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Announcing Azure IoT Edge

The all new Microsoft Azure IoT Edge brings down the power and capabilities of Azure IoT down to run natively on individual Internet of Things devices. This will enable scenarios that require much lower latencies to be built with real-time analytics and intelligence on running on the IoT devices (at the edge). Also, the devices supported include a broad range of IoT hardware which includes much more than just Raspberry Pi with the inclusion of lower powered devices as well.

Azure IoT Edge enabled you to build Hybrid IoT Solutions the bridge the gap and merge the Cloud IoT and local, device IoT capabilities into a single cohesive mesh. This allows you to easily orchestrate IoT cloud services in Azure to run on your IoT devices at the edge. This allows you to get the best of both Cloud and On-Premises worlds in your IoT solutions providing intelligence and analysis on the edge closer to your devices with up to 20x reduction in decision latency!

Here are some of the benefits and advantages of using Azure IoT Edge:

  • Run artificial intelligence at the edge
  • Perform edge analytics
  • Deploy IoT solutions from cloud to edge
  • Manage devices centrally from the cloud
  • Operate with offline and intermittent connectivity
  • Enable real-time decisions
  • Connect new and legacy devices
  • Reduce bandwidth costs

The Azure IoT Edge was just announced today at Build 2017, and promises to be a truly great advancement in building IoT solutions. Microsoft even showed a really great demonstration of implementing it in Industrial IoT that resulted in 20x reduction in decision latency and emergency response in a factory.

Azure IoT Edge looks really awesome, and I look forward to learning more about it!

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Microsoft Certified for IoT Device Catalog

There are a number of Microsoft Certified for IoT Starter Kits available. These are tailors mostly to prototyping solutions, as they come with a number of sensors and things necessary to get started building. However, if you know what platforms you want to target, or are looking for a number of platforms to choose from, then you’ll want to look through the catalog of Microsoft Certified for IoT devices.

Rather than just having a documentation page or PDF that lists out what all the Certified for IoT Devices are, Microsoft has created a catalog website that’s easily searchable and filterable. Using the official Azure Certified for IoT device catalog can really help you find the perfect IoT hardware for your next IoT project; especially industrial or commercial projects.

The Azure Certified for IoT device catalog is located at:


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IoT and Maker Gift List 2016

Are you looking to get something for a friend or family member who’s into making their own hardware devices, or want to get started but don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of some of the coolest IoT and Hardware Maker products that would make great gifts for your favorite geek!

The following list contains items of varying prices, and is sorted with the lowest priced items first.

Arduino Uno – $16

This is the Arduino Uno board only. While the Arduino Starter Kit (listed below) includes the board and many other thing necessary to get started, this board alone is fairly cheap. You can buy an additional board to add to the Starter Kit, or just buy the board as a gift for someone who already has some of the other components.

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Raspberry Pi Zero Starter Kit – $29.99 USD

The Raspberry Pi Zero Starter Kit from CanaKit contains a Raspberry PI Zero computer board, and all the other necessities required to play and get it running!

The starter kit contains the following items:

  • Raspberry Pi Zero board
  • 8 GB MicroSD Card – pre-loaded with NOOBS
  • mini-HDMI adapter
  • 1A micro-USB PowerSupply
  • USB OTG cable

This starter kit contains all the hardware necessary to get started playing with the Raspberry Pi Zero! The only things that don’t come with the kit that you need to add is a TV or PC monitor with a Keyboard and Mouse.

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Circuit Playground from Adafruit – $29.99 USD

The Circuit Playground from Adafruit is an all-in-one board with integrated sensors and LEDs. It’s a neat platform to practice getting started with programming on a real hardware device, without the need to solder or assemble anything!

Here’s some of the things built into the Circuit Playground board:

  • 10x mini NeoPixels, each can display any color
  • 2x push buttons
  • 1x slide switch
  • Motion sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Sound sensor
  • Mini speaker
  • 8x alligator-clip friendly input/output pins

The Circuit Playground from Adafruit is Arduino IDE compatible, and connects to a computer using a Micro-USB cable so it can be programmed. Plus, all the features of this little board are packed into a size that’s about as wide as 2x US Quarters!

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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B – $35

Raspberry_Pi_Logo.svgThis is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board only. This tiny little computer was built to help teach computer engineering in schools, and it packs a ton of functionality into a tiny package. It’s built on a quad-core 1.2Ghz ARM processor, 1 GB RAM, and has a few other features built onto the board that can boot from an SD Card and run the Linux / Raspbian operating system, as well as the new Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core.


This little board can be used to play Minecraft, surf the web, learn programming, plus many, many other things! It’s really a full computer that only costs $35! Plus, it’s only a little larger than the size of a credit card!

