Sander van de Velde

Sander van de Velde

Ask me about Azure IoT, Ask me how to add value

Helmond, Netherlands

I’ve been presented with the 2017 – 2024 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for my Azure IoT community work.

In my daily work, I'm an IoT solution architect for Alten - The Netherlands, the consulting and engineering organization for the high-tech sector and specialize in Microsoft Azure IoT.

I'm involved with many aspects of the Azure IoT Platform and Azure and IoT in general.

I work on IoT innovations where I add IoT value by working together with clients, partners, and the community.

Follow me at @svelde


Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial Materials


  • internet of things
  • IoT
  • Iot Edge
  • IIOT
  • Azure IoT
  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Services
  • Microsoft (Azure) IoT
  • Azure Digital Twins
  • Azure Data Explorer

Experience the basics of Azure IoT, dashboarding … and beyond

Internet of Things (IoT) is hot and happening. Many companies benefit from their machine data by optimizing their processes with remote monitoring and predictive maintenance.

,,But I don't know anything about IoT. How should I start? How do I get value from incoming raw telemetry?''

The best way to learn it is to experience it!

Within this half-day workshop, you'll follow the scenario in which a remote coffee machine is connected to Azure for monitoring and management of issues. You can monitor device telemetry such as water temperature and water level, observe the state of your machine, set the optimal temperature, and send commands. Next to that, you learn how to query the data using KQL and use that for building simple but effective dashboards.

With this introduction, you will get an idea of the basic IoT principles by hands-on experience with a simulated device, Azure IoT Hub, Azure Data Explorer and Visual Studio Code. So, bring your laptop and prepare yourself for future IoT related cases and telemetry exploration within your organization.

You will turn your laptop into a coffeemaker. Check out the prerequisites at https://github.com/sandervandevelde/Experience-the-basics-of-Azure-IoT/

Ingest, query and visualize IoT streams using Azure Data Explorer

Telemetry and events, coming from IoT devices, ingested as a stream, must first be filtered, enriched, and aggregated before any value can be offered.

On top of that, these signals can be corrupted due to misconfiguration, faulty sensors, corrupted communication, or tampering. Data can even become missing due to lost connections or missing sensors, so you must fill in the gaps based on... nothing?

This is the burden of IoT Developers: one leg in that cosy cloud, one leg in the cruel physical world.

Luckily, The Azure cloud offers several tools to monitor that vast amount of telemetry for anomalies or trends.

Azure Data Explorer (ADX) is the new kid on the block for many IoT developers.

In this session, the attendees are introduced to the Azure IoT Hub Connection for ADX and they are explained how to get around common ingestion pitfalls.

Once telemetry arrives in ADX, attendees will learn about the Kusto Query Language (KQL), used to query all data and they will see how to visualize it in eg. integrated dashboard with multiple charts or Managed Grafana.

Presentation is packed with demos

Introduction to Azure Data Explorer for IoT Developers

Adding value using Internet of Things depends solely on the insights and actions being created, based on both raw and enriched telemetry.

Azure Data Explorer, this official successor of Time Series Insights brings these highly anticipated insights to your IoT platform.

In this session, we focus on how to implement the warm and cold path using Azure Data Explorer based on telemetry and potentially other data.

We will learn how to set up a cluster and create a database and tables. We learn about the different ways to connect and ingest telemetry in a smart way, and how to query the data using the Kusto Query Language.

We will also dive into different ways of building dashboards on top of the data ingested.

After the session, you have learned how to get started with Azure Data Explorer and how it keeps adding value during the full lifetime of your IoT projects.

This is the extended version of this presentation https://youtu.be/YcpAzAj-eRw?t=4170

Integrate LoRaWan devices with Azure IoT

IoT is all about integration. We integrate devices, business logic, enterprise facing solutions, etc. This includes third-party platforms too.

Devices implementing the LoRaWan protocol are becoming popular because of their low power and long-distance communication abilities. These devices drop their messages on separate (cloud) platforms. From there, the telemetry has to flow into your cloud solution, preferably using a 'push' strategy.

One of the major world-wide LoRaWan cloud providers is The Things Network. They have a long-standing relationship with Microsoft already.

In this presentation, infused with demos, we take a good look at the brand new full Azure IoT Hub integration. This way, both telemetry (uplink) and commands (downlink) are supported. We also see how devices are registered and managed at a central location.

After the presentation, the attendees will be able to start with LoraWan and this integration themselves.

Model your real-time metaverse with Azure Digital Twins

Digital Twins are the counterparts of devices, vehicles, places, etc., and are living in the cloud. The real world is modeled in a simplified way based on live data. This is the metaverse for the Internet of Things.

Every (IoT) platform supports different personas having their own use cases. Some personas only care about high-level KPIs while others are only interested in the raw data. And there are those interested in Digital Twins due to their support for rule-based decision-making.

Using Digital Twins, these users can make fast decisions based on the real-time data available in the system, enriched with historical insights and predictions toward the future. A 3D situation overview offers the most immersive experience.

