Getting Started with ThingSpeak

Introduction to ThingSpeak™ and overview of its basic workflow

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides access to a broad range of embedded devices and web services. ThingSpeak is an IoT platform that enables you to collect, store, analyze, visualize, and act on data from sensors or actuators, such as Arduino®, Raspberry Pi™, BeagleBone Black, and other hardware. For example, with ThingSpeak you can create sensor-logging applications, location-tracking applications, and a social network of things with status updates, so that you could have your home thermostat control itself based on your current location.

The primary element of ThingSpeak activity is the channel, which contains data fields, location fields, and a status field. After you create a ThingSpeak channel, you can write data to the channel, process and view the data with MATLAB® code, and react to the data with tweets and other alerts. The typical ThingSpeak workflow lets you:

  1. Create a Channel and collect data

  2. Analyze and Visualize the data

  3. Act on the data using any of several Apps

The ThingSpeak API is available on GitHub® and includes the complete ThingSpeak API for processing HTTP requests, storing numeric and alphanumeric data, numeric data processing, location tracking, and status updates.

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