenants, each with their own isolated data, devices, 
      users and roles. And updates to that single application are visible 
      to all tenants for easy manageability. 
    - Custom user roles for fine-grained access control to data, actions 
      and configurations in the system. 
    - New pricing model for early 2020, designed to help customers and 
      partners have predictable pricing as usage scales.

Making IoT smarter 
Azure IoT Hub helps enterprise developers reduce costs and optimize operations 
through IoT cloud applications. New capabilities with IoT Hub message 
enrichment ( 
) add the ability to stamp messages coming from devices with rich information 
before they are sent to downstream cloud services, making integration easy. IoT 
Hub integrates with Azure Event Grid ( 
), making it easy to consume IoT Hub device messages from an even broader 
variety of downstream services. 

Azure Maps customers can add geospatial weather intelligence into their 
applications to enable scenarios like weather-based routing, weather-based 
targeted marketing and weather-based operations optimization, in partnership 
with AccuWeather. Azure Maps will now be available on Gov Cloud, simplifying 
the onboarding process for customers.

Azure Time Series Insights is announcing new preview capabilities including:

    - Multilayered storage provides the best of both worlds: lightning fast 
      access to frequently used data ("warm data") and fast access to 
      infrequently used historical data ("cold data"). 
    - Flexible cold storage: Historical data is stored in a customer's own 
      Azure Storage account, giving customers complete control of their IoT 
      data. Data is stored in open source Apache Parquet format, enabling
      predictive analytics, machine learning and other custom computations 
      using familiar technologies including Spark, Databricks and Jupyter. 
    - Rich analytics: Rich query APIs and user experience support 
      interpolation, new scalar and aggregate functions, categorical 
      variables, scatter plots, and time shifting between time series signals 
      for in-depth analysis. 
    - Enterprise-grade scale: Scale and performance improvements at all 
      layers, including ingestion, storage, query and metadata/model. 
    - Extensibility and integration: New Time Series Insights Power BI 
      connector allows customers to take queries from Time Series Insights 
      into Power BI to get a unified view in a single pane of glass.

Through our Express Logic acquisition ( 
), Azure RTOS continues to enable new intelligent capabilities. It unlocks 
access to billions of new connected endpoints and grows the number of devices 
that can seamlessly connect to Azure. Renesas is a top microcontroller unit 
(MCU) manufacturer that shares our vision of making IoT development as easy and 
seamless as possible, and we are excited to announce that Azure RTOS will be 
broadly available across Renesas' products, including the Synergy and RA MCU 
families. It is already integrated into the Renesas Synergy Software Package 
and will be integrated out of box with the Renesas RA Flexible Software Package.

Making IoT more secure 
We have added new features to Azure Security Center for IoT with the 
announcement of a Security Partner program and support for national clouds, and 
we are excited to announce the upcoming general availability of Azure Sphere in 
February 2020.  

Enabling a future of intelligent and secure computing at the edge for 
organizations, enterprises and consumers will require advances in computer 
architecture all the way down to the chip level, with security built in from 
the beginning. Microsoft Azure Sphere is taking a holistic approach to securing 
the intelligent edge and IoT from the silicon to the cloud in a way that gives 
customers flexibility and control. For example, Qualcomm recently announced ( 
) a partnership with Microsoft to develop mobile hardware for Microsoft's Azure 
Sphere IoT operating system. 

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era 
of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower 
every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

[1]IDC, Worldwide Global DataSphere IoT Device and Data Forecast, 2019-2023, 
Doc # US45066919, May 2019 

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