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Internet of Things (IoT) is all of the rages nowadays. Internet of Things (IoT) are devices and components that exist all around us in our day-to-day lives which communicate with and connect through cloud networks and the internet. This includes cellular service in vehicles, specialized thermostats, and health bands that monitor health. This course will provide an introduction to the subject of Internet of Things (IoT) and provide an overall understanding.

Intended audience

  • This course is geared for anyone currently looking to learn about and get a better understanding of Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Viewers require no previous experience with Internet of Things (IoT) but, having a technical background is helpful.


  • While there are no formal pre-requisites students will benefit from having a basic understanding of cloud computing services
  • Recommended course - Compute Fundamentals

Learning objectives

  • Understand the purpose and benefits of Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Learn the essentials of where to begin working with Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Learn about the growing challenges of Internet of Things (IoT) along with the predicted growth and projections for the next few years.

Welcome to our demo on AWS Internet of Things. In this demo, we're gonna take you through a quick tutorial that demonstrates how the Internet of Things actually works.

So to sign up for an AWS account, you need a valid credit card and once you provide that information, they won't bill you as long as you're using the free tier, which you should stay within those limits. And you actually can set up notifications to be sent if you actually cross them. But for our case, in the tutorials we're working with, we shouldn't cross that barrier. So AWS is the 800 pound gorilla of Cloud providers.

So, it's important to learn some of the work with them in some kind of aspect because work as a professional developer, you're gonna cross them in some kind of aspect cause they provide so many different services to work with that you're gonna interact with them at some point.

So to get started, let's click on AWS Internet of Things. Click on Gettin' Started. And we're gonna do this tutorial here. So let me just click through this and go right to the end that is solution here. So that I can just talk through pretty quickly. So this is your sensor, as you see Sensor here. So this is your actual physical device. This represents AWS Cloud Offering and this is your actuator. So this is pretty much the complete process of the Internet of Things. You have the thing, which is the device. Then the Internet, the network connections out to Cloud. So data is received from the device, in the sensor, outside the device though the gateway.

That information is then sent out to the Cloud and collected in here. That information's analyzed and then passed through rule sets, these are rule sets here. And then actions are taken based on the quality of the data, or they type of data, whatever that data is. You know, it might take an action or it might not take an action. So an action might include sending notifications out to a cell phone, doing an AWS Lambda function, which is basically a code set that could be customized to do whatever you need to, in AWS maybe.

You know, kick off a function of a server getting created or kicking off, sending data to a database or anything pretty much else in the AWS environment. And then we have a database down here that we can then, you know, it triggers something to happen. These are actuators. So in this case, we're sending information up to AWS and then back out to these actuators. So these light bulbs will change colors based on the different commands that are sent here. So you have red, green and then blue. And here we have a mobile device, which we interact with the solution.

So if we click on, let's say red, we're gonna send out a notification based on that information. So there's action and then notifications gettin' sent out. So, this is really demonstrating the whole process of the Internet of Things. Solution by interacting with it, having rule sets analyzing information and then the actual physical devices. So that wraps up our demo here. I definitely recommend you circle back to AWS. We're working through some other tutorials. I wanted to go through this one, even though it was very simple cause it really demonstrated a physical look at what it actually looks like from a high level of how everything interacts with one another. So we're all wrapped up on our demo on AWS Internet of Things. Thank you for joining me, I'll see you next demo.

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Richard Augenti is a DevOps Engineer with 23 years of IT professional experience and 7 years of cloud experience with AWS and Azure. He has been engaged with varying sized projects with clients all across the globe including most sectors. He enjoys finding the best and most efficient way to make things work so, working with automation, cloud technologies, and DevOps has been the perfect fit. When Richard is not engaged with work, he can also be found presenting workshops and talks at user conferences on cloud technologies and other techie talks.

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