we are working with our friends at Simusolar to develop AirLink, a new communication system to allow smartphones to talk with Bluetooth-enabled appliances. This will allow - among other things - to be able to relay data to appliances which are outside GSM mobile signal, or that just have no GSM modem.
We will share more about this in due course, but meanwhile we have an intermediate step worth discussing here.
We would like to facilitate the adoption of this new innovation, and the cloud side of the story will be important for that. For this purpose, Simusolar made a nice comparison document, which led to reaching out to the folks at thingsboard.io.
We are now discussing with them an EnAccess-led initiative, allowing new companies to run a thingsboard.io instance hosted by EnAccess, to be able to get started faster with adopting the upcoming AirLink materials. This would mean you could download AirLink and immediately get it to work, including the cloud IoT platform, without any costs.
We plan to start charging companies as their usage goes up, in order to cover costs, but at the beginning we think it is important to create a one-stop-shop approach to make it easier to start using our Open Source innovations.
What do you think? Worth pursuing? Would you use this?