Amazon today announced that AWS IoT SiteWise, its managed monitoring service for industrial customers, is generally available two years after its unveiling at AWS re:Invent 2018. SiteWise is live for all customers as of this week in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Frankfurt), and Europe (Ireland) AWS regions, with additional regions to follow in the coming months.
Manufacturers, energy utilities, and food processors often strugle to collect, process, and analyze data from their hundreds to thousands of internet of things (IoT) sensors. Extracting data across different locations is time-consuming and expensive, because sensor data is typically stored in local, specialized servers that lack a common data format. Even with a data-collection pipeline in place, information like equipment type, facility location, and relationship to other equipment must be annotated manually; customers have to write custom apps to calculate and compare performance metrics across facilities to derive insights.
SiteWise automates data collection from the plant floor, structuring and labeling the data and generating real-time and metrics to inform decisions. In SiteWise, customers begin by modeling their industrial equipment, processes, and facilities by adding context to the collected data. They then define common industrial performance metrics (e.g., overall equipment effectiveness and uptime) using SiteWise’s built-in library of mathematical functions. Once a customer’s environment is modeled and their data ingested into AWS, the service automatically computes the metrics at the interval defined by the customer. Uploaded data and computed metrics are sent to a fully managed time-series database designed to store and retrieve time-stamped data with low latency.
From within the SiteWise console, customers can also create custom web apps without coding to visualize KPIs across end-user devices. And in addition to using software running on an edge device, SiteWise provides interfaces for collecting data from modern industrial apps through MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) messages or its APIs.
Amazon says that customers like Volkswagen Group are using SiteWise to ingest manufacturing shop floor data into the cloud, model and organize those different machine assets within its plants, and visualize operational data from its cylinder production line in a web application. Another customer — Bayer — deployed SiteWise across nine corn production plants in North America, collecting data from the plant floor and then measuring and analyzing the overall equipment effectiveness of its machinery to identify production inefficiencies. The company claims that SiteWise enables it to onboard a crop site in less than a few hours versus a few weeks.