Posts by Mark Phillips
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Last week’s episode of Helium On Air was all about Helium Script and how it makes programming edge logic for devices and sensors easy. Marc Nijdam, Helium CTO, was the technical firepower on the live stream and he walked viewers through our motivations for writing Helium Script and how we approached building this critical piece of developer tooling.
On January 6th we kicked off a series of live chats on the Helium Youtube channel called Helium On Air. With Helium on Air, the goal is to have conversations with members of our team and the developer/customer community about Helium’s technology, use cases, and other relevant IOT topics.
Over the course of building Helium, we’ve done a lot of investigation around how to structure our APIs and make them useful for developers in the context of the Internet of Things. In thinking through the various use cases of our platform (including hardware) and speaking to customers, it became apparent that tying location data back to sensors comes up often with a certain class of customers. So we made the Helium API extremely flexible such that it can accommodate location data like GPS coordinates. Not only is it built to store data from Helium-powered sensors, but it can ingest and expose virtually any JSON timeseries data. Recently, a customer of ours built an application that made great use of the the Helium API and location data so we wanted to share one aspect of their application design.
AstraZeneca is a global biopharmaceutical powerhouse. They invest early and often in technology and systems that help them bring better product to market faster. So it’s no surprise they are industry leaders when using IoT and sensing in their facilities. To that end, led by Marc Harrigan, the Office of the CTO has been building a proof of concept with Helium to deploy temperature and other sensing to critical production assets like lab refrigerators, freezers, and incubators. Using the entire Platform - Helium-powered sensors, Element Access Points, the Helium API, and the Helium Dashboard - AstraZeneca can retrofit existing infrastructure with lightweight sensing to get immediate visibility into asset status and health.