Collecting data from devices via web API

(James Muraca) #1

If I was to manufacture a device that linked to smart things, is it possible to collect/view the data from my customers devices? So each time a Zigbee request is made or sent it can be forwarded to my server or I can access it on the smart things server?
I would like to use it for generic user info like how many times features are used, what time of day, battery levels etc. All of this would provide a great resource to improve the next product

( co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #2

I asked a variation of the same question here, but no response so far.

Maybe we can merge these two Topics?

( co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #3

I’m pretty sure you can insert simple http post commands into your SmartDevice Type Handler code, since this is permitted. I think they are run asynchronously, so hopefully there won’t be any extra processing delays.


@tgauchat @jmuraca, Could the GroveStreams Feed SmartApp do some of that?

I use it for my home energy meter, but I see is has motion, acceleration, open/close, presence, and switches in it’s reporting capabilities within the app.

There’s also ThingsLayer:


I know it’s not within the ST ecosystem, but at least it’s something until that kind of logging for non-geek users becomes available. Just a thought.

( co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #5

Yes… Those are both good examples of logging to an external web service and the code of those SmartApps would be educational.

Makes me think, though, that external logging would be a useful overall service to abstract and encapsulate some day, probably as “service” Device instances of various types.