Answers from #AskBluemix about the Internet of Things

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IBM hosted a live TweetChat on Wednesday, September 2 to help users learn more about the Internet of Things Foundation service in Bluemix. SMEs from the IBM IoT Foundation Development, Support, and Services teams were available to answer questions.

  • Bryan Boyd — sample app developer from the IoT Foundation team in Austin
  • Paul Slater — Hursley-based developer who provides support for Bluemix IoT customers
  • Dr. Ben Bakowski — messaging and IoT expert from the IBM development lab in Hursley

To participate, users tweeted their IoT Bluemix questions during the event with the #AskBluemix hashtag, and were able to get real time answers.

Below are a few sample Questions and Answers from the event:

  • What are the costs for using the service?
    Internet of Things Foundation offers 4 different plans; free, bronze, silver and gold. The Free service plan for Internet of Things Foundation includes up to 20 active devices, 100 MB of data traffic and 1 GB of online data storage per month. Plan details and costs are explained here:
  • What is the right way to start using IoTF and Bluemix with a random microcontroller, to control microcontroller from smartphone and get some information from sensors?
    First check if the microcontroller has an existing recipe. If not, then look for a compatible MQTT client library and follow instructions here: Then the smartphone app could connect to IoTF as an application to view/manage the device: Alternatively, the micro controller could connect the phone via bluetooth, and the mobile app could connect to IoTF in its behalf.

For the full transcript of the TweetChat, see the #AskBluemix CrowdChat webpage. We’ve also created a timeline of the event on storify to document the questions and answers about IBM’s IoT Foundation service on Bluemix.

We plan to have more Live TweetChat events in the future, so please let us know in the comments if there is a particular Bluemix service or 3rd party service provider for which you’d like to have your questions answered.

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