The cloud may be a very promising technology, but sending industrial or consumer data to the Web raises multiple data protection and privacy questions.
At Hannover Messe, Microsoft announced that its Azure IoT Suite will be able to connect to the Microsoft Azure Deutschland cloud, resolving compliance issues for its German customers.
This suite has been designed to facilitate the collection and visualization of sensor data, making them available on operating dashboards. Launched last fall, the software suite also can be plugged into CRM and ERP programs, be they from Microsoft or a competitor. Pre-configured solutions are available, including a predictive maintenance module.