CIO How to Develop Applications for the Internet of Things
Today Paul Rubens of CIO wrote a piece titled “How to Develop Applications for the Internet of Things“. In this article he talks about the best ways to build an application and how to approach this process. He says that the starting point for IoT applications are the things themselves, being able to connect and pull in data from those things, and then ultimately build an application out that helps users help to understand that data in a way that enables easy to decipher action points. He sites one ThingWorx customer, OnFarm as an example writing,
OnFarm used ThingWorx’s cloud-based Internet of Things platform to develop its Web-based farm information application. This collects data from a variety of connected things, such as soil moisture sensors, and integrates it with data from other sources, such as weather information providers. It then presents the information on a customizable dashboard to its farmer customers… By using ThingWorx to manage all the data ingestion, he says the amount of programming work was largely reduced to creating the Web dashboard that connects to the data through ThingWorx’s APIs… OnFarm currently takes readings from more than 5,000 “things” for its customers, taking in more than 7 million pieces of data per month. This figure grows at a rate of 30 percent annually, Donny says. Another advantage of the pre-built platform, he adds, is that its scalability has already been proven. This matters, as Internet of Things applications are relatively new. If the Internet of Things is to succeed as many people expect, then applications vendors such as OnFarm may be required to scale their offerings very rapidly in the coming years.”
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