With AWS IoT, Amazon Web Services is Positioned in the Internet of Things

The AWS IoT platform is now in final release. It is designed to control connected object networks in cloud mode.

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform, which has been built to drive connected object networks (IoT) since October in beta, is now available in final version (read the official post of this announcement ). The new service was revealed on October 8 at the global US cloud event in Las Vegas. Called AWS IoT , “it is sized to handle the consolidation and processing of data from billions of objects,” says Amazon, which discusses possible IoT applications in automotive, industrial turbines, or urban sensor networks .

A service compatible with IoT standards

Upstream, AWS IoT offers an AWS IoT Device SDK designed to connect connected objects to its various cloud services. It allows to create a virtualized image of each object allowing a control of its state permanently and the possibility to update it (via API). Amazon says it has signed several agreements with semiconductor manufacturers to make its kit compatible with their technology. This is particularly the case with Broadcom, Intel, Qualcomm or Texas Instruments.

To connect the devices to its cloud, AWS has developed an HTTP gateway implementing the Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol: an industry standard for managing communication with connected objects. In terms of network performance management, the throughput made available by Amazon can be self-sized based on the growth of the object network and its level of activity. On the security side, AWS IoT authenticates objects, including through the AWS Access Management Tool (AWS Identity and Access Management). It can also encrypt the transmitted data.

An engine to deliver feeds to the right AWS application

Once the data is uploaded to AWS, a rule engine takes over. It is responsible for routing them, according to their business interest and level of criticality, to the appropriate service (Amazon S3, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon DynamoDB …). “Among the many technical data that can be provided by a connected industrial pump, it can for example automatically route the pressure level to Amazon Kinesis Firehose who will load this information into an Amazon Redshift warehouse for analysis,” says Amazon.

The rules for executing AWS IoT Rules flows can also be orchestrated using AWS Lambda, notably to manage technical processes (data compression, sending push notification if an anomaly is detected …) ¬©Amazon Web Services

Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite in Focus

On the pricing side, AWS IoT offers a pay-as-you-go price list that allows customers to pay only for what they consume (in terms of machine power, storage capacity and network transit ). Amazon gives access to its service for free for 12 months with a limit of 250,000 incoming or outgoing messages per month. Then, AWS IoT is priced $ 5 for a million messages exchanged, except if the service is operated on Amazon’s Asian data centers (the price then rises to $ 8 per million messages). Amazon means by message a block of 512 bytes.

AWS already claims several references in the field of IoT. This is the case of Philips, which leans on the American’s cloud to drive more than 7 million connected objects (medical sensors, consumer terminals and mobile apps), with 15 data keys patients stored on AWS. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) also relies on AWS to manage feedback from different sensors in the solar system. The US Space Agency also uses AWS to aggregate data from mobile devices.

Offering a very comparable solution, the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite seems pretty clear here in the line of sight of Amazon.