Microsoft is trying very hard to break into the IoT space. They seem to be constantly buying up startups with the newest one being an Italian IoT firm Solair for an undisclosed amount. Solair is a company that connects internet devices to a hub and then relays that information to the cloud. Sam George, Microsoft Azure IoT partner director, says that Solair will be integrated into the Azure IoT Suite.
Solair has delivered innovative IoT services to customers across a number of industries, including manufacturing, retail, food and beverage and transportation. “For example, Solair has brought the power of IoT to Rancilio’s full line of espresso machines, allowing the Italian manufacturer to remotely monitor machines resulting in greater efficiency across the supply chain. Using the power of cloud-based data and analytics, Solair has helped Rancilio reduce costs and increase revenue.”
This is the power of IoT. Not only does it simplify tasks, but it also reduces costs while increasing revenue for companies. “In Japan, Solair is using the power of IoT to transform the way factories monitor production lines. Their Smart Factory Advisor application has helped manufacturers increase production capacity and optimize energy efficiency. By enabling a factory’s machines with their IoT solution, the information and insights gathered are leading to more efficient ways of manufacturing.”
IoT can really change the way the world works if it is implemented by more people. We are seeing this change happen before our eyes. With the insane amount of IoT devices that will be in place in the next few years, IoT should really improve our lives. This acquisition of Solair is not the first under Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. He has put a focus on cloud and IoT technologies. Recently, Microsoft announced 140 percent growth in its Azure business and 88 percent growth in cloud computing revenue.
George said, “the integration of Solair’s technology into the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite will continue to enhance our complete IoT offering for the enterprise,” and “We’ll have more specifics to share about how Solair is helping us build the intelligent cloud in the future. In the meantime, I’d like to reiterate my welcome to the Solair team.”
From what we have gathered, it seems like this company is very similar to what BlueApp can do. If you are looking to get a similar IoT solution for your company, be sure to check us out.