How to set up and register a thing to use in AWS IoT

IoT greatly complicates data management for almost all business enterprises–for many, the job is just too large and moving too quickly to handle alone. The cloud can help.


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For many businesses, data management now includes the collection, processing, storing, and analyzing of massive streams of data from a multitude of sources located in an interconnected network known as the Internet of Things (IoT). For all but a few large enterprises, managing data under those conditions requires specialized third-party provided cloud services—the job is just too large and moving too quickly to handle alone.

All of the major cloud service providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud) seem to offer an effective set of IoT bi-directional collection and control protocols for their respective cloud ecosystems. Therefore, choosing which service to deploy in your business enterprise may come down to a variety of factors, including familiarity, ease of use, and continuing costs. For this article, I will focus on AWS IoT services.

According to Amazon, “The AWS IoT service provides secure, bi-directional communication between Internet-connected devices such as sensors, actuators, embedded micro-controllers, or smart appliances and the AWS Cloud.” Using the AWS Control Panel, this tutorial shows you how to set up and register a “thing” for AWS IoT services.

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For the purposes of this exercise, the term “thing” refers to any internet-connected device, including sensors, actuators, embedded micro-controllers, smart appliances, robots, computers, autonomous vehicles, and so on. If it is connected to the network, and it generates data that must be processed, stored,…