Orange Business Services, Microsoft offer end-to-end IoT solution
End-to-end IoT offering targets use cases, including supply chain, smart inventory management and predictive maintenance
Orange Business Services and Microsoft announced they are collaborating to deliver end-to-end internet of things solutions to boost the digital processes of companies in the manufacturing sector.
Through this collaboration, enterprises can use the Orange modular solution, Datavenue, strengthened by Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, to transition to optimize the entire manufacturing value chain, the two firms said.
Use cases that can take advantage of this collaboration range from supply chain and smart inventory management to digital operations, such as predictive maintenance, employee safety and facility and equipment management.
One of the firms that has already implemented this new offering is e.l.m. leblanc, for which Orange delivered a customized IoT platform on Microsoft Azure, which provides a tailored solution for remote monitoring, along with predictive maintenance. Subsidiary of the Bosch Group, e.l.m. leblanc manufactures gas boilers and water-heaters.
The remote monitoring solution collects the boiler’s data and alerts technicians of any malfunction, which allows for more efficient maintenance intervention. The benefits of this technology include optimization of intervention processes, and increased end-customer satisfaction, the two companies said.
With Datavenue, Orange Business Services offers a set of solutions and services to manage IoT projects and their integration with information systems. The French firm said that Datavenue boasts over 700 experts working on data and IoT projects, 14 million connected devices managed by Orange, and the capacity to handle over 160 million items of technical data per minute.
“This partnership between Orange and Microsoft is an important step in our growth strategy targeting the IoT and data analytics B2B market. By adding Azure IoT solutions to our Datavenue portfolio, we provide our customers with powerful software with the assurance that it will seamlessly integrate with Microsoft’s business applications, an industry standard,” said Beatrice Felder, executive vice president, customer experience, IoT and analytics at Orange Business Services. “This partnership is a remarkable opportunity for us not just to expand our business, but also to contribute more actively to the development of the IoT market around the world,” she added.
“With a partner such as Orange Business Services, we can offer a full end-to-end solution, relying on Orange expertise in IoT connectivity and particularly LoRa, and its proven know-how in integrating IT projects surrounding connected sensors and devices,” said Maziar Zolghadr, Microsoft EMEA director of strategic partnerships.