Mozilla, the not-for-profit open-source computing organisation behind the Firefox browser, has released the latest version of its Things Gateway for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Things Gateway allows users to monitor and control smart home or office devices via a Web interface.
Version 0.7 adds experimental support for IP cameras, as well as for a wider range of sensors than was available in previous builds.
It adds several temperature and leak sensors to the system (including Eve Degree, Eve Room, SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor, SmartThings Water Leak Sensor, and the Fibaro Flood Sensor). The portfolio already included a variety of door and motion sensors, among others.
Via Things Gateway, users can create new rules for their sensors and smart devices in the rules engine. Mozilla quotes the examples of turning on a fan when room temperature hits a certain level, or being notified when a leak is detected.
Version 0.6 added home monitoring capabilities and 0.5 an experimental smart assistant. So where next for Things Gateway?
According to software engineer and ‘Mozillan’ Ben Francis, “A big focus for our team will be to evolve the current Things Gateway application into a software distribution for wireless routers.”
By integrating all of the smart environments features that Mozilla has built so far directly into a wireless router, the organisation believes it can add value in Internet safety and overall network health.
Things Gateway is part of the organisation’s Project Things. With this, Mozilla aim to create a low-cost, extensible system for the Web of Things (WoT), a decentralised IoT that gives smart things URLs on the Web to make them linkable and discoverable, while defining a standard data model and APIs to make them interoperable.
Standardisation, interoperability, and security are significant challenges for both manufacturers and users as the IoT spreads.
Alongside Project Things are Mozilla’s Things Cloud and the Things Framework. The latter is a collection of re-usable software components to help people build their own Web things, via the Web Thing API. This means they can be discovered by a WoT gateway or client, which allows it to detect a device’s capabilities automatically and monitor or control it over the Web.
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