Microsoft Customers Are Putting IoT Tools to Work to Drive Results

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-10-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Microsoft Customers Are Putting IoT Tools to Work to Drive Results

    by Darryl K. Taft
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    2 - Five Businesses That Are Using Microsoft Tech to Power IoT
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    Five Businesses That Are Using Microsoft Tech to Power IoT

    Five Businesses That Are Using Microsoft Tech to Power IoT
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    3 - Royal Caribbean International
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    Royal Caribbean International

    Royal Caribbean International sought to cut costs, increase revenue and improve workflow with a better point-of-service system and by automating checklists for food temperature inspection. The company deployed a solution from Agilysys and ParTech that connects Windows Embedded devices including 325 point-of-service terminals, 50 tablets and 300 digital signs with back-end servers running Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server. The result is integrated data from POS, tablets, signage, TVs, photo galleries and ticketing systems; automated alerts for cooler malfunction; reduced time to complete checklists; generated temperature compliance reports; and temperature check times that are cut by 60 percent.
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    4 - Coca-Cola Amatil
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    Coca-Cola Amatil

    Coca-Cola Amatil, a large Coca-Cola bottler in the Asia-Pacific region, implemented a solution from TKM9 and Microsoft based on Windows Embedded, Kinect for Windows and Microsoft Azure that uses digital signage to create an immersive experience at point-of-sale locations. The TKM9 im digital cooler works with multiple data streams to personalize the flow of content in real time for a memorable encounter that boosts brand loyalty and increases product sales an average of 12 percent in the grocery channel and up to 20 percent in the off-premises licensed channel. Coca-Cola coolers are installed with interfaces that customers interact with in multiple ways, including gesture and touch. For example, they can use their mobile phones as a remote control, as well as listen to music, take photos of themselves, and share the moment with others through Facebook and other social media.
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    5 - Great River Medical Center
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    Great River Medical Center

    Great River Health Systems, a regional provider of specialty and primary health care, wanted to improve medication distribution and management without adding employees. The medical center connected Windows Embedded-based devices, including two anesthesia workstations, a pharmacy carousel and 28 medication-dispensing cabinets, with a central server running Windows and Microsoft SQL Server. The result is a reduction in delivery time of patient medication from 1.5 hours to 30 minutes, a $400,000 reduction in inventory costs, rapid ROI and ongoing annual savings of $300,000.
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    KUKA Robotics

    KUKA, a manufacturer of industrial robots, needed an automated manufacturing solution that could produce multiple car models on the same assembly line while meeting a rigorous production schedule. It implemented an intelligent system anchored by Windows Embedded and Microsoft SQL Server that connects 259 assembly-line robots, a controller, more than 60,000 device points and back-end systems. The result is a production line that is flexible, reliable and productive—cranking out 830 Jeep bodies a day.
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    7 - Orleans Parish Communications District
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    Orleans Parish Communications District

    Orleans Parish Communications District, administering emergency calls for the city of New Orleans, wanted to respond better and faster to incidents by improving the flow of data between multiple agencies. OPCD implemented Motorola Solutions' PremierOne CAD and integrated call control based on Microsoft technology including embedded versions of Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server. The system connects disparate police, fire and emergency medical services applications; a 911 call system; mobile devices; and a data warehouse. It also automatically routes incident reports and updates, continuously pushing data to EMS tablets and mobile police terminals.
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    10 Reasons Businesses Need an IoT Strategy

    10 Reasons Businesses Need an IoT Strategy
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    9 - Get a Jump-Start on Your Competition
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    Get a Jump-Start on Your Competition

    With IoT, businesses can cut the time to do processes in half and access records in record time. Microsoft customers are already taking advantage of the Internet of things by connecting their devices to create new insights from data that help them transform their business.
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    10 - Get More Out of Your Existing IT Assets
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    Get More Out of Your Existing IT Assets

    Businesses can start with their existing IT assets and build upon them. They can add a few new devices, connect them to the cloud and enable them to talk to each other, to their employees and to customers. The data those devices generate can have a significant impact on a business.
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    11 - Enable Small Changes to Make a Big Impact
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    Enable Small Changes to Make a Big Impact

    The Internet of your things starts with identifying the one process, product line or location that matters most to a business, then making small changes for big impact. The Internet of things doesn't have to be overwhelming—a few key improvements can make a big difference.
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    Become More Efficient

    Connecting devices and systems can help you shave minutes from a user's log-in process, hours from restocking inventory, or days from routine system upgrades and enhancements.
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    Discover New Ways to Delight Your Customers

    IoT can help businesses visualize emerging patterns and predict behavior to anticipate trends and give their customers what they want before they even know they want it.
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    Open Up New Business Opportunities

    Connecting devices, data and people gives you faster processes and fresh insight, resulting in new business opportunities. The insights you get from your data will help you see new possibilities.
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    Increase Agility

    Data insights can help a business respond more quickly to competition, supply chain changes, customer demand and changing market conditions.
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    Build the Ability to Scale

    The Internet of things lets you scale from the smallest data point to global deployments.
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    Get Your Devices to Start Talking

    From sensors to handheld scanners to surgical instruments, the devices in your business can create efficiency and insight if you enable them to talk to each other, your employees and customers.
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    Transform Your Business

    When you have a strategy in place to take advantage of the Internet of things, you can transform your business in real time.
 

As the Internet of things (IoT) is becoming an increasingly popular industry, more companies are implementing IoT technologies. Microsoft has the devices, the services and the cloud to help companies take advantage of IoT. The company's approach allows enterprises to capitalize on IoT by gathering, storing and processing data. Connected industry devices powered by Windows, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Server, Kinect for Windows and Microsoft Azure are driving Microsoft's IoT strategy. Microsoft says IoT is not a futuristic, aspirational technology trend. It's here today in the devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure, and data and business intelligence tools you are already using. Microsoft also says its IoT approach extends from a broad product portfolio for a range of PCs, tablets and industry devices on the edge of enterprise networks to developer tools, back-end systems and services, and a diverse partner ecosystem. According to McKinsey Global Institute, the Internet of things has the potential to create an economic impact of $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at five businesses that are using Microsoft technology to power their IoT environments. The slide show also features 10 reasons why businesses need a strategy to capitalize on the Internet of things today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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