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So far, we have heard a lot about the Internet of Things technology which is the next big technological wonder for which the world is so eagerly waiting. Amazon has already carved a name for itself when it comes to the world of ecommerce and online shopping. However, not many people are aware of the various miscellaneous services that Amazon has been making available to its users. One of these is the AWS or Amazon Web Services which is a very powerful online service started by Amazon for helping its users to connect their devices securely as well as easily with the Amazon cloud. One of the peculiar features of the Amazon Web Services is that it is highly scalable and the limit goes up to billions of devices as well as trillions of messages, which basically is a lot than we can imagine!!
Amazon Web Services IoT in detail
Basically Amazon Web Services Internet of Things or AWS IoT is a managed cloud- platform from Amazon which enables users to securely connect their devices with the cloud for the purpose of interacting with the applications offered by the cloud as well as for enabling the successful sharing of information with other devices which are part of the same cloud. With a cloud supporting devices as well as messages to billions and trillions, it is needless to say that it is a great way of processing as well as routing the messages to the end- points of AWS and also to other devices which are part of the cloud, with security as well as reliability being the most crucial factors!
So why exactly do we need AWS IoT Platform?
With the help of the Amazon Web Services IoT one can keep a track on all their devices as well as communications with other devices in the cloud even when the devices are not connected to the AWS IoT cloud.
Some of the lesser- known but at the same time highly functional services offered by Amazon are the AWS Lambda, Amazon S3, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Machine Learning and Amazon Kinesis. With the help of AWS IoT, one can use all of the aforementioned AWS services with utmost ease. In fact, the use of AWS IoT will make it feasible for all developers out there to make use of Amazon’s services for the purpose of creating IoT inspired applications that are capable of gathering, processing, analysing as well as acting on the data which is generated when two or more smart devices are connected with each other via the Amazon Web Services- Internet of Things cloud. It is to be noted that all of the above functions are feasible without the need of any actual infrastructure for managing the connected devices.
AWS IoT for reading and setting device state
The last state of your device is saved and stored by the AWS IoT for reference during any point of time. This makes your device appear online even when they are in the offline mode. This makes sure that your applications are capable of reading your device’s state even when the device is disconnected from the cloud.
AWS IoT for Connecting and Managing Devices
The Internet of Things technology revolves largely around the ability to connect multiple devices across a common cloud and with AWS IoT, one can connect your devices with several other devices with the extended benefit of having access to the Amazon’s services. AWS IoT is coupled with support from MQTT as well as HTTP, which is a light- weight protocol which enables communication. It is purposely created for tolerating intermittent connections, for reducing the requirements of network bandwidths and for minimizing the device’s code footprint. AWS IoT also supports various other custom protocols and industry- standards and enables all connected devices to exchange information with each other even when they are using different protocols across the same AWS IoT cloud.
AWS IoT for processing and acting on data
Filtering, transforming and acting on the data present in your devices becomes easy with the AWS IoT. These business rules can be updated and changed by you from time to time for implementation across your devices/applications. It makes the usage of all the services provided by Amazon easy, secure and hassle- free.
AWS IoT for secure connection of devices & exchange of data
Across all the device- connections that are established using the AWS IoT, there is end- to- end encryption and authentication provided across connections in order to ensure that there is a proper identity of the devices examined before the exchange of any data and information between them. There are also several policies provided by AWS IoT which come with granular permissions for enabling restricted access to your devices and applications on the cloud.