Hey it's much easier than you thought to get started with IBM Internet of Things Foundation (IoTF)!
Pavan Hoskeri 270001V4PG Visits (9211)
There is a lot of buzz going around the Internet of Things (IoT). Its being referred to as the next big thing, as a revolution which will have an impact on our day to day life!
I was very excited when I read various news articles relating to IoT. The only thing that was holding me back from getting started with trying to learn about IoT was, I would need a "Thing" from the "Internet of Things" which I could connect, get data and have some analysis done with the collected data.
I was also concerned that to do all those tasks, I'd need a very good command on a coding/programming language. Well, I'm not an expert on coding and my day job doesn't require me to code day in day out either. I thought I'd just have to suffice myself with reading about IoT and or watch videos around this.
Recently, I had an opportunity to attend a demo on the capabilities of IBM Internet of Things Foundation (IoTF). For the first time I was able to see a real life demo of a device being connected to the IoTF and we could visualize and analyze data that was being collected from the connected device. All of this without one feeling lost. This was so cool!
*IBM IoTF: is, it’s a fully managed, cloud-hosted service that is designed to simplify and derive the value from IoT devices and it’s available through Bluemix and the IBM Marketplace. http
*IBM Bluemix: IBM Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing applications. With Bluemix, developers can focus on building excellent user experiences with flexible compute options, choice of DevOps tooling, and a powerful set of IBM and third-party APIs and services. http
While the demo was being presented, I couldn't help but appreciate the fact that each and every step in the life cycle of connecting the device and getting data was so very straight forward and uncluttered.
Armed with the information gathered from the demo, I ventured out to start exploring IoTF. I was pleasantly surprised that not only could one connect almost any of the most popular devices to IoTF, there is also an option of "Device Simulator" i.e. IBM IoTF provides a means by which even if you don't have a physical device but still want to sample the IBM Internet of Things Foundation, you can use simulated data.
The simulated device sends Temperature, Humidity & the Object Temperature at periodic intervals of time. These values can be changed manually by the user, with the help of the up/down arrows to increase or decrease the values.
Image # 1: The IBM IoTF simulated device.
Once the simulated device is connected, you just have to provide the Device ID to start visualizing the Temp
Image # 2: Visual representation of data being sent by the simulated device.
A hands on experience of IoTF certainly encouraged me to continue my journey of exploring more in the IBM Internet of Things Foundation.
There is no sign up or login required for exploring the "Device Simulator" in IBM IoTF either, so you too can explore it at your convenience.