The Internet of Things is Bringing a New Revolution to Business

Caglayan Arkan, General Manager of Worldwide Manufacturing at Microsoft

(Hannover, Germany, Monday, April 13, 2015) – Human history has been defined by three major revolutions that have helped get us to where we are today: Farming and Agriculture, Industrial and Information Technology (IT). Now the convergence of machines and intelligence, more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT), is bringing a new revolution to how we do business.  

The IoT is transforming the way companies worldwide plant crops, assemble products and maintain machinery. Major companies including Lotus F1, Chinese automaker Qoros, Fujitsu, Miele, a high-end appliance manufacturer, and KUKA Robotics, a leading manufacturer of robots for factory automation, are integrating IoT into how they do business and what they’re offering to consumers.

At the world’s largest industry fair, Hannover Messe, these companies are showcasing how they are improving efficiencies, bringing quality products to market faster and taking their products to the next level with Microsoft technologies. By partnering together these companies and others across the world are able to use unlimited compute power and rich data platforms to enable “systems of intelligence” empowering people and organizations with new insights and intelligence.

Here are examples of this innovation:

  • Connected Cars: Today, only 20% of vehicles are connected, but in the next 3-4 years that number will jump to around 80%. The connected car experience is the future of the automotive industry. Qoros Automotive which, launched in 2007 as a new Chinese automaker, has created a vehicle telematics system built on Microsoft technology that delivers communications, entertainment and location-based services anywhere in the world.
  • Digital Farming: Fujitsu is using sensors and cloud technology to control the environment in pristine greenhouse facilities that produce a special kind of lettuce for people with kidney disease. Their solution allows farmers to collaborate with engineers and care for plants remotely. Fujitsu thinks that greenhouses using this IoT approach could increase production as much as 50 times.
  • Connected Homes: Miele is working to build connected products for the home. For example, users can browse recipes on Miele’s website and choose from various different meals. After selecting a recipe, the necessary food preparation stages are downloaded to the user's smartphone or tablet and, through the cloud, the user’s oven is programed to cook the specific meal based on temperature, cooking time, humidity, and other factor.
  • Artificial Intelligence:  KUKA Robotics has used the Microsoft IoT platform to create a self-standing robot for assembly lines. The KUKA Intelligent Industrial Work Assistant Application will demonstrate how human-Robot collaboration can look in the future based on the assembly of domestic appliances. 
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