Pachube opens the Internet of things to end users | Information Age
Sensor data integration platform’s new service allows its customers’ customers to access information collected about them
IN sensor networks of old, the data produced by, for example, heat or humidity sensors would remain in closed networks, accessible only by the organisation that runs the network.
The basic principle of the ‘Internet of things’ is that sensor data should in fact be openly available for integration with other data sets and for independent application developers to use to build new, innovative systems.
Pachube is a UK-based company that provides real-time data infrastructure for the Internet of things. “We make it very easy for devices to publish to the web in a format that’s easy for people to understand,” explains founder Usman Haque. “We also make it very easy for application developers to build things on top of all that data.”
“Essentially, Pachube is bit like Twitter for machines,” he says.
The pitch to sensor manufacturers is as follows: “If you’re a manufacturer, all you have to do is write a little bit of firmware which goes on your device, and we’ll take care of the rest. On the input end, we’ve got a standard interface for handling data in a variety of formats, and at the other end, we can convert that data into formats such as JSON, which is very popular among web developers.”