The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly emerging as one of the hottest technology trends of 2015. Microsoft and Fujitsu have established a partnership that will help manufacturers create more efficient processes using IoT and cloud.
Fujitsu has a product called the Eco-Management Dashboard (EMD) that is designed the streamline the processes of a manufacturing operation. One of the biggest challenges for Fujitsu was being able to present and manipulate the data procured from the Eco-Management dashboard.
In a video accompanying the announcement, Microsoft demonstrates how a former semiconductor facility pivoted into agriculture manufacturing center by using Fujitsu’s Eco-Management dashboard coupled with Microsoft Azure. With Azure, users of the EMD are able to get real time analytics on the production environment.
Fujitsu’s EMD uses the Machine to Machine (M2M) platform in which IoT censors immediately relay data into the cloud for analysis. Microsoft and Fujitsu believe that by using Microsoft tablets connected the Microsoft’s Cloud, engineers can reduce their workload thus allowing them to focus on innovation. Organizations can also do sophisticated tasks such as use Machine Learning to provide advanced insights on their production data.
“Leveraging the Fujitsu Eco-Management Dashboard solution alongside Microsoft Azure and the Fujitsu IoT/M2M platform, we are able to deliver real-time visualization of the engineering process for big data analytics to improve the entire production process and inform decision-making,” says Hiroyuki Sakai, Vice President and Head of Global Marketing for Fujitsu.
Sanjay Ravi from Microsoft claims that, “Fujitsu’s innovation will drive new levels of operational excellence and accelerate the pace of digital business transformation in manufacturing.”
Microsoft and Fujitsu believe that they can help make manufacturing processes more efficient by using IoT and Cloud. When organizations implement this type of technology, they can gain real time insights on their manufacturing operations by simply tapping the screen of their Microsoft tablet. Other cloud enabled innovations are allegedly on the horizon. Rumor has it that the next generation of this technology will rely heavily on wearable technology.