Amazon launches IoT platform, embedded responds with off-the-shelf dev kits (part 1)

It was only a matter of time before cloud giant x86 network appliance made a splash in the IoT market, but Thursday’s announcement seemed more like a tidal wave.

At the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels unveiled a beta version of the company’s new AWS IoT platform, a managed cloud offering that combines Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) DynamoDB, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon S3, and other AWS services into a single solution for managing, storing, and analyzing IoT device data. AWS IoT connects systems to Amazon’s backend services through an AWS Device Gateway that supports the MQTT and HTTP communications protocols, enabling IoT designers to take advantage of an infrastructure that can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, according to the company. In addition, the AWS IoT platform introduces a technology called “shadowing” in which virtual versions of each connected device are created and stored so that systems with intermittent connectivity can be updated after periods when a network connection is unavailable or turned off to conserve resources. Other features include an embeddable x86 UTM AWS IoT Device SDK; mutual authentication, encryption, and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) security provisions; as well as a rules engine that allows developers to define device data routing, filtering, and x86 network appliance processing using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS IoT APIs, or AWS Management Console.

“The promise of the Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Internet of Things is to make everyday products smarter for consumers, and for businesses to enable better data-driven offerings that weren’t possible before,” says Marco Argenti, Vice President, Mobile and IoT, Amazon Web Services. “World-leading organizations like Philips, NASA JPL, and Sonos already use AWS services to support the back-end of their IoT applications. Now, AWS IoT enables a whole ecosystem of manufacturers, service providers, and application developers to easily connect their products to the cloud at scale, take action on the data they collect, and create a new class of applications that interact with the physical world.”

Amazon Web Services offers access to AWS IoT through a developer plan starting at $49 per month, but free accounts are also available that allow basic investigation of the AWS IoT, including an interactive tutorial that demonstrates how to connect “Things” to a message broker, use the rules engine to process and act on data, and read and set device states with “Thing Shadows.” You can access x86 UTM this tutorial at, or learn more about the capabilities of Amazon Web Services in the on-demand E-cast “Build versus buy: Benefits of leveraging an existing cloud platform in IoT” at

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Acrosser Releases New In-Vehicle Computer AIV-QM97V1FL for Telematics and Vehicle Applications

ACROSSER Technology, a world-leading in-vehicle computer supplier, announces the launch of its fanless in-vehicle computer, AIV-QM97V1FL. This rugged compact x86 embedded computer is dedicated to use in the in-vehicle computing industry. Equipped with a 5th generation Intel® Core™ i Broadwell U processors, the model provides sufficient computing power for simultaneous handling of a variety of vehicle applications.

The model features two types of storage: SATA III 2.5” SSD and M.2 SSD. The dual SSD provides engineers with the flexibility to define tasks separately; for example, the 2.5” SSD can be used for database management, while the M.2 SSD is for the OS.

AIV-QM97V1FL supports one HDMI and one DVI port for video interfacing. Other I/O includes three COM ports, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two LAN ports, one GPIO, and one remote switch cable. The versatility of the I/O interfaces makes AIV-QM97V1FL an ideal platform for systems integration projects, particularly in telematics, data recording systems, fleet management and logistics management. Finally, the capability for BIOS modification enables system engineers to achieve smart power management in their vehicle projects. Please contact your nearest Acrosser sales team for further price and sample availability information.

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 Rugged fanless design
● Support 5th generation Intel® Core™ i Broadwell U processors
 2 x DDR3 SO-DIMMs, for up to 16GB
● Support CAN 2.0A/2.0B protocol and i-Button for driver ID
 HDMI & DVI-D output
 Wide variety of wireless communication options
 M.2 SSD & M.2 4G LTE support

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Application Scenario:
Increasing diversity of connected devices brings challenges to IT management anytime, anywhere. From enterprises to SMBs, all IT Managers need less devices to solve more problems 24/7.Implementing an UTM (Unified Network Management) appliance could be the mainstream solution, since the UTM has integrated network security features, including: spam detection, intrusion detection, anti-virus, web filtering, intrusion prevention, VPN and firewall application.

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In an onstage demo, an Intel rep said, “Hey Cortana, wake up,” and within a few seconds, Cortana was awake and ready to work. Clean, simple, nice.

Big event keynotes, especially during developer conferences, have become awe-inspiring trips into the future, intended to make you want that future to come more quickly, and for the company to show its long-term vision. Today’s Intel Developer Forum (IDF) keynote in San Francisco was no exception, with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (aka “BK”) spending his time outlining the notion of immersive experiences powered by the next generation of Intel-provided technology, with a heavy emphasis on IoT and RealSense.

Because IDF, like Google I/O or Apple WWDC or Microsoft Build, is really a developer conference, this makes sense. Intel’s role is to create some of the underlying platforms and hooks and, yes, vision, so that developers can build that future. Thus, most of the announcements Krzanich made were x86 network appliance focused. These included Intel Smart Sound, with “wake on voice,” as well as some sound latency tweaks Intel developed for Android in conjunction with Google; some Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) extensions and partnerships for RealSense; and security and other enhancements around IoT.

There was a passing mention of Skylake, and some quick, staged benchmarking of x86 network appliance, but the tastiest hardware morsels will have to come later. The vision thing, as it were, had some pretty compelling moments, built around three assumptions Krzanich and Intel are making around the future of computing: Sensification, Smart and Connected, and Extension of You. Let’s put a few pieces of meat on those bones. Intel’s Take On “Immersion” Driven By RealSense

“Immersion” is a term generally x86 UTM reserved for virtual reality experiences, but Intel co-opted the term to describe some of its new experiences and technologies. Really, Intel just has a different take on immersion. “What is changing is that computing and the computing experience is becoming personalized,” said BK from the stage. In other words, whereas the VR world sees immersion as being completely wrapped up in a virtual experience, Intel’s idea is that your computing devices will surround you, weave in and out of the things you do, and, ideally, enhance your lifestyle in meaningful ways.

Intel SmartSound technology — which was “co-developed by Intel and Microsoft” and thus points to some potentially exclusive Windows 10 integration — uses an audio DSP that the OS can use to be “always listening” for your commands, even in low power states. The feature is called “Wake On Voice.” In an onstage demo, an Intel rep said, “Hey Cortana, wake up,” and within a few seconds, Cortana was awake and ready to work. Clean, simple, nice. The feature will be available in a wide Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) swathe of Skylake-based chips, from x86 UTM to the desktop Core series CPUs.

In another demo, Intel showed its reduced audio latency technology on a tablet running Android KitKat. Simply, they tapped a software keyboard on the screen to show how little latency there was. (Latency has been a nagging problem for musicians using consumer tech for years.)

A key here is that this demo was not about Android — it was about the Intel chip inside. The reduced latency tech will only be available on Intel processors, not on otherwise-powered Android tablets.

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