APIs bridge the gap between Internet of Things data and the cloud

CHRIS O'CONNOR | March 1, 2016

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Every day, we hear that the Internet of Things (IoT) is the future. We are no longer surprised to see devices equipped with sensors and connectivity. Nor are we astonished when they simplify our lives by working together and helping us understand what we’re doing—all while operating automatically. Better still, we can control and configure such devices using a tablet, a smartphone or even our voice. Indeed, the Internet of Things holds incredible promise, and many of us have already begun realizing that promise in our daily life. But what makes all this possible?Using APIs to harness the cloud The Internet of Things is the killer app of the cloud, so no one should be surprised to hear that the devices that make up the Internet of Things must be connected to the cloud. They achieve connectivity through Application programming interfaces (APIs), which serve as a bridge connecting useful information and plentiful data to the Internet of Things. APIs make the Internet of Things useful, connecting many disparate things into a powerful network that offers astounding possibilities.

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