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New 'AWS IoT Events' Detects Changes in Sensor Data, Automates Responses

Now generally available on the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud is AWS IoT Events, a fully managed service that joins the portfolio of services and products based on Internet of Things implementations.

The service detects changes in data patterns and automatically responds via code set up in AWS Lambda or with notifications, so organizations can quickly address problems or situations.

Use cases for the AWS IoT Events are many, including:

  • Malfunctioning machinery
  • Stuck conveyor belt
  • Production slowdown
  • Misaligned robotic arm
  • Detected motion after hours
  • Temperature change because freezer door not sealed properly
  • Motor operations exceeding tolerance levels

The service is meant to simplify the effort normally used to detect and respond to such events, the company said.

"Detecting events based on data from thousands of devices requires companies to write code to evaluate the data, deploy infrastructure to host the code, and secure the architecture from end-to-end, which is undifferentiated heavy lifting that customers want to avoid," AWS said in a May 30 announcement. "Using AWS IoT Events, customers can now easily detect events like this at scale by analyzing data from a single sensor or across thousands of IoT sensors and hundreds of equipment management applications in real time."

AWS spokesperson Jeff Barr also devoted a post to the new service, explaining how to get started with it. While the service can be accessed from the AWS IoT Event Console or by code that leverages the AWS IoT Events API, he chose the console route to run through an example.

"You can easily create detector models that represent your devices, their states, and the transitions (driven by sensors and events, both known as inputs) between the states," he said. "The models can trigger actions when critical events are detected, allowing you to build robust, highly automated systems. Actions can, for example, send a text message to a service technician or invoke an AWS Lambda function."

The service is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon) and EU (Ireland) regions, priced per message evaluation.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

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