Microsoft Widens IoT Net in ConnectTheDots.io Update
The company's open-source project for linking IoT devices to Azure now offers support for an expanded set of sensor data.Azure IoT, an evolution of Microsoft's Azure Intelligent Systems Service for organizations looking for a cloud-based foundation for their Internet of things (IoT) projects, is slated for a preview release later this year. Developers, however, can get a head start now with the company's newly updated ConnectTheDots.io project. ConnectTheDots.io is an "open-source project aimed at helping developers who want to get started experiencing Azure IoT services now to do near real data analytics, apply machine learning experiments and more to data coming from real sensors," Olivier Bloch, a technical evangelist at Microsoft Open Technologies, said in a statement. With ConnectTheDots.io, IoT developers can use maker boards, pint-sized computers like Raspberry Pi or Intel Galileo, to create their "first end-to-end IoT solution," he said. "Data is sent from the sensor boards to Azure Event Hubs using AMQP or HTTP/REST," added Bloch. "Samples then show how to do near-real-time analysis using Azure Stream Analytics and display both real time and alerts data in a website." Now, after a batch of new updates, ConnectTheDots.io is branching out to help developers collect more data from more sources.