Monday, March 19, 2018

Connecting environemnts

Last week we had the last instalment of the workshop series organised in collaboration between the Foresight team at Arup and The workshop’s theme was extended environments. We had presentations from Usman Haque and Chris Leung. They presented the work that each has done on Pachube and Extended Environments Markup Language (EEML) respectively.
Pachube is a service that enables people to tag and share real time environmental data from objects, devices and spaces around the world. It provides a series of interfaces to manipulate data using the EEML schema on a hosted service. There are libraries for Processing and Arduino making life a little easier for those who just want to get things done quickly and don’t want to fiddle with databases and servers etc.

Pachube will become interesting the more people it gets to use it. If you are working with networked devices that are sharing data over the internet, chances are you are already familiar with the technologies necessary to accomplish this. Probably you even rather do it yourself using your language/platform of choice. However the attractive to both data providers and consumers is belonging to a large distributed community of artefacts and spaces that adds context to your data.

Duncan got a feed from Arup’s BMS running pretty quickly.


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