Firmware updates via Cloud

It is essential to any solution and here is how to do it, leveraging device management capabilities in Azure IOTHub.
Olivier Bloch, a seasoned pro and developer advocate in the Azure IOT team, has created this very informative course, giving a profound introduction into the process.

Why are firmware updates so important?
Well, in a connected world, they are the delivery mechanism to bring fixes and protective settings down to an IOT device in field.
Running without this capability is like going on a sailing trip in heavy weather, without a life vest.
Basically, not a great idea! 😉

Cloud News 2020 / 04

This is a brand new episode in our Wechsler Consulting Cloud News Channel talking about newest developments in Cloud and Azure IOT.

Please find the resource links from the video below.

Azure Power Platform Update (Azure Serverless)

Develop real-time Cloud apps with SignalR

New Azure IOT Showcases

EventGrid on the Edge

Azure SQL Change Tracking API for Mobile Applications

Featured – Azure Maps

Interesting Industrial Azure IOT showcases from Festo, Kao, and AkzoNobel

We just stumbled about some quite interesting new showcases in the Industrial Azure IOT space that demonstrate quite good the bandwidth of different services leveraged in Azure ranging from operating IOT devices in the field to using AI and Machine learning creating new and innovative products by turning Big Data into Smart Data.

Festo for example, uses Azure IOT to create dashboards providing insight on all their deployed industrial IOT devices.

Azure networking capabilities move into the edge!

When implementing telemetry solutions with mobile systems, network latency can be a quite limiting factor. Communication retries are costly and also hinder a system to provide a real-time view on the current state.
To mitigate this risk you now are able to leverage Azure Edge Zones! Microsoft is teaming up with some Telcos leveraging the new 5G to provide a fast lane into Azure data centers.

Azure Edge Zones – 5G access directly into Azure

This is approach, combining all the newest technologies, is able to provide ultra-low latency in the area of milliseconds response times. Especially looking at older mobile connections this is a performance gain in more than an order of magnitude and a great enabler, if your solution requires to be as close to reality as possible.
It is certainly also interesting to mention that this technology is also available for on-premise solutions, keeping the same APIs and services. Due this your solution can be ready for any network scenario.