Australian company Redback is using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to drive insight from all the data - this includes the collection of data about home energy use, comparing the performance of the Redback Smart Hybrid System against optimum performance levels, and the diagnosis of potential service failures before they occur.
“That’s pretty appealing for solar customers, because if their system goes down then they’re no longer gaining any value from it. So being able to provide preventative maintenance and have an issue fixed before the customer knowing about it is a pretty huge deal for both us and our partners,” said Paul Liddell, Redback Technologies’ CIO
Mr Liddell said Redback was using Microsoft’s Azure IoT Hub for command and control of the company’s devices, with all web properties being hosted in the Microsoft Cloud.
“For a relatively small organisation, a start up like us, it’s a huge win. We don’t have to invest in any kind of infrastructure, we just deploy, and get lots of support from BizSpark and other Microsoft programs that enable us to get up and running for a low cost, but scale as much as we need to.”
“On the device side, we’re using a Raspberry Pi device with Windows 10 core IoT on it, which connects nicely to the Azure IoT Suite. This brings a number of advantages from a development point of view, and one of those is that it’s basically the same stack, same programming language, same frameworks that you’re working on, so you don’t have to spend so much time inventing something new - you can just build on what’s there already,’ he added.
Phil Livingston, Redback Technologies’ Managing Director, said he valued the evolving partnership with Microsoft. “This partnership is evolving. Microsoft’s guidance and support has aided Redback significantly in the process of delivering innovation to market. The future of energy intranet, the future of Internet of Things, the future of energy storage and of distributed generation - is a marriage of all of these technologies into one. Through partnership with Microsoft we’re building incredible technologies at the moment, and by having incredible partners, like Microsoft, we’ll achieve our goal of changing the world.”
Lee Hickin, IoT, Business Group Lead, Microsoft Australia, echoed Mr Livingston’s thoughts on the value of the partnership between the two organisations.
“At Microsoft we have always understood and valued the power of innovation to transform business and the way we lead our lives,” he said. “That’s why we love partnering with companies like Redback Technologies, who are right on the cutting edge in developing a technology that has the potential to make this world a better place to live,” Lee said.
“The amazing thing about this current era of advancement is the ability of the Internet of Things and the cloud to both allow and encourage the development of those extraordinary innovations. We regard it as a privilege to be involved,” Lee said.