Microsoft and the internet of things: new developments for 2015
2015 is gearing up to be the year in which we hear a lot more about the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of internet controlled objects throughout the world. For instance, in recent months, electricity customers have started using smartphone apps to control the thermostats in their homes remotely. Alongside washing machines connected to the wifi, biochips in farm animals and sensors in cars, these thermostats are part of the Internet of Things.
Microsoft is at the forefront of advancements with the IoT, thanks to its Microsoft Azure IoT service. Azure provides practical solutions to a variety of everyday issues in companies, by harnessing the power of the Internet of Things.
One example of this is Microsoft's Azure sensors for elevators. These sensors use the internet to instantly inform personnel when there is a fault, or an impending fault. They have been used with great success by a number of high profile companies, such as Transport for London in the London Underground.
The IoT also means that companies can now collect real time data about their assets. For instance, using cloud computing it is very easy to answer some crucial questions. How often is that elevator used? (and if not very often, wouldn't it be more profitable to get rid of it?) What is the optimum level to keep the thermostat on in order to maximise both cost effectiveness and comfort? Now, you can use cloud software and the IoT to make accurate and informed decisions about how best to apportion and use your company's concrete assets.
In sum, Microsoft Azure enables business to monitor their assets in real time. This is a brilliant way of curbing excess spending by solving issues as soon as they arise. Start thinking about the Internet of Things today, and get ready to increase the profitability of your business.
Tech security experts have also warned that 2015 will be the year that hackers begin to target the Internet of Things. If you wish to use this valuable resource, then it is crucial that you have high quality IT support.