Microsoft IoT Central allows companies throughout the world to build production-grade IoT applications in hours and not worry about managing all the necessary backend infrastructure or hiring new skill sets to develop the solutions. In short, Microsoft IoT Central makes it so that everyone can benefit from IoT.
Devices in Microsoft IoT Central are live and actionable logical representations of your connected assets with their own defining attributes. The creation of a device happens directly on the cloud, inside the Microsoft IoT Central Application Builder, a low-code environment where users can define device attributes and visualizations via drag and drop from libraries of assets. Even before connecting a real device, users can experiment and test their application by simulating a device through the simulation service embedded in Microsoft IoT Central. Devices are templatized to make it faster and easier to provision device identities at scale and templates are versioned to support DevOps.
Microsoft IoT Central integrates Azure Time Series Insights – a fully managed analytics, storage, and visualization service for managing IoT-scale time-series – to enable users to explore and analyze billions of events streaming simultaneously from devices deployed all over the world. Microsoft IoT Central provides massively scalable time-series data storage and several ways to explore data, making it super easy to explore and visualize millions of data points simultaneously, conduct root-cause analysis, and to compare multiple sites and assets. Within an application, time-series visualization is available for a single device, for a Device Set – with the ability to compare multiple devices – and as a multi-purpose Analytics tool.
To explore all its features and capabilities, and appreciate the full potential of applications created, Microsoft IoT Central provides a 30 day free trial. You can connect, or simulate, up to 10 devices and leverage all the functionalities of the solution. You can start with a blank application to create your own custom solution, or start from one of the available templates, like the fully featured Contoso demo app. You can also start by connecting a developer board, such as a MXChip Azure IoT Developer Kit or a Raspberry Pi.