Infographic – How IoT Works…and some thoughts to guide your development

The term IoT, short for the Internet of Things, is becoming quite popular as businesses and individuals continue to incorporate internet connected devices into their lives. Amazon’s Alexa is an IoT device as is your smart phone. These commercial products already number in the millions, but the largest growth of IoT expansion can be found outside these personal experiences and in our chairs, washing machines, streetlights, factory floors, oceans, and beyond. When referencing IoT, it is becoming increasing difficult to navigate all language, acronyms, and 1,000s of platforms all vying for your attention. To alleviate this headache, Ubidots put together an elementary infographic to help guide the development of any IoT solution. Sure, this is a rudimentary description of an industry driving the next evolution of business and personal efficiency, but with this infographic focused on How IoT Works help you better understand the steps and immediate questions to ask when building any IoT solution.

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Choosing an SBC for your Smart Factory?

Single Board Computers (SBCs) are weaving their way into even the most sophisticated of Smart Factories — and they just might save you some serious cash.

Also called “MiniPC”, a Single Board Computer is exactly what it sounds like: the core elements of a desktop or industrial gateway (input / output, microprocessing, memory), but in a single, self-contained board. A low-cost, self-service complement to industrial gateways, SBCs allow IT and control engineering teams to create custom-built solutions for themselves.

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Deploy your solution across oceans with Ubidots and Sigfox

Ubidots and Sigfox partner for super-low energy, long-distance asset tracking and data transmission solutions

Sigfox takes you where cellular cannot–with less energy consumption and lower cost for data transmission. With a unique approach to wireless connectivity, Sigfox uses an optimized communications protocol to cleanly transmit your device’s data to Ubidots.

Ubidots is excited to join the Sigfox ecosystem as an IoT Platform Provider. Navigating the IoT ecosystem to find an affordable device-to-cloud solution for your IoT initiatives is an exhausting process. But, with the Ubidots and Sigfox partnership, developers, businesses, and System Integrators can turn to the Sigfox ecosystem, select a device that suits their application, and easily forward its sensor data to Ubidots.

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Build you own ultra-reliable, low-cost GPS tracking app in just a few hours

Ubidots and Digital Matter partner to power smarter, faster telematics and GPS solutions.Digital Matter-Ubidots-1.png

If you work in transportation, or have an affinity for taking the back roads, you’ve likely experienced GPS failure: this app is telling me my truck is…where?

Digital Matter (DM) is here to make tracking tools better  — providing smarter, ultra-reliable white-label GPS tracking and telematics devices for resellers in the the fleet, logistics, and communications industries. And through a new partnership with Ubidots, you can now easily connect your DM devices to the Ubidots’ cloud and application builder, and create a complete GPS or telematics application in just a few hours.  

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How to build an IoT application in under a day

The challenges of building out your first IoT solution from prototype to production (and how Ubidots helps you solve them).

The Internet of Things (IoT) was built to solve messy, real-world problems—and the journey to integrating IoT technology into broader informational ecosystems is almost always equally messy. That’s why IoT isn’t something you can buy in a store (or anywhere else), neatly packaged up and ready to go. You’ll need to either build your IoT solution with lots of time, patience and TLC, or connect your devices to an application enablement platform platform that has solved similar problems before—potentially cutting down your development of an IoT application from 18 months to under a day. This article will walk you through both paths to IoT implementation.

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Building a Cross-Platform System Monitor with Ubidots

System monitors are tools that report information on the resources and performance of a given computer system. Data points about the CPU, memory, and hard disk are common to system monitors. But what use are these variables? In a production system, measurements of these variables provide critical insight into how your code is running and how well the machine is handling it. Reports can lead to software diagnoses of memory leaks, need for faster hardware, and cause behind failed I/O operations.
With the psutil module in Python, we gain a simple cross-platform interface between Python and the system for accessing a wide array of system information. By reporting these values to the Ubidots API at regular intervals, we will have a method of visualizing and analyzing these statistics on the cloud.

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