2 New AWS IoT Services Go Live

Amazon Web Services (AWS) last week announced the "live" release of two new Internet of Things (IoT) services that it had previewed at its re:Invent conference back in November 2018.

AWS IoT Events is designed to allow developers to easily create programs that can "detect the state of anything and take action," as the company puts it.

Developers can create "detector modules" to represent device states and transitions, and then trigger "actions" when "critical events" are detected by the system. Example events given include stuck conveyor belts, temperature changes, misaligned robotic arms and after-hours motions

AWS IoT Events lets developers "build robust, highly automated systems. Actions can, for example, send a text message to a service technician or invoke an AWS Lambda function."

Detailed screenshots of how the system works can be found further down on this page. Pricing details can be found here.

The second product, AWS IoT Things Graph, lets developers "easily" build IoT applications "visually."

Business logic is represented via "flow," and a "model" is used for the Web services and devices. From there, actions, events and states can be added. There are also mappings for bringing the flow and converting the output. This output can then go either to the AWS cloud or AWS IoT Greengrass, which is Amazon's IoT platform for smart edge computing.

The tool is aimed at both consumer and industrial IoT uses. It offers prebuilt models for a "number" of devices (including switches, camera motion sensors and Web services like Amazon Rekognition and Amazon S3), or developers can of course create their own.

Models are reusable and combinable.

Post-launch, IoT Things Graph "coordinates interactions between devices and Web services and retries any failed steps to keep your workflow running smoothly," AWS explained. "While your application is running, you can track metrics, set alarms, view logs files, and watch real-time status updates."

More details and screenshots of exactly how AWS IoT Things Graph works can be found here. Pricing details are here.

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Becky Nagel is vice president of AI for 1105 Media, where she specializes in training internal and external customers on maximizing their business potential via a wide variety of generative AI technologies as well as developing cutting-edge AI content and events. She's the author of "ChatGPT Prompt 101 Guide for Business Uses," regularly leads research studies on generative AI business usage, and serves as the director of AI Boardroom, a new resource for C-level executives looking to excel in the AI era. Prior to her current position she was a technical leader for 1105 Media's Web, advertising and production teams as well as editorial director for a suite of enterprise technology publications, including serving as founding editor of She has 20 years of enterprise technology journalism experience, and regularly speaks and writes about generative AI, AI, edge computing and other cutting-edge technologies. She can be reached at [email protected].