What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things connects the physical world to the Internet so that you can use data from devices to increase productivity and efficiency. Connecting things to the Internet is possible because different connectivity options are widely available, the cost of connecting is declining, and more devices are capturing data. All kinds of things are being used in IoT applications including consumer products such as refrigerators, security cameras, and cable set-top boxes; industrial systems such as conveyor belts and manufacturing equipment; and commercial devices such as traffic signals and smart meters. Any device that can be powered on could be part of an IoT application.
Consumers expect everything in their home, everything they drive, and even what they wear to have IoT capabilities. For example, Rotimatic, a smart, fully automated flatbread-making device, uses AWS IoT to securely transfer data to and from the cloud. Using data from the Rotimatic, the manufacturer gets better visibility into usage and part health to improve their product and the customer experience.
Industrial companies use IoT applications to make industrial equipment and processes smarter and safer. For example, Centratech Systems was seeking to reduce the time technicians spend driving around to physically maintain devices such as water pumps and electricity meters. Using AWS IoT, they increased productivity of field technicians by 50%.