AWS IoT Greengrass Now Supports Microsoft Windows Devices

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AWS IoT Greengrass, an IoT edge runtime and cloud service in its new version 2.5 has added support for Microsoft Windows devices. You can now run the AWS IoT Greengrass Core software on devices running Windows operating systems.

This release provides version 2.5.0 of the Greengrass nucleus component, new AWS-provided components, and updates to AWS-provided components. It also comes with other key features where user can remove a core device from a thing group to remove that thing group’s components in the next deployment to that device. User can now configure the AWS IoT Greengrass Core software to connect through HTTPS proxies.

Windows gateway devices are commonly used in industrial IoT scenarios to automate manufacturing operations by collecting local sensor and equipment data and triggering local actions using application business logic. For example, consider an automotive assembly line where a steel stamping press creates a complex part that is prone to defects. Quality Control (QC) automation can be built using a video camera stream fed to a gateway device that uses local ML inference to check part dimensions and find cosmetic defects. The gateway could then notify operators if defects are identified.

The company says, building this solution with AWS is easy where in you first install AWS IoT Greengrass on your Windows gateway device from the console in a few minutes. Once the service starts running, you can now deploy your QC application onto the gateway with just a few clicks.

It also allows users to manage MQTT broker to receive messages locally from your video camera, or by using AWS IoT Greengrass device as a hub to aggregate data from other local sensors and equipment. “Once you have a Windows gateway up and running, you can easily replicate this configuration to thousands of gateways across your manufacturing sites in hours, not weeks, using AWS IoT fleet provisioning, the company said.

AWS suggests users to use AWS IoT Device Tester to run a series of automated functional validation tests if unsure about interoperability between IoT Greengrass and IoT services.

AWS has released Region table to check for AWS IoT Greengrass 2.5 availability.