Here are some of the features built into this amazing, little computer:

  • 1.2 Ghz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 802.11n Wifi
  • Bluetooth 4.1 + Bluetooth Low Energy
  • 4 USB ports
  • 1 Ethernet port – 10/100Mbps
  • 40 GPIO pins
  • Full HDMI port
  • Combined 3.5mm audio jack + composite video
  • MicroSD card slot

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SparkFun Thing ESP8266 IoT Dev Kit – $39.95

The SparkFun Thing Microsoft Azure IoT Starter Kit includes a SparkFun Thing board, with integrated Wifi, and a few other components perfect for getting started building IoT projects. The SparkFun thing board is Arduino compatible, so the Arduino IDE can be used for programming.

Here’s some of what comes with the SparkFun Things IoT Starter Kit:

  • SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board, w/ integrated Wifi
  • Breadboard
  • Humidity + Temperature Sensor
  • Mini Photocell
  • 20 pack of LEDs
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Jumper Wires
  • Resistors – 10K and 330 Ohm

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Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display – $67.99

raspberrypi7inchtouchscreendisplaypartsThe Official Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen Display is the perfect addition to any Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 board. It features a full color LCD display with 800 x 480 resolution, plus full, capacitive touchscreen support!

The touchscreen display connects directly to the Raspberry Pi and includes everything you need to connect it up and use it!

This does NOT come with a Raspberry Pi board, that will need to be purchases separately.

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Arduino Starter Kit – $70 USD

arduinostarterkitboxThe official Arduino Starter Kit comes with all the parts and instructions to build 15 projects. It includes the instructions in a 170 page book, plus all the necessary parts for all the projects in the book. This kit is full of everything needed to get started building projects with the Arduino platform.

Here’s a short list of some of the items included in this kit:

  • Arduino Projects Book (170 pages)
  • Arduino Uno board
  • Alphanumeric LCD
  • Tilt sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Phototransistor
  • Push buttons
  • LEDs (multiple colors)
  • Resistors
  • and more

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Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit – $74.99 USD

The Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit from CanaKit includes all the hardware necessary to be able to start using the Raspberry Pi 3 and get it running. This kit includes the latest Raspberry Pi 3 board along with a few other essentials that you’ll need.

Here’s a list of the items included in this kit:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board
  • Integrated Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 32 GB MicroSD card (Class 10) pre-loaded with NOOBS
  • 2.5A USB Power Supply
  • Raspberry Pi Case
  • HDMI cable
  • 2x heat sinks
  • GPIO quick reference card

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Microsoft IoT Pack for Raspberry Pi 3 – $114.95

CertifiedIoTRaspberryPiThe Microsoft IoT Pack for Raspberry Pi is an IoT builder kit that comes with everything needed to start building IoT solutions with real hardware. This kit includes a Raspberry Pi 3 (the latest version with integrated Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity), a few sensors, LEDs, microSD card, and power adapter.

This kit includes the following items:

  • Raspberry Pi 3 board
  • Raspberry Pi Case
  • Full Size Breadboard
  • Male/Male Jumper Wires
  • Female/Male Jumper Wires
  • 5V 2A Switching Power Supply w/ MicroUSB Cable
  • Adafruit BME280 Temperature, Barometric Pressure & Humidity Sensor
  • TCS34725 RGB Color Sensor
  • MCP3008 – 8 Channel 10-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter Chip
  • Ethernet Cable
  • 16GB MicroSD card with pre-loaded NOOBS
  • Photocell
  • Potentiometers
  • Resistors
  • LEDs
  • Tactile switches
  • Capacitor

This kit comes with EVERYTHING needed to start building IoT projects. The breadboard can be used to connect things up without the need for soldering, or a solder iron could be used to permanently connect things after prototyping.

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Microsoft IoT Grove Kit for Raspberry Pi – $154.99

The Microsoft IoT Grove Kit for Raspberry Pi contains the easy to use Grove system for building IoT. The foundation of the Grove system is the GrovePi+ board that allows you to easily connect Grove Modules for rapid prototyping without requiring any soldering or building of custom hardware components. This kit lowers the hardware barrier. This is the perfect platform for prototyping, and for makers who are new to hardware.


The Microsoft IoT Grove Kit for Raspberry Pi includes:

  • GrovePi+
  • 5 inch HDMI Display with USB Touchscreen
  • Relay module
  • Temp + Humidity Sensor module
  • Ultrasonic Ranger module
  • LED Bar v2 module
  • Rotary angle sensor(P) module
  • Buzzer module
  • Sound sensor module
  • Light sensor module
  • Button module
  • LCD RGB Backlight module
  • Cables for connecting everything

This kit DOES NOT include the Raspberry Pi board. If one is needed, then you could buy just the Raspberry Pi 3 board, or a better option would be to just get the Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit in addition to this kit to have absolutely everything needed to prototype and build custom IoT solutions.

