Microsoft in its latest statement announced that the company will invest US$5 billion in the Internet of Things (IoT) globally over the next 4 years. This increased investment will support continued research and innovation in IoT and what is ultimately evolving to be the new intelligent edge.
With Microsoft’s IoT platform spanning cloud, operating system and devices, Microsoft is simplifying the IoT journey so any customer—regardless of size, technical expertise, budget, industry or other factors—can create trusted, connected solutions that improve business and customer experiences, as well as the daily lives of people all over the world.
The move further seeks to support Microsoft’s technology platform, along with supporting programs, as a result, enabling continued research and development in key areas, including securing IoT, creating development tools and intelligent services for IoT and the edge, and investments to grow our partner ecosystem. Customers and partners can expect new products and services, offerings, resources, and programs.
Microsoft has big plans for India.
IoT is gaining momentum in India and is being used for a wide variety of uses such as saving electricity, resources, predictive healthcare, automobile safety and more. Microsoft Azure is the preferred platform powering a variety of IoT devices claims Microsoft.
Microsoft Azure is also used for predictive maintenance (especially TetraPak) whereby, sensors on more than 5,000 Tetra Pak filling machines at customers’ sites globally, all connected to Microsoft Azure, fed real-time performance data to the company for monitoring and analysis – nearly 700 million data points each year. As a result, maintenance can be scheduled precisely and efficiently.
Microsoft IoT products are being used by many companies and are utilized in areas such as monitoring water quality- Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (125 stations) and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) in Hubli, Dharwad, and Bijapur (3 stations) use one such solution.
Similarly, Microsoft IoT is also being used in the Smart Street Lighting Project for Jaipur, by researchers at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, in agriculture and in manufacturing for predictive maintenance.
Microsoft’s IoT offerings include operating systems for devices, cloud services to control and secure them, advanced analytics to gain insights, and business applications to enable intelligent action.
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