Although the Internet of Things is already part of our everyday life, from wearable devices to smart watches to smart home devices, it still presents challenges for businesses that want to scale devices and use data to leverage information.
Recognizing these challenges, Amazon Web Services Inc. made more than a handful of announcements on new IoT services during its three weeks. AWS re: Invent virtual event this year. The idea is to enable businesses to securely connect and manage devices, collect and analyze device data, and build and deploy solutions that unleash business value, according to Dirk Didascalou (photo), vice president of IoT at AWS.
“You kind of have to manage the complexity from onboard software, hardware, fleet management, cloud capabilities, AI,” he said. “It’s really, really complex if you’re trying to get a handle on this on your own. This is why we try to integrate our offers.
Didascalou spoke with Jean Furrier, host of theCUBE, the live streaming studio of SiliconANGLE Media, during AWS re: Invent. They discussed how device data fuels an organization’s ability to leverage actionable insights, the capabilities of new IoT offerings from AWS, and how these solutions can solve business challenges. (* Disclosure below.)
Sensors enable large-scale monitoring
Among the new abilities announced during re: invent is the AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN, which enables businesses to connect wireless devices using Low Power Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology without developing and operating a LoRaWAN network server themselves. They just need to acquire a specific gateway already certified in the AWS Service Catalog, according to Didascalou.
“It’s a long range, which means you can place sensors far enough away and also penetrate concrete or basements,” he explained. “So if you’re thinking of asset tracking or large-scale sensor monitoring, LoRaWAN is standard. “
For example, the temperature monitoring company ComplianceMate uses the solution to connect temperature sensors in restaurant refrigeration and freezer units to ensure customer food safety, reduce the risk of food loss and enable its customers to monitor and maintain compliance food safety regulations.
“LoRaWAN, because it’s a low frequency, it can actually penetrate concrete a bit,” Didascalou said. “And because it sends very low data rates… and uses very little battery, they can put the sensor in all refrigeration units and in all restaurants and you won’t have to touch them for years. “
To help businesses monitor a large and growing amount of IoT devices, AWS announced Fleet center, a feature that allows customers to easily build a fully managed web application to view and interact with their fleets of IoT devices.
“They see if something is wrong, can identify issues, and they can also make corrections, like maybe restarting a device or doing a firmware update or a security tunnel in a more complicated device to get it. troubleshooting, ”Didascalou explained.
For industrial customers in particular, AWS has developed the SiteWise Edge, software that runs on industrial sites and makes it easy to collect, organize, process and track data from on-site equipment before sending it to the cloud. The problem this solves is that in many cases, organizations don’t want or even can’t send all data to the cloud, so they need a way to process it at the edge, even when it is. disconnected, according to Didascalou.
“These are the same capabilities that you have in the cloud, which can now run on gateways, on outposts, on Snow devices, that is, data ingestion, data modeling, calculation of ETL metrics, ”he concluded.
Watch the full video interview below and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage from AWS re: Invent. (* Disclosure: Amazon Web Services Inc. sponsored this segment of CUBE. Neither AWS nor other sponsors have editorial control over the content of CUBE or SiliconANGLE.)