Technology is a fundamental part of today's fast paced world, smart devices are getting smaller and more powerful than ever and they serve a vast array of needs. It’s a continuous revolution and the Internet of Things is at its forefront. Among all of today’s available options, using the Intel® IoT Development Kit, Intel® IoT Gateway Technology, and Intel® IoT Gateway Software Suites together with the Microsoft Azure* cloud solutions enables the connection of millions of IoT devices. This provides you with data mining and processing capabilities at previously impossible scales.
This guide will help you understand the basics of IoT development by using the Intel® Edison board with sensors from a Grove* Kit, combined with a gateway solution capable of sending data from sensors to the Azure cloud, where it can be further processed. Details on how to use features offered by the Azure* cloud specifically for IoT development will also be covered, such as Event Hubs, together with a real-world example of how you can use all of these technologies.
What is Microsoft Azure?
This article discusses what Azure is and how you can use it in order to set up your IoT project. Here you will also learn about the role of cloud services, specific features of Azure, such as software patching, network load balancing, high-availability features, and more. This article also showcases the implementation of cloud APIs and explains the gateway relationship to the cloud, along with code samples that help you connect your IoT device to the Hub and receive device-to-cloud data.
Getting Started with Microsoft Azure
In this article, you will have access to an overview discussion of the Intel development boards and to details about how to program and work with them, along with the sensors from the Grove* Kit.
If you're ready to dive into the world of IoT, you should consider acquiring an Intel® Edison board, the Grove* Starter Kit, and a Gateway that leverages a Wind River* OS. These technologies will be up and running in no time while also providing you with a powerful set of tools to tackle any number of IoT projects.
Use Case: Intel® Edison to Microsoft Azure
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Once you've moved past prototype development stage, you might find yourself in the position to deploy an actual IoT solution for your business product. This article demonstrates such a deployment to meet the demands of the use case outlined below:
A company that provides goods transportation services has to deliver food and other temperature sensitive products to shops throughout the country. Storage and transportation conditions (such as temperature and moisture) contribute greatly to the loss of food, as it provides favorable conditions for multiplications of pests and mold. One very efficient solution to this problem is to use IoT devices such as the Intel® Edison board to capture the temperatures in these storage devices, the gateway to gather the information and route it appropriately, and Azure to store the information and analyze it so you can get valuable feedback.
For your IoT solution, Intel and Microsoft* can simplify the work of your engineers and developers by proposing the usage of an Intel® Edison Board, Intel® IoT Gateway, and Microsoft* Azure tools. As detailed in this document, the setup and implementation is straightforward for all the products, and using this combination of products you can make use of the ease of interconnectivity between them.
The Intel® Edison board is the main component of your IoT project; it is a very powerful board for its small size, and the perfect combination for implementing IoT solutions. The board communicates easily using serial protocol to the gateway, which transmits the data further to Microsoft Azure cloud services such as Azure IoT Hub, designed for analyzing IoT gathered data. This secure, powerful, fast, and scalable flow of information can dramatically increase the quality of your product over time.
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