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By Rich Handley

Rigado Gateway Uses Amazon Web Services IoT Features, Bluetooth Sensors

Rigado has announced that its Cascade IoT Gateway, running Canonical's secure Ubuntu Core operating system, has been integrated with the newly released Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT Greengrass features, offering teams a mechanism to get Bluetooth-based data to their cloud applications. According to the company, Internet of Things (IoT) applications and solutions using Bluetooth sensors have a seamless and efficient path from devices to the cloud, with little to no coding required.

This new functionality combines the scalability of AWS IoT Greengrass edge computing with the flexibility of Bluetooth connectivity, the company reports, and is provided as part of Rigado's edge-as-a-service Cascade IoT Gateway. The direct connection from the Bluetooth sensor to the cloud is made possible via the integration of AWS IoT Greengrass and Rigado's Edge Connect on the Cascade gateway. It provides the ability to interact with Bluetooth devices using Rigado's REST APIs via AWS Lambda.

AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors, a new feature of AWS IoT Greengrass, allows applications to connect to AWS services, including Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) and Amazon CloudWatch. This allows for a full data chain with little to no coding required.

"For those working in Commercial IoT development using AWS, this is the very first time a full IoT recipe kit using Bluetooth has been made easily accessible," said Ben Corrado, Rigado's CEO, in a prepared statement. "This brings customers the ability to run AWS IoT Greengrass at the edge with commercial-grade orchestration tools for large-scale, production IoT solutions. This is critical for commercial IoT as the development in that space requires a unique mix of edge connectivity and computing at scale. Bringing AWS IoT Greengrass and Bluetooth 5 easily together gives developers the tools needed to make that happen."

With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), particularly Bluetooth 5 with its longer-range capability, rapidly gaining popularity in commercial IoT devices used for sensing, monitoring and asset tracking, this new combined solution comes at a critical time, the company report. IoT teams building applications with thousands or millions of Bluetooth devices can now leverage AWS IoT Greengrass to process data and trigger actions from those endpoints.

"When you look at what is required to introduce commercial IoT solutions at scale, you see a clear need for direct and secure connections from the device to the cloud," said Tom Canning, Canonical's VP of global sales for the IoT and devices, in the prepared statement. "Bringing edge security and scalability to the elastic computing power of AWS IoT Greengrass is both exciting and crucial as it helps achieve that needed functionality."

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