In this session, attendees learn about how they can start with Azure Digital Twins, how to traverse the model graph, how business rules are implemented, and how Digital Twins can be represented in 3D without any extra programming.

This is the extended version of this presentation https://youtu.be/YcpAzAj-eRw?t=6332

From cradle to grave, secure Zero-touch Azure IoT Edge

Life is strange for IoT devices. They are 'born' in the outside world all alone, or they are on the move, or they are located in places which are hazardous, not easy to access, and nobody is there to nurture them.
But still, they have to execute logic locally and make intelligent decisions on their own using eg. ML.
Luckily, Azure IoT Edge comes to the rescue Zero-touch provisioning and deployment.
In this session, attendees learn how Azure IoT Edge is brought to life successfully for intelligence on the edge and how Azure provisioning services help unattended provisioning.
Attendees learn how easy it is to start making their IoT solutions production ready.
Sander will give several demonstrations using Industry grade hardware and some common sense.

IoT Edge introduction presentation with actual industrial devices on stage. Wifi/4g is covered by my demo set in Europe (part of the demo 'factory in a box'). Session is done in The Netherlands, Moldavia, Romania, Iceland, etc.

Start crossing real-time data streams with Azure Stream Analytics

Every IoT platform will ingest never-ending, real-time streams of data on which IoT Developers have to make decisions. To perform complex operations on this temporal data, new tools are needed.

Azure Stream Analytics is specially designed to handle these data streams in an easy but yet powerful way.

In this session, you will be shown how IoT telemetry can be combined and redistributed to all sorts of outputs, both in the cloud and on the edge, using temporal windows.

With the power of the Stream Analytics query language, it can even be turned into a powerful rules engine.

After this session, attendees will feel like a Ghostbuster: ready to cross the telemetry streams flowing through their projects.

Workshop: Connect an industrial grade IoT device using Azure IoT Edge

Do you want to introduce IoT in your company but your devices cannot reach the internet? Or you want to limit the amount of IoT data sent to the cloud? Or you want a local feedback loop?

Azure IoT Edge makes this possible by solving these issues together with Machine Learning, Cognitive services, Stream Analytics, Azure Functions and more. It just runs on-premise and is configurable in the cloud using zero-touch deployment and configuration.

In this workshop, you will learn how to set up a local Azure IoT Edge device and get telemetry from an actual Industry grade Modbus device.

You will also learn how to easily configure and deploy modules from the cloud to your laptop. The workshop bonus chapters even show how to program your own logic and deploy it to the IoT Edge. This workshop will then result in building a local feedback loop.

After this workshop, you are able to start introducing Azure IoT Edge in your own IoT projects.

Check out the laptop prerequisites at https://iot-edge-workshop-wa.azurewebsites.net/

This is a 2-4 hour workshop (what is fitting in your agenda?) for a maximum of 30 persons (we have 15+ actual industrial sensors which can be used during the workshop). Attendees use their own laptop to get this ready. Prerequisites for hosting can be found here: https://iot-edge-workshop-wa.azurewebsites.net/hosting.html

My co-speaker is JanWillem.Groenenberg@atos.net

Going into production: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Azure IoT Edge

Azure IoT Edge is the perfect IoT solution when sensors are not allowed to connect to the cloud, the amount of IoT messages sent must be limited, a local feedback loop to actuators is needed, etc.
Yes, it has all the right features pull this off. But it’s still a long way from the first successful POC and pilot to production.
This presentation introduces you to the various encountered pitfalls and principles of common IoT Projects.
Sander will highlight the most common challenges he experienced during several IoT Edge projects, how to avoid them and he will introduce a more mature way of looking about your IoT solutions.
Attendees will learn the most important concepts of a successful IoT Project in this interactive session.

This deep-dive IoT Edge presentation shows how to actually integrate Azure IoT Edge in your project. Actual industrial hardware is part of the presentation so open wifi is welcome.

How to succesfully build useful Azure IoT Edge Modules

Building an Azure IoT Edge solution seems both simple and hard.

Once you have configured your own IoT Edge device and you see the messages arrive at the cloud, you are wondering: what now?

In this presentation, you will learn how to set up your development environment and start building custom IoT Edge modules.

You will see examples of best practices and how to work around possible pitfalls.

How to build an Azure IoT Edge connected Beerlift

Microsoft offers a wide range of IoT solutions. With Azure IoT Edge, it brings zero-touch provisioning and deployment of logic to your local network. Combined with a secure cloud connection, it's is a powerful combination so let’s do something fun with that!

In this session, you learn about what Azure IoT Edge can offer to you, what the benefits are, how it works, and what you need to get started.

To make it more visual, Azure IoT Edge is demonstrated using an internet connected beerlift. A demonstration shows which hardware is needed and how it interacts using the cloud to serve you the right beer.

The beerlift is can only be shown live during presentation in The Netherlands. Though online, everybody can see how fun it is to build a contraption like this.

Sander van de Velde

Ask me about Azure IoT, Ask me how to add value

Helmond, Netherlands