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Mozilla Project Things IoT interview

We interview a member of the Mozilla Project Things team, a new way of doing IoT

  • Benjamin Francis: Project Things is an experimental framework of software and services to help developers connect ‘things’ (physical objects in the real world) to the World Wide Web in a safe, secure and interoperable way.
  • The project includes developing a ‘Web of Things’ gateway, which helps bridge existing IoT devices to the web; a collection of cloud services to help manage a large number of IoT devices over a wide geographic area; and a framework of reusable software components to help create IoT devices which…
  • Anyone can download the software image from Mozilla’s website and build their own Web of Things gateway using a Raspberry Pi.
  • At Mozilla we want to help educate users about the security, privacy, and interoperability issues around new IoT devices, while helping to define new standards for a decentralised Internet of Things which is safe and secure.
  • There are lots of ways you can contribute, such as building your own IoT device which uses the proposed standard Web Thing API (magpi.cc/2vMuYB9), creating an adapter to bridge an existing IoT protocol or device to the web, or hacking Project Things itself to help us develop Mozilla’s Web of…

The maker community was abuzz with excitement when Mozilla announced Project Things last month, so we sat down with Benjamin Francis from the development team to talk about exactly what it means. Here’s what he told us.

The maker community was abuzz with excitement when Mozilla announced Project Things last month, so we sat down with Benjamin Francis from the development team to talk about exactly what it means. Here’s what he told us.

The MagPi: Can you explain what Project Things is?

Benjamin Francis: Project Things is an experimental framework of software and services to help developers connect ‘things’ (physical objects in the real world) to the World Wide Web in a safe, secure and interoperable way. The project includes developing a ‘Web of Things’ gateway, which helps bridge existing IoT devices to the web; a collection of cloud services to help manage a large number of IoT devices over a wide geographic area; and a framework of reusable software components to help create IoT devices which directly connect to the Web of Things.

The first piece of the framework we’ve released is an early prototype of an open-source Web of Things gateway. Anyone can download the software image from Mozilla’s website and build their own Web of Things gateway using a Raspberry Pi. The gateway enables users to choose a unique web address for their home without any complex DNS or router configuration, by using a secure tunnelling service provided by Mozilla. The gateway can then be used to monitor and control existing smart home devices like ZigBee and Z-Wave smart plugs and sensors, and access them remotely via a unified web interface.

Our initial demo showed…

Mozilla Project Things IoT interview