OVERVIEW

Thinger.io is an Open-Source Platform for the Internet of Things. This documentation helps learning about how to use each component to create awesome projects within minutes.

What is Thinger.io?

Thinger.io is a cloud IoT Platform that provides every needed tool to prototype, scale and manage connected products in a very simple way. Our goal is democratize the use of IoT making it accessible to the hole world, and streamlining the development of big IoT projects.

  • Free IoT platform: Thinger.io provides a lifetime freemium account with only few limitations to start learning and prototyping, when your product becomes ready to scale, you can deploy a Premium Server with full capacities within minutes.

  • Simple but Powerful: Just a couple code lines to connect a device and start retrieving data or controlling it's functionalities with our web based Console, able to connect and manage thousands of devices in a simple way.

  • Hardware agnostic: Any device from any manufacturer can be easily integrated with Thinger.io's infrastructure.

  • Open-Source: most of the platform modules, libraries and APP source code are available in our github repository to be downloaded and modified with MIT license.

  • Customizable: Fully white-labelable frontend allows customizing Thinger.io Platform with your brand colors, logotype and web domain.

Thinger.io Main Features

  • Connect devices: Any kind of device can be integrated, no matter the processor, the network or the manufacturer. Thinger.io is ready to create bidirectional communications with all of them even with edge devices like Sigfox, or LoRaWAN ones.

  • Bidirectional Efficient Communications: Allows retrieving Real-time data from thousands of devices, but also to send data to them with extremely low latency. Perfect for smart-autonomous projects o remote controlling systems.

  • Store Device Data: Just a couple clicks to create a Data Bucket a store IoT data in an scalable, efficient and affordable way, that also allows real-time data aggregation.

  • Show Real-time or Stored Data: Using our awesome dashboards, it is possible to create used-friendly data visualization interfaces and share it in minutes with your customers.

  • Cloud Computing: Using the scheduler and other Plugins it is possible to process device data to extract useful information or create automatic behaviors.

  • Integrate with third parties: Our Open API allows retrieving data and share it with third party Internet Platforms and custom programs.

Are you ready to start creating IoT projects? Create here your free account and learn below how to use all this technology.

Quick Start Guide

To start working with Thinger.io just create a free account in our cloud platform and follow the next steps to configure and connect your first IoT device

1. Create Device

Using "Devices" menu tab, just click in "New device" button, and fill the form with the device ID, description and Credentials you prefer.

2.Connect Device

After provisioning the device at Thinger.io cloud, it is the moment to configure it in the Hardware device. there are many different hardware supports and communication technologies but Thinger.io allows using all of them:

Arduino/Linux Devices
HTTP devices
Sigfox / LoRaWAN devices
  1. Install Thinger.io libraries into your Arduino IDE

  2. Going to "File>Examples>Thinger.io", open the example code that fix better for the PCB

  3. Edit the example code to include your username, device ID and Thinger.io credentials. If the device use a secured networks, connection credentials needs to be written too as shown in the image below.

This example can be modified to adapt the device behavior to each use case. After modifying the source code, just upload the sketch and wait for the device connection.

Find additional information about Thinger.io devices in the next sections:

  1. Connection Troubleshooting Guide

1) Create an HTTP device profile by selecting it in the "Device Type" when creating the device 2) Going to the device dashboard, create an HTTP device Callback 3) Create a device Access Tocken to authorize the device sending data to the platform 4) Introduce the HTTP request (API+TOKEN) into your device code or third party platform and start sending data to Thinger.io

Any individual Sigfox or LoraWAN device can be integrated using our API as HTTP devices, just setting an HTTP device callback into their callback managers, but if a big network is going to be created using these technologies, it is better to use our integration plugins:

Complete device list can be displayed by going to "devices" menu tab. This interface allows managing devices and check its connection status and accessing devices dashboard by clicking over each devices ID.

3.Devices & Data management

Each device can be managed through the "Device Dashboard". This interface shows connection data and also allows checking the "device API" with raw device data representation.

Thinger.io provides bidirectional communication, so it is possible to retrieve data into the server using "devices output resources" and also sending messages from server to the "devices input resources". Both resources are represented in the "device API" viewer.

Input & Output resources in the device API inspector

4.Store, Show & Share Data

Thinger.io provides three essential tools to work with devices data that are the basis for creating any IoT project, next tabs shows each tool introduction:

Data Buckets
Dashboards
Endpoints
Access Tockens

To store device data in an scalable way, programming different sampling intervals or catching streams

Panels with customizable widgets that can be created within minutes using drag'n drop technology, to show real time and stored data

Dashboards, Data buckets or Device resources can be easily shared with third parties using Access Tokens and our API

5.Extend Thinger.io

Thinger.io platform can be complemented with many different Internet services using Plugins that can be found and deployed within seconds Just going to our marketplace and selecting it

Thinger.io is Hardware agnostic, so it allows connecting any kind of electronic device without matter the manufacturer, hardware architecture, network technology or operative system. However there are different ways to integrate each device type, in this section it is explained how to connect most common devices by including our software libraries or using Thinger.io API to send data with HTTP queries

This section will cover how to add different functionality to your devices for exposing resources, calling endpoints, or streaming data to real-time websockets.

The Cloud Console is related with the management front-end designed to easily manage your devices and visualize its information in the cloud. In this section you will learn how to register devices, create real-time dashboards, access the devices API, and other management operations.