Introducing Thingsquare: The Platform that Connects Apps to Internet of Things (IOT)

  • Posted on: 5 September 2015
  • By: Patrick Oliphant

If you are a manufacturer planning on entering the connected home market and be part of this Internet of Things you will want to get your product to market as quick as possible.  You might not have or want to invest too much into developing applications and interfaces for smartphones, tablets or PCs.  For existing manufacturers who have IOT products and not the software platform, there is Thingsquare.  Thingsquare can provide the platform to make all these interfacing possible.

Thingsquare was created on the premise that smart products at some point will need to be connected to Apps, to allow user interaction and inter-device communication.  This is where Thingsquare comes into the picture; they will be the solution in the background that will make the communication happen, via a secure link.

The Thingsquare platform is cloud base, thus removing the need to install a hub or some device to facilitate connectivity, communication and management from anywhere.  Connected products such as thermostats, light bulbs, sensors and home appliance are some of the products already using the Thingsquare solution.

Thingsquare said they have done all the hard work already and going forward manufacturers will not need to worry too much about things like security and compatibility.

Security is already is already built into the Thingsquare platform, removing the need for developers having to choose between quick prototyping and security; security is there from the testing stage of product design and development.

The users of these connected products are already thought of as part of the Thingsqauare platform.  Questions such as: How do people use it? How many users are active per day? These have already been thought of and is already part of the Thingsquare solution.

To give manufacturers’ products longevity in terms of connectivity Thingsquare said they have worked with many different technology platforms have from radios, microprocessors, device drivers and protocols and understand that there are a lot customising needed.

Manage these constant changes they have selected the open internet standards as the basis for the Thingsquare platform.  These standards, they said, have been around for the last 20 or more years and are not going away any time soon.

The Thingsquare firmware is based the open source operating system Contiki, which runs on several different hardware platforms.

The Thingsquare design thinks of the many different things that make a connected solution marketable and applicable to the users’ needs.