Microsoft enhances its solutions to drive intelligent manufacturing

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Microsoft is enhancing its solutions to help the manufacturing industry achieve new business outcomes.

Businesses in the manufacturing industry are looking for new ways to create business value, encourage and upskill their workforce, and improve operations. Modern technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality and automation are driving Industry 4.0, which is making intelligent manufacturing a reality.

To bring intelligent automation to its customers and partners in manufacturing, Microsoft is taking a number of steps and updating the solutions it provides to manufacturers.

First, the tech giant is adding advanced threat protection for IoT to a number of services.

Azure Security Center for IoT will now be available for implementation across entire IoT projects.

The recently announced cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) platform called Azure Sentinel will now protect the entire enterprise from threats.

Azure IoT Hub will integrate with Azure Security Center for IoT. It is aimed to deliver IoT security information right in the hub portal experience.

Second, Microsoft is bringing OPC Twin and OPC Vault to Azure Industrial Io Cloud Platform. It will help manufacturers to build a digital twin of their machines and improve security and certification management.

Third, the benefits of Azure IP Advantage will be extended to Azure customers that use IoT devices. These IoT devices should be connected to Azure or powered by Azure Sphere and Windows IoT.

Fourth, Microsoft is collaborating with new partners to help the manufacturers succeed.

Other than these, there are more enhancements and offerings. The company will showcase its services for the manufacturing industry at Hannover Messe event in Germany from April 1-5.

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“The future of manufacturing is all about applying new levels of intelligence across all aspects of operations, with disruption triggered by AI, mixed reality and IoT, redefining the value chain from engineering design to customer engagements to supply chains,” wrote Çağlayan Arkan – Global Lead, Manufacturing and Resources Industry, Microsoft, in a blog post.

“We look forward to meeting with you next week to discuss how we’re empowering intelligent manufacturing around the world.”

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