As Europe attempt’s to modernize production with integration of sensors and software, Microsoft Corp. is trying to grab some market share with launch of new IoT & AI lab at Munich.
Existing labs in the US and China received overwhelming response and this motivated Microsoft to expand this lab to Europe with all new Munich-based lab. The new lab will be perfectly placed to connect with every major tech hub in the region and capital in EMEA.
The IoT and AI Insider Labs enable developers to bring their early stage projects or ideas to an environment which allows rapid design, prototyping, and testing, with a team of dedicated Microsoft experts helping and guiding every step of the way to provide all the assistance required for the team.
Munich is home to a number of heavy weight German industrial giants such BMW and Siemens AG, while companies including Robert Bosch, Adidas, and a slate of mid-sized manufacturers are outfitting more factories with internet-connected production lines and robots. One challenge is that for manufacturers, production yields and reliable deliveries are paramount, meaning they’re averse to tinkering with shop-floor networks that are already in place.
Before the developers sets foot in the lab, the IoT & AI Insider Lab engineers engage with the developers to understand their goals, their problems, and their architecture. By the time the developers arrives, the Lab team has built a sprint plan with them so that every moment in the lab is highly productive.
Embedded engineers in the lab help developers to build drivers to help them interface with the latest sensors, to securely connect and to transmit the data to Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform. The highly skilled cloud engineers from Microsoft show developers how to build customized dashboards easily with Azure.
“Microsoft’s Insider Lab in Munich provides customers with various technologies and technical experience to help connect and digitize their businesses. Microsoft is the strongest open source contributor for OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA), which enables industrial compatibility. Microsoft’s open source integration of the OPC UA code with Microsoft Azure IoT allows companies to bring millions of devices and apps to the public cloud and manage them with one single application – regardless of what operating system they’re running.” – Stefan Hoppe, Vice President OPC Foundation