Wipro’s report clearly defines the important role cloud plays in the Smart platforms imperative, doing most of the heavy lifting to deliver Smart applications. What’s the most logical step then? The answer lies in collaborating with AWS, one of the leading cloud computing companies to take smart applications to the next level i.e. making it real in industry scenarios.
Amazon Web Services to deliver smart applications – all the 4 smart imperatives
AWS has added a plethora of services for the creation of Smart Applications. Let’s take the 4 imperatives into focus here and explore how AWS can be leveraged.
Enabling smarter interactions requires services like Amazon Lex that allow businesses to quickly and easily build sophisticated, natural language, conversational bots. Similarly, Amazon Polly uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. Amazon Sumerian helps in creating immersive experiences using augmented reality with very little coding.
Smarter processes are fuelled by automation that can be delivered by a suite of AWS services, which automate end-to-end business processes. Take for instance, Amazon Rekognition that offers image and video analysis, transcribes data for speech recognition and enables language translation. Cognitive process automation can be enabled by SageMaker (a machine learning platform) and its low code approach to ML, while MXNet (a deep learning software framework) and an array of data intelligence services such as Elastic MapReduce (EMR) and Elasticsearch can bring artificial intelligence into any process.
The real power of AWS lies in its platform services, which offer umpteen options to build Smart platforms for a business of any size and type. Consider AWS Elastic Load Balancer, which automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple targets, and Amazon Kinesis which durably stores, encrypts, and indexes data streams. AWS server-less offerings like Lambda and DynamoDB bring the power of smart platforms without the hassle of maintaining them. With SQS, Greengrass and API gateway literally any ‘Thing’ that is powered on, can be connected to build smart business platforms. Along with X-Ray, CloudWatch and Cloud Trail, AWS platform services are ideal building blocks for creating autonomous platforms that host applications and provide elastic scaling, self-healing, and automated configuration.
Data-driven intelligence enables smarter security, and AWS is at the forefront with Amazon Macie, and GuardDuty. AWS Cognito & Single-Sign-on enable simple and secure user sign-up, sign-in, and access control to web and mobile apps, and Amazon Inspector - an automated security assessment service helps improve the security and compliance of applications deployed on AWS.
Making it real: Smart Healthcare
Smart Applications enable patient centricity and personalized care. With Smart Applications, patients can have better awareness and transparency during the healthcare, doctors and healthcare practitioners can offer highly personalized and accurate care, thereby improving patients’ overall health and wellbeing.
To better illustrate the prowess of AWS in assisting the creation of smart applications, let us consider the example of a user, Jane, and see how her journey of health and wellbeing could be re-imagined using Smart applications.
Jane, a 30-year-old architect, uses a fitness tracker which in tandem with a conversational assistant, measures activity and guides her to upkeep day-to-day wellbeing. The wearable also monitors her blood glucose levels in real time. Any deviation from the optimum glucose levels triggers the conversational assistant to ask Jane some basic questions to gauge her wellbeing. Besides, the app connects with her insurance provider to check policy coverage, schedules an appointment with her preferred provider, reminds her when it’s time for renewal, and even helps her navigate to the clinic.
At the hospital, the doctor receives Jane’s history via a smart dashboard that summarizes her case. The doctor diagnoses Jane, and then dictates her prescription to a chatbot, which uses NLP to transcribe and then transmit it to the closest pharmacy. Upon arrival at the pharmacy, the medication is dispensed by the pharmacist after a QR code-based verification. At home, Jane uses a connected “smart bottle” which dispenses the right dosage of medicine.
Like with any data that moves across the internet, Jane has reservations about the safety of her sensitive medical records. Through seamless integration and systems interoperability, and the use of right encryption and authentication levels, smart applications ensure that her information is secured even as it is shared across various points including the app, services and the myriad systems involved.
Meeting each of the smart imperatives with multiple products and services, AWS is undoubtedly a powerful platform for building smart applications. Here is a realization of the architecture using various AWS offerings across the eco-system players and platforms involved to implement this scenario.