Introduction to Azure IoT Central

IoT Concepts

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical devices that link to and share data with other devices and services via the Internet or another communication network. There are presently over ten billion connected devices worldwide, with more being added every year. Anything that has the required sensors and software can be connected to the internet. The following tools have enabled IoT:

  • Access to low cost, low power sensors.
  • Various protocols enable internet connectivity.
  • Cloud computing platforms such as Azure.
  • Big data.
  • Machine learning.
  • Artificial intelligence.

What is Azure IoT Central?

Azure IoT Central is a platform as a service (PaaS) for creating, managing, and maintaining enterprise-grade IoT solutions.
Choosing to build with IoT Central allows you to focus your time, money, and energy on transforming your company with IoT data, rather than just managing and updating a complex and ever-changing IoT infrastructure.

Why Should we start with Azure IoT Central?

Azure IoT Central provides a user interface and API surface for connecting and managing devices at scale, providing reliable data for business insights.

What are IoT Devices?

IoT devices are hardware with sensors to :

  • Capture temperature and humidity levels.
  • Detect smoke gas .
  • Capture geo locations and proximity.
  • Capture device matrices .

Azure IoT Central Architecture

IoT Central is a pre-built environment that allows you to rapidly assess your IoT scenario. It is an application platform as a service (PaaS) IoT solution with a web UI as its main interface. A REST API is also available, allowing you to communicate with your application programmatically.

IoT Central Architecture

Create a IoT Central Application

There are several approaches to developing an IoT Central programme. If you prefer a manual strategy, you can use one of the GUI-based methods, or you can use one of the CLI or programmatic methods to automate the process.

Navigate to create IoT Central Application on UI and follow the below snap parameters :

Following the creation of the IoT Central application, the view will look like this:

Following to the IoT Central application UI , it will show all the IoT central Applications created for the particular Subscription :

Connect your device

To connect and create an IoT plug and play add any smartphone using below steps :

  • In IoT Central, navigate to the Devices page and select Add a device:
  • Download the IoT plug-and-play app (PnP) on your smartphone and connect it by scanning the IoT central QR code.
  • Control the device from your application and view the telemetry it sends.

Once the smartphone is connected over IoT Central you can access your phone telemetry using IoT Central:

SmartPhone App

IoT Central Application View


In conclusion, Azure IoT Central is a robust platform for developing and managing IoT apps. It provides a complete solution for organizations looking to develop and implement IoT solutions at scale, with built-in security and scalability features, pre-built templates and workflows, and seamless integration with other Azure services.


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