CloudRail Collaborates with Microsoft to Make Industrial IoT More Accessible

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CloudRail has collaborated with Microsoft to lower the entry barriers for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.

While IIoT is highly recognised as a best practice within the enterprise sector, many companies struggle with its realisation. Physically connecting industrial assets to the cloud remains complex and time-consuming.

The company said, with this collaboration, almost any industrial sensor from established vendors may integrate into Microsoft IoT services like IoT Central. Moreover, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) or System Integrators (SIs) can start building applications on top of Microsoft Azure which leverage the broad sensor support.

Previously, the process of connecting industrial assets to the cloud using existing solutions in IIoT projects took weeks or even months. With the CloudRail solution, industrial-grade sensors are mounted directly on the respective machine and connected with just a few clicks into Azure IoT or the respective business application.

“With CloudRail’s OT-to-Cloud solution, we were able to reduce the time to connect a machine to Microsoft Azure IoT to just a few hours,” Felix Kollmar, CEO of CloudRail.

CloudRail and Microsoft designed the system to be agnostic of both the used machine or equipment vendor as well as the realised IIoT use case. Besides the new IoT Plug & Play support for industrial sensors, the solution is also said to support industry standards like OPC-UA to connect modern equipment. This flexibility allows companies to standardise their IIoT architecture right from the beginning.

As a result, customers can realise any kind of IIoT use case on a scalable and secure platform. By combining Azure and CloudRail, companies can run and manage a single connected machine—or millions.