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Microsoft IoT in Action conference review

November 1st, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

On October 25th, 2018, Touch Display Research was invited and attended Microsoft’s IoT (Internet of Things) in Action conference in Santa Clara. There were about 600 attendees.

Microsoft has a range of programs (Azure IoT, Azure Sphere, Windows 10 IoT, Vision AI development kit) to support partners, building new IoT devices and applications, as well as internal development teams.

Figure 1: Microsoft IoT in Action conference

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft’s General Manager of IoT Solution, Mr. Carl Coken gave a presentation titled “Building Intelligent Edge Solutions with Microsoft IoT”. He first indicated IoT market will grow very rapidly in the next several years. Then Mr. Carl Coken discussed that IoT can be used in many applications: construction, agriculture, healthcare, retail, digital signage, etc.

Figure 2: Microsoft’s General Manager of IoT Solution, Mr. Carl Coken gave presentation

Source: Touch Display Research

Microsoft is simplifying IoT, by using Microsoft’s IoT programs, companies can easily build secure, scalable solutions from device to cloud, and manage devices as scale, find insights from the IoT devices and benefit from IoT. He then invited his colleague Ms. Sarah Matson, Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft to demonstrate how easy it is to use Microsoft IoT software in real life. One scenario: at a construction site, if there is some unsafe condition, such as chemical spill, people can push a Seeed Button, the button will send signal to Microsoft Azure IoT Central, then the manager will be able to know the location of the unsafe condition and send people to fix it.

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