The IBM Watson IoT Platform is a hub for connecting devices, gateways, and applications for IoT solutions. It supports REST and MQTT protocols for applications, devices, gateways, event processing, and administrative tasks. The IBM Watson IoT Platform is available on the IBM Cloud platform (formerly IBM Bluemix), a cloud platform based on Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes.
Let's review the pertinent features of this platform.
- Devices, gateways, and applications,
This is the first thing that you will see when you access the IBM Watson IoT Platform. This dashboard can be a combination a number of boards and cards, offering several visualization options for your IoT solution:
Explore the boards and cards available in this screen to get familiar with the interface.
Another feature available in the platform is device management control. This feature makes it possible to create and remove devices, gateways, applications, and device types. It also makes it possible to check and trigger actions to the device, such as a firmware upgrade request or reset:
You can also create API keys so that your applications can connect to the IoT organization and interact with the other components of the solution.
You can also manage the security aspects of a solution using the IoT Platform. This might include creating policies for device connections, white and black lists for the device's IP address, or looking at a country's rules. You can also manage users that are permitted or blocked from managing the IoT organization for solutions.