Below is our recent interview with Jeff Liebl, CEO of Atmosphere IoT Corp:
Q: Jeff, can you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Atmosphere IoT Corp?
A: Sure. Atmosphere offers developers, integrators and product OEMs a cloud-based software platform for building, connecting and managing IoT devices very easily and quickly. IoT solution builders can start small through prototyping and scale to managing very large deployments of smart, connected devices all within the same platform.
Our software began its journey in 2014 as a part of Anaren, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed hardware company that designed and manufactured very advanced systems for the aerospace, defense and telecommunications industries. Over several years, Atmosphere evolved into an integrated development environment (IDE) supporting a variety of different wireless technologies, sensors and communications protocols. By 2017, the software had become “hardware agnostic” and had moved beyond supporting Anaren’s own AIR modules. In January 2018, the Atmosphere software and team spun out and became an independent company, separate from Anaren, Inc.
We currently have nearly 5,000 registered users and hope to exceed 10,000 by the end of the year. The Atmosphere IoT Platform is offered as a free single user service as well as a multi-user enterprise offering, and we have deployed white label environments for major IoT ecosystem companies such as Digi-Key Electronics (DK IoT Studio) and NXP Semiconductors (NXP Rapid IoT Studio), among others.
Q: Can you give us insights into your platform? How exactly does it work?
A: We’ve built a broad, agnostic, horizontal IoT-enabler platform that supports a variety of different options for sensing, processing and connecting things. We currently support about 100 of the most popular boards, modules, radios and sensors that developers use for building IoT solutions, and are quickly adding more and more options to meet users’ demand.
It is free to sign up and use a fully-featured version of the Platform for up to 5 devices. It’s a drag-and-drop low-code environment that is intuitive and easy to use. You can get started with dozens of functional demo projects, or begin with a blank slate and an idea.
You can design a project in Atmosphere Studio, compile the code with one click, provision the devices, generate a mobile app, send data to the cloud and visualize it with custom dashboards.
Q: Why are IoT solution builders attracted to use Atmosphere?
A: The Platform is agnostic, so you’re not tied to any particular hardware vendor or manufacturer. Our library includes support for a number of embedded kits and devices from TEConnectivity, MikroElektronika, NXP, Maxim, Espressif, Bosch, Texas Instruments, Microchip, ST Microelectronics and many others.
With wireless options, we support BLE/Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, Sigfox, cellular, Thread and satellite today.
Because the Studio is drag-and-drop and has an extensive library, you can build a fully-functional IoT project and mobile app without any specialized expertise in embedded, web, or mobile app development.
It’s free to get started, so you can put together your project prototype, iron out the kinks and figure out if it’s viable before you spend any money.
Q: How much does it cost and what’s included in your plans?
A: We’re very transparent about our pricing. You can see it all here.
The Free “Developer” plan (5 devices) or $29/month “Professional” plan (25 devices) are great for just getting started, moving onto more advanced proofs of concept or small pilots.
Business and Enterprise plans are more suited for teams and commercial deployments, and include multiple users, more devices, group management and permissions, more data storage and white label support. Pricing is $1 per device per month.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: On the enterprise front, we’re rolling out new customers in the smart city and industrial IoT sectors – outdoor street lights and smart warehouses, specifically. Some exciting features rolling out in the coming months enable very clever machine-to-machine interactions and controls.
We plan to grow our Studio library of IoT building blocks to support for more than 200 options by the end of 2019. We are adding more wireless support as well, including LoRa, Zigbee and, Thread.
The Platform is popular because it’s so easy to use and it’s so integrated, so we’ll continue our daily efforts to keep it intuitive and clean while we expand features and options.