iotame Terminology

Device

Devices are the basic building blocks in iotame. They can be actuators, sensors or both. They do not need to be physical devices, they might as well be a web server or API. In order for a device to be functional it needs to support at least one of the following:

  • Being read from (passive)
    The device manages a state, but needs to be queried by the server in order for it to receive the state.
  • Being written to (passive)
    Actuators or any kind of device that can react when receiving some kind of external event (e.g. a HTTP request)
  • Reporting its state (active)
    The device automatically informs the server about its state

Channel

Channels are ways of communicating with devices, sucha s Bluetooth, TCP packages, MQTT or HTTP. These channels are embedded within iotame's core, so it can correctly manage incoming and outgoing connections.

Protocol

A protocol is a generalization of means to communicate with a device. A protocol specifies exactly how data needs to be encoded over a channel in order to perform the wanted action.