Microsoft IoT: how it is assisting India businesses

Microsoft will invest $5 billion in the Internet of Things (IoT) globally over the next four years to support continued research and innovation in IoT, ANI reported.

IoT is gathering momentum in India, and impacting daily lives: saving electricity, resources, predictive healthcare, automobile safety and more.
Microsoft software for enterpriseTechSpan Engineering has deployed a monitoring system built on Azure IoT platform. Using the power of the Microsoft cloud, IoT and data, the solution taps into the robust scan sensors to provide measurements across 17 parameters.

The solution is being used for monitoring drinking water quality online by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (125 stations) and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) in Hubli, Dharwad and Bijapur (3 stations).

It is being deployed for online surface water quality monitoring by Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi (44 stations) and Central Water Commission, New Delhi (3 stations); online industrial pollution monitoring (1500 stations); online sewage treatment and flow monitoring by Delhi Jal Board (36 stations).

Microsoft Azure IoT is powering India’s first Smart Street Lighting Project for Jaipur. Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) operates and maintains over 100,000 public street lights within the city.

Microsoft’s partner Samudra LED has deployed a customised Microsoft IoT-platform-based solution created by ISV Precimetrix to monitor, control and manage smart LED public street lights. The project will benefit 1.65 million people through street lighting and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 36,750 metric tons/year. It will also result in USD 1 million per year in fiscal savings accrued to the government due to reduced energy consumption.

Researchers at IISc Bangalore are using a network of IoT sensors coupled with Microsoft Azure analytics to find how cloud technologies can help tackle water scarcity in cities.

Microsoft FarmBeats, a research project for agriculture, enables seamless data collection from various sensors, cameras and drones. It comprises two broad areas, data-acquisition system consisting of drones and sensors and a data-analysis system consisting of connectivity pieces, cloud storage, and predictive analysis.

Tata Motors will leverage Microsoft’s connected vehicle technologies that bring together AI, advanced ML, and IoT capabilities on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, to create a highly personalised, smart and safer driving experience across the digital life of a vehicle owner.

Tyre Express, a start-up pioneering lifecycle management for fleet operators, has developed an IoT-based Tyre Performance Management Solution. Powered by the Azure IoT Hub, Tyre Express is helping build operational efficiency for commercial vehicle fleet operators by tracking tyre performance.

Tetra Pak is employing new, digital tools that enable its cloud-connected machines to predict exactly when equipment needs maintenance, averting many breakdowns. Sensors on more than 5,000 Tetra Pak filling machines at customers’ sites globally, all connected to Microsoft Azure, feed real-time performance data to the company for monitoring and analysis – nearly 700 million data points each year.

IoT will lead to a USD 1.9 trillion productivity increase and USD 177 billion in reduced costs by 2020 (A.T. Kearney). This effect will be pervasive, from connected homes and cars to manufacturers to smart cities and utilities-and everything in between.

Microsoft announced Microsoft IoT Central, the first highly scalable IoT SaaS solution, that has built-in support for IoT best practices and world class security along with the reliability, regional availability, and global scale of the Azure cloud.

Microsoft IoT Central allows companies to build production-grade IoT applications in hours and not worry about managing all the necessary backend infrastructure or hiring new skill sets to develop the solutions.