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Microsoft Announces IoT Central, A New Solution to Simplify IoT

Microsoft is releasing a new solution for paving the way for enterprise-grade IoT or Internet of Things solutions. On December 5, the company announced the public preview of Microsoft IoT Central.

“IoT is fast becoming a key strategy for companies of all sizes, as they strive to get closer to their customers and offer great product experiences—all while reducing operational expenditures. Until now, however, it’s been a major hurdle to gain the skills needed to build and manage connected solutions. This obstacle has been further compounded by concerns about security, scalability, and difficulties finding an IoT solution that has built-in best practices gained from years of experience in the sector,” said Sam George, director of Azure IoT.

This new service is a software-as-a-service solution that provides built-in support for IoT best practices as well as security capabilities. The ultimate aim of this solution is to remove initial setup complexities, management burden as well as operational overhead. “Microsoft IoT Central allows companies worldwide to build production-grade IoT applications in hours—without having to manage all the necessary back-end infrastructure or learn new skills. In short, Microsoft IoT Central enables everyone to benefit from IoT,” said George.

For security, Microsoft IoT Central service will be providing industry-leading privacy standards as well as IoT privacy features like role-based access & integration with Azure Active Directory permissions.

Apart from this, Microsoft IoT Central can integrate with existing business systems such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, Salesforce & SAP.

Also, Microsoft announced the Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service for providing zero-touch device provisioning & scalability. “The Device Provisioning Process was designed with the challenges of the supply chain in mind, providing the infrastructure needed to provision millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner,” said Nicole Berdy, senior program manager for Azure IoT.

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