Introduction To The Internet Of Things Windows 10 IoT Core And Raspberry Pi 2


With this, we begin a series of mini articles, written with the collaboration of Piero Sbressa. We will start on how to install, configure and program Windows 10 on a device Rasperry ft 2, and subsequent articles we will write and share all the experiments we do from time to time so as to give an introduction to the development of the Internet and Raspberry Pi2 and what things oh.

Topics covered

We will start with the part to a systems, by downloading and installing Windows 10 IoT Core, and the part from developer, to create one or more applications. Of course we start from theory to get to put things learned in practice.

Theory: What is IoT? E 'stands for "Internet of things", that "the Internet of things." And what does it mean?

By 2020 we will have x million Internet-connected devices, including computers, Laptops, Tablet and Smartphone ever. Even cars now connect to the internet in order to have the information on weather and traffic in real time, for example, or think of ways to work with the correct software you can locate and monitor in real time their functional status.

Fields of use

The fields of use are broader than what we can imagine, Let us mention some of them: home automation, like opening the blinds in remote, and as you light in the house and adjust the brightness of the lamps, in the robotics industry and also in the prototyping.

Home automation and robotics have existed for decades, then, where is the news? Initially, the Internet was not available for ordinary people, the wireless phone was not even in design. Today, with a few dozen euro you take home a Smartphone, connected to the Internet 24 hours 24 a few euro a week and a few tens of euro you take home as a microcomputer that features then they have nothing to envy to the real PC. That said, it is understandable why today everyone is talking about IoT and prototype development continues at an incredible pace.

For example, if today there are 25 degrees, we know thanks to portable sensors that surround us daily. We must put the mercury thermometer on the balcony to know after ten minutes the actual temperature as they used to do a few decades ago. With these sensors, we have a given: what do we do with this data? IoT also means that the information I have to produce business. There are 25 degrees. Fine! And now?

Use of data and information

To produce business, this data must first be sent to a database server (Microsoft Azure for example, but not only), suitably processed and then give me a trend, do something. If I were a manufacturer of air conditioners, thanks IoT could figure out how many I have to produce, so here I did then save costs and so thank IoT I gained, I was doing business, another example about maintenance this time, are a manufacturer of elevators, can remotely monitor the functional and have a complete picture, where I indicates the type of fault a warning or a state notice, so prepare for a possible technical maintenance.

Development tools

To start we have to have some things at hand, because we are pro - Microsoft, we will use the technologies that Microsoft provides, but we can also use non-Microsoft technologies, IoT is not saying that you have to use that product or another. The ride is always the same: sensor gives me the information, I record it in a database, then elaborate and I communicate this information to sell or use to do business. Besides the tools made available for development, are necessary for my experience a good base on the hardware, in this case, be able to plan and design an electrical / electronic circuit, make it happen and make it work more good basic electronics, this It will allow us to be autonomous in all respects, otherwise we can devote ourselves to the development or software or hardware issues and leave to others what we are not able to do.


This first mini introductory article is finished. Now you know what is and what is IoT. The next article we will start practicing with the installation and configuration of the operating system Windows 10 IoT Core on a card Raspberry Pi2. Article written by Piero Sbressa ( And Carmelo La Monica, Microsoft Contributor (IoT: La nostra prima applicazione).

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