An Internet of Things (IoT) solution offers a multitude of business benefits from decreased operational costs to new revenue streams. But it also comes with a host of security considerations, including an ever-changing array of regulatory compliance requirements, demanding expert navigation and acute attention to detail. Below I’ve listed some of the critical questions to […]
Microsoft has agreed to power Baidu’s open source self-driving project outside of China, adding its Azure cloud infrastructure to the growing list of resources connected to the project. Baidu announced its intention to open source the project, named Apollo, in April. It has since signed up leading Chinese car manufacturers Chery Auto and Great Wall […]
Microsoft has unveiled the first smart thermostat that comes with integrated Cortana voice controls, built in partnership with Johnson Controls, an Irish manufacturing conglomerate. The thermostat, named GLAS, will run the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system, designed for Internet of Things devices like smart fridges, smoke detectors, and door locks. Users will be able […]
Microsoft announced on Thursday a new “software-as-a-service” (SaaS) offering, called IoT Central, aimed at reducing the complexity of building Internet of Things solutions. IoT Central allows developers to create software and hardware without cloud expertise, a necessity for large-scale IoT solutions in the past. Microsoft does not say exactly how the service reduces the need […]
When choosing a cloud platform, newcomers may only look at the cost, but many different business needs should be taken care of before making the final call. We hope to help you get a clear perspective on three major cloud platforms. Right now, there are three main players in the market: Google Cloud Platform (GCP), […]
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) has today announced a new traffic management system named NextTraffic, built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. CTS will utilize the cloud platform to analyze huge volumes of traffic data and provide governments with data on peak times, congestion, and potential accidents before they happen. CTS is most commonly known for its fare […]
Microsoft has not made any moves in the autonomous car space, but confirmed interest in building productivity suites or entire operating systems for automakers to integrate inside their cars. That came with the caveat that it will not build its own autonomous cars. Like Google, it wants to partner with automakers, but Microsoft is even […]
Sam George, director of Microsoft’s Azure IoT program, sat down with us to discuss how Azure IoT came about, his views on what IoT means today, why the hype is real — and what it will all mean in the future. George describes Microsoft’s decision to launch Azure IoT as an opportunity to examine what’s next in […]
Sigfox, the French startup that uses a cellular network to connect all thousands of devices together, has announced major expansion plans for the United States. The company plans to work with “strategic site owners” to ensure the Internet of Things (IoT) deployment goes smooth. The partnership gives Sigfox access to 230,000 tower, rooftop, and billboard […]
Microsoft continues its startup shopping spree with news it acquired Italian Internet of Things (IoT) firm Solair for an undisclosed amount. Solair provides software for companies to connect all internet devices to a hub and a hardware gateway to interface with the cloud. Microsoft Azure IoT partner director, Sam George, said that Solair’s services will […]
French wireless communications firm Sigfox has announced a collaboration with Microsoft’s Azure Internet of Things (IoT) hub. The collaboration allows Sigfox customers to use Microsoft Azure IoT for real-time analytics and automation of operations, while also utilizing Sigfox’s low-power, wide area communications network (LPWAN) to make an IoT system affordable and reliable. See Also: Microsoft’s […]
Guest author Baron Schwartz, an expert in MySQL, is the founder of VividCortex and the author of “High Performance MySQL.” He has helped build and scale some of the world’s largest web, social, gaming, and mobile properties. The industry is rapidly embracing Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS), cloud offering for companies looking to rent access to digital data […]
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