Amazon IoT adoption hotting up in automobile, home automation, and other categories

Amazon IoT adoption hotting up in automobile, home automation, and other categories
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29 Mar, 2019

Cloud services provider Amazon Web Services' (AWS’) Internet of Things (IoT) services are showing a good uptake in India, especially in automobile, home automation, security and industrial IoT categories, a top executive told TechCircle.

"There has been a growing interest in IoT services over the last two years and companies have moved from academic use-cases to material use-cases," Navdeep Manaktala, the head of business development at Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd (AISPL), told TechCircle. AISPL is an Amazon subsidiary and the reseller of AWS in India. 

According to Manaktala, the good uptake can be attributed to the fact that companies or enterprises now see monetisation opportunities and return of investment-driven use-cases due to deployment of IoT networks.

"The fastest adoption in terms of IoT services has been happening in the automobile, home automation, security and industrial IoT spaces," Manaktala said, giving the example of industrial water-purification company Pentair Plc. 

AWS offers various kinds of IoT services including AWS Greengrass, AWS IoTCore, AWS IoT Device Defender, AWS IoT SiteWise, AWS IoT Things Graph, AWS IoT Device Management, AWS IoT Analytics, and AWS IoT Events.  

AISPL's head of digital innovation for India, Madhusudan Shekar, told TechCircle that AWS’ blockchain services were also seeing a lot of interest in the country though most of the engagements were still at the prototype stage. 

Shekar added that other than fintech and healthcare companies, AWS was also working with the Indian government in the blockchain space. Shekar said, "We were working with Niti Aayog (the central government's main policy think-tank) and had recommended a number of blockchain startups to them to address various use cases including drug counterfeits." AWS offers a fully-managed blockchain service that supports Hyperledger fabric and Ethereum.

In a separate statement, AWS said that it was launching a new storage-class service called Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive that is suitable for long-term retention of data which is rarely accessed. 

The service, according to AWS, will be beneficial to organisations that are required to store data over long periods in order to meet regulatory norms.