Connected Home - Internet of Things

Easily and securely develop and manage differentiated connected home products with AWS IoT

A connected home brings devices and services together for an integrated, autonomous experience that improves a consumer’s life. Connected home experiences include everything from voice-controlled lights, house-cleaning robots, machine learning-enabled security cameras, and WiFi routers that troubleshoot for you. Thanks to decreasing costs and increasing options for connectivity, these smart home devices, sensors, and tools can be interlinked to create real-time, contextual, and smart experiences for consumers.

IoT powers the connected home by bringing new features and capabilities to smart devices, like interconnectivity, security, offline communication, predictive maintenance, analytics for consumer insights, and machine learning. Each of these capabilities play a different role in key connected home use cases such as home automation, home security and monitoring, and home networking.

AWS IoT Success Story: Vizio and Alexa Skills (2:59)

Connected Home IoT Use Cases

Home Automation

Home automation includes a wide range of connected IoT devices that can be found in the home such as a washer/dryer, oven, refrigerator, TV, coffee maker, or light bulb. AWS IoT helps improve the customer experience by enabling a device to connect and perform an action quickly, reliably, and easily. For example, a customer who buys a smart coffee maker will want an easy setup using an app on their smartphone. Additionally, devices can also benefit from using voice services like Alexa for a seamless customer experience.

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Home Security & Monitoring

Products in the home security and monitoring segment include security devices such as connected door locks, video doorbells, security cameras, and monitoring systems such as water leak detectors, energy management systems, and connected thermostats. Devices built with AWS IoT can use machine learning to automatically detect threats, take action, and send alerts to home owners. AWS IoT enables devices to run with low-latency and compute data locally, without internet connectivity.

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Home Network Management

Network operators are looking for new ways to help customers quickly discover, troubleshoot, and fix home network issues including Wi-Fi and cable TV connectivity. AWS IoT enabled set-top boxes can automatically log network diagnostics and send to the customer service center proactively or allow customers to monitor and troubleshoot their network health through a mobile app.

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Case Studies

LG logo

LG Electronics relaunches its IoT platform and saves 80% in development costs with AWS IoT.

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iRobot logo

iRobot manages their solution with fewer than 10 people using AWS IoT.

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Rachio logo

Rachio cuts development costs by 40% using AWS IoT.

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Zimplistic logo

AWS IoT helps Zimplistic respond and remotely troubleshoot any device.

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Why Use AWS for Connected Home Solutions

Built-in Connectivity for Microcontrollers

Amazon FreeRTOS, an IoT operating system for microcontrollers, extends the FreeRTOS kernel with libraries for security, connectivity, and updateability. It runs on low power devices found throughout all homes, like a thermostat, light switch, door lock, or sensor. Amazon FreeRTOS enables you to develop new connected devices without having to worry about building in cloud functionality, providing a faster time-to-market and lowering your costs.

Edge Computing with Offline Capabilities

AWS Greengrass is a software runtime for more powerful edge devices, which can act on data generated locally in order to respond quickly to events, while still using the cloud for management, analytics, and storage. AWS Greengrass lets connected devices operate even with intermittent connectivity to the cloud. Once your device reconnects, Greengrass synchronizes the data on the device with AWS IoT Core, providing seamless functionality regardless of connectivity.

Machine Learning at the Edge

AWS Greengrass ML Inference gives you the ability to train ML models in the cloud and deploy them on the device for inference—where the inference model can run without a direct cloud connection. This allows you to infer in real-time, without the cost and time of sending data round trip to the cloud.

Reliable and Responsive Communication

AWS IoT Core allows you to easily connect devices to the cloud, communicating with MQTT, a lightweight protocol specifically designed to tolerate intermittent connections, minimize the code footprint on devices, and reduce network bandwidth requirements. AWS IoT provides scalable, low latency bi-directional communication from device to cloud. AWS IoT Core is present in 11 regions worldwide, allowing you a global footprint.

Easily Manage and Derive Device Insights

With AWS IoT Device Management, you can onboard, organize, and monitor your devices, creating a real-time, searchable fleet index of all of your connected devices. You can also push bug fixes and firmware updates over-the-air with a few clicks. With AWS IoT Analytics, you can gain insights into device usage, performance, and even predict maintenance using machine learning.

Secure Connectivity and Communication

AWS IoT provides end-to-end device security with key management, certificate authentication, and data encryption. AWS IoT Device Defender helps you secure your fleet of devices by continuously auditing the security policies associated with your devices. AWS IoT Device Defender will detect and alert you of anomalies or drifts in security policies, so you can isolate the incident and take immediate action.

Easy Integration with Alexa

Consumers are increasingly turning to AI assistants to control other devices in their home and automate simple, monotonous tasks. AWS IoT makes it easy to build in Alexa functionality into everyday devices so your customers can control them with voice commands. The integration gives you the ability to scale to support fleets of millions of devices with millisecond latency and low connectivity cost. AWS IoT services can be used to fit all of the minimum security measures mandated by Alexa Voice Services without any additional work required by the device developer.

How It Works

AWS IoT - Connected Home

Explore AWS IoT for the Connected Home Resources

AWS IoT in the Connected Home (26:36)

Learn how to use AWS IoT services to secure, manage, update, and analyze connected home devices and their data.

Connecting the Home with IoT & Robotics (56:27)

Learn about implementing IoT applications for Connected Home use cases including managing connectivity, implementing logic using IoT Rules Engine, and provisioning your devices in a home network.

Building Home Security Solutions at Scale, Ft. Comcast (45:54)

Learn how to build intelligent home security applications using Amazon Kinesis Video Streams and AWS IoT services. Also, hear from Comcast, which migrated to AWS to power their Xfinity Home security cameras and focus on secure storage of video data from customers worldwide.

Connected Home ebook

With edge-based software and cloud-based services, see how you can get started quickly and attain your business goals.

Connected Home ebook

Learn how to use AWS IoT services to and AWS Machine Learning services to conduct local inference on Home Devices

Connected Home ebook

With edge-based software and cloud-based services, see how you can get started quickly and attain your business goals.

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