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Microsoft helps Leuze sensor customers join IoT

Steve Rogerson
September 7, 2017

Microsoft is helping the customers of German sensor company Leuze Electronic get IoT services up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT.
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 a manufacturer of optical sensors, Leuze 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, image processing and data transmission, and occupational safety components and systems.
Due to its many years of in-depth experience and expertise for connectivity in optical sensors, Leuze is a pioneer and enabler for Industry 4.0. By coupling to Microsoft Azure, it has created the infrastructure for predictive maintenance and machine learning 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 centre software at Leuze. "Decreasing the usual customisation required for compatibility ensures Leuze Electronic helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution."
IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement. Leuze customers often 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, they 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 programme, they 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.
"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 at Microsoft. "With trusted offerings and verified partners, Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT accelerates the deployment of IoT even further."
Founded in 1963, Leuze possesses application know-how as well as 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.