Internet of Things https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot Microsoft Internet of Things Blog Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 77982353 Azure4Research program announces winning IoT solutions https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/23/azure4research-program-announces-winning-iot-solutions/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:00:02 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21530 Read more »]]> Research thrives on data – from gigabytes to terabytes and even petabytes of data, depending on the field or institution. Yet many researchers lack access to the computing power and analytical tools to unlock the insights hidden in these mountains of data.

That’s why Microsoft started the Azure4Research (A4R) program in 2013, which brings together forward-leaning research and pioneering applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the market. Six times a year,  Microsoft invites researchers and educators at top research universities to apply for free Azure cloud computing resources, including the Azure IoT Suite, which provides an easy-to-use platform to connect devices to the cloud.

The latest round of A4R winners represent innovative leaders in areas such as climate research, industrial automation, electrical engineering, and green building technologies. Highlights of the winning IoT solutions include:

  • The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) at Sheffield University will explore the collective use of wireless sensor nodes and cloud-based predictive analytics technologies to monitor the performance of machinery typically found in an industrial setting. Researchers will gain a better understanding of the design and performance limitations of wireless sensing and inspire engineering students about the potential of IoT.
  • The Tennessee Technological University (TTU) College of Engineering will continue its IoT Platform for engineering, education and research program (IoT PEER), a testbed for education, exploration and research of IoT, based upon Arduino, Raspberry PI and Zigbee technologies. Ongoing projects are focused on the areas of fisheries revitalization and management of 3D printers and projectors in the classroom.
  • The University of Liverpool School of Environmental Science is conducting a feasibility study for developing a software service in the cloud that would streamline the development of cross-platform apps for generating climate data. Once completed, researchers will have developed a cloud-based service that consumes various data sources and connects with a variety of apps; a functional model for using apps, algorithms, sensors and open data services to disseminate research data; and a functional prototype demonstrating the value of the framework.
  • The Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) at Harvard University Graduate School of Design is focused on developing new processes, systems, and products that will transform the building industry. As part of the upcoming CGBC HouseZero project, an existing three-story home will be renovated and equipped with a range of technologies, including building automation, data visualization, augmented reality, embedded sensors, machine learning and data analysis.
  • Queen’s University is researching how to simplify the development and effective use of IoT systems. For this project, researchers will assess the needs of IoT developers and customers, and develop a prototype service that: identifies a customer’s needs, provides a list of relevant services upon which the solution to their need is based, and automatically configures the individual apps that make up the solution.
  • The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is researching how data visualization and algorithms could lead to improved management of the generation and distribution of electricity across power grids. Part of the research will involve the use of high performance computing resources to simulate of a power grid containing as many as 100,000 buses.

Winners received a grant for Azure cloud platform resources and infrastructure that enable powerful predictive analytics and management of IoT sensors and devices and see their project to fruition. In return, winners will develop case studies and curriculum for hands-on projects and make them freely available to the academic research community through publication and sharing platforms.

Researchers who solved data-intensive challenges submitted their proposals, and IoT experts from Microsoft Research chose the winning entries. A4R is funded and managed by Microsoft Research.

For more information on how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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Webinar: Expert insights and real-world success stories show how IoT can help to transform your business https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/19/join-our-webinar-to-learn-how-to-harness-the-business-value-of-iot/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:06 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21551 Read more »]]> The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling digital transformation and driving new business value in companies of all sizes, across multiple industries. By connecting people, assets, processes, and systems, IoT helps business leaders make better-informed decisions that improve efficiency, cut costs, generate more revenue and elevate customer experiences.

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM PT/ 1:00 PM ET for the webinar: Digital Transformation and the Internet of Things. Through real-world examples and customer success stories, Microsoft Azure IoT marketing leader Peter Cooper will show you how IoT technology can benefit your company. We’ll also share IoT best practices to help you get started on the right path and ways to navigate the stages of an IoT solution to maximize value.

Register for the webinar here. And to learn more about how IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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Unmasking the real value of IoT https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/18/unmasking-the-real-value-of-iot/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:43 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21506 Read more »]]> If you’ve been following the news around the Internet of Things (IoT), you’ve likely heard pundits singing its praises, talking about all the ways IoT technologies can drive business transformation. “At Microsoft we believe in the tremendous potential of IoT, but we also hear from our customers that realizing the benefits of IoT quickly can be a business challenge.”

