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Introduction

Biot is a network-aware information pipe for the IoT. Biot stands for "Bridge for the Internet of Things", it aims at easily bridging together the various APIs that are involved in IoT projects. Simply put biot accepts a number of sources, acquires data from these sources, extracts any number of variables from this data and pushes templates using these variables to any number of destinations. In other words, biot is an easy API masher for the Internet of Things.

biot supports a wide number of source and destinations types and makes the difference between those using URL schemes. For example, biot implements file and exec to receive or send data from and to local files and external programs. In addition, biot supports schemes such as http (encrypted and clear text HTTP), ws (encrypted and clear text WebSockets), stomp, xmpp, syslog, disque (for getting/pushing jobs to Disque queues), postgres, mysql, pipe (for interfacing to external programs), mqtt, etc. All these schemes are flexible enough to, through options and sugaring, access remote services through REST-like vocabularies or initiate topic subscriptions within WebSockets protocols.

Biot is tuned to work in modern cloud architectures through its ability to be made available as a docker component. Further, you can easily instantiate as many biot information processing pipes in a cluster using fleet (and CoreOS). In this context, biot is for example able to acquire its data from the etcd key-value store and process data as instructed. This is achieved through the implementation of an etcd URL scheme on top of the etcd-tcl library and the ability for biot to acquire its command-line parameters using the etcdscheme (or more regular http accesses).

For more details, consult the Wiki.