Internet of Things with IBM Bluemix


To continue with my series on Getting Started with the Internet of Things and Getting Hands-On with Internet of Things, I would like to show you how you can make use of IBM Bluemix in your IoT solutions. In my previous videos, I have shown you how to set-up a server on the Amazon cloud (AWS).Since I was creating a normal virtual machine, I was using their IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offering. It takes some more work to set up and maintain, but gives you full control. Another alternative is to use Bluemix, which is IBM’s PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) cloud offering. It means that you don’t manage the servers (you cannot even access them), but instead set up your applications directly. Bluemix is well suited for Internet of Things as it has a built-in MQTT broker and tools to visualize sensor data. It’s really easy to get started, and you get a 30-day free trial when you sign-up. Included in the trial are enough resources to run the examples that I show in the below videos (and more).

The first video is about how you can publish sensor data to the MQTT broker in Bluemix.

In the second video I show how to make use of sensor data published in Bluemix.

The third video is about how to control things from the MQTT broker in Bluemix.

Have you used Internet of Things with IBM Bluemix yet?  It’d be awesome to hear about it in the comments.

Image credits: luigidebernardini

Christian Forsberg


Chris Forsberg is Sogeti's Global Chief Architect, and his current passion is serverless architectures with microservices, cognitive solutions like chatbots, automation, and beautiful delivery. He has a long background as an architect of digital solutions for many clients on all the major platforms, and love to experiment with new technology. For example, he has put together a YouTube video series on how to get started with the Internet of Things, and has been involved in the implementation of more than 100 apps on iOS and Android. With a global network of 600 architects, he is devoted to creating intellectual property, and one example is Digitecture, a reference architecture for digital platforms. Other examples are Appitecture®, a start package for app projects, and Appcademy®, a certification program for app developers. Chris has received several technology leadership awards including Top 100 Developers (Sweden), and ten years awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft. He was an official writer for Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) for many years and has also co-authored a book on mobile development in 2001.

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