IoT cloud (By TW Stocker/

IoT tools for Azure Government cloud

Federal, state and local governments now have access to Microsoft's  Internet of Things Hub, which provides secure bi-directional communications between IoT devices and the solution back end.

Available for on the Azure Government platform, the IoT Hub, gives government agencies and industry partners  access reliable device-to-cloud and cloud-to-device communications. It enables secure communications using per-device security credentials and access control, and connects any IoT device and operating system using the included device software development kit.

“State and local governments are now able to use Azure Government to implement solutions that monitor real-time traffic congestion, parking availability, and weather conditions with the goals of increasing efficiency and reducing costs associated with the delivery of new and valuable citizen services,” Microsoft General Manager Tom Keane wrote in a June 12 blog post. “The opportunities are endless, from reducing response times for emergency services to using usage tracking and smart grids to drive energy efficiency.”

Keane sees security as a significant challenge for IoT services today and the IoT in Azure Government is specifically designed to provide a solution.  It provides a “secure, compliant” bridge between the IoT devices or endpoint and a cloud storage solution.

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Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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