Qualcomm announced at the AWS re:Invent 2016 event that subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies will support AWS Greengrass across a variety of portfolio solutions that will boost processing capabilities at the edge of IoT networks.
AWS Greengrass, which was launched on Wednesday, is a new platform from Amazon that extends AWS IoT and Lambda for local execution on customers’ own gateways and devices, with the same programming model as used in the cloud.
Qualcomm says the combination of AWS Greengrass with its solutions could allow for the use of both local device and cloud-based storage, as well as the execution and messaging for critical IoT applications that cannot rely exclusively on the cloud, such as medical equipment, industrial machinery and building automation.
Enabling processing at the “edge” of an IoT solution may provide a breadth of benefits, from cost savings realized through reduced data signaling and cloud storage, to reduced latency for time-sensitive automated decision making, to compliance and privacy support through local data storage.
In a gateway application, the integrated connectivity of Qualcomm portfolio solutions combined with AWS Greengrass is expected to support a heterogeneous connection to the cloud, which could allow multi-protocol edge nodes to communicate, even without IP connectivity, which brings new possibilities to commercial, industrial, medical and smart city solutions.
Qualcomm added that combining its Snapdragon processors with AWS Greengrass will enable device manufacturers, system integrators interested in developing and commercializing IoT applications, and software solution providers to efficiently manage systems through a combination of cloud storage, execution, data caching and messaging.
“Qualcomm Technologies is driving new generations of smart connected edge devices such as gateways to enable edge processing for IoT implementations, especially in industrial, commercial and medical spaces,” said Jeffery Torrance, VP of business development at Qualcomm Technologies. “With AWS we intend to build a robust IoT ecosystem and enhance this IoT architecture with smart, connected edge devices as a central element, addressing key challenges such as privacy, security, latency, reliability, and data cost affordability in the growing diversity of IoT ecosystems.”
Qualcomm said it will announce specific platform support for AWS Greengrass at a future date.