In Unmasking IoT: The Real Value Behind the Hype, we help business leaders understand the true value IoT can bring. It illuminates some of the ways IoT is being used across different industries and answers questions like:

  • What can IoT do for my business?
  • Should I be worried about IoT security and privacy?
  • How do I make IoT safe for my business?
  • How do the different IoT vendors stack up?
  • And what is the business case for a connected washing machine, anyway?

This article will help you explain IoT to your colleagues and customers – and even reveal some ways you hadn’t thought of that IoT can help you uncover new business value.

Read the full article for more on the value of IoT. And for more information on other ways IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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Enhance cross-channel retail personalization with IoT https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/16/enhance-cross-channel-retail-personalization-with-iot/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:00:51 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21458 Read more »]]> For retailers, the Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing administrative processes like managing supply chains, tracking inventory, and monitoring refrigeration units. But IoT extends far beyond the back office for retail – it also has the potential to increase conversion rates and deepen customer engagement by driving personalized marketing. Using in-store beacons, retailers can recognize when a mobile app user is nearby and reach them with personalized content. Location-based marketing powered by IoT beacons will drive an estimated $44 billion in retail sales this year, up from $4 billion in 2015.

By leveraging beacons, sensors, and strong cross-channel analytics, retailers can direct personalized messages and promotions to a customer’s phone, wearable, or an adaptive digital sign in the store. Plus, IoT devices can sense where customers are spending time inside the store, giving retailers valuable additional data about customer preferences.

The Retail Personalization solution from Plexure and Microsoft is an IoT-driven CRM solution that enables brands to provide a contextual, personalized and engaging in-store experience. Read on to see how Plexure’s IoT capabilities can help you solve three marketing challenges: activation, engagement, and retention.

Activate new customers

IoT-driven personalization turns shoppers into loyal customers faster. In-store IoT devices allow you to reach customers with relevant content in the store, which increases their spending and drives return visits. For example, if a customer has been browsing for an item online, you could nudge them toward the final purchase by offering them a special pricing when they reach the store. If they have something in their virtual shopping cart, a beacon could direct them to the aisle where they can find it. Location-based push messages like this have the power to double redemption rates – even more so if you personalize offers further with context like weather, time of day, and local events (so you are not offering ice cream in a snowstorm). A global convenience store retailer working with Plexure increased mobile transactions by 73% by targeting customers based on their spending habits and digital behavior. When you give customers the deals that are most relevant to them, they are more likely to come back for more.

Optimize customer engagement

In addition to activating new customers, IoT-driven personalization enhances in-store customer engagement by tailoring in-store marketing. In the same way IoT technology pushes personalized content to devices, it can also prompt relevant messages to appear on adaptive digital signs in the store. This type of personalization makes in-store marketing more persuasive – digital signs are 34% more effective than traditional signs for the same advertisement. For example, a beacon can identify a nearby customer and present an ad for something they’ve recently clicked on in the app. Additionally, shelf sensors can identify when something is picked up and trigger a relevant promotional video on an adjacent screen. One major furniture retailer placed digital screens in every department that reminded nearby customers of things on their wish list. Targeted customers purchased the suggested product 18% more often, and had a 25% larger average check than customers who didn’t see targeted content. With IoT-connected stores, you have more changes to engage customers with compelling offers.

Retain loyal customers

Finally, IoT technology helps you take your loyalty program to the next level. IoT-driven CRM not only provides loyalty members with VIP deals when they visit the store, but it senses how customers navigate the store IoT and CRM solutions as well. This additional data gives you a better idea of customer preferences – like the departments they spend the most time in or the days of the week they like to visit stores – which in turn improves personalized offers. For example, if your data shows a customer spent a significant amount of time in the luggage aisle but left empty-handed, you can use that insight to retarget them online or during their next store visit. Loyalty programs are key to cultivating lasting customer relationships, and IoT-based CRM gives you means to make your program stand out from the competition.

Enhancing retail personalization

Adding IoT on top of your CRM solution gives you the power to unify your personalization strategy across digital and real-world channels. The Retail Personalization solution from Plexure integrates IoT-enabled CRM from Microsoft to deliver seamless customer engagement in stores and online. The solution merges in-store data with other data sources like mobile, web, social to give you a truly 360-degree view of each customer and deliver consistent personalized content across channels. It also brings in external data sources like weather, traffic, and events to exploit changing conditions in real time. When you’re ready to get started, you can download check out Plexure’s solution on AppSource today.

