Particle is an Internet of Things device platform that enables businesses to quickly and easily build, connect and manage their connected solutions. Particle launched on Kickstarter in 2013 with the vision of making the Internet of Things easy and accessible.
Particle was listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2015 and has been featured in a number of Gartner reports on IoT solutions.
Particle announced that they have been working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to provide free IoT cloud support for the 10,000,000 Raspberry Pi devices already out in the world.
All Raspberry Pi devices will be able to connect to the Particle Cloud, and to benefit from key IoT features such as secure messaging, over-the-air updates, simplified GPIO control, data visualization, cloud integrations, and batch script execution out of the box.
The Raspberry Pi + Particle integration will bring some unique features to the Raspberry Pi
Run simple Arduino code on your Pi
No more complicated tooling, setup, or scripting to perform simple tasks like trigger a pin, blink an LED, or read a sensor value. With Particle’s Raspberry Pi Agent, you can write simple Arduino and C/C++ code that compiles and runs as an executable on your Raspberry Pi. Take advantage of Particle’s hundreds of embedded libraries to make interacting with sensors and controlling your Pi’s GPIO a breeze.
Remote Control of your Pi over the web
- Over the Air Firmware Updates
- Batch Script Execution
- Remote Data Collection
- Integrations with IFTTT, Google Cloud, and other popular web services through Webhooks.
Access to the Particle Cloud is free! Signing up for the beta is open now and if you are interested you should sign up soon since Particle will be providing access to the first 1,000 Particle accounts at the end of November (21 November) with remaining invitations sent in the following weeks.
Particle’s intention is to provide this integration as a free prototyping resource to all Raspberry Pi developers. Thus, you only start paying when you create a product with more than 25 devices. You can check pricing structure here.
Particle is a scalable, reliable and secure IoT cloud platform and there are already some companies that use Particle to connect and ship their products like IDEO and Keurig. It also has some hardware development kits that work amazingly with the platform.
For more details, you can check Particle documentation and Github. More about this integration is featured on Adafruit ASK AN ENGINEER series where Particle’s CTO Zachary Crockett answers questions and gives a live demo of Raspberry Pi on the Particle Cloud. Check it out!