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In part 1 of these tutorials, you will learn how to set up a Raspberry Pi with sensors to monitor soil moisture, barometric pressure, and temperature. You will learn how to create an end-to-end flow from sensor to sharing data on social media, and start to extend the solution's functionality. Then, proceed to Part 2 to find out how to secure your Node-RED instance and autodeploy changes to the app. And in Part 3, you'll enhance the solution by building a client app that displays sensor data as a graph. All tutorials were authored by Bram Havers, Kai Well
Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 1 - This first tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost hous
Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 2 - This second tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost plant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. Secure the Node-RED app and set up automated deployment to Bluemix in response to code changes.
Conserve water with the Internet of Things, Part 3 - This third tutorial in a three-part series shows how to build a low-cost plant-monitoring solution based on Raspberry Pi. In this final installment, you'll build an HTML5 application that provides a visualization of the sensor data for desktop and mobile devices. You'll create an open data API to make the data available from the Cloudant data store.
Important: IBM Internet of Things Foundation (IoT Foundation) is now named IBM Watson IoT Platform. The Bluemix service names have also changed. This tutorial was written using previous service names and a previous version of the IBM Bluemix® interface. Given the rapid evolution of technology, some steps and illustrations may have changed. The content and images have not been updated. It is provided "as is." Given the rapid evolution of technology, some steps and illustrations may have changed as well.
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How do you get help for Bluemix, anyway? In this article Ralph Earle presents five ways to find answers and get help with your Bluemix questions. You won't want to miss his insight on community sourcing, self-help, and direct connections for answers.
Bluemix is a fantastic cloud platform as a service, with zillions of useful software services for creating applications of all kinds. But getting up to speed on a platform that provides so many opportunities can be daunting. If you are just beginning to dig in, where do you turn for help? [Read More ... ]
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This tutorial will take you step-by-step from creating a Node.js app on Azure and then migrating that app onto IBM Bluemix; it will also give you the key differences between Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix from a developer's point of view. [Read more...]
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IBM IoT Real-Time Insights – Analytics Designed for the Internet of Things: As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands rapidly, more and more “things” are reporting their properties, location, and status in near real-time. This generates a huge volume and variety of data that is under-utilized…or often not used at all! Enterprises can leverage this data to understand the state of operations and equipment to better run their businesses. The key to achieving that efficiency is to utilize IoT data effectively to drive business decisions and results... [Read more...]
IoT Real-Time Insights integrates IFTTT and Node-RED: Real-time analytics provide insights from streaming IoT data, but the key is taking the appropriate action as a result of those insights, and IoT Real-Time Insights helps you do both. Recently, we made some significant updates to the service that dramatically improve the insights (improved analytics capabilities) and the available actions allowing you to... [Read more...]
IoT Real-Time Insights consumes the data and device information, enriches that data with asset master records and weather data, and applies rules to take action when conditions warrant enabling you to gain awareness of equipment and operations to make better decisions, improve availability, and respond more quickly to emerging conditions.
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The cloud is everywhere, and it drastically changes the way information is stored and shared. Cloud computing forces organizations to apply new business models, and teams have to re-invent the way they develop and deliver applications. In this article, Jean-Louis Marechaux presents ten reasons why you should consider IBM Bluemix if you plan to create and deploy cloud applications. With extensive support for mobile and web applications, Bluemix provides all the services you need to your develop your next brilliant idea.
Bluemix is the IBM platform-as-service (PaaS) that combines the strength of IBM software, third-party and open technologies. Bluemix provides DevOps in the cloud -- an open, integrated development experience that scales. If you have heard about Bluemix capabilities, you may already feel that it would benefit your organization. But if you are not sure why, here is a list of reasons to consider Bluemix for your next application:
1. Cloud is mainstream
2. Microservices architecture
3. Catalog of reusable services
4. Alignment with the IBM DevOps approach
5. Comprehensive collaborative environment
6. Support for hybrid cloud strategy
7. Flexibility for development teams
8. Polyglot programming
9. Prototype apps in minutes
10. Easy deployment
Want deeper details on each reason and a bonus for starting to use the service? Read the full article here
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What is Internet of Things Workbench?
IoTWB is a cloud-based design tool for IoT System Integration engineers to visually design, integrate, simulate, test and deploy end-to-end Internet of Things systems. We are collaborating with IoT developers to understand the pain points, the needs and the opportunities in this space, and looking for innovative way to increase the quality and security of IoT systems while improving the productivity of IoT system development.
Initially, we are focusing on the following aspects:
1. Design & Simulate an end-to-end IoT System - rapid prototyping of IoT system using simple visual design techniques and verification of the system behavior via easy-to-use simulation.
How can you be involved?