If you’re ready to learn more about how Microsoft can help you transform your customers’ retail experience through personalization, demand forecasting and more, read our whitepaper on “Retail Insights: Harnessing the Power of Data”.

And for more information on how Microsoft IoT solutions can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com

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From the Internet of Oysters, a pearl of an idea emerges… https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/11/from-the-internet-of-oysters-a-pearl-of-an-idea-emerges/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:00:04 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21290 Read more »]]> The Internet of Things (IoT) is literally making a difference in the field. And the estuary. And the bay. Today, oyster farmers and growers are now using IoT to help them increase their yields and make the entire farm-to-table food chain more sustainable.

microsoft_barillabay_635The story of Ros Harvey’s entrée to the world of IoT and food production came in the form of a business problem: How to help Tasmanian farmers sustainably manage their oyster supply.

Always a problem solver, Harvey, CEO of The Yield, has cultivated a globe-spanning career in the worlds of social enterprise, international development and labor in the apparel industry. While not a technologist by training, she was an early adopter of Microsoft cloud technology as a way to connect, share and negotiate across continents, languages, governments and manufacturers.

When Harvey left her job with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and returned home to Tasmania, she set her sights on helping the local economy, where agriculture and aquaculture play a large role. In 2014, she founded The Yield, an agricultural technology startup, and put her problem-solving skills to work helping Tasmanian oyster farmers deal with ongoing challenges from weather and pollution.

microsoft_barillabay_1056Oysters feed by filtering nourishment from the water in marine estuaries. This makes them particularly susceptible to pollution. So when heavy rains fall, Australian regulators shut down oyster harvesting out of concern for potential contaminants in stormwater runoff. In the past, because there was no way to assess the real danger of contaminants other than monitoring rainfall, oyster farmers faced losses of millions of dollars each time there was a heavy rain.

In order to better assess the state of the water quality, Harvey and her team at The Yield used IoT to create a sort of “Internet of Oysters” – a series of real-time sensors, powered by Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite, that sit in the oyster estuaries, monitor the quality of the water around the oysters and send the data to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform where machine learning and advanced analytics deliver data-based predictions to both oyster growers and regulators via real-time dashboards.

The system was so successful The Yield turned its attention to helping other local farmers take advantage of IoT-based tools and technologies to sustainably manage their crop production as they cope with the growing uncertainty of weather and other challenges brought about by climate change.

“The Yield has two purposes, says Harvey: “Feed the world without wrecking the planet, and create public good with private effort.”

microsoft_houstons_c1_1644Harvey sees the transformative power in IoT technology, and has focused her company’s efforts on innovating new technologies and business models that help farmers, government regulators and the entire food supply chain work together more effectively. For example, IoT sensors in fruit and vegetable fields monitor and relay the weather’s effects – at the field, row and even plant level – to help farmers make better, faster decisions about when and how to plant, nourish, protect and harvest their crops.

By taking some the guesswork out of growing through IoT technology, farmers can save money and make the entire food chain, from farm to table, more sustainable.

Read more about Ros Harvey, The Yield and the Internet of Oysters on the Transform blog. And for more information about how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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Helping automakers drive innovation through connected cars https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/05/helping-automakers-drive-innovation-through-connected-cars/ Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:15:01 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21407 Read more »]]> Last year the average American spent more than 290 hours behind the wheel of a car – that’s roughly equivalent to seven 40-hour weeks – according to a report published by the AAA Foundation. When you expand that globally, the amount of time we spend driving is staggering. That’s why automakers like Renault-Nissan, Volvo, BMW and Toyota are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide new ways to help drivers stay safe, connected and productive during their time on the road.

By 2020, 90 percent of new cars will have connectivity capabilities1 and Microsoft is helping the automotive industry drive this transformation. Today at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, we announced the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, an offering built on the powerful Microsoft Azure cloud. It brings Microsoft’s intelligent services in virtual assistants, business applications, office services, visual analytics and productivity tools to the car, to reduce driver distractions and help drivers be even more mobile.

