AWS Announces Four New Capabilities That Make It Easier to Build IoT Applications and Act on Data at the Edge
AWS IoT SiteWise makes it easy to collect, structure, and search data from industrial equipment at scale
AWS IoT Events gives customers the ability to easily detect and respond to events from large numbers of IoT sensors and applications
AWS IoT Things Graph allows developers to build new IoT applications by visually connecting devices and services and defining interactions, with little to no code
AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors helps developers and
AWS customers and partners using these capabilities include
"Customers tell us they want to spend less time on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of getting different devices and services to work together and more time innovating on full-featured IoT applications,” said Dirk Didascalou, Vice President IoT, AWS. “We are giving customers tools that remove the cost and complexity of building applications at the edge with rich data sources to drive better business decision-making. This frees them up to spend time innovating in their core business, instead of writing code to connect devices and applications and to ingest actionable sensor data.”
New services make it easier to collect, monitor, and process industrial IoT data
Industrial companies such as manufacturers, energy utilities, and food processors want to be able to utilize their device data to drive faster and better-informed decisions, but much of this data cannot be easily collected, processed, or monitored. Extracting data from thousands of sensors across different locations is time consuming and expensive and device data is often stored on-site in specialized servers. To help customers realize the value of their industrial data, AWS is announcing:
- AWS IoT SiteWise (available in preview) is a managed service that collects data from the plant floor, structures and labels the data, and generates real time key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to help customers make better, data-driven decisions. Customers can use AWS IoT SiteWise to monitor operations across facilities, quickly compute common industrial performance metrics, build applications that analyze industrial equipment data to prevent costly equipment issues, and reduce gaps in production. Customers will be able to collect data consistently from devices, identify issues with remote monitoring more quickly, and improve cross-site processes with centralized data. To learn more about IoT SiteWise, visit: https://aws.amazon.com/iot/iot-sitewise.
- AWS IoT Events (available in preview)is a managed service that makes it easy for industrial, consumer, and commercial customers to detect and respond to events from many different IoT sensors and applications. Events are patterns of data that identify changes in equipment like a conveyor belt becoming stuck or a motion sensor detecting movement after hours. Using IoT Events, customers can easily detect events like this at massive scale by analyzing data across thousands of IoT sensors and hundreds of equipment management applications in real time. For example, when temperature changes indicate that a freezer door is not sealing properly, business logic can be used through AWS IoT Events to send a text message to a service technician. To get started with AWS IoT Events, visit https://aws.amazon.com/iot-events.
Bayer is a global enterprise with a core focus in the life sciences fields of health care and agriculture. “At Bayer, we constantly strive for the highest operational equipment effectiveness (OEE) within our manufacturing facilities by capturing, monitoring, and analyzing equipment metrics,” said Peri Subrahmanya, Product Manager, IoT, Bayer U.S. Crop Science. “AWS IoT SiteWise allows for a seamless data capture of relevant open platform communications (OPC) data streams via a gateway device and modeling of our shelling, treating, and chopping equipment in the cloud in order to help build analytical dashboards. We can then use these dashboards to identify inefficiencies and take corrective action.”
New capabilities make it easier to build IoT applications
The promise of IoT is that customers will connect devices and sensors to create a single view of an environment like a farm or a factory, and then build applications that address the needs of that environment holistically. However, this ideal has been difficult to achieve in practice because getting all of the devices and applications to work together requires customers to navigate a complex mess of device interfaces and protocols. Connecting IoT devices today requires developers to take several tedious, time intensive, low-level steps to get the devices to talk with each other and then to other applications before they can write the business logic that provide the actual value. Today, AWS is announcing new capabilities to build and extend IoT applications.
- AWS IoT Things Graph (available in preview) allows developers to build IoT applications by representing devices and cloud services as reusable models that can be combined through a visual drag-and-drop interface, instead of writing low-level code. AWS IoT Things Graph reduces the time required to make devices and services work together by providing a visual way to represent complex real-world systems, and deploys IoT applications to the edge on devices running AWS Greengrass so that applications can respond more quickly, even if not connected to the Internet. With AWS IoT Things Graph, developers can more easily build complex applications that automate home security, connect devices to an ERP systems for supply chain analysis, link an office tower’s HVAC system to weather data services to reduce energy costs, and much more. To sign up, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/iot-things-graph.
- AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors (available today) is a new feature of AWS IoT Greengrass that helps web and mobile developers create powerful applications that enable AWS IoT Greengrass devices to connect to third-party applications, such as
ServiceNow, Splunk, and Twilio, while securely handling access control and credentials. For example, customers can use AWS IoT Greengrass to detect a problem with a connected washing machine, and then use the Greengrass Connector for ServiceNowto automatically trigger alarms and notifications to a service technician. Using AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors, devices can more easily integrate with cloud and on-premises applications that provide device logging and diagnostics, location-based services, replenishment, industrial data processing, alarm and messaging, repair and maintenance, logistics and more. To get started, visit http://aws.amazon.com/greengrass.
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