AWS IoT Greengrass, when combined with Bluetooth Low Energy end devices, is a true enabler of IoT solutions at commercial scale. Rigado’s Cascade IoT Gateway was the first IoT gateway last year to add AWS IoT Greengrass 1.7 capabilities. At that time, we mentioned a few of the benefits businesses would realize by combining the scalability of Greengrass edge computing with the flexibility of Bluetooth connectivity.
To further highlight the benefits of such an integration, Rigado Vice President of Product Toban Zolman recently took an in-depth look at a real-life application of AWS IoT Greengrass running on Rigado’s Cascade IoT Gateway. (The presentation, part of a webinar hosted by AWS, is available to view at the AWS website. Zolman’s presentation begins at the 31-minute mark of the video.)
In his demo, Zolman highlights the process of installing a Greengrass snap onto a Rigado Cascade IoT Gateway, discusses how to deploy Greengrass code to the gateway, and shows a functional solution deployed in the real world today. The demo examines not only what the data looks like in practical terms, but the depth and breadth of data available in a location and monitoring solution.
“(The deployment) is surfacing a host of environmental data including temperature, pressure and humidity, which really lets us do alerting around environmental thresholds being exceeded,” Zolman said. “In addition, we are surfacing signal strength, which we leverage for location and positioning. This is used extensively in large facilities with multiple gateways where we can read signal strength of a particular asset tag across multiple gateways and figure out which area of the building a particular package would be in. We could identify this package has exceeded the temperature threshold and it’s in building three, zone A and an operator could go address that.”
Zolman also demonstrates diagnostic and maintenance data available, such as battery level, and the ability to manage the rate of how often a sensor pings a gateway – a method that can be used to extend the battery life of devices.
“There’s an awful lot that’s happening here both at the edge and in the cloud to build a comprehensive solution around location and environmental monitoring in a logistics environment,” Zolman said.
While we’re highlighting Zolman’s presentation here, the webinar as a whole is well worth a watch. AWS experts highlight some of the key benefits and uses of AWS IoT Greengrass. Prologis – a Rigado partner – highlight their “warehouse of the future.”
Using Greengrass to extend AWS IoT onto local devices – so they can act locally on the data they generate while still utilizing the advantage of cloud computing – is extremely beneficial when paired with Bluetooth Low Energy. And that is an exciting development for companies utilizing large-scale IoT solutions that locate, track and gather sensor data at the edge.