IoT is eating the world: IIoT and Open Source Services

IoT is not just about wearing cool gadgets or controlling the temperature in your home. The real opportunity exists in the enterprise and industrial IoT segment.

Can’t mention IoT Without IIoT.

When you’re developing, you want to make sure it’s impactful. Sure smart home and light bulbs are interesting for IoT but consumer applications can tend to lack impact. Connected refrigerators are cool, but it’s a fragmented product ecosystem. IoT in industrial applications are mission critical.

Currently we are seeing exponentiated hardware capabilities (processing power and battery), reduced power consumption, computing power, and an explosion of hardwares. This, in turn, allows for an explosion of PLCs into traditional telemetry (voltage, pressure on valves) and there are estimates of > 10 billion connected devices by 2020.

PLCs talk modbus protocol, which is not usually used outside an industrial setting. Types of things communicated, and elements of Modbus are: pressure, voltage, telemetry, velocity and position.

Just 60 years ago — spills and problems happened!! There is pressure currently for not having fires and spilling…etc. Environmental problems are common and we can do stuff to stop it. Sustainability is coming in. Factories are coming back to us, we are automating these things, and there is a growing need to measure everything that is happening. We no longer need 1000 people. Before, most things were unmonitored and unmeasured with little to no data. If something went wrong on a rig, people had to rely on their experience.

Federal orgs are now mandating this. It has been estimated that if a pipeline or plant went down, it would cost 450 million dollars a minute. Things are happening that aren’t being monitored, including combustable things. This is a problem. Nothing talks to anything, IIoT will get them to talk.

IIoT types of things:

Open Source Resources for IoT Development

This is by no means a completely comprehensive list. But, it can help you get exposed and started.

Hardware

Software, operating systems

Frameworks

Middleware

APIs aren’t new, and nor is “code” or software. What’s different today is the runaway success of open source software and the convergence of technology and media into a single, mobile UI with over 50% global human penetration.

Open source software (OSS) projects especially benefit from the power of well-documented APIs, and these same APIs allow for OSS to be created more easily and freely. OSS also forms the basis for some of the most successful and widely used foundational software today.

Open source principals are even more important as new markets flourish and friction to enter the market by any developer who knows how to code is reduced and made as equitable as possible. Thanks to such incentives, foundational software structures will continue to grow on emerging platforms for the IoT, VR, wearables, and many more.

By making foundational software for new entrepreneurs open source and not proprietary, we greatly reduce the barriers to entry for new apps and entirely new areas of business development, meaning higher quality products and wider access to all.

I’ve already mentioned how API management is crucial. But organizations looking for opportunity in IoT with REST APIs need to get very serious about API management. But we can go beyond API management — with DreamFactory. IoT is just a thing without API management.

Going beyond API Management with DreamFactory

You can install DreamFactory on any cloud or server environment and it provides a REST API to various data sources. DreamFactory extracts information so you don’t need to write your own rest APIs or security framework, or need to do use management. DreamFactory does a lot of the heavy lifting on the server side for you. As a developer, REST APIs are great for a variety of dev environments. Connection to a databases is key for a developer and DreamFactory makes it easy to be agnostic in terms of what database you want to use. Because DreamFactory abstracted the APIs, it’s very easy to switch data sources. The REST APIs are unified and consistent across databases, the same applies towards file storage as well.

DreamFactory provides a variety of SDKs to build apps from which can be blended with ionic or another framework to build a mobile app.

The architecture of DreamFactory sits in the middle, you can think of it as middleware. When you hook up backend systems, DreamFactory provides a security framework around that with user mgmt, roles and permissions, session mgmt, and a variety of hosting options. DreamFactory exposes those data sources as REST APIs to the SDK and it does it dynamically. When making REST API calls, DreamFactory supports JSON and XML.

Will you build the next unicorn? Or perhaps the next decacorn or hectocorn with IoT?

Program Manager @ Google. I write stories around: Design, Community, Product, Sustainability, Philosophy, Work, Career.

Program Manager @ Google. I write stories around: Design, Community, Product, Sustainability, Philosophy, Work, Career.