Thanks for your input @neilh and @vogelrnws. I work for a state agency, so I have limited options when it comes to IT related endeavors, especially things that are new (like technology from the last 20 years). I am basically trying to follow pathways that have been lightly trodden, rather than attempt to blaze my own trail.
I am in the process of building some new monitoring stations with Mayfly loggers and Hydros-21 sensors pushing data over the cell network with 4G LTE modems. I have to use our existing Verizon accounts to add data plans using the M2M service, which actually seems pretty reasonably priced. I don’t mind using MMW for real-time data access, however my reason for wanting to push data to AWS is that we can leverage our existing account with ESRI to ingest data files from AWS into GeoEvent Server, which would enable us to make customized dashboards to display our real-time monitoring data. I know there are other options, but I first want to see if I can go the AWS/ESRI route because this workflow already has momentum at another agency in my state, and I can sort of “draft” behind that effort.
Personally, I am open to other options (like Thingspeak), however the hurdles in setting up new contracts for IT related services are almost insurmountable. Its not even a matter of cost ($650 a year is a pretty easy sell). However, I basically need to prove that this project will not work with our existing IT tools/products/services before anyone will entertain another option.
It took me 18 months just to purchase 1 Mayfly board due to all the bureaucratic and procurement protocols that are in place!