Microsoft, which recently put the spotlight on several of its partners that are at the forefront of the “smart cities” movement through their use of Azure’s IoT capabilities, highlighted its partnerships in the context of last month’s IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. One such partner is, View, which is using the Azure Digital Twins spatial-mapping service, currently at the preview stage, for its smart building applications.
A view is also using Azure Sphere and Azure IoT Edge and for controlling its “dynamic glass” product, according to an announcement made by Microsoft on NOV 13th. Dynamic glass is basically a glass plane that’s designed to bring optimal amounts of natural sunlight into a building, with an aim of benefiting the occupants and reducing building energy consumptions.
Microsoft’s IoT Edge service, which went live in June, adds access to various Azure services, including Azure Functions, Stream Analytics, and Machine Learning (ML). It works via modules or containers or that run locally on devices, according to a Microsoft document description of Azure IoT Edge. The other product being used by View, Azure Sphere, is currently at the public preview stage. Azure Sphere is Microsoft’s Linux-based microcontroller unit for use in the Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
A view is using the Azure Digital Twins service for its new View SmartProtect security solution, which senses when building glass gets broken. SmartProtect, which is “completely invisible,” according to a View announcement (PDF), sends a notification about the location of the broken window and the time of the incident.
Another partner, Moovit, will be Microsoft’s supplier of public transit routing services to the Azure Maps service, which Microsoft announced earlier this month. The Azure Maps service delivers location information that can be tapped by developers via APIs. The service can be used by organizations, as well as partners building solutions for smart cities management, for example.