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Dirk Didascalou, Vice President, IOT, AWS virtually connects with John Furrier for AWS re:Invent 2020

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New AWS IoT features enable secure device connection and management

BY SILVIA FREGONI

Although the internet of things is already in our everyday lives — from wearables and smart watches to intelligent home appliances — it still presents challenges for enterprises that want to scale devices up and use data to leverage insights.

Aware of these challenges, Amazon Web Services Inc. made more than a handful of announcements about new IoT services during its three-week AWS re:Invent virtual event this year. The idea is to enable businesses to securely connect and manage devices, collect and analyze device data, and build and deploy solutions that unlock business value, according to Dirk Didascalou (pictured), vice president of IoT at AWS.

“You need to somehow manage complexity from embedded software, hardware, fleet management, cloud capabilities, AI,” he said. “It’s really, really complex if you try to master this yourself. So that’s why we try to integrate our offerings.”

Didascalou spoke with John Furrier, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during AWS re:Invent. They discussed how devices data fuels an organization’s ability to leverage actionable insights, the capabilities of AWS’ new IoT offerings, and how these solutions can solve business problems. (* Disclosure below.)

Sensors allow large-scale monitoring
Among the new capabilities announced during re:invent is the AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN, which enables enterprises to connect wireless devices that use low-power, long-range wide area network (LoRaWAN) technology without developing or operating a LoRaWAN Network Server themselves. They just need to acquire a specific gateway that is already certified in the AWS Service Catalog, according to Didascalou.

“It’s long range, so that means you can put sensors pretty far away and penetrate also concrete or basements,” he explained. “So, if you think about asset tracking or large-scale monitoring of sensors, LoRaWAN is the standard.”

For example, the temperature monitoring company ComplianceMate uses the solution to connect temperature sensors in restaurant refrigeration and freezer units to ensure customer food safety, reduce risk of food perishing, and enable its customers to monitor and maintain compliance with food safety regulations.

“LoRaWAN, because it’s a low frequency, it can actually penetrate concrete quite a…
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