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Microsoft Azure Cloud Gains IoT Remote Monitoring Boost


The data constantly flowing from Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors have been game-changing -- and perhaps overwhelming -- for many businesses. You are no longer waiting for machines, devices, vehicles and more to fail. You can often prevent their failures -- thereby avoiding downtime for the company.

Microsoft is eager to improve on that emerging IoT reality. Through Azure Time Series Insights, Microsoft has implemented a fully managed analytics, storage, and visualization service for maintaining IoT-scale time-series data in the cloud. The platform allows you to explore and analyze billions of events from an IoT solution, without having to dig through endless logfiles. According to the company, with Time Series Insights, you can gain deeper insights into your time-series sensor data by spotting trends, anomalies, and correlations across real-time and historical data in all your locations.

As a Microsoft product, it does use granular text-based querying for advanced users familiar with SQL, as well as select-and-click exploration for novices.

Azure Time Series Insights is ISO certified and backed by a Service Level Agreement (SLA). It also includes single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication, and management of millions of identities that are built-in through Azure Active Directory. It also features role-based access control for access and management.

Microsoft recently announced the integration of Azure Time Series Insights into the Azure IoT Remote Monitoring solution accelerator, which allows you to connect to, control, and collect telemetry from multiple remote devices (like on-prem cooling systems or valves in remote pump stations). Used together, partners and/or customers can gain insights into IoT devices through Azure Time Series Insights, and then deploy fixes, respond to alerts or research problems through the remote monitoring dashboard, the company asserts.

As these tools work together, Microsoft vows that they'll allow users to:

  • Visualize telemetry data in the Time Series Insights explorer by clicking any of the outgoing links on the Remote Monitoring dashboard.
  • Explore device data across all locations and drill down to see second-by-second changes in your streams.
  • Diagnose root causes of anomalies by adding other data streams into your view and discovering correlations that could help you identify causation.
  • Learn from explorations and set additional rules to improve asset health.

New Remote Monitoring deployments (both Basic and Standard) will include Time Series Insights out-of-the-box in select regions at no extra cost. However, if you already have an existing Remote Monitoring deployment, you can learn how to integrate Time Series Insights into your current solution.