Controlling Your IoT Home with Azure Functions Runtime

I have previously mentioned hacks to get Azure Functions running in your own lab: https://contos.io/real-tooling-for-azure-functions-in-visual-studio-3ed5a6095436 (And I must stress the term “lab” as they have not really been at production level quality.) As luck would have it Microsoft released a new preview of their “Azure Functions Runtime” a few days ago: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-functions/functions-runtime-overview I tested preview…


Easily Create IoT Edge custom modules with Visual Studio Code

At the recent Connect(); 2017 in November, we announced public preview of Azure IoT Edge. Now you can bring the intelligence of the Cloud right to the IoT Edge as well as easily create and manage business logic for your devices. The new Azure IoT Edge extension for Visual Studio Code along with the updated…


Conquering the Upfront Cost Barrier to IoT

According to a recent report from the International Data Center (IDC), How government organizations look at IoT, the top three roadblocks to IoT deployment are upfront costs, security, and privacy.[1]  Over 30 billion devices are estimated to be connected to the internet by 2020.[2] The Internet of Things (IoT) can offer government agencies new and…


Unlock data insights to drive agency mission

Now more than ever, federal CIOs can leverage business intelligence (BI) and advanced analytics to simplify data management, unlock valuable insights, and use these insights to improve operations across their agencies. Advanced analytics allows CIOs to connect available data to their agency’s larger mission. Sophisticated tools and techniques enable CIOs to simultaneously extend the capabilities…


Azure Content Spotlight – IoT Edge

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. IoT sensors are becoming more sophisticated, and as their capabilities increase, the need for more complex processing also increases.  Azure IoT Edge extends cloud intelligence to devices by allowing AI and analytics to…

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Creating a Secure Space for IoT in Government

IoT is multi-dimensional and flexible in the way it can improve agency function and bring nuanced approaches to citizen services, all while existing on a secure platform. With IoT, you are connecting to a vast web of devices such as street cameras, monitoring tools, and a wide array of other “things.” This also presents a…


Handling High volume events with Azure Event hub

When we need to handle high volume events and telemetry per second, Azure Event hub service is an ideal candidate for this kind of workload. Azure Event Hub is a highly scalable data streaming platform and event ingestion service, capable of receiving and processing millions of events per second. It is our first step for…


Benefits of Blockchain for Government Agencies

Kevin Leffew is a Solution Specialist for Microsoft for US SLG with a specialization in Blockchain and the Modern Workplace.  You can find him writing about all things related to blockchain, distributed systems, and digital identity on his blog (https://medium.com/@kleffew) and on Twitter @kleffew94 In today’s rapidly modernizing economy, the digital transformation of government organizations…


How Government is Using IoT to Provide Better Services to Citizens

A recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that by 2020 the number of devices connected to the internet will exceed 30 billion.[1] This web of connected devices, or Internet of Things (IoT), gives government agencies a new and unique opportunity to leverage innovative technology to provide better services to citizens. While IoT…


Hilscher NetPi: Raspberry Pi 3 for industrial automation (Part 1)

Hi! Over the last weeks, I’ve been working with a nice little device that is very useful for prototyping professional IoT. One of the challenges in this area is talking to field bus systems. There are many field busses out there and all of them have their individual reason of existence, either coming from a…