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Amazon offers free cloud-based services for IoT

Posted: 12 Oct 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Amazon Web Services  IoT  cloud 

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a provider of various cloud-based capabilities such as analytics, data storage, computation, databases and application hosting, has announced an integrated service that connects devices with its services as well as other devices to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT).

"The promise of the Internet of Things is to make everyday products smarter for consumers, and for businesses to enable better, data-driven offerings that weren't possible before," said Marco Argenti, VP, mobile and IoT, AWS. "World-leading organisations like Philips, NASA JPL and Sonos already use AWS services to support the back-end of their IoT applications. Now, AWS IoT enables a whole ecosystem of manufacturers, service providers and application developers to easily connect their products to the cloud at scale, take action on the data they collect, and create a new class of applications that interact with the physical world."

AWS IoT is a managed cloud platform that forms a bridge between IoT devices and AWS services such as AWS Lambda compute services, Amazon Kinesis data streaming, Amazon S3 data storage and Amazon DynamoDB. The platform also supports device-to-device communications, device management and user apps that can connect to devices, even when they are temporarily offline. Software development kits (SDKs) for a variety of hardware options are also available for creating devices to work with the AWS IoT platform.

AWS IoT

(Source: Amazon AWS)

Amazon's AWS IoT platform has multiple components. Devices link to the service through a gateway using secure communications that invoke authorisation rules based on mutual authentication and encryption. The system registers each device that connects with it, assigning a unique identity and storing metadata about the device, such as a description of its capabilities and data parameters. This also ensure that no device can exchange data with the AWS without proper identification.

The gateway exchanges messages with the device using a publish/subscribe model that allows one-to-many communications. The unique identity assigned to devices and the mutual authentication for all communications also provides users with the ability to create, deploy, and manage policies and certificates for their deployed devices through the gateway, down to the individual device level.

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