How to give a friend full access to Azure Accelerators

Microsoft is providing multiple solutions regarding IoT. If you want to do everything yourself, go for the PaaS services. If you have no programming skills at your disposal, go for IoT central which is a full SaaS solution for IoT.

But if you have skilled programmers in your team and you want to use the full power of Azure IoT, look at the Azure IoT solution accelerators (fka Azure IoT Suites).

There are several accelerators:

At this moment, Microsoft provides five accelerators. One is built by partner Intel (Intel Connected Logistics platform). One is just a simple one for starting to generate lots of telemetry messages (Device Simulation).

The other three are platforms built by Microsoft themselves and these are a great starting point to start building your own IoT platform.

For example, let’s look at the Connected Factory platform. You can create it within fifteen minutes:

Just let a wizard create the resources in your own subscription:

And then you have a running solution.

Do you want to change it? The code and ARM templates of this Connected Factory accelerator can be found on Github.

The same goes for the other accelerators!

For me the most tricky part is something trivial: how do I give a colleague access to these raw diamonds?

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Accelerating Azure IoT Device Simulation

UPDATE 19-10-2021: The accellerators are depricated. Check out IoT Central as a replacement. The source code of this simulation is still available on GitHub.

At the recent Build, Microsoft announced that the Azure IoT Suites were renamed to Microsoft Azure IoT Solution Accelerators.

“A solution accelerator helps you speed up the development and deployment of your IoT solution. It’s open source so you can customize it to fit your business. Use it as a reference for your own solution, or as a demo to see how a finished solution can work for you.”

There are four different accelerators:

  1. Remote Monitoring
  2. Connected Factory
  3. Predictive Maintenance
  4. Device Simulation

In this blog, we dive into the Device simulation:

“Streamline your IoT solution development by using simulated IoT devices to both build and test your solution throughout the software development lifecycle.”

This is an interesting tool to generate the output of many devices as if there are actually (thousands of) devices connected to an IoT Hub.

What can we do with it? How useful is it?

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