Verizon IoT DevKit Program Starts with AWS Cloud
In kicking off a new initiative to help organizations more easily manage, scale and monetize Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and applications, Verizon is starting with the Amazon cloud.
Industry sources ranging from ZDNet to Network World are forecasting great things for IoT in 2019, and Verizon is positioning its ThingSpace Cloud Connectors program to help organizations take part. Created to ease integration with IoT developers' existing cloud service providers, the program will initially target the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud, with other providers to be added later.
To that end, Verizon recently announced a new DevKit that works with the company's ThingSpace platform for building IoT devices, running on Amazon FreeRTOS, a real-time operating system kernel for embedded devices.
The goal, Verizon said, is to make it easier for developers, OEM manufacturers, and system integration organizations to create IoT solutions leveraging the AWS cloud platform and connect to the managed AWS IoT Core service.
"Instead of spending a lot of time struggling to manage IoT connections and network options, this DevKit allows customers to focus on IoT solution development for improved intelligence and business performance, knowing that the underlying connectivity is sorted," said Verizon exec Shawn Hakl in a statement. "Verizon's Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) solution allows companies to connect securely and reliably to AWS, so they can quickly get their IoT solutions up and running. It's about opening up the potential of IoT to everyone."
Verizon said the DevKit will provide an integrated ordering and activation experience on its network, while simplifying access to AWS Cloud and IoT Services. "Enterprises can quickly collect, manage, and analyze data from IoT devices through the ThingSpace platform, which also makes it easier for users to subscribe and manage their IoT devices, and perform lifecycle functions such as location, diagnostics and software management services," the company said in a statement.
The new kit bolsters the growing IoT development services on the AWS cloud, which itself recently debuted a bevy of its own IoT offerings aimed at developers, as well as industrial customers managing large fleets of connected devices.
David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.