AWS IoT Is Now Generally Available

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Amazon announced that the AWS IoT, which launched in beta a few months ago, is now generally available. This is the company's managed cloud platform that lets connected devices interact with cloud applications and other devices.

In a post on the AWS blog, Amazon's Jeff Barr writes:

We built AWS IoT because connected devices are proliferating. They are in your house, your car, your office, your school, and perhaps even in your body! Like some of our more advanced customers, we have been building systems around connected devices for quite some time. Our experience with Amazon Robotics, drones (Amazon Prime Air), the Amazon Echo, the Dash Button, and multiple generations of Kindles has given us a well-informed perspective on how to serve this really important emerging market. Behind the scenes, AWS services such as AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon Redshift provide the responsive, highly scalable infrastructure needed to build a robust IoT application.

When we talked to our customers and to our own engineers, we learned quite a bit about the pain points that add complexity and development time to IoT applications. They told us that connecting devices to the cloud is overly complex due to the variety of SDKs and protocols that they need to support in a secure and scalable fashion. Making this even more difficult is the fact that many devices “feature” intermittent connectivity to the Internet, even as application logic shifts from the device to the cloud. Finally, the sheer volume of data generated by the sensors attached to the devices mandates a Big Data approach to storage, analytics, and visualization.

In the post, Barr talks about how the Philips HealthSuite platform and Scout Alarm are using AWS IoT. Uses cases Amazon highlights include: agriculture, cars/trucks, consumer devices, gaming, home automation, logistics, medical, municipal infrastructure, oil/gas, and robotics.

You can find the documentation here.

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