AWS launches RoboMaker dev service for building intelligent robotics apps

Amazon's Cloud arm AWS enters lucrative satellite data market

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

Senior AWS vice-president Charlie Bell said satellite "data is incredibly useful for building a wide range of important applications, but it is super complex and expensive to build and operate the infrastructure needed to do so".

Customers can rent access to AWS Ground Station facilities by the minute and take advantage of data transit costs greatly reduced by that proximity to its data centers, as well as AWS cloud services for storage and analysis.

AWS will be offering new EC2 A1 compute instances based on this Graviton processor and for certain workloads, like web servers, the costs could be as much as 45 percent lower than traditional Intel-based compute instances.

AWS IoT SiteWise (available in preview) is a managed service that collects data from the plant floor, structures and labels the data, and generates real-time key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics.




AWS has helped Guardian get ahead of insurance industry disruption driven by new technology and changing customer expectations, and enabled us to innovate and provide services how, when and where our customers prefer, said Dean Del Vecchio, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Head of Enterprise Shared Services at Guardian.

"What you find, and what these customers tell us all the time, is it's not so simple dealing with satellites if you want to upload and download data", Jassy said. The Amazon.com company has termed the services as the world's first "fully-managed ground station as-a-service". At present, there are about 2,000 satellites orbiting the earth, which is expected to rise to about 16,000 in the next 10 years. AWS customers can combine these capabilities to build exciting applications that might use image recognition to identify and protect endangered animals, machine learning to predict faulty construction or industrial systems, or analytics to estimate oil production or assess agriculture yields in real time. The company's satellites have multiple sensor on board, which track ships and airplanes, as well as gather atmospheric data to forecast weather.

Customers can easily request Lockheed Martin Verge as their preferred downlink directly through the AWS Ground Station console or from the Verge management console. The resulting product, Lockheed Martin Space EVP Rick Ambrose said, would be a "low-cost, resilient solution" for customers to downlink satellite data.

AWS also announced a strategic collaboration with Lockheed Martin to integrate the new AWS Ground Station service with the global security and aerospace giant's new "Verge" antenna network.

One of the use cases highlighted for the new satellite service was for when natural disasters strike.

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