Is IoT Hub necessary?

Tetiana Lavrenko 21 Reputation points

Good afternoon,

I am learning about different services on Azure as I want to connect our TTN applications to the cloud. The goal is to receive the data from the sensors, store and visualize it at any time.

I have read tons of articles on the topic, but still cannot completely understand the IoT Hub service.

For our particular case with about 10-15 sensors do I really need the IoT Hub service or can simply use Functions service (for HTTP requests from the ttn server) and influxdb (from the marketplace) to store the data and visualize it. Would it be a reasonable backend architecture?

Thanks in advance.

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An Azure hosted internet of things (IoT) application platform.
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An Azure service that enables bidirectional communication between internet of things (IoT) devices and applications.
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  1. António Sérgio Azevedo 7,661 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hello @Tetiana Lavrenko (great project ahead :) ). Thanks for the clarification!

    To your described scenario and specially because:

    What important for us is how fast we can migrate and, of course, the price of the solution.

    I would definitely advise you use Azure IoT Central Device Bridge to integrate with The Things Network and an Azure IoT Central application to persist data, visualize it and control devices.

    As per the blog post here: The Things Network and Azure IoT connect LoRaWAN devices
    "The combination of both solutions, integrated in a matter of minutes, allows you to ingest The Things Network devices and sensors’ data into Azure IoT Central to be displayed, analyzed, and trigger actions in business applications."

    See also this great blog post from @Sander van de Velde : Azure IoT Central bridge for The Things Network

    I hope I could help you get started with your migration to the cloud :).

    Thank you!


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