Microsoft Azure cloud technology is being integrated with hardware manufacturer Libelium’s Waspmote wireless sensors to speed up time-to-market for Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IOT) projects.
Microsoft Azure provides Libelium’s customers with a scalable infrastructure for virtual machines, servers, data and front-end capable of running Windows apps on any device.
Using sensor technology that can monitor a range of variables, including energy use, water quality and environmental issues, businesses can reduce costs and increase productivity.
The economic value of IoT projects annually could be in excess of US$2.7 trillion by 2025, according to McKinsey Global Institute.
One company taking advantage of Libelium and Microsoft’s offering is Polibol, a Spanish manufacturer of flexible packaging for food and consumer products. The company is capitalising on a specific application designed by Libelium, which is integrated with Microsoft Azure.
This solution is an example of a complete industrial IoT solution in a Smart Factory, and covers sensor integration on the factory floor, to business processes and data visualisation through to the end product.
The solution integrates Waspmote Plug & Sense!, a Meshlium gateway, and Microsoft Azure. This helps monitor critical processes, environmental variables across the factory, and the various parameters that can affect the quality of products and working conditions.
Thanks to the sensor network technology, staff at Polibol can manage variables in real time from their PC, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection.
And due to the integration of sensor technology with the Azure cloud platform, data from sensor nodes is directly transmitted to the cloud. This means Polibol’s staff can analyse the information and use it in a number of applications.
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