ThingSpeak Plus Third-party Hardware – an Alternative to ioBridge Hardware

In 2008, when ioBridge launched the IO-204 web gateway for the Internet of Things, there were very few hardware devices available to easily and cost-effectively build connected products. The Internet of Things has taken off with a wide array of companies now offering hardware devices to prototype and develop Internet of Things products and solutions.

In 2010, ioBridge launched ThingSpeak.com, an open data platform for the Internet of Things. From the beginning, ThingSpeak was designed to be hardware agnostic and ThingSpeak.com is now used by thousands of people to aggregate data from sensors and to control things using the ThingSpeak App, TalkBack. With ThingSpeak there are many hardware choices and the ThingSpeak tutorials provide examples of hardware platforms that talk to ThingSpeak including the Arduino, Spark Core, and mbed to name a few.

ThingSpeak IoT Platform

ioBridge has sold hardware on our store over the past six years as a means to demonstrate and enable our software. Now that so many hardware alternatives are available that work well with our ThingSpeak service, we have decided to stop selling hardware on our web store to refocus our effort on making it even easier to use third-party hardware with ThingSpeak. Stay tuned for more information.

ioBridge customers who have purchased ioBridge gateways can continue to use the ioBridge.com dashboard service, but we recommend that new customers consider using ThingSpeak with a third-party hardware platform of your choice.

Introducing TimeControl – Set Schedules for ioBridge Widgets

By using ThingSpeak’s TimeControl, you can set schedules for any of your ioBridge Widgets. This makes it possible to turn on your lights every day at 4pm. TimeControl allows for recurring schedules and one time controls set to a specific date and time.

ThingSpeak TimeControl Examples

ThingSpeak TimeControl Features

  • Recurring weekly schedules
  • One time scheduled actions
  • Fuzzy times – trigger an action at a random number of minutes around a scheduled time
  • Interface with any web service API

 

Getting Started

We have created a tutorial on how to scheduled ioBridge Widgets with the the ThingSpeak TimeControl service. This will help you understand how the ThingSpeak platform and ioBridge Widgets connect together.

[via ThingSpeak Community]

Internet of Things Debuts at Pittsburgh TechFest

Pittsburgh TechFest: “Bridging Pittsburgh’s software communities”

Join Hans Scharler as he presents, “The Internet of Things is Here, but Don’t be Scared”, at this year’s Pittsburgh TechFest at La Roche College on Saturday, June 7, 2014. This will be the first time that the Internet of Things makes it into the Pittsburgh TechFest as a topic.

Pittsburgh TechFest

The Pittsburgh TechFest is open to software development professionals from Southwestern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas to get together to talk and learn about coding, tools, agile, project management, etc.

Hans Scharler’s “Internet of Things” talk starts at 11:15 on June 7, 2014 in Room 311 at La Roche College in the Systems and Sciences track of the Pittsburgh TechFest. Hans will dive into the Internet of Things, software patterns, and ways to get started for developers of all experience levels.

Pittsburgh TechFest 2014

“The Internet of Things is Here, but Don’t be Scared” by Hans Scharler

11:15am – 12:15pm
June 7, 2014
Room 311
Tickets

La Roche College
Zappala College Center Building
9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

[via Pittsburgh TechFest]

Robert Mawrey of ioBridge Joins the TiECON East Internet of Things Panel

Robert Mawrey joins the Internet of Things Panel at TieCON East on Friday, May 30th from 2:45 to 4pm! Robert is the CEO of ioBridge with over 4 years of Internet of Things experience leading ioBridge into commercial applications all around the world. Robert will sit on the “Internet of Things Panel” to discus “the next revolution in computing.” They will discuss economic impact of IoT, the landscape, and capturing potential.

TiECON IoT Panel

The TieCON Internet of Things Panel includes the following members:

  • Mike Walkley – Comm Tech Analyst / Canaccord Genuity
  • Luke Burns – Partner / Ascent Venture Partners
  • Andy Kalambi – CEO / Dassault Systèmes
  • Robert Mawrey – CEO / ioBridge, Inc.
  • Dan Murphy – VP-Marketing / Axeda
  • Joe Zarb – VP-Marketing / ThingWorx / PTC

TieCON East – “Breaking Boundaries”

Internet of Things Panel

Friday, May 30 – 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

The Marriott Hotel
2 Cambridge Center
50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA, 02142

[via TiECON East]

Postscapes – Top Connected Home Product of 2013 – iAquaLink by Zodiac Pool Systems and ioBridge

iAquaLink, an intelligent pool and spa control system from Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. (@ZodiacPool_USA) has won the People’s Choice “Best Connected Home Product” Internet of Things (IoT) award from Postscapes. iAquaLink allows pool owners to control their pool and spa anytime, anywhere using their smart phones and Web-connected devices. With its technology partner ioBridge, Zodiac created the iAquaLink platform to Internet-enable its popular AquaLink controllers and to add features such as real-time control, monitoring, and secure remote access.

Postscapes IoT Winner Zodiac Pool Systems

Zodiac partnered with ioBridge in 2009 and have created connected products in the pool, spa, and pump space for a connected backyard. Zodiac uses our RealTime.io Internet of Things Cloud Platform to connect products and services to mobile devices and cloud services.

 “iAquaLink is the hub of the connected backyard, but it’s just the beginning,” said David Goldman, director of product development at Zodiac. “We’ve established a strong connected device platform with iAquaLink, and we will continue to leverage intelligent and connected equipment to enhance the comfort, enjoyment, and peace of mind for our dealers and end-users alike. We’re very honored to receive this award. The IoT awards showcase technology leaders and products that make a positive impact on daily life, which is exactly what we set out to do.”

Zodiac is a great example of how the Internet of Things and Connected Products can completely transform a business and add services never thought possible before. We can’t wait to share more about how Zodiac continues to develop and connects the backyard to its customers in a meaningful way.

About ioBridge, Inc.

Founded in 2008, ioBridge, Inc. (www.iobridge.com) helps businesses and casual users simply and cost-effectively connect small Internet-enabled devices to the web. Their “Internet of Small Things” offerings include embedded hardware and software and highly flexible, scalable, and secure cloud-based ecosystems.

If you would like to evaluate our cloud connected technology, we have a RealTime.io Wi-Fi development kit available on the ioBridge Store.

[via Zodiac Pool Systems]