Cubic Telecom to Deliver Global Location-Based Services to Automotive OEMs Powered by Microsoft Azure

Cubic Telecom to Deliver Global Location-Based Services to Automotive OEMs Powered by Microsoft Azure

Cubic Telecom to Deliver Global Location-Based Services to Automotive OEMs Powered by Microsoft Azure

Cubic Telecom, a leader in global connectivity solutions for the Automotive industry, today, at AutoMobility LA™, announced it will use Microsoft Azure Location Based Services to deliver location capabilties to automakers worldwide.

At AutoMobility LA™ Cubic Telecom will demonstrate how its data analytics solution powered by Azure Location Based Services will help city planners, automotive OEMs and third parties to more effectively manage Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging station locations, occupancy rates and overall efficiency of the infrastructure.

The demonstration is just one example of the types of solutions being developed by Cubic. Over time, the Cubic Telecom data warehouse will be enriched with additional datasets and an array of APIs, providing city planners, OEMs and developers with near real-time data access for their own proprietary applications.

“Cubic Telecom is committed to the Microsoft Azure platform companywide for the long term,” said Barry Napier, Chairman and CEO of Cubic Telecom. “Azure is a truly global infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and developer-friendly and it has helped us to better serve our customers. Our collaboration with Microsoft opens up tremendous opportunities for our business, and we are committed to continuous development of solutions using the Microsoft Azure platform.”

Chris Pendleton, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp. added, “Cubic Telecom’s rich collection of location-based data on Microsoft Azure provides the opportunity to consider a wide range of public and private applications for customers. We’re excited to collaborate with Cubic Telecom to explore opportunities with a focus on maximizing the many benefits for the automotive ecosystem.”

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Nube Selects Sierra Wireless Device-to-Cloud IoT Solution and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to Reinvent Gas Delivery

Nube Selects Sierra Wireless Device-to-Cloud IoT Solution and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to Reinvent Gas Delivery

Nube launches IoT-enabled consumer gas delivery solution in Mexico, plans to expand into North America and leverage solution for other smart city applications.

Sierra Wireless, today announced that Nube has selected Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud IoT solution and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to reinvent consumer gas delivery.

Nube will launch its home gas delivery solution in Mexico in Oct. 2017, and is expanding further into North America [see video].

In Mexico, and many other regions, liquid petroleum gas used by businesses and residences is commonly stored on building rooftops, where meter reading is difficult. Consumers don’t know when their tank will run out and gas companies can’t plan for deliveries or supply needs. Nube set out to solve this problem, launching a turnkey, end-to-end IoT solution that includes tank monitoring and wireless data transmission to the cloud using Sierra Wireless’ device-to-cloud solution, as well as a management platform for gas companies, and a mobile consumer app for consumers to order gas, make payments, and manage their accounts, enabled by Microsoft Azure Cloud Services.

“Sierra Wireless helped us go to market with confidence, reducing risk in several ways, from rapid execution and delivery, to reliable connectivity and easy expansion to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services,” said Chris Gnanakone, Founder and CEO, Nube.
“We were impressed with Sierra Wireless’ AirVantage® IoT platform, and having the hardware pre-integrated provided us with a significant time-to-market advantage. Sierra Wireless has been a true partner in helping us reinvent gas delivery. This successful deployment allows us to expand our IoT Solution into North America and then into other smart city applications.”

“Nube is leading disruptive change with its IoT solution, which is designed around modules from Sierra Wireless that are integrated with our connectivity services and AirVantage Cloud Platform,” said Marc Overton, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud and Connectivity Solutions, Sierra Wireless.

“When Nube needed to do more with their data, we helped by building a Microsoft Azure connector for AirVantage that allowed Nube to get a reading from a gas tank to a mobile application in less than three seconds.”

Microsoft Azure is a comprehensive set of cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through Microsoft’s global network of datacenters. Microsoft worked with Sierra Wireless and Nube to provide the reliability, performance, elasticity and data visualization tools to deliver a seamless transition from the sensor device to the software application.

Sierra Wireless Device-to-Cloud Solution
Sierra Wireless’ 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways are seamlessly integrated with secure cloud and connectivity services. Sierra Wireless Smart SIMs and Connectivity Service provide a truly operator independent solution for connecting machines globally. The AirVantage IoT Platform includes all the building blocks that customers need to create IoT applications and keep them online. It is the only platform that allows users to manage Sierra Wireless Smart SIMs and third-party network operator SIMs, providing a single unified connectivity management platform for all their deployed SIMs.

