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re:Invent :: AWS gives IoT an edge with 4 new services

AWS IoT Events, unveiled in Las Vegas this week, gives customers the ability to detect and respond to events from large numbers of IoT sensors and applications, quickly and easily.

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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.
AWS IoT Things Graph (available in preview) allows developers to build IoT applications by representing devices and cloud services as reusable models that can be combined through a visual drag-and-drop interface, instead of writing low-level code. AWS IoT Things Graph reduces the time required to make devices and services work together by providing a visual way to represent complex real-world systems, and deploys IoT applications to the edge on devices running AWS Greengrass so that applications can respond more quickly, even if not connected to the Internet. With AWS IoT Things Graph, developers can more easily build complex applications that automate home security, connect devices to an ERP systems for supply chain analysis, link an office tower’s HVAC system to weather data services to reduce energy costs, and much more. To sign up, visit: http://aws.amazon.com/iot-things-graph.
AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors (available today) is a new feature of AWS IoT Greengrass that helps web and mobile developers create powerful applications that enable AWS IoT Greengrass devices to connect to third-party applications, such as ServiceNow, Splunk, and Twilio, while securely handling access control and credentials. For example, customers can use AWS IoT Greengrass to detect a problem with a connected washing machine, and then use the Greengrass Connector for ServiceNow to automatically trigger alarms and notifications to a service technician. Using AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors, devices can more easily integrate with cloud and on-premises applications that provide device logging and diagnostics, location-based services, replenishment, industrial data processing, alarm and messaging, repair and maintenance, logistics and more. To get started, visit http://aws.amazon.com/greengrass.
Intel’s innovation in cloud computing, data centre, 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.”
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