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Smart infrastructure: 6 keys to making your city smarter 

As we enter a new decade, cities at all levels understand that “digital transformation” is not about replacing legacy systems. Digital transformation is about leveraging technology to decrease the cost of operations, improve citizen services, and enable economic growth. Cities that fall to pursue digital transformation strategies may realize unforeseen negative outcomes to their communities...Read more

Getting ready for EuroShop 2020: European retailers embracing tech intensity 

With the excitement of NRF 2020 barely behind us, we are heading to Düsseldorf, the fashion capital of Germany, for the EuroShop Trade Fair, February 16-20. Being at the fair will give EMEA-based retailers a chance to follow-up on conversations started at NRF, and for those who didn’t attend, a chance to see and experience...Read more

4 ways we drive openness in industrial IoT 

    In a previous post, we introduced the four components of our approach to openness in industrial IoT (IIoT). Although openness has long been a central concept for us, inspiring hundreds of products and services that can connect platforms and the seamless transfer of data between them, the specific ways we execute on this...Read more

Making an impact on vehicle congestion with Road User Charging 

A session on Road User Charging (RUC) was held at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board and discussed a mix of learnings shared by those who’ve implemented RUC and those who’ve been planning for user charging. For those unfamiliar with RUC, also known as road pricing, it’s the practice of direct charges...Read more

Highlights and insights from CES 2020 

CES is most often thought of as a showcase for mind-blowing devices, vehicles, and products that in this age of ever-shortening innovation cycles were mere fantasy just a short time ago. And in that regard, CES 2020 did not disappoint. For the media & entertainment leader, this year’s CES was likewise a showcase of transformational...Read more

How our open IIoT approach makes manufacturers more agile 

Even before we introduced the Azure IoT Suite back in 2015, Microsoft was helping manufacturers realize the full business value of IoT. Backed by decades of experience in enterprise, we quickly became an innovator in industrial IoT (IIoT). Microsoft solutions have helped connect billions of different assets, process massive amounts of real-time data, and deploy...Read more

6 smart mobility solutions that are helping to reduce traffic congestion 

Traffic congestion is a problem in cities all over the world. The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs states that 68 percent of the world’s population will live in cities over the coming decades up from 55 percent today.1 As cities grow, congestion will get worse. In Moscow, Russia, the average driver spends 210...Read more

Microsoft Health Innovation Awards 2020 are now open for submission 

Accelerating innovation for better experiences, better insights, and better care There’s never been a more demanding time in healthcare, with many factors driving the need for innovation to solve the industry’s most prevalent and persistent challenges. There has been considerable progress made in this space as we all strive to achieve healthier lives. With that,...Read more

How OPC UA complements our open IIoT approach 

The rise of Industry 4.0 has transformed the manufacturing industry, making it imperative to connect factories and plants with their disparate data sources to maintain a competitive edge. Manufacturers can no longer be limited by proprietary technology and siloed data. To truly innovate, manufacturers know that every aspect of their operations—from the machines on their...Read more

4 best practices for hyperconnected cities to unlock additional value with technology 

Urban residents and businesses are embracing technology and innovation at a faster pace than many cities can react. Leaders need to act now to bridge the widening technology gap and create the digital and technical infrastructure to support efficient and effective services to keep citizens engaged and connected. In 2019, Microsoft partnered with ESI Thoughtlab...Read more

Takeaways from the National Retail Federation’s big show 

It’s always exciting to go to an event like NRF! But there was something in the air that made NRF 2020 bigger and better than ever before. There were over 38,000 attendees who experienced three days of inspiring discussions and get a perspective on improving customer engagement. This year we highlighted how retailers can gain...Read more

How to boost readiness with intelligent solutions 

It’s one of the fundamental considerations of any defense agency; how to track the readiness of people and things. Often, this process is less than streamlined, encompassing everything from paper-and-pen checklists to enormous spreadsheets filled out by hand. Given the room for error inherent in any manual process, using artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-enabled tools...Read more