FlowCloud has been engineered by Imagination to optimize device to cloud connectivity for embedded applications. It provides a comprehensive, application-independent platform that enables rapid construction and management of machine-to-machine and man-to-machine connected services.

It is designed to address the needs of emerging IoT and cloud-connected devices but is equally adept at handling complex services relying upon subscription, billing and payment mechanisms.

So how do you get started?

The hardware platform

Firstly you’ll need some hardware. Imagination’s silicon partners have created several low-cost reference platforms with full support for FlowCloud. For example, the chipKIT Wi-Fire development platform from Digilent is an ideal starting point; it uses a PIC32 microcontroller (MCU) with a MIPS microAptiv CPU and boasts on-board Wi-Fi.

FlowCloud - PIC32MZ chipKIT Wi-Fire PIC32MZ chipKIT Wi-Fire development board

All the software you need

On the software side, Imagination makes FlowCloud accessible to developers through SDKs supporting Android, iOS and web-based platforms. The comprehensive documentation includes the Quick Start Guide, a complete set of APIs, plus example code in C, Java and Python. Whichever language you prefer, there are several worked examples that help you quickly build and test your own applications. There’s even a dedicated developer portal and community forum.

Each developer account allows up to five devices to be connected for free, with storage allocated on servers in Imagination’s state-of-the-art data centre, enabling anyone to develop applications that harness the potential of FlowCloud.

There’s an app for that…

For those that wish to get started immediately without complication, there’s the option of using our FlowCloud app that helps gets the development platforms up-and-running in no time. The intuitive user interface makes embedded application development easier than ever before, taking you through configuration of the hardware through to writing your first FlowCloud application; the app is available for Android and iOS devices.

 FlowCloud - websiteFlowCloud developer portal and FlowCloud developer app

There really is no excuse not to get started!

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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