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Azure IoT At a Glance

Over 75 percent of businesses are planning Internet of Things(IoT) projects as a key piece of their strategy for digital transformation. Whether it’s reducing cost and increasing efficiency delivering safer and more reliable operations, creating new revenue streams, or improving customer engagement, IoT is opening new opportunities for businesses in every industry. The Azure IoT is a collection of Microsoft-managed cloud services that connect, monitor, and control billions of IoT assets.

A IoT solution is made up of devices, back-end services, and the communication between the two.

Devices are generally made up of a circuit board with sensors attached that connect to the internet that typically communicate via a WiFi chip. Your device can communicate with back-end services in both directions.

Connecting devices securely and reliably is often the biggest challenge in IoT solutions. This is because IoT devices have different characteristics when compared to other clients such as browsers and mobile apps.

The back-end services of IoT include receiving, processing and storing telemetry at scale from devices, then analyzing this data to provide insights in real-time or at a later time. You can also send commands to the cloud from a device, control what devices connect to your infrastructure and monitor these activities as well.

There are several IoT-related services in Azure and it can be confusing to figure out which one you want to use including: IoT Central, IoT solution accelerators, IoT Hub, IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service, IoT Edge, Azure Digital Twins, Time Series Insights and Azure Maps.

For help with deciding what IoT solutions you want to deploy within Azure, give us a call today. 2W Tech is a full-service IT Consulting firm, specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry. We are also a Microsoft Gold Partner and have experts on staff that can assist you with your Microsoft journey.

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