A behind-the-scenes look into Microsoft’s IoT & AI Insider Labs

 |   Sam George - Director, Azure IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are two of the most significant trends in technology. And understanding their direction, and how to embrace them, is something that companies of all sizes want to understand. As a technology leader for over two decades, Microsoft has been at the forefront of IoT and Advanced Analytics (AA) since their inception, and our IoT & AI Insider Labs are the focal point for our customers to embrace these trends, and work hand-in-hand with experts to take their products from proof-of-concept to commercial deployment.

Today on the Microsoft News Center , you can read about what it’s like to come to work with Microsoft engineers in solving the challenges of melding machines and data at the labs, which currently operate in Redmond, Washington, and Shenzhen, China, with another facility opening soon in Munich, Germany. The Microsoft IoT & AI Insider Labs bring together developers with Microsoft and industry experts to tap into the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence and fuel the digital transformation taking place across industries — from energy to retail to robotics.

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Each of our labs is hosted by resident experts who will help participants clean up hardware design, debug drivers, work on supporting applications, and demonstrate how to connect devices at scale. They can also help you understand Microsoft’s vast array of IoT, AI, and AA solutions capabilities, and how they can work with your technology to develop insights from data, and turn insights into action. The labs will even help manufacture small-scale hardware runs for devices designed and built by participating organizations.

In the Marie Curie room, named after the Nobel Laureate in physics, developers can build circuit boards from a range of machine tools, 3-D printers and other supplies. In the nearby Ada Lovelace room, named after the 19th century mathematician who wrote the first computing algorithm, coding and testing take center stage. Tools and expertise are on hand to help participants understand how their devices and software will perform in the real world — and correct potentially costly design flaws.

Work comes to fruition in the Mae Jemison room, where physical machines and code merge with analytics tools to help customers understand how to work with the data their solutions create, to glean insights and propel their organizational goals.

There’s a lot more detail in the story, so give it a read and see how Microsoft is working to enable companies in their digital transformation. To learn more about the IoT & AI Insider Labs, visit https://www.microsoftiotinsiderlabs.com/. And for more about what IoT can do for your business, please visit http://www.internetofyourthings.com.

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