The internet of things (IoT) is changing the way people live and work. IoT solutions enable you to connect, monitor, and control digital devices in the cloud so you can do things better, like collect and analyze data. It has forayed into and is bringing radical changes in most major industries, including healthcare, transportation, logistics, automotive, and aviation.
IoT systems, however, cannot work in isolation. The valuable data that IoT systems gather needs to be analyzed, organized, and distributed in a way that creates value for businesses. This can be achieved by connecting the implemented IoT systems with other IoT services, existing business applications, people and processes in a way that is scalable and cost-effective.
Most IoT systems, however, come with limited integration capabilities. In such a scenario, harnessing the power of integration platforms (iPaaS) seem to be an ideal solution.
IoT, Meet iPaaS
The data from IoT devices can be accessed using their APIs. iPaaS, on the other hand, integrates various cloud applications or even devices using REST or SOAP APIs.
In this light, an iPaaS platform can serve as an ideal basis for integrating IoT data with various cloud applications. However, most iPaaS solutions available today are good enough only for accommodating just the initial stages of IoT integration projects. Very few have the capability of providing a silver bullet remedy to this problem.
When choosing an iPaaS platform, it is important to consider a few crucial things. An ideal iPaaS platform is the one that:
- Supports cloud, devices and on-premise integrations
- Supports extremely high scalability with minimum latency
- Has event-driven architecture (since most IoT devices utilize this architecture)
- Has adequate customizable in-built tools
Intro To Built.io Flow Enterprise
Built.io Flow Enterprise is one of the leading iPaaS providers that lets you automate complex business and personal tasks.
It offers a number of ready-to-use integrations for your IoT projects and lets you create your own integrations through the supported IoT services. It also supports prominent cloud services such as AWS and has a highly scalable event driven architecture which makes it an ideal candidate for IoT integrations.
While it offers 1000+ actions for integrations, it also provides the feature to build your own custom actions with the inbuilt tools. This means any cloud application or IoT device with an API can be connected using Built.io Flow Enterprise.
By integrating IoT devices with Built.io Flow, you can — charge the Tesla parked in your garage, switch-on the porch lights, set the temperature for your living room thermostat — while you are still sitting at your office.
As IoT becomes more prevalent in our everyday lives – including work – the need to integrate it into our workflows will become more necessary.
Here are some of our favorite IoT demos that highlight how IoT can be leveraged:
- J.A.R.V.I.S: Anyone who has seen Iron Man movies is familiar with J.A.R.V.I.S, the awesome A.I. that does all the bidding for Tony Stark. We at Built.io Flow built our own version of J.A.R.V.I.S, which is based on gesture control. To achieve this, all you need is a gesture control device, a Built.io Flow Enterprise account, and an idea to bring J.A.R.V.I.S. to life. Create your own J.A.R.V.I.S.
- Speech-controlled Drone: Ever fancied flying your own drone with voice commands? We collaborated with Cisco to build a private-cloud drone that works on Google Home speech commands. Click here to know more about it.
- ‘Smart’ Pumpkin: Imagine having a pumpkin in your front yard on halloween night that passes funny comments every time someone comes in its proximity. We built this ‘Smart’ pumpkin with Built.io Flow Enterprise and the results were awesome. Here’s a step-by-step guide to build a smart pumpkin this halloween.
IoT Services Supported By Us
As of now, we have integrations available for the following IoT services. You can use these services in any of your workflows to build your own IoT projects.
- Amazon Alexa: Amazon Alexa is an intelligent voice assistant that powers Amazon Echo. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can form a custom response (and reprompt) for Alexa.
- Cisco Meraki: Cisco Meraki offers products for a wide range of wired and wireless networks. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can get the details of your organization, networks and network devices.
- Fitbit: Fitbit provides fitness tracking devices and other wireless-enabled wearable technology devices. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can keep track of your daily activities and get details of your heart rate, blood pressure etc.
- Gimbal: Gimbal is a location and proximity-based mobile engagement platform. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can get the details of all applications and communications associated with your account.
- LIFX: LIFX is a line of wi-fi enabled bulbs that can be controlled through a wide range of wi-fi equipped devices. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can turn the lights on and off remotely.
- Nest: Nest Labs is a home automation company that provides programmable smoke detectors and thermostats. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can set the thermostat, get its details, and get the thermostat device information.
- Philips Hue: Philips Hue is a line of color changing LED lights by Philips. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can switch on the lights, set them to color loop, and get the details of all lights.
- Tesla: Tesla is an automaker company that specializes in electric cars. By using this service with Built.io Flow Entreprise, you can charge your car, park it, set its temperature and perform a number of other related tasks remotely.
You can also connect with any IoT device that has an API - regardless of whether we have it in the product.
With such a wide arsenal, the capability of this iPaaS platform goes beyond integrating just IoT devices. It can connect to anything with an API or a digital heartbeat.