Microsoft has made enhancements to its Azure IoT Gateway SDK – used by developers to build internet of things (IoT) solutions – to make it easier to manage and secure IoT devices at the edge of your network. It has also introduced a new security feature – Azure IoT Hub IP filter – giving users the ability to accept and reject certain IP addresses.
“The modular architecture of the software development kit (SDK) enables developers to string together individual pieces of logic, creating solutions that transform data at the edge of the network,” said Sam George, partner director of Azure Internet of Things. “Whether through encryption, filtering, annotation or performing custom analytics, data is processed close to the devices that create it, so only truly necessary pieces are sent to the cloud for further processing.”
According to George, this functionality will be particularly handy for those operating in oil and gas, retail, and smart cities, where companies need the ability to run real-time computations on devices and sensors that may be in many different locations. “In some cases, devices at the network’s edge may not have sufficient bandwidth to leverage data analysis in the cloud, which is why it’s important that they can use edge computing capabilities on gateways to run analytics on premises,” he said.
Eniga, a start-up based in Stockholm, Sweden, has used the SDK to connect sensors in around 10,000 apartments to Azure so that building owners can measure water consumption and make tenants accountable for the warm water they use. Buildings operator Stockrose is using the service to reduce water waste and expects to help property owners save €40 million within a 10-year period.
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