These blog articles explore the potential of FlowCloud by offering several real-world examples, from home control systems or healthcare to fully-fledged music subscription services.

The potential of Imagination’s FlowCloud goes far beyond simple IoT and M2M applications. Indeed the APIs and head-end servers are more than capable of hosting full subscription services, with customer registration, secure billing and payment systems built-in as standard features of the solution.

Subscriptions, billing and micropayments at your fingertips

One real-world example is Pure Connect, a comprehensive music discovery, subscription, streaming and purchasing service that is constructed entirely using FlowCloud.

FlowCloud - Pure music streamingPure Connect app controlling the Sensia 200D Internet radio

FlowCloud supplies the software framework and back-end services necessary to build applications to control multi-room audio. Applications exist for both Android and iOS devices using the rich APIs to access cloud-based music services and also to control wireless speakers and connected (Internet) radios that form a complete home multi-room audio solution.

FlowCloud - Pure music appsPure Connect, an example of a FlowCloud service delivering music directly to consumers; the mobile app is on the left, with the associated Internet portal on the right

Pure Connect provides a full Internet radio service, called FlowRadio, with instant access to over 20,000 stations worldwide, in addition to listen again services and approximately 270,000 podcast episodes online. To complement Internet radio, FlowMusic technology provides subscribers with a full streaming music service and offers the ability to play or purchase any selection of over 22 million music tracks directly from any FlowCloud-managed audio device. The content is identified using audio fingerprinting technology and a single button press is used to confirm the purchase. Tracks are made available online for download through the Pure Connect content portal; they may then be played on any compatible audio device.

The entire package including the APIs to interact with devices and the back-end management tools is managed by FlowCloud, which provides a comprehensive suite of connected audio services with full support for account management, portal hosting and processing of online payments. In this example application, FlowCloud represents a perfect solution to delivering streaming music services to Caskeid-certified connected audio products such as PEAQ’s Munet Smart or Pure’s Jongo range of wireless speaker systems.

FlowCloud - Pure JongoAll Pure Jongo wireless speakers use Caskeid and FlowCloud

Further information

Want to know more? You’ll find further information on FlowCloud via the dedicated developer portal at http://flow.imgtec.com/developers/; this series will include the following articles which will be published over the following weeks:

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About the author: Simon Forrest

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Simon Forrest is Director of Segment Marketing for Imagination Technologies, responsible for promoting the company’s class-leading graphics, display and communications IP and establishing partnerships with OEMs, service operators and companies operating within the home consumer electronics sector. A graduate in Computer Science from the University of York, Simon possesses over 20 years’ experience in broadcast and broadband technologies and is author of several patents. Prior to joining Imagination, Simon held senior technical management positions within Pace plc.

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