Leuze electronic collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate Internet of Things solutions

Verified hardware and software enhance interoperability and allow faster time to production.

Owen, August 1, 2017 – Leuze electronic, the sensor people, today announced it has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production. As one of the world's leading manufacturers in the field of optical sensors and solution provider in electrical automation, Leuze electronic mainly concentrates on intralogistics and the packaging industry, machine tool manufacturing, the automotive industry and medical technology. The product range includes switching and measuring sensors, identification systems, solutions for image processing and data transmission and also occupational safety components and systems. Due to its many years of in-depth experience and outstanding expertise for connectivity in optical sensors, Leuze electronic is a pioneer and enabler for Industry 4.0. By coupling to Microsoft Azure, Leuze electronic has created the infrastructure for predictive maintenance and machine learning solutions for sensors. The IoT certificate increases customers' confidence in having a safe and stable Cloud connection. "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to jumpstart customers' IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations," said Herbert Köbel, Head of Competence Center Software. "Decreasing the usual customization required for compatibility ensures Leuze electronic helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution." "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT extends our promise to bring IoT to business scale, starting with interoperable solutions from leading technology companies around the world," said Barb Edson, general manager for Data Platform and Internet of Things, Microsoft Corp. "With trusted offerings and verified partners, Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT accelerates the deployment of IoT even further."
IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement. Customers find that choosing and connecting the right set of devices, assets or sensors to the cloud can be time-consuming. To jumpstart their IoT projects with confidence, customers are looking for certified devices and platforms that are tested for readiness, compatibility and usability with the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. By choosing a partner from the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program, customers can save time and effort on project specs and RFP processes by knowing in advance what devices and offerings will work with the Azure IoT Suite. Learn more about this collaboration at Azure Certified for IoT and explore the Azure IoT Suite today. Founded in 1963, Leuze electronic, with headquarters in Owen (Germany), has specific application know-how as well as broad industry knowledge. More than 1000 employees at 22 locations are involved in development, production, sales and service – supported by more than 40 sales partners around the world. Innovative product developments, tailor-made complete solutions and an extensive range of services stand for the "Smart Sensor Business 4.0" at Leuze electronic.

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