Amazon Web Services launches new set of IoT services
Amazon Web Services said new offering allows customers to manage, protect, and perform analytics on IoT devices
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced six new services and capabilities for connected devices. AWS said the new offering includes AWS IoT 1-Click, AWS IoT Device Management, AWS IoT Device Defender, AWS IoT Analytics, Amazon FreeRTOS, and AWS Greengrass ML Inference.
Amazon FreeRTOS is an operating system that extends the functionality of AWS IoT to devices with very low computing power, such as lightbulbs, smoke detectors, and conveyor belts. AWS Greengrass ML Inference is a new capability for AWS Greengrass that allows machine learning models to be deployed directly to devices, where they can run machine learning inference to make rapid decisions, even when devices are not connected to the cloud.
“The explosive growth in the number and diversity of connected devices has led to equally explosive growth in the number and scale of IoT applications. Today, many of the world’s largest IoT implementations run on AWS, and the next phase of IoT is all about scale as we’ll see customers exponentially expand their fleet of connected devices,” said Dirk Didascalou, VP IoT, AWS. “These new AWS IoT services will allow customers to simply and quickly operationalize, secure, and scale entire fleets of devices, and then act on the large volumes of data they generate with new analytics capabilities specifically designed for IoT.
AWS IoT Device Management, which is already available for customers, allows users to securely organize, monitor, and remotely manage IoT devices at scale throughout their lifecycle. This new service allows customers to group and track devices, quickly find any device in near real-time, troubleshoot device functionality, remotely update device software, and remotely reboot, reset, patch, and restore devices to factory settings.
AWS IoT Device Defender, which will be commercially available in the first half of 2018, audits security policies associated with devices to make sure that they aren’t deviating from security best practices, and alerting customers when non-compliant devices are detected. AWS IoT Device Defender also monitors the activities of fleets of devices, identifying abnormal behavior that might indicate a potential security issue.
Additionally, AWS IoT Analytics is a fully managed analytics service that cleans, processes, stores, and analyzes IoT device data at scale. The company said that this service is already available in preview.