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On the ARTIK cloud services ecosystem, IoT device and application developers can discover each other and quickly build sophisticated solutions together.

This article is written for application developers. It provides an overview of how applications can work with devices and their data on ARTIK cloud services.

Also see Devices.

Create an application

Setting up an ARTIK cloud services application is easy! To create an application:

  1. Use our web tools to create an application.
  2. Obtain its client ID and/or secret, which are used in the application code.

Set up authentication

All API calls need a valid access token. ARTIK cloud services accept device, user, and application tokens. Your application will likely use the latter two.

Authentication explains how to get, refresh, revoke, and use an access token.

Manage your users

Your application can register new ARTIK cloud services users and manage their accounts via one of four identity providers. We recommend using ARTIK Cloud Accounts, which allows you to customize the login experience.

Work with devices

Applications can use the REST API to work with devices built by other ARTIK cloud services developers.

If you want to develop devices on ARTIK cloud services, get started with the basics!

Get device type info

Learn the properties of a device type with APIs such as:

Each device on ARTIK cloud services belongs to a device type. The device type Manifest describes the data sent by the device and any commands it can receive.

Manage user devices

Programmatically manage devices with APIs such as:

Cloud Connector devices

ARTIK cloud services use a Cloud Connector to handle an external cloud like a regular device.

Learn how to get started with Cloud Connectors.

Check device status

Get message snapshots to see the last received value for all Manifest fields of a device or devices. This is the quickest way to view the current state of the device.

Get device statuses to retrieve message snapshots and parameters related to connection status for a list of devices. This includes timestamps of the last message sent, last Action received, and last time the device was online, and the device's current availability to send and receive messages/Actions.

Share devices

Applications can grant limited or temporary access to a device to a user who is not the device owner. This is known as device sharing.

Device sharing scenarios might include families or office coworkers sharing smart appliances or lights, or an apartment subletter or car renter needing access to a smart lock. See the documentation for details and relevant APIs.

Get messages or Actions

Applications can get data messages or Actions using one of the below methods. Actions are ARTIK cloud services messages that send a command to a device, such as setOn and setOff.

Send messages or Actions

Applications can send data messages to ARTIK cloud services, or send Actions to devices via ARTIK cloud services, as follows:

Add Rules

Rules trigger device Actions based on data messages. An application can programmatically create and manage Rules for a device owner.

For detailed instructions, see the Rules documentation.

Manage LWM2M devices and properties

Developers can use the Device Mirror and device management features to perform tasks such as OTA (over-the-air) updates for a fleet of devices. To perform device management tasks, you must belong to the organization that owns the device type.

An application could make API calls to:

Perform analytics

Facilitate data analysis by getting data aggregates and histograms.

You can also export a large number of messages for analysis outside ARTIK cloud services or push to Amazon Kinesis for analysis on the Amazon platform.

What's next?

We have given a quick glimpse of how applications and devices can work together on ARTIK cloud services. For a hands-on walkthrough of these concepts, read our tutorial on how to Develop an application on ARTIK cloud services.

You can also develop sample applications for different platforms with our in-depth tutorials.