Amazon Web Services has officially launched AWS IoT SiteWise, a managed service platform for industrial customers that collects data from the plant floor to generate real-time metrics to aid in decision making.
The service is geared toward industrial companies like manufacturers, energy utilities and food processes who want to use their equipment data to make faster and better-informed decisions. Data from sensors on the plant floor is structured and labeled to generate real-time key performance indicators.
According to AWS, current methods of extracting that data across different locations is time-consuming and expensive because sensor data is usually stored locally and restructuring it for useful analysis requires significant developer resources and knowledge. Developers also have to attach context and write custom applications to calculate and compare metrics across facilities.
According to AWS, SiteWise customers begin by modeling their industrial equipment, processes and facilities by adding context to the collected data — like equipment type and facility location — to the collected data and defining common industrial performance metrics using SiteWise’s built-in library of mathematical functions.
Once the environment is modeled and data is ingested into AWS, the service automatically computers the metrics at the interval defined by the customer, AWS says. The data and metrics are sent to a fully managed time series database designed to store and retrieve time-stamped data with low-latency, making it easier for customers to analyze performance over time.
In the SiteWise console, customers can create custom web applications to visualize key metrics across end-user devices in near real-time. The applications can help customers monitor equipment performance on any web-enabled desktop, tablet or phone, AWS says.
“Industrial customers tell us that getting their data into the cloud and using it to understand their operational performance is the biggest opportunity they see when evaluating IoT solutions,” said Dirk Didascalou, Vice President of IoT, AWS. “With SiteWise, industrial customers can now use the power of AWS to collect, organize, and monitor their industrial equipment data at scale. SiteWise will help industrial customers move beyond data collection and enable them to visualize and monitor all their equipment, so they can focus on their main job of optimizing their operations.”