Microsoft extends the ‘Internet of Things’ to jet engines, refrigerators and more

Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB jet engine is prepared for delivery. (Credit: Rolls-Royce) Soon the “Internet of Things” will be keeping watch on jet engines, refrigerators and freezers, factory floors and more, thanks to a series of partnerships announced by Microsoft at the Hannover Messe industrial fair in Germany.The applications will take advantage of the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite to gather data from industrial products, and the Cortana Intelligence Suite to look for trends and figure out how to improve performance. For example, Rolls-Royce will incorporate those software tools into its TotalCare maintenance services for its aircraft engines. The data sets will include engine health readings, air traffic control information, route restrictions and fuel usage. Cortana will look for anomalies and trends in the data, and provide feedback that should help Rolls-Royce improve the engines’ performance…


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