One Thing Leads to Another – An Event based Approach for the Internet of Things.

Everyday somehow our routines are driven by the occurrence of events. But what does it have to do with the Internet of Things?

Events are things that happen and as a consequence we take decisions and actions. Even people who are not exposed to the free will, where one thing leads to another, and prefer to schedule every task of the day, are driven in this case by time.

So, if our daily lives are somehow driven by these sequences of events and actions, would it be possible for our homes, cars or cities to “live” a routinely life?

Our homes would adapt to our conditions and preferences, or even our cities would lower costs by optimizing their resources as a living organism regulates its metabolism: if those trash cans are empty, then the cleaning truck should not take that route; if that zone is empty at night, then lower the light brightness; if that happens, then do that action; and so on.

The Internet of Things emphasizes that one of its key features is the ability to communicate and share data among devices or objects, so they would be able to even make decisions or actions by their own. New Cloud platforms are appearing in order to manage the huge amount of data from all those devices. However, that vision of the connected entity, the home or city that we could talk to, may appear too far.

In this context, Lhings has adopted the event-action approach as the basic architecture of its platform:

This architecture, as simple as it is, has demonstrated to achieve very big goals. It is not only easy to understand by users who establish the logic conditions (When this happens, then do that action), but also simplifies significantly technical complexities as communication and compatibility issues. This makes it easy to add new objects into an ecosystem where anyone can talk to anyone.

So, talking to our homes and cities is not that far. Stay tuned!