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Additional Items for Raspberry Pi

If you’re getting one of the above Raspberry Pi items, then you may want to include an extra to be sure to have EVERYTHING necessary to get building and playing without the need for a trip to the store after opening that awesome IoT / Maker gift. Here’s a short list of a few items that work really nicely with the Raspberry Pi to help complete the package:

Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard / Mouse Combo – $13.99

SanDisk Ultra 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Micro SD Card – $8.31

CanaKit 5V 2.5A Raspberry Pi Power Supply / Adapter w/ MicroUSB – $9.99

Official Case for Raspberry Pi 2 & 3 from Raspberry Pi Foundation – $6.40

I hope you, and your friends and family have a great holiday season. And best of luck to finding the perfect Maker / IoT gift for your favorite Geek!

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9 IoT Sessions from Ignite 2016 – Watch On-Demand

All the sessions from the Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference were recorded and are being put up online for free, on-demand streaming. There are hundreds of sessions overall on every technology in the Microsoft stack. It’s a very large amount of content to sift through, so I thought I would put together a showcase of just the Internet of Things (IoT) sessions from Ignite.

Here’s the list of Internet of Things (IoT) related sessions from Microsoft Ignite 2016. These are all links directly to the videos from Microsoft hosted on YouTub that you can watch anytime, anywhere, from any device, all on-demand!

1.  Learn about Microsoft IoT Vision

Level: 200 – Overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here today in the devices, sensors, cloud services, and data your business uses. Microsoft delivers a flexible cloud-based approach that enables enterprises to capitalize on IoT by gathering, storing, and processing data centrally. When centrally connecting distributed LoB assets, the edge of an enterprise’s infrastructure can be redefined, and the breadth of the Microsoft data platform can be harnessed. Learn about Microsoft’s position on IoT, and the technology and services being delivered from Microsoft to help you create the Internet of Your Things.

Arjmand Samuel – Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

2. Meetup: Educate and excite through computer science

Level: 100 – Community Meetup

Meet up with other passionate people who want to make a difference in making sure STEM, including computer science, is available for all children. Let’s make learning science fun as well as relevant for future careers. Mingle, share, and learn how Microsoft is involved in many formal and informal programs that you can be a part of, and we want to hear from you too. Get together to discuss how your voice can be heard on this important topic and how to get involved in your local communities.

Naomi Moneypenny – Chief Technology Officer, ManyWorlds


3. Secure your Internet of Things with Azure IoT

Level: 200 – Deep Dive

This session provide details for planning, developing and deploying a trustworthy Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure using Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. Trustworthy IoT infrastructure implies building security, privacy, safety and availability within the design of an IoT infrastructure. We highlight Microsoft Azure’s philosophy of building software and services, which are secure and private by design, and share best practices leading to a safe and highly available infrastructure. We also provide a high level overview of some of the features Azure IoT Suite offers in this regard, and share some of the early thinking for features being considered in the future.

Arjmand Samuel – Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

4. Enable IoT solutions with Windows 10 IoT platform

Level: 200 – How to

Today, there is a growing trend of new IoT devices in the IT enterprise world and it is important for IT decision makers to create their infrastructure, strategy to deploy, manage and secure their environments. In this session, we illustrate how IoT is brought to life by smart devices powered by Windows 10 IoT Platform. We also include demo and relevant scenarios for IT environment.

Partha Srinivasan – Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft
Doug Smith – Senior Director of Marketing, Microsoft
Suma SaganeGowda – Principal PM Manager, Microsoft

5. Create best-in-class customer experiences with digital transformation

Level: 100 – Partner Session

Success in a disruptive business environment requires digital reinvention focused on improving customer experience. Organizations transform business models, employee experiences, and ecosystems to design sophisticated customer experiences. IBM accelerates your transformation into a digital enterprise with end-to-end solutions that maximize your Microsoft investments, including cognitive, IoT, hybrid cloud and mobility capabilities. With IBM’s integration and design-thinking expertise, American Airlines Cargo migrated to a single customer service call center solution built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM that helps improve customer satisfaction. Join IBM and American Airlines leaders to hear insights about transforming your experience.

Murray Mitchell – Global & North America Leader, Microsoft Services, IBM Global Business Services

6. Explore IOT Scenarios from the field and their reference architectures

Level: 300 – Architecture

Explore the customer stories and reference architectures from some of the common IOT scenarios that we have seen working with customers in the field. As customers tell us about what they want to accomplish, we are seeing a set of reoccurring scenarios such as Smart Building, Connected Devices, Smart Healthcare, Connected Manufacturing and other scenarios.

Micheal Epprecht – Technical Specialist, Microsoft

7. Meetup: use Microsoft Azure IoT on a real business case

Level: 100 – Community Meetup

This session shows you how to ramp up a IoT Solution based on Microsoft Azure IoT and other Azure services. For example, we reflect the whole scenario on a predictive maintenance solution, showing which services are needed to get such type of solution working. We also look at the calculation of such an solution and which problems can be on devices and services.

