In the Internet of Things (IoT), millions of connected “things” record and communicate important data via the Internet to central platforms or other “things.” This data provides important information such as temperature, humidity, diagnostics, or usage that can be used in troubleshooting, servicing, or providing status updates to interested parties. For most use cases, the location of a given device is a critical element that must be calculated and transmitted accurately and efficiently.
Skyhook’s cloud-based hybrid Precision Location system locates IoT devices via multiple methods. The system is optimized for IoT devices in that:
It can be accessed via multiple methods including API or embedded client.
It can accurately locate devices in all environments.
It has minimal impact on battery life.
Skyhook’s Precision Location system calculates location based on observations received from the IoT device scanning the area for Wi-Fi access points, navigational satellites, or cell IDs and sends the observations to Skyhook location servers through the API via XML over HTTPs. The Skyhook Precision Location system will calculate and return a latitude, longitude and uncertainty radius.
To get started, all you need is an IoT device that can connect to the Internet, an IBM Bluemix account, and a Skyhook Precision Location URL and API Key.
Accessing Precision Location from Bluemix
First, you will need a Bluemix account. If you do not have one, you can request a 30-day free trial by clicking on the button below.
Now you are ready to start locating Bluemix configured devices and using other Bluemix IoT services to accomplish your IoT objectives. Share your ideas and thoughts with us by making comments below. We want to know what you build!
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