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Amazon to release AWS IoT for managing connected devices

Fri 9 Oct 2015


Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching a dedicated IoT cloud platform, which will support companies in managing their connected services and applications.

The beta release, set for next Wednesday, has been designed to provide a management platform and support network for companies developing AWS-powered services with embedded devices.

Developers will connect the IoT hardware to the AWS Device Gateway through HTTP and the Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol. AWS IoT will award X.509 certificates to all devices, ensuring encrypted communication. Alternatively, users can provide their own. The new IoT platform is also integrated with Amazon’s Identity and Access Management tool which allows customers to set permissions for individual devices and groups of devices.

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Customers configure their devices to feed information to the IoT cloud platform, and can enable the proposed AWS IoT Rules Engine to evaluate the data and process it. Developers are able to use either preset functions in the AWS Management Console, or to create their own.

Data managed in the IoT service can be transferred to other AWS products such as Amazon Machine Learning, Simple Storage Service (S3), Kinesis and Lambda.

The Seattle-based giant also introduced its Device Shadows tool, which will allow customers to build a virtual version of each connected device, including the device’s last state, so that applications and other systems can interact with each other. A ‘how it works’ post explains: ‘The Device Shadows persist the last reported state and desired future state of each device even when the device is offline. You can retrieve the last reported state of a device or set a desired future state through the API or using the rules engine.’

The service is completely scalable and users will pay $5 (£3.25) for every millionth message sent from or to their devices. A free package, AWS Free Tier, offers a complimentary year of use if developers limit their transfers to 250,000 messages per month.


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