The Azure Internet of Things (IoT) is a suite of Microsoft-managed cloud services that connect, monitor and control billions of connected devices. In the simplest terms, an IoT solution consists of one or more IoT devices that connect with one or more cloud-based back-end services.
IoT Hub is a cloud-based managed service that serves as a central messaging hub for communication between IoT applications and their connected devices. You can safely and securely link millions of devices and their backend solutions.
IoT Central is an IoT application platform as a service (PaaS) that makes building, operating, and sustaining enterprise-grade IoT applications easier and less expensive.
Sensors and devices exchange real-time data to a network at the IoT edge. Because data is handled closer to its place of origin, IoT edge computing eliminates cloud latency concerns. IoT edge architecture provides increased safety and a smoother end-user experience in addition to decreased latency.
A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical item or activity that acts as its real-time digital equivalent.