What can be better than working while having fun? What’s more exciting than learning and experimenting creatively without limits?
Playing outside our primary domain, creates multiple possibilities that we couldn’t even imagine and opens the way to innovation.
In the Rome Software Development Hub of HCL Products & Platforms, innovation is fostered and constantly pursued by giving people the opportunity to express their creativity. In this blog, we want to show an example of this, by giving you a summary of what’s been happening recently around the Internet of Things.
In the last years, the Internet of Things (IoT) experienced a sharp acceleration, and is definitely expected to shape the future of business. In this context, the Workload Automation team, a bunch of passionate, enthusiastic tech-lovers, decided to explore, learn, and experiment, around the Internet of Things.
The adventure starts with the first meeting to define the project objectives. The team converges towards a unique idea: to build an IoT application for a meeting agenda based on Arduino programming, and, of course, orchestrated by Workload Scheduler.
They outline the scenario to implement as their first approach to Arduino programming.
When the meeting starts, according to the time set in the agenda, red lights automatically switch on outside the conference room, to show that the conference room is in use.
When it is time for a break, a robot informs the meeting guests.
Finally, when the meeting is over, green lights outside the conference room inform colleagues that the conference room is available.
With this objective in mind, our friends start exploring how to control lights with Arduino. Then, they proceed assembling a small robot car: the most fun activity! The robot is given the name Nikola.
Now it is time to put all the pieces together and test the application. They decide to use the MQTT server supplied by the IoT platform on IBM Bluemix.
After this deep dive into the Internet of Things, our friends are now ready to embark upon their next and exciting adventure. Stay tuned!