In her post on the Official Microsoft Blog, Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, shared more about how Microsoft is helping auto makers, tier-one suppliers and the entire automotive ecosystem revolutionize their businesses while supporting better driving experiences for customers.

No other manufacturing industry has done more to embrace the value of partnerships in delivering great products and customer experiences than the automotive industry. Likewise, in the software industry, Microsoft has the heritage and longstanding approach to partnerships and ecosystems that make us a trusted technology partner with many organizations world-wide.

That’s why we are bringing our software and cloud expertise to the automotive industry.  Working hand in hand with the automakers we know and trust to build the cars we love, Microsoft is sharing our expertise in developing, supporting and maintaining IoT technologies. Rather than attempting to build our own connected car, we’re providing automakers with a platform that does the heavy lifting across multiple areas of connectivity – empowering customers and partners with the cloud-based tools to connect services and data together. This enables automakers to focus on what they do best: creating innovative vehicles that deliver better, safer driving experiences.

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Using Azure IoT Hub to communicate between the car and the cloud and services like Cortana Intelligence, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform takes advantage of a set of core cloud services and productivity technologies that provide advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring of car features, in-car productivity and intelligent, personal assistance for drivers.

Renault-Nissan, which sells one in ten cars worldwide, is the first auto manufacturer to commit to the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform. They will be using it to power their next-generation connected services in their cars. These cars will offer advanced navigation and driver support using Cortana and will provide predictive maintenance assistance with remote monitoring of car features. During their CES keynote today, the company said they committed to the platform because of Microsoft’s flexibility, multi-OS and programming language support, enterprise-grade security and rigorous commitment to compliance.

Other automakers are embracing the platform as well. Microsoft is working with BMW on in-car productivity and an intelligent, personal driver assistant that can look at calendars, traffic, parking, routing and countless other factors to deliver more intuitive and seamless driving experiences. We’re also partnering with Volvo to integrate Skype for Business in Volvo’s 90 Series cars, and Toyota is using the platform to enable in-car services, personalized experiences, better safety, and smart city integration, among other scenarios.

The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform brings together the best of Microsoft technology to provide a trusted, back-end foundation for the creation of innovative connected car solutions. It combines Microsoft’s IoT expertise with sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence tools, advanced mapping services and end-to-end analytics that provide greater insights into vehicle usage. It also enables the integration of productivity and digital life services that take advantage of familiar Microsoft products like Cortana, Dynamics 365, Office, Power BI and Skype for Business. And thanks to Azure’s global cloud infrastructure with 38 datacenters around the world, including China, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle platform provides global availability, along with robust security, compliance and privacy measures – ever-present concerns in a connected world.

To learn more about how the Microsoft Connected Vehicle platform is helping automakers, OEMs and other ecosystem partners drive business value while creating personalized, productive, safer and more focused driving experiences, check out the post on the Official Microsoft Blog and our new Empowering Automotive Innovation whitepaper. For more information about how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

1 Telefónica, Connected Car Industry Report, 2014.

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Mattel nabi announces first-ever connected kids room, powered by IoT https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/05/mattel-nabi-announces-first-ever-connected-kids-room-powered-by-iot/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:24 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21359 Read more »]]> Parenting is a hectic job. From attending to a baby’s comfort to supporting and protecting children as they learn and grow, there’s never a dull moment. Even when children are in bed or playing in their rooms, parents must stay ever alert to kids’ engagement, needs and safety.

Mattel’s nabi brand — known for its innovative nabi tablet and other high-tech solutions for kids — has stepped up to help simplify the complex lives of parents with the launch of Aristotle, the first-of-its-kind connected platform for kids. Developed using Microsoft IoT technologies and just announced at CES, Aristotle not only comes to the rescue of many a frazzled parent, but it is also helping Mattel take its nabi business to the next level.

So what makes Aristotle different from other connected housewares?

Intuitive, all-in-one solution

nabi_aristotle_hub_front_glowAristotle moves connected home devices a step further by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI), voice, sight and sound into a single hub and camera, providing an intuitive, all-in-one solution that works with no need for additional devices or hardware — unlike the patchwork of devices and peripherals often needed to get your home connected (and that may or may not play nice with one another).

