PTC Connects Industrial Data to Microsoft’s Cloud

PTC has announced that its Kepware industrial connectivity software now integrates with Microsoft’s Azure cloud. Kepware’s KEPServerEX software has been upgraded to move data between industrial controls devices and the Azure cloud platform to help organizations to more effectively connect, monitor, and manage Internet of Things (IoT) assets across complex industrial environments.

“A major hurdle in widespread Industrial IoT adoption is interoperability. With more than 20 billion devices expected to come online in the next five years, and a subsequent flood of complex industrial data, interoperability will become increasingly important,” said Erik Dellinger, strategic industrial partner manager at Kepware. “It is essential that industrial automation companies and device cloud vendors begin to speak the same language.”

Acting as the hub for machine communication is Kepware’s IoT Gateway, a plug-in engineered to push information collected by KEPServerEX into big data and analytic software applications. Kepware and Microsoft’s Industrial IoT solutions integrate with the help of OPC UA. KEPServerEX can move industrial control data to the Azure cloud platform by utilizing both OPC UA and MQTT via the Azure IoT Gateway SDK and Azure IoT Hub.

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