Azure IoT Central is a fully managed Internet of Things (IoT) application platform provided by Microsoft Azure. It enables you to build and deploy IoT solutions without the complexity of developing and maintaining custom applications. IoT Central simplifies device connectivity, data collection, visualization, and control, making it an ideal choice for IoT application development. In this guide, we will explore the key concepts of Azure IoT Central, its benefits, and provide sample code to help you get started with IoT applications.

Key Concepts

Before delving into Azure IoT Central, it's important to understand some key concepts:

  • Device Templates: Device templates define the capabilities and properties of IoT devices.
  • Device Models: Device models are created based on device templates and represent individual devices.
  • Applications: IoT Central applications provide a dashboard and tools for monitoring and managing IoT devices.
  • Cloud Integration: IoT Central integrates seamlessly with Azure services for data processing and analytics.

Using Azure IoT Central

To get started with Azure IoT Central, follow these steps:

  1. Set up an Azure account if you don't have one already.
  2. Create an IoT Central application in the Azure Portal.
  3. Define device templates and models for your IoT devices.
  4. Connect real or simulated IoT devices to your IoT Central application.

Sample Code: Device Simulation

Here's an example of using Python to simulate a temperature and humidity IoT device in Azure IoT Central:

# Azure IoT SDK setup
from azure.iot.device import IoTHubDeviceClient
import random
import time
# IoT Central device connection string
CONNECTION_STRING = "your-device-connection-string"
def simulate_device():
client = IoTHubDeviceClient.create_from_connection_string(CONNECTION_STRING)
while True:
temperature = random.uniform(20.0, 30.0)
humidity = random.uniform(40.0, 60.0)
message = f'{{ "temperature": {temperature}, "humidity": {humidity} }}'
print(f'Sending message: {message}')
if __name__ == '__main__':

Benefits of Azure IoT Central

Azure IoT Central offers several benefits, including:

  • Quick and easy IoT application development without extensive coding.
  • Customizable dashboards for monitoring and controlling IoT devices.
  • Integration with Azure services for data analytics and storage.
  • Scalability for handling a growing number of IoT devices.


Azure IoT Central simplifies the process of building and managing IoT applications. By understanding the key concepts and using sample code, you can quickly create and deploy IoT solutions that connect and control IoT devices, collect and analyze data, and drive business insights.