The offering also uses voice-activated, AI-driven technologies, including Microsoft Azure IoT Hub and IoT Stream Analytics, to help parents nurture, teach and protect their kids. The power of AI, including Cortana Intelligence, brings Speech to Text, LUIS, CRIS and Text to Speech functionality, allowing the platform to learn patterns and autonomously act upon user habits to aid in child development and learning.

With a built-in, LED, multiple-color lighting system and companion Wi-Fi camera, Aristotle can perform specialized AI functions on its own. Parents can establish autonomous “Do This When” protocols for a variety of unique situations. For example, the hub can soothe a crying baby with a lullaby, purchase diapers when supplies are low, read a bedtime story and even help kids learn a foreign language.

Seamless integration

Aristotle uses the flexibility of Azure IoT to adapt to kids’ needs as they grow up. Seamless integration with a wide variety of devices, back-end technologies, and application and web development tools means third-party companies can create new peripherals and integrated hardware for babies or kindergartners with ease.

Aristotle connects with Wink, Wemo, Samsung Smart Things, hue, Zigbee and others. And nabi partners Silk Labs, BabyCenter, Little Pin, iHeart Radio, FEN Learning and Tipitap are already developing content such as parenting advice, books, music, lesson plans, games and more.

Secure and convenient

nabi_aristotle_cam_mountedMattel has also taken security very seriously by making sure Aristotle is both COPPA and HIPAA compliant, applying the same data safeguards as hospitals, and using 256-bit encryption to keep Aristotle’s video stream secure. And the only way to sync with Aristotle is to get very close to the hub (no more than five inches away), so there’s no threat of nosy neighbors or strangers looking in on kids from down the street.

The Aristotle platform and hub will be available this summer along with a connected smart baby monitor. The hub includes a baby camera, night light, changing light, white noise machine and lullaby speaker. E-commerce functionality is tied directly to key retail partners, enabling Aristotle to reorder baby-related necessities and look for online deals.

Content and peripherals available at launch will focus on infant needs and early learning. nabi’s software development kit will also be available at launch for partners to begin creating additional content for toddlers, school-age kids and tweens.

For more information about how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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Quest Institute inspires STEM students with new IoT-enabled space experiment platform https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2016/12/28/quest-institute-inspires-stem-students-with-new-iot-enabled-space-experiment-platform/ Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:00:18 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21254 Read more »]]> With the U.S. facing a shortfall of 3 million skilled workers in STEM-related fields by 2018, there’s no time like the present to get today’s youth excited and inspired about becoming the next generation of scientists. The Quest Institute recently partnered with Microsoft to do just that through a new project that takes the Internet of Things (IoT) to the final frontier—space.

In a post on the Windows Experience blog, Quest Institute Director of Innovation Danny Kim explains how Windows 10 IoT enabled Quest Institute to build a new experiment platform for the International Space Station (ISS), allowing students of all ages to participate in experiments aboard the ISS. The project not only coordinates and manages multiple student experiments off one platform, it also connects to servers on Earth to transfer data to and from the ISS. This has made space science experiments more affordable and accessible to more students, potentially making it easier for them to learn and become inspired to pursue a STEM career.

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This project also helped Quest Institute to solve one of engineering’s most difficult problems with space: to make a scalable science platform that can withstand the harshness of space. The joint initiative to create this “NextGen” ISS brought about new innovations through Windows 10 IoT to handle fault tolerance, which culminated in the first flight of this new platform. In fact, in October Quest’s NextGen ISS experiment platform flew aboard the Antares OA5 Mission rocket and its astronauts successfully connected to the experiment platform.

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For more details about how the next generation of entrepreneurs are using IoT, check out the full post on the Windows Experience blog. For more information on how IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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Bringing geographic context to IoT scenarios with TomTom, HERE and Esri https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2016/12/15/bringing-geographic-context-to-iot-scenarios-with-tomtom-here-and-esri/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:32 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21233 Read more »]]> The Internet of Things (IoT) is already a powerful platform for understanding massive amounts of data and quickly taking actionable insights from that information. As many businesses and professionals work with devices and assets around the world, the ability to leverage geographic-based data with existing IoT deployments provides new opportunities.

Whether in the public sector, retail, transportation logistics or even the connected car, location-based service (LBS) context awareness enables an entirely new set of scenarios. Take the connected car, for example: Today’s connected cars and tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles may run on gasoline, diesel, electricity or even hydrogen, but they will surely run on one other vital resource: data. Over 380 million connected cars will be on the road by 2021 and autonomous vehicles are only a few years away, predicts Business Insider.

