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Free IoT development and management platform adds Arduino

Aug 3, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,671 views

myDevices announced Arduino support for its web- and mobile-based, Raspberry Pi compatible “Cayenne” drag-and-drop IoT development and management platform.

Cayenne, with which developers, designers, and engineers can “quickly prototype and share their connected device projects,” has expanded support beyond the Raspberry Pi to Arduino boards, says myDevices. Billed as the world’s first drag-and-drop Internet-of-Things Project Builder, the currently free, still Beta-level Cayenne lets users remotely monitor and control IoT projects from the web, including via Android or iOS apps. According to myDevices, Cayenne has 40,000 users who have collectively tracked some 4 billion IoT events such as threshold alerts, sensor history items, and rules engine triggers.

Cayenne web display showing sensor widgets
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The web-based dashboard provides customizable widgets to visualize data, configure rules, and schedule Internet of Things events. Cayenne can track sensors including temperature, luminosity, pressure/distance, motion, and “generic sensors,” says myDevices. Actuator support includes light, motor, valve, relay, and generic actuators. A variety of data visualizations are also avaialble.

On a Raspberry Pi, you download the Raspbian-based client software and load it via an SD card, which launches an automatic installation. The Arduino version is available as an Arduino IDE sketch (see Arduino installation video farther below).

Cayenne widget example:
Using an Arduino Uno’s GPIO to control an LED via a relay

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Cayenne data visualization features and functionality available to Arduino users are said to include:
  • Drag and drop widgets to create a customized project dashboard
  • Quickly and securely connect Arduino hardware using sketch files
  • Visualize Arduino sensor data with minimal setup
  • Create triggers and alerts between different platforms
  • Create widgets for any connected sensor or actuator

Cayenne mobile apps showing trigger setup (left) and remote monitoring
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Setting up an IoT network is six times faster than with the usual Arduino tools, claims the company. NetworkWorld’s Gearhead column gave it a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Kevin Bromber, CEO of myDevices, stated: “This release of Cayenne with Arduino support is yet another key milestone in our objective to expand availability and eventually make Cayenne the industry standard for IoT project building, similar to how AutoCad is the de facto software for architects and 3D visualization.”

“As for pricing, the product will always be free to makers but we will be rolling out an Enterprise solution with pricing to be announced at that time,” wrote Bromber in an email to HackerBoards. Additionally, “we will be publishing our API that enables any manufacturer to bring their device into Cayenne,” he added.

Connecting Arduino to Cayenne

Further information

Cayenne for Arduino and Raspberry Pi will available for free download starting next week. More information may be found at the mySpaces Cayenne website.

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