Microsoft Readies Azure IoT Device Management, Gateway SDK Betas
The company announces new cloud-based Internet of things management during the Hannover Messe conference in Germany.Hannover Messe, the industrial technology conference for manufacturers, is currently underway in Germany. Presenting at the event and gearing up for an Internet of things (IoT)-fueled industrial revolutions of sorts, Microsoft announced today that it plans to release a public preview of Azure IoT Hub's new device management features and a beta of the Azure IoT Gateway SDK (software development kit) on April 29. "Our highly requested Azure IoT Hub device management provides a standards-based approach for administrators to maintain fine-grained control over the enrollment, configuration, update and monitoring of millions of devices," said Sam George, director of Microsoft Azure IoT, in an April 25 announcement. Meanwhile, the Azure IoT Gateway SDK will allow "developers and ISVs to build and deploy code to integrate legacy devices or incorporate new business logic and workflows for handling data as soon as it's collected from the device." Fittingly, Microsoft also announced that Azure IoT Suite is now available via Microsoft Azure Deutschland, the German cloud data center operated in partnership with T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, to satisfy the data residency requirements of the region's customers. Microsoft has also joined the board of the OPC Foundation, a group responsible for industrial automation interoperability standards, said George. The software giant plans to incorporate support for the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) open-source software stack into the Azure IoT and Universal Windows Platform (UWP), he added.
Finally, the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program is gathering steam since its launch last fall. To date, "a total of 92 unique boards and gateways from 54 program partners" have been certified by the program, said George. Supporters include motherboard maker DFI, Pacific Control Systems and Panasonic, among several others.