Microsoft announced on the 27th that they will actively support enterprises’ Internet of Things (IoT) and AI strategies through Microsoft Intelligent IoT solution. In order to facilitate the utilization of the core technologies of Industry 4.0, IoT and AI, Microsoft launched Software as a Service (SaaS) solution ‘IoT Central’. Additionally, Microsoft will promote digital transformation by expanding the global footage of its IoT & AI Insider Labs.
The next-generation IoT market is widely applied to agriculture, manufacturing, and energy, including areas related to our daily lives. Microsoft’s intelligent IoT includes Azure IoT Hub for device connectivity, monitoring and control, Stream Analytic for real-time data analysis, and a machine that predicts and analyzes data ahead of time. This means that IoT services, such as machine learning and AI, can be provided continuously on a single platform.
IoT Central is the first SaaS solution in the industry developed based on Azure cloud platform with simplified development process. IoT Central will be serviced with existing Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution Azure IoT Suite to lower the entry barriers and speed up the development time to market. It provides a flexible and scalable solution to fit a company’s needs and internal processes, with no need for special code or professional help to implement the IoT solutions.
As part of these efforts, there have already been cases of successful Intelligent IoT deployments overseas: ThyssenKrupp, a German elevator company, and The Yield, an agricultural technology company in Australia.
ThyssenKrupp installed its sensors in the elevators and collected operating information in a Azure cloud, and analyzed the collected data by using an Azure machine learning. It was possible to identify patterns of data related to elevator faults and to predict failures in the future. This allowed ThyssenKrupp to increase customer confidence in the company and reduce the cost of repair. In addition, it is expecting to improve the working efficiency through uses of mixed reality and Skype by adopting Hololens.
The Yield is taking the lead in building smart farms using Microsoft’s IoT technology. It uses Intelligent IoT to prevent the virus from the Pacific coasts harming oysters that are sensitive to water quality changes. The Yield has developed an algorithm that predicts how water quality will change by integrating data from Microsoft Azure Cloud, Australian National Weather Data, and water quality sensor data from oyster farms. By providing dashboard-type information to the oyster farms and related government agencies to easily see the data, it was possible to reduce oyster damage caused by deteriorating water quality and improve productivity by 25%.
In Korea, IoT technology is introduced by various companies to create new business. AirPro, by an embedded solution and IoT service provider SGA Embedded, is an intelligent IoT-based service that gathers ultra-fine dust pollution throughout the country and analyzes the collected data with Microsoft’s machine learning technology to identify fine dust pollution level in specific areas. Compared to conventional air measurement equipment, the air pollution level can be measured with very low installation cost. SGA Embedded has installed and operating AirPro in leading schools under the IlSunin City Board of Education, and is also in the process of partnering with various education offices and municipalities. Especially, the case AirPro installation at school is considered as a meaningful example of using latest IT technology for the health of children against a serious threat of ultra-fine dust.
LG CNS integrated data analytics services Azure IoT Hub, Azure machine learning, and Azure service fabric to its existing production management solution to provide PaaS solution that can process and analyze large scale and types of data in real time. LG CNS developed new business opportunities by transforming the existing solution that was provided as SI structure to a smart factory solution.
LG CNS uses the technology required for data analysis, including the Azure IoT Hub, Azure Machine Running, and Azer Service Fabrics, in its production management solution to collect and analyze real-time data of the huge amounts and types that are poured into the factory during production.
“Intelligent IoT is already making a variety of cases in Korea such as agriculture, home IoT, public sector and manufacturing,” said Kim Woo-sung, director of Microsoft cloud and enterprise division in Korea. Microsoft will help enterprises to grows businesses “in the era of the fourth industrial revolution by leveraging Microsoft Machine learning and AI solutions.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft has built Microsoft AI and Research Group, which consists of more than 5,000 scientists and engineers, to enhance the development of products and services that use new technologies such as IoT and AI. With 1,142 patents related to AI technology, Microsoft is continuously placing huge emphasis on technology investment and R & D.
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