Azure IoT Central for Beginners: Your First IoT Prototype

Azure IoT Central for Beginners: Your First IoT Prototype

Azure IoT Central for Beginners: Your First IoT Prototype

Your 2022 journey to az-220 Microsoft IoT Developer by building an Internet of Things Azure IoT Central Cloud prototype.

Language: english

Note: 0/5 (0 notes) 500 students  New course 

Instructor(s): Manuel Arredondo

Last update: 2022-11-21

What you’ll learn

  • Build your first no-code IOT prototype using devices you already have at home
  • Familiarize yourself with Microsoft’s Azure IOT services and learn how to choose the appropriate offerings based on your use case
  • Understand cloud and internet of things fundamentals and brainstorm on possible use cases
  • Design custom dashboards to monitor and analyze incoming data
  • Trigger actions when certain conditions are met
  • Send and schedule commands to your devices remotely



  • Prior experience in tech might make things easier, but it is not required.
  • No programming experience is required as our prototype does not involve writing code.



Who should take this course?

  • You’ve got an IoT (Internet of Things) project idea but find cloud services intimidating

  • You’re curious about the field of IoT (internet of things) & want to learn by building.

  • If you are a tinkerer who already has some microcontrollers prototype but little to no experience with the cloud, you’ll benefit from learning about Microsoft Azure Services to enhance your project scalability and presentation.

  • You’re considering a Microsoft AZ-220 certification but want to get a taste of what it’s about before committing.


  1. Willingness to learn (tech industry helpful but not needed since we cover topics of Cloud Computing, IoT, Microsoft Azure from scratch)

  2. No RaspberriPi, ESP32, or other additional hardware is required as we will use devices already available at home

Course Style

  • No PowerPoints – most people are visual learners so I teach using whiteboards, screen shares, and images while always showing my face. This I believe to significantly increase rentention.

  • Clear overviews at the end of each section outlining the objectives.

  • Practical content

    • all lectures with the exception of the fundamentals section have actionable steps you can take.

    • 3 assignments that get you to build your own IoT Central App and plan for the future

    • 2 quizzes that enhance your retention

What will you learn?

  • Create your own fully managed IoT SaaS (software-as-a-service) that can be easily scaled as the number of global customers grow by using Microsoft IoT Central (UPDATED FOR 2022)

  • Understand the significance of pay-as-you-go pricing models, how to estimate pricing, and avoid surprise bills.

  • Learn about Cloud Computing and Internet of Things from scratch.

  • Understand the trends and opportunities: why SaaS (Software-as-a-service) products are relying on Cloud Solutions and how that relates to the IoT industry.

  • Learn about the major IoT services offered by Microsoft Azure and when to choose between IoT Hub, Azure IoT Central, IoT Edge, and IoT Sphere

  • Review existing cutting-edge IoT apps and brainstorm on products ideas of your own.

  • How to ingest, analyze, and detect patterns in your data using Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions.

  • Build your first end-to-end no-code prototype using sensor data already available in your home (no additional hardware/electronics purchases are required for this course).

  • Set up your own IoT Central pipeline that ingests data from the real world, provides insights through a customizable front end, and delivers notifications based on custom rules.

  • Join a community of IoT (Internet of Things) tinkerers looking to make their projects a reality by deploying and configuring Azure IoT Central Applications

My name is Manuel Arredondo and I have worked in the software industry for the past decade: from mobile development, real-time client/server communication, and backend.

I love to help others get started in my field because there was never a better time to create.

We’ve got amazing tools that allow you to turn your ideas into reality faster than ever, you just need to take the plunge. I hope to get you excited about this industry and be your guide along the way.

Course Structure

  • Learn fundamentals of Cloud: definitions, benefits, features and historical perspective.

  • Understand the different types of Cloud Services made available by cloud providers such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google: SaaS (software-as-a-service) , PaaS (platform-as-a-service), IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service).

  • Learn the fundamentals of Internet of Things (IoT), explore real-life IoT products and get inspired to create your own.

  • Overview of Microsoft Azure Services related to IoT such as Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Sphere, Azure IoT Edge, and understand which ones to use depending on your usecase

  • Create your own Microsoft Azure Account and Subscription so you can configure and deploy your own Azure IoT Central Application

  • Understand the role of pay-as-you-go model and learn how to estimate pricing depending on your chosen architecture.

  • Link your own smartphone/table (iOS or Android) devices to your IoT Central instance.

  • Visualize and analyze sensor data such as: geolocation, barometer, magnetometer, battery life, accelerometer, gyroscope

  • Build beautiful dashboards that are completely customizable and accessible over the internet.

  • Manage members, giving them varying degrees of access based on their roles.

  • Using IoT Central’s Rules engine, define boundary conditions that will automatically be detected in the Cloud.

  • Automatically email messages when certain events occur.


Who this course is for

  • Tinkerers wanting to learn Azure IOT with a “learn by doing” approach
  • Tech enthusiasts\entrepeneurs looking to build an Internet of things protype with no programming experience
  • People not in the techindustry that are motivated to jump in and learn something new
  • Beginner developers curious about IOT


Course content

  • Fundamentals
    • Welcome
    • Overview of Section 1 – Fundamentals
    • Cloud Computing Crash Course
    • Are you ready for cloud?
    • IOT 101
    • Sensor types
    • Azure IOT Services
    • Is Internet of Things your Thing?
  • Getting Setup
    • Overview of Section 2 – Getting Setup
    • Pricing
    • Your Azure Account
    • What we’re going to build
  • Building our Prototype
    • Overview of Section 3 – Building our Prototype
    • Creating an IOT Central App
    • Linking our smartphones to IOT Central
    • Gaining Insights through the Dashboard & Data Explorer
  • Taking Actions on our Data
    • Overview of Section 4 – Taking actions on your telemetry
    • Rules & Actions – Tracking device activity
    • Remotely executing commands
  • Wrap it up!
    • Course Recap
    • Next Steps


Azure IoT Central for Beginners: Your First IoT PrototypeAzure IoT Central for Beginners: Your First IoT Prototype

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