Christian Waha – Platform Manager Multi IoT Service Platform, T-Systems International

8. Gain real time and predictive insights on your Internet of Things

Level: 300 – How To

Continuous streams of data are generated in every industry from sensors, business transactions, social media activity, etc. Within these streams of data lie business insights that are waiting to be unlocked. By querying these streams in real time, it becomes possible to ask key questions repeatedly, millions of times on millions of data points, thereby enabling the discovery of business opportunities and the realization of the “power of now”!

Samartha (Sam) Chandrashekar – Program Manager, Microsoft

9. Harness the power of the Internet of Things

Level: 100 – Partner Session

The Internet of Things (IoT) is experiencing exponential growth fueled by ubiquitous connectivity and the rise of cloud computing. In a world of disrupt or be disrupted, is your organization ready to embrace IoT? In this informative session, we explore the IoT opportunity for enterprises and the critical role of the ecosystem and platforms in IoT implementations. We bring it to life with real-world solutions and case studies spanning multiple industries. The examples we feature are all powered by Accenture’s Connected Platforms as a Service, an open and broadly deployed IoT platform architecture, integrated with and optimized for the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite.

Jim Bailey – Senior Managing Director, Accenture Mobility

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Ignite 2016 Session: Learn about Microsoft IoT Vision

The Learn about Microsoft IoT Vision session from the Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference gives some really good overview of what Microsoft’s vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is, as well as answering some questions about “What?” and “Why?” around IoT.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here today in the devices, sensors, cloud services, and data your business uses. Microsoft delivers a flexible cloud-based approach that enables enterprises to capitalize on IoT by gathering, storing, and processing data centrally. When centrally connecting distributed LoB assets, the edge of an enterprise’s infrastructure can be redefined, and the breadth of the Microsoft data platform can be harnessed. Learn about Microsoft’s position on IoT, and the technology and services being delivered from Microsoft to help you create the Internet of Your Things.

Watch On-Demand

About the Speaker

Arjmand Samuel is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, working in the Microsoft Azure Internet of Things team. In his current role, Arjmand is involved in the design and development of Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, a cloud-based offering with preconfigured solutions that address common Internet of Things scenarios. In his previous role, Arjmand led external academic collaborations around devices and services research for Microsoft Research, where he developed programs and research initiatives to harness the power of the Internet of Things. He has published in a variety of publications on topics of security, privacy, location aware access control and innovative use of mobile technology. Arjmand has a bachelor’s degree in avionics engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan; a master’s degree in control engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China; and a PhD in Information Security from Purdue University, USA.

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AT&T IoT Starter Kit with Azure IoT Suite Support

ATT_IOT_ServicesIt seems that pretty much everyone is getting in on the IoT Game these days. There is a plethora of IoT boards, devices, sensors and other accessories on the market. The new AT&T IoT Starter Kit is one of the latest endeavors into IoT and this time from a telecom instead of just yet another manufacturer. This seems to be a play from AT&T to get you to use their cellular service specifically for your next IoT solution. Read More

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Windows 10 IoT Core Compatible Boards

There are many IoT hardware boards on the market today. Windows 10 IoT Core has some very specific hardware requirements, so only a few of the boards available support the the ability to run Windows 10 IoT Core and using Visual Studio 2015 for building Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Apps to run on them. One of these boards, the Raspberry Pi, is very popular, but not all Raspberry Pi boards are compatible. There are a few other IoT boards that are supported as well. This post lists out the IoT boards that are currently supported by Windows 10 IoT Core. Read More

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GrovePi+ Plug-n-Play IoT Platform

GrovePi_Kit_Parts_3Traditionally building Internet of Things (IoT) devices using a platform such as the Raspberry Pi required you to know a little about electronics. You needed to either solder or use a breadboard to connect sensors or servos or whatever to the Raspberry Pi header / GPIO pins correctly. Plus you needed to know when to use a resistor or other component appropriately. The GrovePi+ from Dexter Industries provides a really easy to use Plug-n-Play platform for building IoT devices such as home automation, monitoring or any other Internet of Things scenario! Read More

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Intel Joule is an IoT Powerhouse

Intel-Joule-570X-ToScaleThe Internet of Things hardware landscape is heating up. There’s tons of devices available with many new devices being released every few months. One of the latest devices in the new Intel Joule. This is an IoT powerhouse with the specs that desktop computers had just a few years ago. The Intel Joule is built to be a high-performance platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), and It packs a quad-core 1.7 Ghz Intel Atom processor (CPU), 4GB RAM, Wifi and Bluetooth, all with additional 4K video support as well! Read More