Course Description:

This is an introductory course for the Amazon Internet of Things (IoT) service. In this course, we will define and discuss the concept of the Internet of Things. We will define telemetry and how it relates to the Amazon Internet of Things service. Next we will define and discuss the Amazon Internet of Things or “IoT” service. We will talk about the benefits of the service. Then we will talk about the Amazon IoT service features. Next, we will talk about why we would use the Amazon Internet of Things service. And finally, we will discuss how to locate IoT service in the AWS console and describe the basic steps for setting it up.

Intended audience:

This is a beginner level course intended for anyone who is interested in learning the basics about the Amazon Internet of Things Service. Before attending this course, you may want to attend the “Benefits of Cloud Computing," and “Fundamentals of AWS” Learning Paths, or attend the “What is Cloud Computing?” and “Technical Fundamentals of AWS” courses. While these are not required to attend this course, they include helpful concepts that might make the content of this course a little easier to understand.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the features and benefits of the Amazon Internet of Things service.
  • Explain when to use the Amazon Internet of Things service.
  • Locate the IoT service option in the AWS console and discuss how to configure it.
  • Give examples of use case scenarios for Amazon Internet of Things service.

This Course Includes:

  • AWS Internet of Things overview
  • AWS Internet of things use-case scenario

What You'll Learn:

  • Course Intro: What to expect from this course.
  • Course Terminology: Definition of terms related to the Amazon Internet of Things service.
  • Amazon Internet of Things (IoT) Service Overview: An overview of the Amazon IoT service including features and benefits of the service.
  • Service Components: An overview of the Amazon IoT service components: Device SDK, Device Security, Device Gateway, Registry, Rules Engine, and Device Shadows.
  • Using the Service: A use-case scenario for the Amazon IoT service.
  • Course Summary: A summary of what was learned in the course.

Before we get started on our discussion of the service, we need to introduce some important concepts related to that technology. The internet has been around for decades now. People have been using it to communicate, find data and articles, advertise, educate, and so on. We've used search engines to find information, clicked on advertising links, attended classes, connected with friends, and designed our blogs. It's been all about people connecting with people. And while connecting devices or things to the internet is not exactly new, it's been gaining traction and has begun to really take off in recent years. Think about ATMs. It seems like they've been around forever, but now we have all kinds of smart devices: cell phones, wearables, smart homes, smart cars. Outside of our own personal use of these things, there are smart cities tracking traffic patterns. Farming industries tracking production. Sensors are everywhere. The Internet of Things is here.

Now, we have a basic understanding of the Internet of Things. Let's consider all of those things that we just described and consider all the data that's been collected, where is it going? How is it being used? That leads us to the concept of telemetry. Telemetry is all the data collected by devices or things. It's read-only data delivered to an application's data source or data sources. All the data delivered by these devices will then need to be analyzed and acted upon. It can be as simple as alerting you that you've earned a new fitness badge because you have walked 10,000 steps today or as complex as shutting down a failed cooling supply in a factory and redistributing the load to the functioning systems and then alerting technicians that the failed system needs maintenance.

About the Author

Sarah is an educator and instructional designer. She started her career doing computer training, Microsoft Certified training, then telephony training for a local Indianapolis start up. She has a passion for helping others to learn and writing engaging content. When she is not working, she loves to travel with her family, walk her dog, or curl up somewhere with a good book.