Practical IOT Using MQTT and Node-Red

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The first wave of the Internet involved connecting people to each other and people to information.

The next wave of the Internet will involve connecting the physical world to the Internet, and machines to each other (M2M – Machine to machine). See An Introduction to IOT

Every object, both real and virtual, connected to, and accessible over the Internet is the basic idea of the Internet of Things or the internet of Everything
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How will these devices be managed and monitored? What will happen to the data.

IOT MQTT and Node-Red

Node-Red is a flow based programming tool that is being used for monitoring and managing IOT devices and systems.

Node-Red makes it easy to create IOT systems with little or no programming knowledge using a web browser interface and could easily become the WordPress of IOT.

MQTT is also fast becoming the de facto IOT messaging protocol and having a working knowledge ot this protocol will be essential for building IOT systems.

This site will focus on Node-Red and building IOT systems using it.
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