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Microsoft and MTS on the integration between the Microsoft Azure IoT Core portal for the creation of Internet of Things applications and the NB-IoT MTS Internet of Things, as well as making the Azure IoT Hub service accessible from the CloudMTS server. In addition, MTS customers will have access to hybrid scenarios using edge computing, the use of which will minimize network response time and data center load.
MTS and Microsoft decided to build the Internet of Things for Russia
The agreement to build the Russian market for the Internet of Things (IoT) was signed by Microsoft and MTS.
The partnership will combine the IoT platform of Microsoft Azure IoT Central and the IoT network of MTS NV-IoT. In addition, businesses will begin offering connections to the Azure IoT Hub infrastructure to handle IoT devices via the MTS-owned platform provider CloudMTS.
Customers will also be able to use edge computing to incorporate hybrid scenarios – where data streams experience primary processing before being in the cloud at the point of their development. This technique will minimize the IoT device’s response time dramatically.
In cases that involve immediate response to an incident that the system tracks, this may be crucial. A 5G network can also have low latency, but given the existing problems with the deployment of this technology in Russia – the lack of domestic 5G base stations (although the full-featured “Rostec” layout is already ready) and the “good” frequencies occupied by the security forces – its mass introduction could be postponed…
The incorporation of Azure IoT Central with the MTS NB-IoT network, Microsoft claims, would enable the construction of IoT solutions by leveraging the local capabilities of the MTS infrastructure, the NB-IoT Development Kit and the global cloud of Microsoft Azure. This is important in order to create autonomous systems and technologies focused on energy conservation.
Since 2018, MTS has been offering Azure Stack based Microsoft cloud services from its own data centers under an arrangement signed by the companies in November 2017.
What the NB-IoT is
NB-IoT (Narrow Band Internet of Things is a system for the Internet of Things networking network that transmits data in small portions at periodic intervals. Products designed for use in NB-IoT networks are distinguished by low power consumption and can run without changing the battery for up to 10 years. NB-IoT networks run at the LTE network’s dedicated frequencies and the signal in them is distinguished by high penetrating capacity, such that IoT systems can operate in hard-to-reach areas, such as basements.
In September 2018, MTS declared its readiness to launch the federal NB-IoT technology-based Internet of Things network. “Today, MTS calls its NB-IoT network “the biggest network running in more than 70 regions of the world in Russia.
Azure IoT Core alignment with the MTS NB-IoT Network
Connection to the Azure IoT Central portal will be provided by Russian device developers for the NB-IoT network. Thus in local areas and hard-to-reach locations, domestic businesses will be able to build and deploy flexible IoT systems while providing access to Microsoft Azure cloud services. According to Microsoft, this would simplify and decrease the expense of developing smart devices and IoT services, as well as speed up their delivery to the Russian and global markets.
In addition, a special shop (marketplace) is designed for suppliers, producing solutions based on MTS and Azure IoT Central’s NB-IoT Production Kit.
NB-IoT Development Kit MTC – a package of instruments for making prototypes of devices running in the NB-IoT network, launched by the company at the end of May 2020.The hardware component of the kit includes a board with a microcontroller and a radio module, a GPS / GLONASS module, an ST-Link programmer , temperature sensor and accelerometer, a set of antennas and cables. An NB-IoT SIM chip, unrestricted traffic for a year and a ready-made account on the MTS cloud IoT platform were also included at the outset.
Hybrid Availability of Scenarios
According to Microsoft, the introduction of hybrid scenarios will decrease the response time of the network, and this will become more apparent because the delay does not reach three to four milliseconds, due to the spread of 5G networks and solutions based on them.
The creation of telemedicine, the use of virtual and augmented reality technology, the use of autonomous vehicles, remote control of high-precision robots and drones, the company said would enable the combination of a fifth-generation network, data processing in the country and access to Microsoft cloud tools.
Using Azure IoT Edge edge computing and localized Azure Stack services from the CloudMTS platform, businesses that require immediate network responsiveness before the universal introduction of fifth-generation networks in Russia will be able to deploy hybrid scenarios.
The amount of information sent to the data center is minimized due to the use of edge computing, i.e. the primary processing of the data gathered by the IoT computer right at the place of its generation. This decreases the network response time, as well as the demand on the network and server.
According to Microsoft, such a scenario would be in demand for shipping, manufacturing and medical companies who operate with data arrays from IoT sensors and must respond instantly to emergencies.
Prospects of the IoT market
MTS hopes that, under the new deal, joint collaboration with Microsoft will lead to the growth of the domestic IoT sector following the recession in 2020.
Russian IoT software creators will be given new ways to grow and market their products, which will lead to multiple rises in the number of smart devices over the next three years,” said Dmitry Khalin, MTS vice president for cloud and digital services.” – We plan to see over 10 million NB-IoT links by the end of 2023. We also estimated that the Russian edge computing industry would rise by an average of 30 percent each year over the next five years, and the Internet of Things market by 15 percent. “
“According to Christina Tikhonova, President of Microsoft in Russia, “the extension of the IoT collaboration will open up new possibilities for business creation for IoT solutions developers, ensure the rising demand of Russian companies for Internet of Things devices and services, and will lead to the growth of the industry, which will have an increasing demand for Internet of Things devices and services.