How it all fits together

Connect your device, send data to the IBM Cloud, set up and manage your devices and use APIs to connect apps to your device data.

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Your device or gateway
Start with your device — whether it’s a sensor, gateway or something else — and let IBM help you connect it with an IBM Cloud recipe.


Your device data is always secure when you connect to the IBM Cloud using open, lightweight MQTT messaging protocol or HTTP.

IBM Watson IoT Platform

IBM Watson IoT Platform
The hub of the IBM IoT approach: set up and manage your connected devices so your apps can access live and historical data.

REST and real-time APIs

REST and real-time APIs
Use the secure APis of the IBM Cloud to connect your apps with data from your devices.

Your application and analytics

Your application and analytics
Create applications within IBM Cloud, another cloud or your own servers to interpret data.

Try the sample app and see live visualizations of your phone's sensor data

You'll need a smartphone and a device with a larger screen.

The main Node.js application requires a user to register a unique user name and PIN on their laptop or tablet. Once authorized using the correct combination of user name and PIN on the companion smartphone website, the main application renders a number of real-time visualizations representing the movement of the device associated with that user.

SilverHook Powerboats

SilverHook Powerboats uses the IBM Watson IoT Platform service within the IBM Bluemix as the basis for its real-time powerboat telematics platform, enabling the company it to run complex diagnostic analytics in real time on racing boats traveling at high speeds on the ocean. Watch the Silverhook Powerboats fan experience video.

"The ocean can be a brutal environment and it's the platform that DataSkill and SilverHook Powerboats choose to prove out their IBM solutions for intelligently predicting performance and reliability while on the ocean race track at 140 mph."

– Nigel Hook, CEO, DataSkill

How much will it cost?

The IBM Watson IoT Platform offers three plans, based on the following two pricing models.

  • Data Exchanged*
  • Data Analyzed and Edge Data Analyzed**

Lite plan

You get 500 devices, 500 application bindings and monthly 200 MB of each of data exchanged, data analyzed and edge data analyzed free of charge.

Standard plan

You get monthly 200 MB of each of data exchanged, data analyzed and edge data analyzed free of charge.

Advanced security plan

You get monthly 200 MB of each of data exchanged, data analyzed and edge data analyzed free of charge. This plan provides advanced risk and security management features.

*Data Exchanged has three tiers by MB, offering the best price for various data needs.

**Data Analyzed and Edge Data Analyzed charge by MB. You only pay for what you use.

Choose your IoT product

Gain a platform to connect devices and data along with data sets and APIs from the Weather Company.

 IoT Platform

Connect devices, gateways and networks, and manage, secure and analyze the associated data.

Weather Data APIs

Integrate weather data from The Weather Company into applications. 

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