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Monday, May 27, 2019

Microsoft joins energy harvesting alliance to create digital twins for the IoT

By Nick Flaherty

The EnOcean Alliance of companies around energy harvesting technologies has had a boost with the addition of Microsoft. This will allow the creation of digital twins of sensors and actuators within the Azure cloud service.

“As a member of the EnOcean Alliance, we encourage innovation and standardization in intelligent building control," said Thomas Frahler, Business Lead Internet of Things at Microsoft Germany. "We are empowering businesses to adapt digital technologies quickly and build their own digital competencies to offer new services to their customers by sharing our expertise as a technology leader, sharing experiences of our own transformation journey and providing advanced platforms and tools. With our IoT Platform we are simplifying the entry for companies into the Internet of Things, regardless where they currently are at and independent of cloud, software or devices.”

“IoT brings us huge opportunities to improve all of our lives including comfort, security, energy efficiency and cost savings," said Graham Martin, Chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance. "To do this in buildings we need to digitalize building spaces to provide the necessary data required as well as powerful AI analytic and representation tools. I see this therefore as a perfect marriage with EnOcean wireless and maintenance free interoperable sensors from multi-vendors providing the necessary data and Microsoft offering the perfect platform solutions to analyze and optimize our buildings. We are very excited to welcome Microsoft as a new board and promoter member of the EnOcean Alliance. With Microsoft’s long-standing expertise in cloud-based services and IoT, we have gained a very strong partner in the ecosystem. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation to build the future of IoT,” 

There are 5.000 interoperable multi-vendor sensors and actuators for intelligent buildings from the 400 members of the Alliance. These are used in over 1.000.000 buildings worldwide and the energy harvesting approach means the sensors are easy to install and are maintenance free, optimizing the use of buildings, creating new service models and making buildings more flexible and more energy-efficient.

Microsoft offers the Azure Digital Twins, as the IoT platform that enables comprehensive models of the physical environment and its relationship with interaction between people, places and devices. First proof of concepts are currently in progress.
The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalize energy harvesting wireless technology around the nternational standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting. 

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