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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Connect your ESP8266 to any available Wi-Fi network


The ESP8266 is a microcontroller developed by Espressif  Systems. Known as a WiFi Module, this microcontroller has the ability to perform WiFi related activities like Internet of things applications and home automation. Ranging in price and features, there are many types of ESP8266 modules available, but all of them are incredibly useful for IoT world.

Regardless of the IoT application you’ve developed, when using the ESP8266, you must set the WiFi credentials into the ESP8266’s firmware to establish the required connections and be able to send data to the cloud. This is one way to connect, but you can also build your own access point into the board making an universal firmware which will establish a connection in any network available just by pressing a button.

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Explaining the Internet of Things to Non-technical Leadership

How to Convince Your CEO to Invest in IoT (2/3)

Previously in part 1 of How to Convince Your CEO to Invest in IoT, we demonstrated some biased reasoning behind the reluctance to technology. In this part 2 of our three part series, we will provide some easily understood applications of IoT, explain the basic components of IoT, the benefits of implementation, and some examples of IoT projects. Lastly, in the last part 3, we will conclude with the key questions with answers aimed to raise interest in IoT projects.

Explaining the Internet of Things to Non-technical Leadership

Imagine if things could speak, what would they say? The Internet of Things is the connection of things (physical devices) to the Internet which can then interpret the world in which we exist. Essentially, we give these things the power to “tell us” what is happening in an environment without needing to physically be there. Here are some examples that simply demonstrate things “speaking” through sensors:

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Internet of Things: The next (achievable) big thing for your business

Have you ever wished  you discovered something before everyone else?

Even though the term Internet of Things has become quite familiar among technology enthusiasts, chances are that your competitors are still not using it to their advantage. If you want to come up with a competitive advantage that brings you ahead in your industry, then this blog post is for you, decision maker.

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Creating an App using an IoT App Enablement Platform (Infographic)

The term IoT Platform has become quite popular and generic, being used to describe almost any software piece that communicates with devices. However, by definition, a software can be considered a platform only if it enables third-party innovation. This infographic focused on IoT Application Enablement Platforms (AEP), which are meant to enable developers to rapidly deploy an IoT application or service without worrying about scaling, and in some cases, even without worrying about coding at all.


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Introducing Tabbed Dashboards

Last week we deployed a new feature called “Tabbed Dashboards” (once again, thanks to your feedback 🙂

This will allow you to group your widgets in different dashboards and quickly access them in a left pane menu:


Our free account will allow you to create dashboards and build your own applications free!

IoT Startup Weekend @ Denver

Last week we had the opportunity to sponsor the IoT Startup Weekend in Denver:

As stated in the event’s official page:

Let’s say you’ve wired up your Particle Core with some sensors and you’re able to access that data via the Internet. Awesome. But where does that data go? What does it do? That’s where Ubidots comes in. Ubidots provides the infrastructure to make sense of your sensor data. You can watch your data stream in on a real time dashboard, or trigger actions when the sensor value hits a threshold.
Ubidots will provide high usage accounts for all participants during the event, and the three winning teams will each get free starter plan subscriptions for 1 year.
Thanks to the event’s organizers for counting us in.
Btw, if you’re new to IoT, find the closest IoT or Makers event near you. It’s possibly the best way to get started!

Ubidots @ MIT Technology Review Event

Last week we had the chance to present at the EmTech event -Latam Version- organized by MIT Technology Review. It was a place full of energy, with speakers like Jordi Muñoz, cofounder of 3DRobotics and Kathleen Kennedy, president of MIT Technology Review.

In his presentation, our CEO Agustin Peláez provided examples of current IoT applications built using Ubidots, as well as sharing an optimistic view on the future of IoT.


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