Amazon debuts four new IoT capabilities for developers

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There are two Ground Stations set up today, and 12 more will be deployed in 2019, Jassy said.

Prior to this service, companies had to build these base stations themselves to get the data down from the satellites as they passed over the base stations on earth wherever those base stations happened to be. Apart from easier access to data, the service will also help reduce costs by up to 80 per cent.

Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest public cloud services provider, announced that its cloud business would make AMD's EPYC server chips available to its customers.

The bank is also preparing to use AWS's advanced machine learning technologies like Amazon SageMaker to automate tasks related to financial operations and use more analytics capabilities to gain insights into what customers want.

Andy Jassy launches the Ground Station as a Service to crunch satellite data in AWS regional centres.

US e-commerce leader Amazon's subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Tuesday introduced four services and capabilities to make it easier to ingest data from edge devices and build rich Internet of Things (IoT) applications. "For space startups like Spire Global, AWS and Lockheed Martin are unlocking the potential of almost continuous and uninterrupted access to satellite data along with the ability to analyze and leverage that data using the broad and deep cloud services available in AWS", said Robert W. Sproles, Ph.D. and Program Manager, Ground Stations, for Spire Global, Inc. "They will be able to ingest data straight into AWS, where they can securely store, analyse and transmit products to their customers without needing to worry about building all of the infrastructure themselves", he added.

AWS Ground Station has partnered with several satellite companies such as Lockheed Martin, Capella Space, Spire Global, DigitalGlobe and BlackSky. The company has termed the services as the world's first "fully-managed ground station as-a-service". "We provide direct access to AWS services and AWS Global Infrastructure, including our low-latency, global fibre network right where your data is downloaded into our AWS Ground Station".

"With this new system, the image will be crystal clear and this will be crucial for application in autonomous vehicles", Scott said.

Executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Rick Ambrose said that his company would develop a network of low-priced ground-based antennas that could help deliver the new service. This covers AWS' GovCloud and Secret Regions across almost every data classification. This allows reduction in data processing and analysis times - from hours to minutes or seconds - for use cases like weather prediction or natural disaster imagery. Their satellite receivers will connect directly to AWS Ground Stations, managing data downloads in real time and meeting unexpected demand.