Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been providing companies of all sizes with an infrastructure web services platform in the cloud since the year 2006 when it was launched. On October 8th, Thursday, the AWS announced a new service, Amazon IoT.
Amazon IoT can be used by companies to hook up with Internet-connected devices and build applications based on them.
So essentially, AWS IoT is a managed cloud service that lets connected devices easily and securely interact with cloud applications and other devices. AWS IoT can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, and can process and route those messages to AWS endpoints, such as AWS Lambda and Amazon Kinesis, and to other devices reliably and securely.
According to Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels, working with devices, networks, security, and data collection for Internet of Things (IoT) applications has been quite difficult until now. But, with Amazon’s this new service, all this is set to change.
Speaking at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, he further added, a new feature called Device Shadows offered in the new service will “make it easy for you to actually control your devices without having to have the specific knowledge of how to communicate with that device.”
This new amazing offering from Amazon has a plethora of things in store for its users. It comes with a rules engine, a publish-subscribe Device Gateway feature that supports the MQTT protocol and a device registry.
In addition to all this, Amazon IoT can be connected up with many other AWS services, such as DynamoDB, S3, Lambda, and Amazon Machine Learning.
Amazon IoT is currently out now in beta. Its pricing starts at $5 for every million messages.
Some major tech companies like Intel, Cisco, IBM etc. have already made a lot of noise about the Internet of Things in the past few years. It’s a highly promising, emerging area, and now Amazon Web Services has a product to offer for it.