Pachube was one of the world’s first generalised data platforms and communities for the Internet of Things (IoT), at its height handling millions of datapoints per day from thousands of individuals, organisations & companies around the world.
Launched by Usman Haque in 2007 and spun-out from Haque Design + Research soon after, Pachube's global community of IoT early adopters, enthusiasts, designers, makers, artists and entrepreneurs used the SaaS platform to store, manage, discover and share open data from all sorts of networked devices and sensors, including electricity meters, weather stations, building management systems, air quality monitors, biosensors, geiger counters and even water-level sensors in sewers.
By providing infrastructure for an open Internet of Things, Pachube's secure and scalable RESTful interface made it easy for anyone with a little technical know-how to design, build and deploy both individual connected device prototypes and experiments as well as widely-distributed IoT consumer products like the Current Cost energy monitor, whose Bridge (launched 2010) was Powered by Pachube.
Other notable moments in the platform's history include:
- Cisco's use of Pachube to provide the data infrastructure for their Urban Ecomap 2.0 (2010)
- During the radiation crisis in Japan following the disaster at Fukushima (2011), Pachube community members in Japan and round the world used it both to store realtime and aggregated radiation data, as well as to build applications on top of that data for use by others
- Pachube's Internet of Things 'Bill of Rights' (2011) which put people at the center of the Internet of Things in controlling, managing and making decisions about the data generated by and for them by networked objects and sensors
- Pachube 24-hour Global Internet of Things Hackathon in 2011 saw dozens of developers, designers and makers around the world (with partner events in London, New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Linz, Sydney and others) working together on IoT projects that made use of each others' real-time IoT data.
- The launch of Pachube OnBoard, one of the world's first scalable device provisioning services for IoT devices aimed at supporting customer service.
- In 2011, Pachube was acquired by LogMeIn, where the team grew the platform, relaunched as Xively and, in 2018, became part of Google's IoT Cloud.
Key moments in Pachube's life can still be found on the Wayback Machine, including:
- The first recorded version of Pachube, 5 March 2008
- About three years later, 12 March 2011
- New design, just before acquisition, 06 July 2011
- community.pachube.com user forum and contributions
- apps.pachube.com, app store
- blog.pachube.com blog and team articles