Announcing improved load balancing for applications (Beta)

I’m pleased to announce improved load balancing for applications within the Watson IoT Platform. The IoT Platform extends MQTT 3.1.1 with shared subscriptions.  This allows you to have multiple instances of an application connect to the platform and share out the message workload between them.  This ability to add more instances of an application allows...

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Improving Watson IoT application development with Node-RED

Meeting IoT Developers’ Challenges In my various engagements with IBM Watson IoT ecosystem partners, I meet scores of IoT developers- some who have transformed themselves into the new role coming the from hardware world, some who come from application development paradigms, and some who were erstwhile firmware developers. Whichever world they come from, IoT is...

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Ensure you are taking advantage of our latest APIs

In August last year we released version 2 of the Watson IoT Platform APIs, including all the features from the version 1 API and introducing new features and new ways to interact with existing features of the platform, including:  Device Management, including firmware download, update and reboot Bulk operations – to register multiple devices at...

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Watson IoT Platform Gateway capabilities now Generally Available

I’m pleased to announce that IBM Watson IoT Platform has now made support for gateways Generally Available. This builds on the beta functionality that we first made available at the beginning of the year – making it now production ready and fully supported.  Gateways provide extra functionality and control over connected devices and sensors.  Single Connection –...

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Watson IoT Platform Integration with Orange (beta)

The platform now has integration with Orange built in.  This means that with your Orange sim card installed in a device and configured you can see it’s properties in the device details:  To enable the integration, you just need to go to settings, turn on the integration and set the username and password to access...

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IoT Platform integration with MessageHub

IoT Platform now has integration with the IBM MessageHub service on Bluemix.  What is MessageHub? MessageHub is a scalable, distributed, high throughput message bus in the cloud, available as a fully managed Bluemix service.  MessageHub is based on Apache Kafka: a fast, scalable, and durable real-time messaging engine from the Apache Software Foundation.Kafka is widely...

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IoT devices can now understand their device context

Weather is so important, for so many things. Weather predictions can help to tell us how to control our heating, to close the skylight when it’s going to rain, or tell us to get our vehicle under cover when a damaging hailstorm is coming. Now you can get that weather data inline with your device...

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User Interface Experimental Features

We have some great new experimental features in our UI.  These are features that we are experimenting with, and we welcome your feedback.  You can enable the experimental features in the settings page.    We introduced the new ‘cards’ concept with our new look, see: New name and new look! Extra cards With experimental turned...

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