Pachube (public launch 2008, acquired by LogMeIn Inc in 2011) was one of the world’s first generalised data platforms and communities for the Internet of Things (IoT), that at its height handled millions of datapoints per day from thousands of individuals, organisations & companies around the world.
Pachube’s global community of IoT early adopters, enthusiasts, makers and entrepreneurs used the SaaS platform to store, manage, discover and share open data from all sorts of networked devices and sensors, including electricity meters, weather stations, building management systems, air quality monitors, biosensors, geiger counters and even water-level sensors in sewers.
By providing infrastructure for an open Internet of Things, Pachube’s secure and scalable RESTful interface made it easy for anyone with a little technical know-how to design, build and deploy both individual connected device prototypes and experiments as well as widely-distributed IoT consumer products like the Current Cost energy monitor, whose Bridge (launched 2010) was Powered by Pachube.
Pachube provided an early version of an IoT ‘App Store’ enabling a wide range of graphing, mapping, visualisation, analytical, mobile and notification applications to be applied to the data generated by any Pachube-powered device and through its innovative ‘trigger’ mechanism connected them to other web services.
Other milestones include:
- Cisco’s use of Pachube to provide the data infrastructure for their Urban Ecomap 2.0 (2010)
- during the radiation crisis in Japan following the disaster at Fukushima (2011), Pachube community members in Japan and round the world used it both to store realtime and aggregated radiation data, as well as to build applications on top of that data for use by others
- Pachube’s Internet of Things ‘Bill of Rights’ (2011) which put people at the center of the Internet of Things in controlling, managing and making decisions about the data generated by and for them by networked objects and sensors