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Updates to Azure Time Series Insights simplify analysis of IoT data

The unprecedented volume of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) has made analysis of time-series data a powerful way to gain actionable insights into business performance. This type of analytics can help companies uncover hidden trends, conduct root-cause analyses, and quickly validate IoT solutions.

Yet collecting, managing, visualizing, and analyzing time-series data at scale and in near-real time is a tall order for even the most capable of companies. That’s because sensors and connected devices can generate billions of data points every day, and businesses lack a centralized view of data and the ability to perform a unified query. Combining and visualizing disparate data types—in particular, time-series data and reference data—is daunting because organizations typically use multiple, non-integrated tools and techniques.

Microsoft is addressing these challenges in a new update to the public preview of Azure Time Series Insights, a managed cloud service that provides a global view of IoT-scale data with real-time visibility into time-series data across all locations. Updates to Time Series Insights include:

  • Streamlined management of time-series data in the Azure Portal.
  • Documentation on reference data API that makes it easier to combine time-series data with more static reference and historical data—and build custom solutions.
  • A dynamic search span that allows businesses to customize and run repeatable queries using a single template, as well as use relative time spans in queries.
  • A new feature that surfaces statistically significant patterns and enables users to quickly perform root-cause analyses and post-mortem investigations.
  • Several new usability improvements to time navigation that help streamline triage and diagnosis.
  • A time brush tool that makes it easier to move between time ranges when diagnosing sensor data.
  • Updates to the JSON data interchange format that add the ability to import multi-content JSON payloads.
A GIF showing patterns in the Time Series Insights stats tab and addition of a pattern as a new term.

A GIF showing patterns in the Time Series Insights stats tab and addition of a pattern as a new term.

One company that’s benefiting from Microsoft’s IoT solutions is EcoLab, a leading provider of water and energy services that is creating a system to help its industrial customers reduce water use. Leveraging the Azure IoT Suite, EcoLab has combined approximately 10TB of time-series data like water use with sales and other data to help visualize and identify patterns. Azure has helped the company address an inherent IoT challenge: The ability to combine and analyze time-series data from operations processes around the world.

Microsoft will continue to update and add functionality to Time Series Insights while in public preview. To find out more about how we are building the leading platform for analyzing time-series data, read our blog post announcing new Time Series Insights capabilities. You can also register for our upcoming webinar, “Quickly unlock insights hidden in your time series data,” on September 19, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT .

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Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service is now in public preview

Setting up and managing Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be a challenge of the first order for many businesses. That’s because provisioning entails a lot of manual work, technical know-how, and staff resources. And certain security requirements, such as registering devices with the IoT hub, can further complicate provisioning.

During the initial implementation, for instance, businesses have to create unique device identities that are registered to the IoT hub and install individual device connection credentials, which enable revocation of access in event of compromise. IT staff also may want to maintain an enrollment list that controls what devices are allowed to automatically provision.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a secure, automated way to remotely deploy and configure devices during registration to the IoT hub—and throughout their lifecycles? With Microsoft’s IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service (DPS), now in public preview, you can.

In a post on the Azure blog, “Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service preview automates device connection and configuration!“, Sam George explains how the IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service can provide zero-touch provisioning that eliminates configuration and provisioning hassles when onboarding IoT devices that connect to Azure services. This allows businesses to quickly and accurately provision millions of devices in a secure and scalable manner. In fact, IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service simplifies the entire device lifecycle management through features that enable secure device management and device reprovisioning. Next year, we plan to add support for ownership transfer and end-of-life management.

DPS is now available in the Eastern U.S., Western Europe, and Southeast Asia. To learn more about how Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service can take the pain out of deploying and managing an IoT solution in a secure, reliable way, read our blog post announcing the public preview. And for technical details, check out Microsoft’s DPS documentation center.

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Google’s IoT Cloud takes on Amazon and Azure

GE’s Geneva talks to Amazon’s Echo and Google Home.

This week we recorded before the big rush of news from Google I/O but we managed to cram in the details on Google’s new IoT Core beta that offers developers a cloud-based platform for connected devices. Kevin Tofel and I also discuss Android Things and the moves Amazon has made with the Echo to compete with anticipated Google news. These include notifications on the Echo and a pledge to pay some developers. Add to this, Samsung’s new ARTIK modules, Honeywell’s new venture fund and some speculation on Spotify and we have a solid show. Plus, soon I can shop at B8ta.

Our guest this week is Bill Gardner from GE Appliances, who shares the industrial giant’s thinking around connected ovens, stoves and more. There’s some bad news, an AI named Geneva that works with Alexa and Google Home, plus a call for partners in building the smart kitchen for the future. And just for fun, I find out why I may want a connected washer and dryer. Enjoy the show!

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