Honeywell announced that MAXPRO Cloud, the company’s connected building solution for small-to-medium-sized (SMB) businesses, will be hosted on the Microsoft Azure hosting platform. Integrating access and video data Designed for the unique needs of an SMB customer, MAXPRO Cloud integrates access and video data into a single user interface, enabling customers to achieve their business goals by leveraging their connected buildings as strategic assets. It helps improve customer’s business performance, ensures more efficient safety and security, minimises loss of inventory in retail environments, reduces IT infrastructure costs, and streamlines operations by empowering small-to-medium business owners to make decisions in a flexible and scalable manner through real-time access, insight, and reporting. By bringing the strength of Azure to Honeywell’s connected buildings technology, customers will benefit from Microsoft’s global footprint and advanced data services. "Honeywell’s focus on driving innovation in connected buildings globally makes this an ideal collaboration for both Microsoft and Honeywell" Benefits of the intelligent cloud “Honeywell is pleased to rapidly expand our software offerings with one of the world’s most innovative cloud providers,” said Alessandro Araldi, Vice President of Product Management, Security and Fire, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. “As one of Honeywell’s first connected building offerings hosted on Azure, we’re excited for MAXPRO Cloud customers to experience the benefits of the intelligent cloud firsthand.” “Honeywell’s focus on driving innovation in connected buildings globally makes this an ideal collaboration for both Microsoft and Honeywell,” said Sam George, Director, Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp. “As we continue to enable digital transformation for customers around the world, this advancement for MAXPRO Cloud is yet another example of how we’re helping create a more secure, connected and productive world.” Currently MAXPRO Cloud is available in North America, and will expand to other global markets later this year.
Schneider Electric is further establishing its innovation community for each of its end markets Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management and automation, announced the launch of its next generation EcoStruxure architecture and platform to deliver IoT-enabled solutions at scale for building, grid, industry, and data centre customers. The enhanced architecture and platform is open, scalable, and interoperable, connecting the three core layers of Schneider Electric’s technology stack, from connected products, to edge control, to applications, analytics, and services. This next generation EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity of IoT-enabled operations.As part of this launch, the company also announced that it is establishing a new community with technology and consortium leaders to maximise the benefits its customers receive of an IoT-enabled operation. Technology and consortium collaboration Flagship technology companies enabling the next generation of EcoStruxure include: Microsoft: Schneider Electric leverages the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to deliver its digital services, apps, and analytics. Azure is the cloud backbone for EcoStruxure, easing technology development on the platform. “Schneider Electric depends on Microsoft Azure IoT technology to rapidly scale public, private and hybrid cloud solutions,” said Sam George, Director, Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp. “We’re committed to working together to deliver new digital services that leverage their vast domain expertise in targeted end markets.” One such digital service, Conext 2 Advisor, is a secure monitoring and control solution for managing and optimising the performance of solar power plants, and is delivered as an Azure cloud-based service, accessible on computers or mobile devices. Intel: Schneider Electric leverages Intel’s smart Field Programmable Gateway Arrays (FPGA) devices to power its sensors and devices, networks, and the cloud. Intel’s FPGAs enhance the performance, power, and flexibility of the EcoStruxure architecture to enable smarter operations. “Schneider Electric depends on Microsoft Azure IoT technology to rapidly scale public, private and hybrid cloud solutions” New partnerships are also continually emerging with specialised technology providers like Zuora and global industry leaders like the company’s recently announced partnership with Panasonic, both of which further enable the delivery of new technology, new services, new business models, and more service-oriented value for customers. Schneider Electric also serves on the board of the Industrial Internet Consortium and Thread Group, where it is working with other leading organisations to accelerate the growth and development of IoT solution architectures and standards for the industrial and home automation industries. Ecosystem of developers The company is also further establishing its innovation community for each of its end markets. Each community includes open access for an ecosystem of developers and data scientists, as well as hardware and service partners to create or co-create solutions and applications for EcoStruxure. These communities include the portfolio of companies involved in the company’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program, including Planet Ecosystem, Digital Lumens and OhmConnect that have already begun to integrate their IoT solutions into the EcoStruxure architecture and platform.