The June episode of Wechsler Consulting Cloud News is here! Bringing news and updates on Azure Shared Image Galleries, Visual Studio Web Live Preview, Azure Security and as special focus topic Anomaly Detection.
Quite often new and innovative solutions require at least some technical effort. IOT systems e.g. need to be deployed , calibrated, provisioned with network and power, which requires quite some effort. Depending on the use case Live Video Analytics, a feature of Azure Media Services, might be able to reduce this effort. All you need is a camera and, ideally, an IOT Edge device connected to it. This is especially helpful in dynamic environments, such as delivery entrances, machine ports or storage racks, where a lot of different things are going on simultaneously. In these dynamic environments dedicated sensors are often hard to calibrate and locate. Video Analytics use AI models to detect motion, things and can even go down to detecting and reading text, such as numbers on license plates, addresses on parcels, etc. . Microsoft describes some of the interesting possibilities and scenarios quite good in this recent blog post.
What I like is that the AI video analytics models can be run on an edge device. This saves a lot of bandwidth and also keeps your eventually sensible video material on-premise! There are models available for use, but you can also build custom ones and thus create, adapt and fine tune the detection for a use case. Existing video streams also can be used for processing, which, in some cases, enables you to start right away focusing on implementing the IOT Edge solution, As the analytics models are able to create events to be consumed by an EventHub, they can be used as a publisher of triggers to build business solutions on. Use Azure Serverless capabilities and you have a sophisticated video analytics system for your use case up and running in days, or even only hours.
Get more efficient and productive creating web apps with Microsoft’s new Blazor technology! Carl Franklin is a long-time coding veteran on the Microsoft platform and has seen some frameworks come-and-go throughout his career. Interesting to see that Blazor caught his attention and even more, his excitement! Carl is a renowned speaker, coach and trainer. Therefore, you should not miss his free “Blazor Train” course series! In this course, he is providing a first hand impression, on how it is to use C# and .NET Core across the complete stack of your solution.
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A very good blog post from Christian Nagel on how to use the newest .NET Core 3.0 features for dependency injection in C#, leveraging the Host class. Christian is a well-known C# author, teacher, consultant. His books are quite often referred to as reference in this field. Recommended reading!
Microsoft teams have geared up, this time, of course, virtually, to present all the newest stuff from their development repositories. Looking at Azure IOT there is quite some interesting information in the pipe. Focus, this year, seems to be on Azure Sphere and Digital Twins, although they might come up with some new stuff, as well.
Enterprise projects require Continous Intgration and Continous Deployment (CI/CD). In Azure DevOps this is possible, of course, but in the past it was a challenge to keep the CI/CD pipeline definition in sync with the code versions, especially across different stages/environments. Azure pipelines with YAML CD fixes this issue, because the pipeline definition YAML file is part of a repository and now can be versioned together with the app / service / container one intends to deploy. Any changes to the pipeline can be validated together with the rest of the codebase through the different stages. This provides absolute control and helps to avoid configuration and carry over errors between stages, quite a bit. A very helpful and long-awaited feature!
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! 😉