IoTWB is released as experimental service in IBM Bluemix and you can test it first hand by exploring IoTW
Want to learn more? Feel free to contact us at at
Take Care, Fariz Saracevic (@FarizSaracevic)
IBM Internet of Things Workbench Product Manager
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IBM has been delivering Internet Of Things solutions for a Smarter Planet even before the campaign launch in 2008
Check out this Introduction to the IBM IoT Foundation on Slidshare:
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If not, you should be....
We have a thriving IoT community in the forums on dWAnswers. With a heavier focus on the Internet of Things Foundation and its service on Bluemix, you'll find a treasure trove of informational posts helping you work through errors and problems, or learn the tools at more advanced stages.
So head on over to dWAnswers and check out the IoT tag. Follow it for update notifications of new questions, and while you're there, check out some of the related tags too... I'm sure you'll find something useful there, and perhaps even have some answers to provide from your own experience and skills.
Join today and find the answers you need on developerWorks Answers!
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How can you connect your smart devices through Bluemix? How can Bluemix ease your transition into the Internet of Things?
Join IBM IoT subject matter experts in a tweet chat on Wednesday September 2 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am US Eastern Daylight Time.
The hashtag for the conversation is #AskBluemix. To participate, tweet your questions during the designated time using the #AskBluemix hashtag, and be sure to follow that hashtag in your Twitter feed. You can also participate at CrowdChat: http
We’ll address questions like what types of devices can use the Bluemix IoT Foundation service, how to register devices, and what are the associated costs. You can also find out about required protocols, getting assistance, and sample code to get you started. We anticipate many questions specific to the Bluemix IoT Foundation, but will also touch on IoT architecture, and getting enabled with Bluemix services.
Subject matter experts will join us from the IBM IoT Foundation Development, Support, and Services teams, including:
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On July 29th IBM announced the launch of a new community, IBM developerWorks Recipes, designed to help developers – from novice to experienced – quickly and easily learn how to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices. Users of developerWorks Recipes can tap into IBM'
Read the full press release here: http
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However, I hadn't yet signed up for Bluemix. The sign up process was very smooth and it didn't require a credit card to get started with the 30 days trial If you already have an IBM ID, you can use the same for signing up with Bluemix.
Here are the quick steps which I performed for getting the IoTF Boilerplate added to my Bluemix app:
1.> Login to Bluemix account – click on “Create a space”
Please use a unique name for your space. If you use a name for the space which already exists, the wizard updates you about the same.
2.> Once the space was created, scrolled through to Applications – “CREATE AN APP” and chose to create a web app.
3.> There are a set of Boilerplates which help us experience the power of Bluemix with the most minimal additional work being required to be done by the end user.
Please ensure that the Region is selected as US South for the IoTF Boilerplate to be available for selection.
Select “Internet of Things Foundation Starter IBM” Boilerplate and use “SDK for Node.js™”
4.> Once the application is created, we would have the Routes URL for the application, clicking on the same would take us to the Node-RED for Internet of Things landing page
Node-RED provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows that can be deployed to the runtime in a single click. The version running here has been customized for the IBM Internet of Things Foundation.
It’s strongly recommended to secure your Node-RED flow editor with a username and password, as otherwise anyone who can guess the URL of this application will be able to launch the flow editor and access your IoT device data
5.> By default, this is the information that you’d see in the Node-RED flow editor:
The flow of events is generally from left to right i.e. you’d have your input nodes on the left and output at the right side of the editor window.
6.> Double click on the “IBM IoT App in” input node. This would bring up the Edit node window. Keep all the values as default and the only input that you’d need to provide is the “Device Id”
This Device Id is the value that you can get from the top right corner of the simulated device. if you've read my earlier blog, the Device Id that had been assigned to the simulated device is “CC:BA:99:12:B7:62” and this is what you'd use as the value in the input node.
7.> Once the device id has been entered, click on the “Deploy” icon on the right corner of the Node-RED Editor. If you’ve entered the correct device id, the deployment should be successful and you’d start seeing the messages in the “debug” output pane on the right of the Node-RED editor window.
8.> You can analyse that based on the temperature of the simulated device, the output debug prints out whether the temperature is within safe limits or critical.
9.> There is a switch which is inserted which has been configured. When the temperature from the simulated device arrives, if the temperature is less than 40, it’s routed to output # 1 which has a debug/output node added to display that the temperature is within safe limits. If the temperature is greater than 40 then it goes to output # 2 which has a debug/output node added which displays that the temperature is critical.
You can play around with the various options that the Node-RED Editor provides for input, output, functions etc. The standard example has the output messages sent to debug output nodes, you can replace them with any of the provided social media nodes. For example, you can send a Tweet to an authorized Twitter account if the Temperature goes beyond a certain level, so that corrective actions can be taken.
The above demo is just the tip of the iceberg. Given the immense amount of features and flexibility that IBM Bluemix and IBM IoTF provide, I would say its upto an individual’s creativity and skills on how best they would like to leverage the power of these platforms for building innovative applications quickly and efficiently!
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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.