Connecting the unconnected: simplifying the IoT

Why is there so much interest around the Internet of Things (IoT)? Conversing with our customers and partners, we have noticed some common themes.

The IoT helps create smarter products that can be improved over time. A good example of this is seen in Sonos and intelligent speaker systems. Founded in 2002, Sonos began distributing their connected products in 2006. Since then, it has built-in support for more than 60 music services. This is one of the advantages of connected devices: an old product of 10 years of age can now do things that were not invented when it was originally manufactured. A simple software upgrade can incorporate a music service or change the function of a button. This innovation has allowed Sonos keep pace with a constantly changing. We just have to think in popularizing music services offered via streaming and how it has changed the use and acquisition of music by users. Sonos uses to transmit data Kinesis Amazon and Amazon Elastic MapReduce to process this information, using Spark.

Companies can be more efficient and better plan their strategies, because they have more information and, therefore, greater knowledge when making decisions.

Connected devices bring you closer to your customers, because they provide information that can help you understand how users use the device, what they like most and what they like least. Somehow, it’s something like agile methodology for software development, where companies provide small updates and incorporate quickly to get feedback from users and know what to do next. The same agile approach – thanks to the information that we provide the products connected – can now be used to develop hardware for that in this way, companies are sure they offer the best possible products to its customers.

For the reasons already mentioned, the IoT creates a new product that simply were not possible until now. A good example of this is seen in Philips HealthSuite. Philips Healthcare wanted to find a way to make people better control of their health, using digital solutions to provide support for a healthy life and better coordination of health care. Considering these objectives, they created the Philips HealthSuite, a digital platform with cloud devices that right now, deals with more than seven million consumer devices, sensors and mobile apps connected medical. IoT incorporating AWS, it enabled Philips achieve their goals faster, as the AWS cloud allows Philips to acquire, process and act in real time based on data received from a large number of different devices. The result is that the products of Philips – and care support – can be made smarter and more customized over time.

Another interesting consequence of IoT is the development of product interfaces. For years, we got used to the “middle” interfaces, such as keyboards or mice to computers or the remote control buttons full distance for television. A few years ago, the interfaces “simulated” were created, thanks to touch screens, allowing new users – both elderly and young people to interact with products such as tablets and smartphones.

Now, with the connected devices, the interface is “live”, where the same product is the interface that can touch or hold in your hands. More sophisticated interfaces – like those using voice recognition allow a more natural communication. For example, Amazon Echo, users can interact with multiple services with just using your voice. Thus, with only apply to the device, you can receive a summary of news or put the alarm clock while preparing lunch. This feature is available for developers and “makers” by using Alexa Voice Service (AVS), a tool that allows you to integrate speech recognition applications or devices, and by Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), that “teaches” new Amazon Echo benefits.

However, our customers have told us that development and creating solutions for IoT still need a lot of work. And connection management tasks can be complicated devices, especially if different device manufacturers are used in a platform. In addition, the energy management can be a complex effort and sometimes necessary to use batteries. Different devices may use different protocols and this can make the devices not interact immediately. When there are thousands or even millions of devices to manage, configuration is a key issue. Keep in mind that the devices do not usually volunteer to be immediately used, as a Kindle reader, which is delivered to your account configured when he comes home.

An example of a company that has had to deal with this complexity is veniam. Veniam has created and deployed the largest network of vehicles in the world, with more than 600 cars connected, offering real-time data to the Internet of Things in Motion, by collecting information from systems of public and private transport, analyzing time actual knowledge to provide very low latency. Traditional networks do not work well with “objects” that move over large areas. For this reason, veniam launched a “mesh network” and a network topology in which each node can transmit data to other nodes. Veniam IoT uses AWS for its own network technology for vehicles, connecting infrastructure, people and things Internet and each other. This technology will help make smarter cities, connecting more people to move environments where improving the quality of life and providing a lot of economic benefits that, until now, only existed in theory.

In AWS observe two different “worlds” we try to converge: on the one hand, the old environment of M2M and telemetry devices trying to become more “intelligent” and, secondly, the traditional environment of Web applications and RESTful services that enchants developers.

Thus, AWS we ask: how can we simplify the design, implementation and management of the IoT, for our customers and creators to get the most out of this technology to create and innovate?

The two main aspects that we deal and simplify are security and scalability. Safety is a priority for any IoT application. For example, if your appliances are connected to the Internet, you want to ensure that there is strict control over who can connect to them and want to ensure that all data are encrypted in transit. Scalability is also a key feature in any computer architecture. If the new service you put up is successful, you should be able to expand and offer support to an increasing number of users (and sensors and devices for the IoT) or you can not meet demand.

IoT is a managed AWS cloud that allows connected devices to interact easily and securely with cloud applications platform and other devices. AWS IoT can support billions of devices and billions of messages, and can process and route those messages to AWS terminals and other devices reliably and safely. With AWS IoT, your applications can control and communicate with all your devices and permanently, even when not connected.

The AWS IoT easier to use AWS services, including AWS Lambda, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon S3, Amazon Machine Learning and Amazon DynamoDB to create applications IoT that collect, process, analyze and allow action using this data generated by connected devices without having to manage any infrastructure.

Customers also benefit from pay as you go service that handles the heavy lifting that represents the connection of very different devices, allowing them to interact with each other, with cloud services and applications. And keeping also updated and collecting, analyzing and taking action based on the constant transmission of data they generate.

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