The profusion of intelligent appliances in homes and work locations has completely reshaped the way we live and work. We now have the capacity to program many of the gadgets we utilize on a daily basis to function at highest productivity levels, autonomously, owing to the Internet of Things (IoT)technology. However, creating IoT solutions can be intricate and time-consuming, requiring outstanding application advancement. Azure IoT Central is a fully automatic Software as a Service solution that hastens and simplifies the execution and administration of IoT solutions. It reduces the intricacy of IoT development and decreases costs by presenting a managed service to configure, secure, and monitor cloud-connected devices and their data feeds without writing code.
Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Central is a cloud service accessible via a web browser that allows the user to create, manage, and monitor IoT solutions without the need to build infrastructure. It provides preconfigured templates for common IoT scenarios like asset tracking, remote monitoring, and predictive maintenance, which can be customized to suit unique business requirements. IoT Central saves enterprises time and resources that would otherwise be spent developing and maintaining an IoT platform from scratch. The service handles all the underlying IoT components including device management, data collection, analytics dashboards, and integrations with other Azure services.
Building an Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and managing connected devices at scale can be a complex endeavor. Azure IoT Central is a fully managed IoT SaaS that simplifies the process for IoT solution development and device management. The basic steps for developing an IoT solution using IoT Central are:
There are several benefits of utilizing IoT Central for quickly deploying IoT solutions, including:
Low-code Programming: IoT Central offers a low-code platform for creating and deploying IoT solutions, which decreases the time and cost of IoT development. It enables enterprises to directly connect their devices to the cloud.
Preconfigured Templates: IoT Central provides preconfigured templates for common IoT scenarios, which lessens the time and effort required for IoT solution design.
Simplified Device Management: IoT Central handles device connectivity, data management, and visualization, streamlining IoT solution management.
Integration With Other Azure Services: IoT Central allows integration with other Azure services like Stream Analytics, Power BI, and Azure Functions, enabling advanced analytics and automation.
|Comparison Factors||Azure IoT Hub||Azure IoT Central|
|Flexibility||Provides more flexibility for customization.||Limited flexibility due to SaaS nature.|
|Level of Technical Skills||Requires software development skills and knowledge.||No coding or cloud skills needed for configuration.|
|Cost||Payment based on total number of messages per day.||Pay-per-device payment model.|
|Maintenance||User is responsible for maintenance.||Microsoft handles all maintenance.|
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Azure IoT Central aims to simplify the process of building and managing IoT solutions for enterprises. IoT Central provides pre-configured templates, low-code configuration, pay-per-device pricing model, and device management capabilities that allow businesses to focus on their core competencies rather than investing time and resources in building an IoT platform. For organizations just starting their IoT journey or those seeking a rapid way to deploy solutions at scale, Azure IoT Central can help accelerate IoT adoption and time to value.
Stridely’s IoT experts can assist organizations in leveraging Azure IoT Central to:
Our experience in implementing various IoT solutions across industries using Azure IoT Central can help you overcome common challenges and accelerate your IoT initiatives. We adopt a consultative approach to understand your objectives and customize recommendations to maximize the benefits from your IoT investments.