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IOTOPS 4. How do you evolve your IoT application with minimum impact to downstream IoT devices?

IoT solutions frequently involve a combination of low-power devices, remote locations, low bandwidth, and intermittent network connectivity. Each of those factors poses communications challenges, including upgrading firmware. Therefore, it's important for you to incorporate and implement an IoT update process that minimizes the impact to downstream devices and operations. In addition to reducing downstream impact, devices must be resilient to common challenges that exist in local environments, such as intermittent network connectivity and power loss. Use a combination of grouping IoT devices for deployment and staggering firmware upgrades over a period of time. Monitor the behavior of devices as they are updated in the field, and proceed only after a percentage of devices have upgraded successfully.

Use AWS IoT Device Management for creating deployment groups of devices and delivering over the air updates (OTA) to specific device groups. During upgrades, continue to collect all of the CloudWatch Logs, telemetry, and IoT device job messages and combine that information with the KPIs used to measure overall application health and the performance of any long-running canaries.

Before and after firmware updates, perform a retrospective analysis of operations metrics with participants spanning the business to determine opportunities and methods for improvement. Services like AWS IoT Analytics and AWS IoT Device Defender are used to track anomalies in overall device behavior, and to measure deviations in performance that may indicate an issue in the updated firmware.