During the Imagination Summit in Santa Clara we’ve announced that we are making our innovative FlowCloud technology more easily available to developers, including the maker community, hobbyists and students, so that our ecosystem can speed application development for the Internet of Things (IoT). But what is FlowCloud and how can developers use it for IoT applications? This series of blog articles will give you more insight into this innovative technology and present a few practical and straightforward use cases.

An overview of FlowCloud

Put simply, FlowCloud brings together people, devices and services by providing a springboard for building connected products with value-added business opportunity.

FlowCloud technology provides a comprehensive, secure and application-independent platform to enable rapid construction, management and deployment of digital services. It is designed to address the requirements of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) cloud-connected devices, and is equally adept at handling everything from small real-time monitoring applications right through to full scale Internet-based subscription services with several thousands of users.

FlowCloud - Platform architectureFlowCloud provides a comprehensive and application-independent underlying platform for connected services

At the heart of FlowCloud is a set of core services and supporting infrastructure that together provide a full suite of building blocks specifically designed to accelerate the deployment of cloud-based applications. Our state-of-the-art data centres host the FlowCloud platform and supported services, using cluster server technology and built-in redundancy to deliver high reliability and guarantee system uptime; furthermore, a failover data centre with read-only access safeguards from unplanned downtime.

The core set of FlowCloud service include registration, authentication, association, security, notifications, updates and remote control; optional plug-ins modules are available to accelerate development including FlowTalk (VoIP), FlowFunds (electronic payments), FlowMusic (audio subscription services) amongst many others.

Major features of FlowCloud include device and user management, asynchronous messaging services, event logging, data storage facilities, secure transactions and electronic payments. On the analytics standpoint, a full suite of administration and reporting tools provide dynamic views into the data stored server-side, enabling monitoring and management of all user interactions plus the status of all devices registered to your cloud-based services. The tools allow both aggregation and deep analysis of this data, in turn affording the creation of advanced intelligent services. Several unique perspectives can be created within the database to provide targeted reports across devices, services and users.

FlowCloud essentially removes one of the major barriers to developing connected services by making available the capital investment necessary to both create and maintain the IT infrastructure vital to support your online services, warranting these services are available continuously 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all throughout the year. FlowCloud is equally suitable for the hobbyist programmer through to large corporate clients; our continued investment in the technology coupled with the openness of our approach means we can support everyone.

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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