We were struggling trying to implement our own IOT infrastructure when ThingsBoard suddenly appeared. Immediately we started testing and were amazed with the feature completeness, stability and ease of use of this great platform, although it was only in version 1.0 and had been released just days prior.
Our business needed some special features on the frontend and some major modifications on the backend but after exchanging a few emails it was clear that ThingsBoard was the way to go. The necessary changes were implemented in a matter of a few weeks and the quality and thoroughness of the implementation far exceed our expectations. I've been working with OSS since the mid 1990s and know of it's many benefits but the quality of ThingsBoard as well as the speed of development continues to impress me.
ThingsBoard is the new kid on the (IoT PaaS) block. Its designed by developers for developers with emphasis to end-customers, with promising features that do not exist on other open source IoT platforms yet. It's build on proven, no-bullshit enterprise open source technologies and has progressed very fast since it's public launch thanks to its committed kick-ass senior dev team.
In my company, we are currently merging our current LoRaWAN and Big Data Analytics solutions with ThingsBoard, to have both of best worlds, and so far we are very happy with the results. We look forward to see ThingsBoard being established as a weapon of choice for various IoT use cases and from our end we will try to contribute as much possible to it's success.
We are a Hong Kong startup doing Big Data processing and analysis. One of our projects is to build a cloud based IoT system for big machines with hundreds of sensors. The protocol used for the communication is MQTT.
The requirements for the cloud solution are that it got to be scalable, high performance and beautifully presented.
After a month of research, we found and selected ThingsBoard. ThingsBoard stood out as it is fully integrated and built from industrial strength components like Netty, Cassandra and Akka, which gave us the confidence that it can scale out and up. That is important as we don’t want a system upgrade and migration if the system fails to scale out or gives a poor performance after production.
We have talked to the chief developer Andrew and learnt the background of the team. This gives us the confidence that the main developers are well knowledgeable on the IoT area, even we knew the fact that ThingsBoard is 6 month old project.
Another thing we love ThingsBoard is its user interface/dashboard and its widget library. We can build beautiful and professional IoT dashboard with drag and drop of the widgets. If you see the official demo, you must agree with me.
Before writing this testimony, I have just finished building the ThingsBoard instance from the source with the help from Andrew. We are looking forwards doing some customization and contributing to the project.
ThingsBoard offers a secure, scalable IoT solution that, being Open Source, we can control. Having created our own ThingsBoard instance, we have found it to be very customisable via widgets, the rule engine and the plugin system allowing it to be used in a variety of specialist situations.