In a Nutshell.
We believe in the openess and accessibility of software and the Internet of Things.
We favor a model driven representation of the physical world. This universal thing model includes the semantic description of things with flexible components, capabilities (properties, actions) as well as modular context information (value, unit of measure, security classes, technology specifics, groupings, ...). We enable a technology agnostic machine-to-machine interaction AND its understandable for human beings.
Things are represented in a flexible world of units. Units could be groups of things or homes, buildings, streets, cities, vehicles, grids etc. or all kind of subareas instantiated in a container.
Using things and units, you need to configurer permissions. connctd's user management is based on a secure authentication process (OAuth2) and state-of-the-art principles to generate access tokens. At the same time, we focus on privacy-by-design.
The connctd service creations platform supports data exchange to different clouds and it is completey scalable and & interoperable.
We are convinced that everybody should be able to create truly valuable services that increases the quality of life and make technology accessable for a broader audience. For that, we develop and run the efficient scalable and open service creation IoT-platform including across different technology standards and any connected hardware could be used on a modular principle. In addition, different user and role concepts can be set.
With a B2B offer, we support service providers, manufacturers and developers to establish their own data-based products and services. For that reason, we develop and operate a universal, open and interoperable IoT platform for a semantic representation of all things.
The universal discription of the physical world.
Whenever we connect a remote domain entity like a humidity sensor or lamp, we translate it into our so called thing structure. This means connctd things may represent sensors, actors or even services with their corresponding states. Since these things are composed of reoccurring „building blocks" (namely components, properties and actions), a Philips Hue Lamp Thing for example will partially look the same as a Lifx Light Thing. Additionally things get enriched with semantics which makes it easier for app developers to incorporate our things into their apps as they are self-explanatory and developers no longer have to work with multiple, varying third party domain models.
Simple integration of third party technologies.
Whenever we talk about routines which hook up a remote technology and translate remote domain entities into things we call it "connector". You can either write your own connector (which is just an app) or you can make use of our connector service which already provides a couple of connectors like LIFX, OpenWeatherMap or Netatmo. Using the connector service is made as simple as possible: it takes care of technology specific setup procedures (like oauth2 flow) and allows the connector instantiation with only one single request.
We are transparent to your users.
We don't want any information about your users nor do they have to be registered on our platform. Whenever you send a request to our platform which is related to one of your app users, the request just needs to possess a user id within the header. This id is generated by YOUR app and can be absolutely random.
Data preparation made simple.
Functions give you the possibility to aggregate and reason about data and to derive for example actions or new virtual things from the results. This makes it easier for you to implement your use cases as the required information is already in a well known place and format. We are currently working on opening the functions API to all developers.
Divide and conquer.
The connctd platform is a scalable and robust platform for the Internet of Things. Our main goal is to provide useful and domain angostic
semantics to enable a new kind of interoperability and empower cross domain use cases. By providing a powerful domain agnostic semantic abstraction
developers aren't forced to handle every detail of IoT hardware anymore and can focus on the meaning and context of gathered data.
Developers connect with devices and services through a unified secure REST based interface leveraging well known and tested technologies from
Connect custom hardware.
Coming soon: We offer various SDKs in order to hook up custom devices to our platform. Our device management will include features like OTA firmware updates, device monitoring, remote device management and device onboarding.
We will add some more stuff and tools to works with soon just to demonstrate the principles of our thing abstraction.
Even more for testing and developing innovative services or adding cool hardware will be prepared for the IoT Lab for Smart Home/Buildiung starting in 2019.
How we think about developers. Remember breathless Steve and his fantastic show.