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IREU Top500 The Customer Report: 2018

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Internet of Things-powered ovens set to produce perfect cooking results, say Microsoft and Miele

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Users will be able to programme their ovens to produce perfectly cooked meals using the future Internet of Things, according to Miele & Cie.

The upmarket domestic appliances manufacturer has unveiled a proof-of-concept study showing how the internet of things will enable smart appliances in the kitchen at the Hannover Messe, a trade fair for industrial technology.

The technology has come from a partnership between Miele and Microsoft , using Microsoft Azure Internet of Things services, set up with the aim of identifying customer experiences that could be improved or enabled using the internet. In this case, cooks can find a recipe on Miele's website which is then downloaded to their smartphone or tablet. At the same time the relevant programme is uploaded to the oven, through Azure, which Microsoft unveiled last month, setting the proper operating mode, temperature and cooking time and taking into account factors including humidity.

"This assistance system incorporates temperature charts, times and the machine's special features, such as adding steam, to create the optimum roasting, cooking or baking results," said Dr Eduard Sailer, executive director of technical affairs at Miele. "This allows people to get the best results out of their cooking appliances."

The joint project is currently classed as a study, but Microsoft says the use of Azure Internet of Things services means the technology can be made available to Miele customers worldwide. Other potential applications include status reports, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance.

Sanjay Ravi, managing director, discrete manufacturing industry at Microsoft, said: "This is just one example of how the Internet of Things and cloud technology are moving from enterprise experiences to delivering connected consumer experiences. Miele is driving a truly innovative connected smart appliance solution that will deliver exciting personalized cooking experiences for consumers."

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