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What is AWS IoT Analytics? How does AWS IoT Analytics work?

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posted Nov 29 by Latha Shree N

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AWS IoT Analytics is a fully-managed IoT analytics service that collects, pre-processes, enriches, stores, and analyzes IoT device data at scale. IoT Analytics can perform simple ad hoc queries as well as complex analysis, and is a simpler way to run IoT analytics for understanding the performance of devices, predicting device failures, and machine learning. It is designed specifically for IoT and automatically captures and stores the message timestamp making time-series analysis easy. IoT Analytics can also enrich the data with device-specific metadata such as device type and location using the AWS IoT registry. AWS IoT Analytics stores data in an IoT-optimized data store so you can run queries on large datasets. With AWS IoT Analytics, you can also execute custom authored code containers. AWS IoT Analytics automates the execution of your custom analyses created in Jupyter Notebook or your own tools (such as Matlab, Octave, etc.) for scheduled execution.

AWS IoT Analytics is fully integrated with AWS IoT Core so it is easy to get started. First, you define a channel and select the data you want to collect so you only store and analyze the data of interest, such as sensor temperature. Once the channel is set up, you configure pipelines to process your data. Pipelines support transformations like Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion, conditional statements, message filtering, and message enrichment using external data sources and AWS Lambda functions.

After processing the data in the pipeline, IoT Analytics stores it in an IoT-optimized data store for analysis. You can query the data using the built-in SQL query engine to answer specific business questions. For example, you may want to know how many monthly active users there are for each device in your fleet. Through integration with Amazon SageMaker, IoT Analytics supports more sophisticated analytics, like Bayesian inference and machine learning. Also, it is easy to build visualizations and dashboards and get business insights quickly from your IoT Analytics data since it is integrated with Amazon QuickSight.

answer Nov 30 by Ashley Thomas
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