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Archive for April, 2014

Launching today: Freeboard, a Dropbox-like version for the IoT

It’s no secret that developing apps for the Internet of Things (IoT) requires formidable knowledge of programming. Under IoT, billions of devices will be reporting data about themselves, which means millions of new applications in areas as diverse as medicine to automobile maintenance.

A New York, USA based company Bug Labs is launching a service from today called Freeboard, which is actually a one click way to publish data from an IoT “thing” to its own Web page. This modular development platform, says Bug Labs, will do for IoT what Dropbox did for Cloud storage – make building and deploying innovative, enterprise-class IoT applications quick.

Freeboard makes “sense” of vast streams of data. A few clicks create quick graphical displays of the shared information, such as location, temperature, or whether the device is on or off.

The platform’s introductory software module called was released this March itself. It handled the first piece of the IoT application development puzzle – getting a device Online and publishing data. Combined, + Freeboard will give amateur developers all they need to put together a rock solid IoT application quickly and easily, claimed its makers, Bug Labs. Also, because they are modular they can be used individually and/or in conjunction with other open, 3rd-party platforms.  Both tools are available for free.

via Launching today: Freeboard, a Dropbox-like version for the IoT.

Cisco, TI Expand IoT Partnerships

Cisco Systems and Texas Instruments have announced separate efforts to expand partnerships serving the emerging Internet of Things. TI named eight IoT cloud service partners and said more are on the way; Cisco launched a challenge for IoT startups and promised to work with the winners.

TI said it will work with 21emetry, ARM, Arrayent, Exosite, IBM, Spark, Thingsquare, and Xively to provide cloud services for customers of its chips. The company said it is continuing to recruit partners in IoT cloud services.

The move highlights how quickly new providers of cloud services for IoT are coming out of the woodwork with various skill sets and offerings. The other rapidly expanding area in IoT is in design services to handle technical needs of the broad variety of market sectors looking to adopt wireless sensor networks of various kinds.

About 15 companies are now offering some sort of IoT cloud service, many of them listed online, a TI representative said.

“They offer different levels of service, application and demographic focus areas,” said the TI rep. “Some have strong presence in industrial and some are more consumer focused…All of them provide Web interfaces with APIs to build cloud applications [and] some provide advanced business services as well,” he added.

Separately, Cisco will pick three winners in its IoT startup challenge, who will share $250,000. The contest spans work on IoT applications, analytics, management, and connectivity. Cisco will help winners develop, test, and pilot new technologies and potentially partner with or invest in them. The company is taking applications April 21 through July 1.

via Cisco, TI Expand IoT Partnerships | EE Times.