Microsoft is making the fitting option to create a whole cloud ecosystem to beef up utilities deploying IoT. Microsoft states that it is investing 5 billion US dollars (19459006) (4.05 billion euros) in the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next four years . Antony Savvas reports on the opportunities created.
This move is a natural extension of recently launched edge server systems in partnership with companies like Dell and HPE, to facilitate the management and processing of Julia's White, CVP of Microsoft Azure, said: "We plan to devote even more resources to research and innovation in IoT and what is becoming the new intelligent edge With our IoT platform covering the cloud, the operating system and peripherals, we are ideally positioned to simplify the journey of IoT so that any customer can create reliable solutions and connected that enhance business and customer experiences. "
Utility market offerings is illustrated by the recent global research of BCC Research .It believes that IoT in apps energy and utilities are expected to reach $ 59.9 billion (48.47 billion euros) by 2022 against $ 21.4 billion (17.32 billion euros) in 2017, representing a compound annual growth rate of 22.9% between 2017 and 2022.  BCC Research estimates equipment segment to grow from $ 6.5 billion ($ 5.26 billion) in 2017 to $ 17.3 billion (14 billion euros) in 2022 and that the service sector will grow from $ 5.9 billion in 2017 to $ 17 billion (13.76 billion euros) in 2022.
BCC Research states, "The Internet of Things in Energy and Utilities is a growing market with strong growth opportunities for all stakeholders. The market is dynamic and growing with new developments and the adoption of new industries and sectors. "
Microsoft White cited a number of companies that are already working with Microsoft Azure platforms to support their IoT strategies and many of them are active in the utility Microsoft Partners
] White said, "Our customers are providing electricity to schools in Africa, improving patient outcomes through predictive care, improving worker safety on construction sites, and driving safety on highways." Alaska, as Steelcase, Kohler, Chevron, United Technologies and Johnson Controls all innovate with Microsoft's IoT platform. "
Johnson Controls transformed a thermostat into a smart device capable of monitoring a range of conditions to optimize building temperatures automatically. And Schneider Electric built a solution to harness solar energy in Nigeria and uses Microsoft's IoT platform to perform remote maintenance on panels.
The Department of Transportation of Alaska works with Fathym to build smart roads that monitor weather conditions and alert drivers and state officials about the weather. dangerous conditions
Faced with competition
Microsoft is showing a lead with its investment IoT, but others are also making big noises on their commitment to build the market. Martin Courtney, analyst at TechMarketView states, "Microsoft has defined" smart "solutions combining operating systems and cloud services designed to optimize the collection and analysis of device data. IoT in several areas, including: "One thing we know, is that Microsoft no longer doubts the magnitude of the commercial opportunity of the Internet of Things. And he is desirous of not being outdone by his rivals – including Google Amazon Web Services and BT Global Services – who move quickly to implant their own claim into a rapidly growing market for IoT products and services. "
Businesses of all sizes serving the utility market now need to be quick to join and help develop IoT ecosystems that are developing rapidly."
This article is the author of the Freelance technology, Antony Savvas.