Pachube (2007)

Pachube was one of the world’s first generalised data platforms and communities for the Internet of Things (IoT), at its height handling millions of datapoints per day from thousands of individuals, organisations & companies around the world.

Launched by Usman Haque in 2007 and spun-out from Haque Design + Research soon after, Pachube's global community of IoT early adopters, enthusiasts, designers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs used the SaaS platform to store, manage, discover and share open data from all sorts of networked devices and sensors, including electricity meters, weather stations, building management systems, air quality monitors, biosensors, geiger counters and even water-level sensors in sewers.

By providing infrastructure for an open Internet of Things, Pachube's secure and scalable RESTful interface made it easy for anyone with a little technical know-how to design, build and deploy both individual connected device prototypes and experiments as well as widely-distributed IoT consumer products like the Current Cost energy monitor, whose Bridge (launched 2010) was Powered by Pachube.

Pachube web interface and visualisation app

Pachube provided an early version of an IoT 'App Store' enabling a wide range of graphing, mapping, visualisation, analytical, mobile and notification applications to be applied to the data generated by any Pachube-powered device and through its innovative 'trigger' mechanism connected them to other web services. Pachube Libraries were available in all major programming languages, including Java, Ruby, .net, Perl, C, Python, PHP, Visual Basic, Javascript, as were integrations with hardware automation and data processing platforms like Asterisk PBX, Cold Fusion, xAP, DomotiGa, Germanium Web 3D, FHEM Home automation, LabVIEW, Arduino, Zigbee, SunSPOT, Phidgets, GainSpan, Mocana, Insteon/Indigo, etc.

Pachube screenshot, 2010

Other notable moments in the platform's history include:

Pachube website, 2009

Key moments in Pachube's life can still be found on the Wayback Machine, including:

Pachube app store, 2011

Pachube community, 2011