Digital Transformation using Azure IoT Hub – Why and How?

In your organization there can be lots of information sources can exist – Two big examples are sensors and user/customer inputs or behavioral data.

This scenario may mean lots of data must be collected from different locations, should be centralized on a common collection point. With this “Big Data” many meaningful reports, analytics, business forecasts, predictive maintenance chances and early detection of anomalities and crimes become possible.

If the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 is a hot topic for you, Azure might help. Let’s start with the basics:

Internet Of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes physical objects (or groups of such objects), that are embedded with sensors, processing ability, software, and other technologies, and that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet or other communications networks.

How Azure might help?

Azure offers a central toolset to manage all the IoT devices (sensors and hubs) in your organization, collect the data produced by sensors and filtering this data to make meaningful analytics and reports out of them. Azure provides necessary security and privacy standards for your organization.

Azure has a special service called “Azure IoT Hub” for these tasks. Azure explains this service with these words:

“Enable highly secure and reliable communication between your Internet of Things (IoT) application and the devices it manages. Azure IoT Hub provides a cloud-hosted solution back end to connect virtually any device. Extend your solution from the cloud to the edge with per-device authentication, built-in device management, and scaled provisioning.”

Azure IoT Hub offers these possibilities for your organization at a glance:

Establish bidirectional communication with billions of IoT devices

Use device-to-cloud telemetry data to understand the state of your devices and define message routes to other Azure services—without writing any code. In cloud-to-device messages, reliably send commands and notifications to your connected devices and track message delivery with acknowledgement receipts. Automatically resend device messages as needed to accommodate intermittent connectivity.

Build and run hybrid IoT apps across datacenters

Azure Stack Hub is an extension of Azure that provides a way to run apps in an on-premises environment and deliver Azure services in your datacenters. With Azure IoT Hub available on Azure Stack Hub, customers and partners will be able to build hybrid IoT apps which can run partially or entirely on-premises giving them the flexibility they need.

Keep IoT devices up-to-date with Device Update for IoT Hub

Device Update for IoT Hub is a comprehensive platform that customers can use to publish, distribute, and manage over-the-air updates for everything from tiny sensors to gateway-level devices.Explore the benefits of implementing Device Update for IoT Hub, which include being able to rapidly respond to security threats as well as deploy features to meet business objectives without incurring the additional development and maintenance costs of building your own update platforms.

Authenticate every device for enhanced security

Set up individual identities and credentials for each of your connected devices to help retain the confidentiality of both cloud-to-device and device-to-cloud messages. Selectively revoke access rights for specific devices as needed.

Automate device provisioning to accelerate IoT deployment

Register and provision devices with zero touches, in a highly secure and scalable way. The IoT Hub device provisioning service supports any type of IoT device compatible with IoT Hub.

Easily create and deploy IoT Edge modules to transmit code and services between the cloud and the edge. Distribute intelligence—including AI and other advanced analytics—across a range of devices, all while reducing your IoT application costs, easing development efforts, and running devices offline or with intermittent connectivity.


Beyond Software Consulting GmbH is your trusted partner for the digital tranformation of your business with the help of Azure IoT Hub. Please feel free to contact us for a free-of-charge first consulting session for your needs.

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