AWS IoT SiteWise is a new managed service that collects, structures, and searches IoT data from industrial facility devices and uses it to analyze equipment and process performance data. AWS IoT Events is a managed IoT service that makes it easy to detect and respond to changes indicated by IoT sensors and applications, such as malfunctioning equipment or a stuck conveyor belt, and automatically trigger actions or alerts. AWS IoT Things Graph is a new service that makes it easy to build IoT applications with little or no code by connecting different devices and cloud services, such as linking humidity sensors to sprinklers to weather data services to create an agricultural application, through a visual drag-and-drop interface. AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors gives developers the ability to connect third-party applications like ServiceNow for service management, on-premises software like Splunk for log analytics, and AWS services like Amazon Kinesis for data ingest via common cloud Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). With this ability, developers can easily add more features like location-based services, replenishment, industrial data processing, alarm and messaging, repair and maintenance, logistics, and more, without writing code.
"Customers tell us they want to spend less time on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of getting different devices and services to work together and more time innovating on full-featured IoT applications,” said Dirk Didascalou, Vice President IoT, AWS. “We are giving customers tools that remove the cost and complexity of building applications at the edge with rich data sources to drive better business decision-making. This frees them up to spend time innovating in their core business, instead of writing code to connect devices and applications and to ingest actionable sensor data.”
New services make it easier to collect, monitor, and process industrial IoT data
Industrial companies such as manufacturers, energy utilities, and food processors want to be able to utilize their device data to drive faster and better-informed decisions, but much of this data cannot be easily collected, processed, or monitored. Extracting data from thousands of sensors across different locations is time consuming and expensive and device data is often stored on-site in specialized servers. To help customers realize the value of their industrial data, AWS is announcing:
Bayer is a global enterprise with a core focus in the life sciences fields of health care and agriculture. “At Bayer, we constantly strive for the highest operational equipment effectiveness (OEE) within our manufacturing facilities by capturing, monitoring, and analyzing equipment metrics,” said Peri Subrahmanya, Product Manager, IoT, Bayer U.S. Crop Science. “AWS IoT SiteWise allows for a seamless data capture of relevant open platform communications (OPC) data streams via a gateway device and modeling of our shelling, treating, and chopping equipment in the cloud in order to help build analytical dashboards. We can then use these dashboards to identify inefficiencies and take corrective action.”
New capabilities make it easier to build IoT applications
The promise of IoT is that customers will connect devices and sensors to create a single view of an environment like a farm or a factory, and then build applications that address the needs of that environment holistically. However, this ideal has been difficult to achieve in practice because getting all of the devices and applications to work together requires customers to navigate a complex mess of device interfaces and protocols. Connecting IoT devices today requires developers to take several tedious, time intensive, low-level steps to get the devices to talk with each other and then to other applications before they can write the business logic that provide the actual value. Today, AWS is announcing new capabilities to build and extend IoT applications.
Intel’s innovation in cloud computing, data center, Internet of Things, and PC solutions is focused on powering the smart and connected digital world. “Developers will be able to build solutions faster with AWS IoT Greengrass-based applications on Intel® platforms, including RFP Kits and Intel® based gateways,” said Steen Graham, General Manager of IoT Ecosystem & Channels, Intel Corporation. “Intel’s product development focuses on addressing the key challenges businesses face when implementing IoT. As the IoT landscape continues to evolve, Intel and AWS are committed to a roadmap of purpose-built products and technologies that are designed around developer needs for both today and in the future.”