APIs for the internet of things - 9 businesses offering IoT APIs for developers

Tamlin Magee
Tamlin Magee

Tamlin Magee

Tamlin is online editor at Techworld and ComputerworldUK. He has previously covered a wide range of beats at a variety of publications, from European channel markets, enterprise cloud and privacy to architecture, design, film and music. He is particularly interested in the intersection between technology, the political sphere and the day-to-day.

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An Application Programming Interface (API) is a piece of programming that allows software to talk to each other – in other words, one bit of software interfaces with the other. See also: 12 best uses of IoT in the enterprise.

Now, devices that talk to each other to benefit the user are leaking into the consumer space. Rather than being the domain of enterprise IT, consumers can benefit from machines that are connected to the internet, each other, and the user – for monitoring and controlling your environment, whether that’s in person or remotely. Yes, the Wallace and Gromit-esque home that works for you will no longer be confined to the realms of plasticine and imagination.

The internet of things – think about it: things that are connected to the internet – the level of connectedness in the world is more pervasive than ever. Household names like Apple now offer IoT kits for the home, and many companies are opening up their software to developers. The applications of these devices are limited only by the third parties that will code and make them.

With that in mind, here are just a few of the companies offering APIs for the internet of things.

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