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A year has passed since I received the first Microsoft MVP award on Windows Embedded and a few days ago (on April 1st) I received the more exciting email you might expect ... the renewal !
My "role" as MVP has allowed me to be at the summit in November in Redmond at the Microsoft headquarter and for me it was an awesome experience, knowing the team that works on IoT and all those people with whom I had only "virtual" contacts.
Thanks to all those who have continued to believe in me and consider me worthy of this award.
As for me I will continue with maximum effort, hoping that next year will be here again to write the same post !
Few days ago Microsoft was included in the ranking of the 10 most innovative companies of 2015 as part of the Internet of Things and this result can not be absolutely considered a case. Most likely, the main reasons that have enabled Microsoft to achieve this great result are two :
The announcement of an operating system like Windows 10 that is able to run on any kind of device, from embedded systems, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and finally to the PC;
The wide Microsoft Azure cloud services offer through which you can "accommodate" and analyze in real time the huge amount of data from the "things";
The Microsoft offer for the Internet of Things covers everything from embedded device (the "T") to the Cloud (the "I") failing to provide a solution under one "hat".
What are the available technologies ? How can we really "bring" our "things" in the Cloud and make them an integral part of the Internet of "Your" Things as it was renamed by Microsoft ...
This time, with great honor, I will be among the speakers of the Community Days 2014 to be held September 23 to 25 in Rome, after I was there more times as attendee in the past.
The honor will be double, because I will have the session with my dear friend Valter Minute that I recognized as the "Maradona" of embedded systems.
Our session entitled "Internet of Things: my washing machine connected to the Internet?" will be completely dedicated to IoT starting from embedded systems (Microsoft based) to the possible solutions in the Cloud, including the future project "Reykjavik" based on Azure and presented at Build 2014; the title tells the truth, among other things, we will have as its protagonist a washing machine (toy) !
You can find all the information concerning the agenda of the sessions and logistics on the official website in addition to the registration form.
We look forward to this event every year will not disappoint the expectations of those who participate !
Friday, June 6th IoT@Work event was held in Rome at the Microsoft headquarters and it was organized by the DomusDotNet community and the online TinyCLR.it community (of which I am member).
Thanks to the hospitality of Massimo Bonanni and all the guys in the community, we spent an entire day dedicated to the Internet of Things.
In the morning, Mirco Vanini started showing us what Internet of Things is and what it is not with a series of real use cases and future projections of this new business. The next session saw myself as the lead in tackling a technical point of view of main protocols that are used in the IoT, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The morning sessions were completed by Lorenzo Maiorfi who spoke of "flow-programming", its application in the IoT and two main tools that can be used for this purpose: NodeRed and Orleans.
Development of M2Mqtt library continues .... now reached the version 220.127.116.11 !
This time the new features are related to two requests from people who are using it.
First, I added more overloads for Connect() method, because from when I removed the default parameters (for compatibility with older versions of the .Net Framework) I left the more complex constructor that requires all parameters. Many people, not knowing well the MQTT protocol, found themselves in difficulty in deciding what values to pass to lesser known parameters (will message, clean session, ...).
A further new feature concerns the client disconnected event (from the MQTT broker) that was requested on the official CodePlex web site. The MqttClient class exposes MqttMsgDisconnected event that is raised when a condition of connection failure with the broker is detected and typically in two cases :
when there isn’t network traffic, when client sends the PINGREQ message (relative to the keep-alive) it doesn’t receive ...
As a further confirmation that Microsoft wants to be part of the business of the Internet of Things, was released a "limited preview" of a new product on Azure: Azure Microsoft Intelligent System Service.
The primary objective is to provide a single platform capable of acquiring data generated by heterogeneous systems (and thus non-Microsoft) for further processing and analyzing in real-time with tools like HDInsight.
The main features will be :
Connectivity : ability to connect any device regardless of onboard operating system;
Configuration : definition of rules to automate processes on the device;
Administration : ability to monitor, configure and update devices in the field;
Extensibility : greater scalability and efficiency through infrastructure based on cloud;
At the following link, it is possible to request a limited preview to which potential users will have access as a result of a questionnaire for assessing the project to ...
Yesterday, my afternoon's work was interrupted by one of the most beautiful email that I could receive: I was nominated as a Microsoft MVP for Windows Embedded category !
This award is the result of my passion and desire to share my knowledge with other people that started in 2011, the year in which I began to follow events organized by my current regional community DotNetCampania, which are subsequently became a member. Kidnapped from the soul with which they were held events, I have decided to become an active part of it and my first thanks go to all those that are part of it, because it is thanks to them that I have received this award which of course is for all them !
Thanks to Cristina Gonzalez Herrero who is my MVP community lead starting from yesterday and who will follow me in this year to do better for the community.
Thanks to all the Italians Windows Embedded MVP who believed in me. In the time order I first met them, thanks to Valter Minute, the first guru and symbol of the Microsoft e ...
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