Even if there’s no driver onboard, location-based services are crucial to connected cars, which receive information from the internet and in turn share data from their sensors to the cloud. As a first step in enabling these intelligent location-based services, on Dec. 14 in Detroit we brought together mapping technology leaders TomTom, HERE and Esri, which are partnering in our common goal to empower the auto industry and connected cars.

With these partners we will enable the industry with Microsoft Azure cloud technologies and robust geospatial data and services, so automotive companies can build and equip smart, connected cars that help people travel and get things done in new, safer and more efficient ways. Our ambition is to enable our global customers with location-based services differentiated by an open IoT platform, with large data sets and natively integrated functionality for developers, and deep connections with other data graphs for new scenarios. We envision a platform that offers choice, options for customization and opportunities to enable transformation across multiple industries.

Location-based services can have a tremendous impact in other IoT verticals as well, including the retail sector. In this space the ability to understand the geographic orientation of consumer shopping patterns can be very beneficial to both online and offline merchants. For retailers, being able to aggregate anonymous data on “where” shoppers are consuming is just as relevant to retail analysis as much as “what” and “how.” The same applies to the public sector, where the ability to aggregate population movement data (from cell phones, for example) can help cities better manage their transportation networks by knowing where to invest in transit or where to add more highway lanes, for instance. For manufacturing, being able to track how parts move within a warehouse or a logistics chain can help improve production efficiency.

With our partners, we’re enabling the concept of a “world graph,” for a diverse set of customers, with a new data index of physical places, objects and devices, and how they interconnect. We view partnerships as a path to enable innovative solutions tailored to customer needs. TomTom is equipping its automotive customers with products, such as its High Definition Map and RoadDNA, to push autonomous driving forward. Meanwhile, a new agreement with HERE lets us expand the use of its data and services into productivity scenarios in cars. A longtime partner, HERE powers location data in Bing, Cortana, Windows and Office, as well as the Bing Maps API.

With Esri, we have integrated its ArcGIS location-based services into the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and many other apps and services. Together these technologies will empower businesses from a wide range of industries to create and use location services quickly and easily. We believe the advanced analytics of the intelligent cloud plus the power of IoT to connect millions of devices will enable an array of valuable business and personal scenarios. We recently announced a preview of ArcGIS Maps for Power BI for compelling visualizations, and Esri software is already powering TomTom and HERE to collect and manage mapping data, spatial analytics, and geometric networks.

As the public sector, manufacturing, retail and auto industries turn to LBS for innovation and efficiency, IoT technology will power their journey.

Read the full story of how we’re partnering with mapping companies. To learn more about how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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Adafruit and Raspberry Pi help makers cook up fresh ideas for IoT https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2016/12/13/adafruit-and-raspberry-pi-help-makers-cook-up-fresh-ideas-for-iot/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:00:21 +0000 http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/?p=21152 Read more »]]> Limor “Ladayada” Fried is a fuchsia-haired rock star in the world of DIY electronics. From her background as an MIT hacker and engineer, she has become a successful entrepreneur, growing her company, Adafruit, into an online resource where makers of all ages and skill levels can learn about computers and electronics and turn their ideas into innovative products.

Now Ladayada is turning her attention to the Internet of Things (IoT), with the goal of educating innovators of all ages on its potential and supporting them with tools and documentation they need to become IoT developers.

raspberry_pi_img_5610To achieve this, she has launched Adafruit IO, a service built on the idea of “The Internet of Things for Everyone.” Adafruit IO takes advantage of open-source hardware, open-source code and Microsoft Azure IoT Starter Kits to help makers get up and running with real-world, cloud-connected IoT apps.

In her post on the Transform blog, Ladayada describes Adafruit IO as an IoT playground where both beginners and advanced users can test and use software and hardware (like IoT sensors and Raspberry Pi cameras) to create IoT projects.

She envisions people of many different skill levels and expertise participating and engaging in real-world problem-solving using IoT, “because you never know where a good idea will come from and you’ll never be able to guess every problem that needs to be solved.”

Check out Ladayada’s Transform blog post for more details on Adafruit IO. And for more information about how Microsoft IoT can transform your business, visit www.InternetofYourThings.com.

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