Using low power, battery-operated sensors, The Things Industries software and gateways, and the power of Microsoft Azure, companies around the world are transforming industries, achieving data insights that allow them to manage their businesses in new and more exciting ways. LoRaWAN® can be used alone or in collaboration with the rest of the technology suite to deliver value in all types of situations.
The Things Stack is a robust, flexible LoRaWAN server. It caters to the needs of demanding LoRaWAN deployments, from covering the essentials to advanced security configurations and device life cycle management. It integrates with Azure IoT and provides features such as device provisioning and advanced monitoring features.
Morgan Sindall provides property service management for various housing associations in the UK and uses their platform to allow clients to monitor the environment, check for mold and monitor temperatures using LoRaWAN network sensors and gateways. The sensors are also used to consume data into Azure IoT, which is then routed into logic apps for transformation and processing.
“We see many LoRaWAN solution developers struggling with the device provisioning telemetry, integrations, routing, data storage and that's just the start. Just getting the data in the right place and using Azure IoT really allows developers to focus on spending their time on building added value to.” - Johan Stokking, CTO and Co-founder, The Things Industries
The Things Stack supports two Azure IoT integrations: IoT Hub, which enables bidirectional communication between end-devices, and IoT Central, a hosted platform for building IoT solutions. Both integrations are flexible with a low level access to the event stream.
The Azure resource manager template in the features helps to deploy all the resources in the Azure account securely. The whole design is serverless with no compute deployed in the Azure account. This makes it a really scalable and cost effective solution especially when there is not a lot of traffic in the beginning. This helps in the devices being onboarded automatically as they transmit data to Microsoft IoT hub and the device twin also gets updated automatically with LoRaWAN metadata.
“The Azure IoT hub integration is already available for our customers and it's free for non commercial use on a community network. So you can get started with that today.” - Johan Stokking, CTO and Co-founder, The Things Industries
Watch the full Partner Innovation series to learn more about the integration and how The Things Industries software interfaces with Microsoft Azure
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