23 Piramal Glass deploys Microsoft Azure IoT to transformmanufacturing Volkswagen reveals its vision for the future of connected cars Global glassware packaging firm Piramal Glass has deployed the Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) platform to digitally transform its manufacturing operations and speed up decision making. The company has implemented the real- time manufacturing insights (RTMI) solution in its four plants in India, Sri Lanka and the US. By using Microsoft technology, Piramal has improved its production efficiency and reduced costs. “Combining digital technologies with precision high-quality glass manufacturing, has helped us fortify our accelerated growth path,” said Vijay Shah, director of Piramal Glass. Car manufacturer Volkswagen has revealed its vision for the future of connected cars. According to Heiko Huettel, head of Connected Car at Volkswagen, the vision involves creating the ultimate shareable vehicle. “We want a future where you can find and enter a car using nothing but your smartphone as a key,” he said in an interview with Microsoft. Volkwagen’s Automotive Cloud, based on Microsoft Azure, aims to offer drivers a seamless experience when using their car. Microsoft partner ICONICS has signed a collaboration agreement with internet of things (IoT) software provider S&T Technologies. Through this partnership, S&T Technologies will integrate ICONICS’ SCADA capabilities into its SUSiEtec Software Framework. This will enable customers to access SCADA capabilities in cloud related environments for intuitive monitoring and control via mobile-friendly dashboards. The integration of ICONICS with SUSiEtec will be available in the first quarter of 2019. Customers will then be able to obtain a complete edge-to-cloud IoT solution, including ICONICS licenses, from a single source through S&T Technologies. ICONICS partners with S&T Technologies Microsoft unveils initiatives to help businesses adopt artificial intelligence Microsoft has launched several technology updates to help organisations adopt artificial intelligence (AI). Azure Cognitive Services will allow developers to use features such as object detection, vision recognition and language understanding, regardless of their coding skills. Microsoft is also previewing simpler AI features in its Power BI business analytics service, designed to support customers in discovering hidden insights in data. Azure Bot Service updates like the availability of Bot Framework SDK and Tools version 4.1 to help developers build bots more efficiently. In addition, guidelines are available to encourage responsible development of conversational AI tools, including considerations about mental well-being, and other sensitive uses.