|Microsoft announced that they’re actually planning to connect their devices through an IoT solution they can plug-and-play / Photo by: efes via Wikimedia Commons|
In the age of the internet of things (IoT), tech companies are finding it increasingly crucial to invest in advancements that could help their industries. At Microsoft, the newest update is that they’re actually planning to connect their devices through an IoT solution they can plug-and-play.
As reported by PC Mag, Microsoft simply wants to call this the IoT Plug and Play, which they want to develop in order to “connect operating systems with printers and other hardware peripherals.” Already, Microsoft is working to make this plan a reality through its IoT Central, as Peter Provost, Principal PM Manager for Azure IoT Central--one of Microsoft’s IoT initiatives--says the company wants to design a model for IoT for the company that will help them “track, optimize, simulate, and predict future scenarios by tying together things, places, and people.”
The device was introduced towards the end of the IoT session, and Microsoft was able to present a prototype of what the device might look like.
At the moment, it just looks like a bar-shaped GoPro, but it is already outfitted with an Askey Connected Car Cam+. On the screen, one can see real-time data streaming, being translated in graph lines.
They want to be able to do this through the help of digital feedback loops that aim to analyze collected data and adequately draw insights and drive processes with.
This is the goal at the heart of the Azure IoT Central, which will be in charge of coding for the project. Among the sections that they will code for are “provisioning, user interface, identity, device state, stream processing, storage, and analytics and machine learning.”
Side by side with this IoT initiative, there is also the help of a cloud service that Microsoft is also currently working on: the Microsoft Azure cloud service which already “offers reliable and secure device-to-cloud and cloud-to-device messaging that scales to millions of devices.”