Microsoft IoT Central Helps Organizations Develop IoT Solutions Quickly with Little Code in Azure
Focus only on developing IoT solutions and none of the complex infrastructure thanks to Microsoft IoT Central powered by Azure.
If you’ve been on the fence regarding developing Internet of Things (IOT) solutions, you’ll likely be pleased to hear that Microsoft IoT Central was recently released. This IoT SaaS solution offers the ability to create IoT solutions quickly, securely, and with very little code, all while being hosted in the Azure cloud.
Why choose Microsoft IoT Central?
With Microsoft IoT Central, companies can build world-class IoT applications in hours, without having to worry about any of the infrastructure requirements necessary to host the solutions themselves. Microsoft’s goal is to allow IoT solutions to be available for everyone, not just organizations that have the capacity to build the necessary infrastructure to run these complex applications.
Microsoft IoT Central offers a wide array of features so that your development team can focus only on the IoT solution itself, not any of the complexities surrounding deploying or scaling it to the cloud.
Below are just a few of the features you’ll appreciate when using Microsoft IoT Central.
Microsoft IoT Central supports Azure Time Series Insights, a fully managed analytics service to help manage IoT applications. Easily track billions of events that could be streaming simultaneously from devices in use all across the country, or even the world.
Microsoft IoT Central uses a variety of dashboards that can be configured based on the necessary properties that you’re attempting to track. In short, with the analytics provided through Microsoft IoT Central, you’ll have full control over the datasets you want to track as well as how to present them so that you and your team can focus on only the data points that truly matter.
Consistent data management
When working with large numbers of devices, tracking can become quite complicated. For this reason, you can group devices into logical sets so that you can better analyze their specific data points.
Azure IoT Hub for security and connectivity
Microsoft IoT Central utilizes Azure IoT Hub to assist with connecting, securing, and communicating with devices, which gives users access to the following features:
• Access to a wide array of device libraries – Support for Azure IoT device SDKs in languages and platforms such as C, C#, Node.js, Java, and others.
• Device authentication – Each device has its own unique security key that’s used to securely connect to the cloud.
• Scalability – Instantly be able to support millions of connected devices thanks to the Azure ecosystem.
• Support for IoT protocols – Instantly have support for popular IoT protocols including HTTP 1.1, MQTT 3.1.1, and AMQP 1.0 for device connectivity.
Azure Active Directory support
Additional security measures are built into Microsoft IoT Central, including support for enterprise users through Azure Active Directory, as well as individual users through a Microsoft Account. Administrators can assign different roles to users to control access and privileges.
Wide array of available templates
To allow you to get the most out of Microsoft’s new IoT platform, they’re offering a 30-day free trial, where you’ll be able to connect up to 10 devices and utilize all the features of Microsoft IoT Central. You can create an IoT application of your own or use one of the many available templates to see the possibilities that abound when you combine the power of Azure and Microsoft IoT Central.
To learn more about launching a set of IoT devices in the cloud, contact the experts at MessageOps today.