Overview for usage of Thing+ services

  1. Before you start
  2. Terminology

Before you start

What is Thing+?

  • ThingPlus is a cloud-based IoT service for your Things
  • Sign into Thing+ to begin using the service
  • The service is installed through synchronization between Thing+ and qualified hardware
  • Usage examples:
    • Smart Home
    • Smart Farming
    • Energy conservation & measurement
    • Etc..

What can I do with Thing+?

  • Simple, cost effective installation and instant access to a powerful API that allows you to create IoT solutions for real world problems
  • See here for detailed use cases: Click

Thing+ Simple Startup

  • Sign into the Thing+ portal
  • Connect compatible hardware to Thing+
  • Monitor and analyze data generated from sensors
  • Control sensors via rule design/API following customer needs
  • Note: Thing+ use is not limited in any way


Service, Site

  • Thing+ can be managed separately as either a service or a site.
    • For example, consider monitoring the ambient temperature in a school classroom:
      • Deploy a the school as a “service” on Thing+
      • Set each classroom as a “site”
      • Install and register a temperature sensor at each site
      • Teachers from each classroom can sign in using the Thing+ portal
      • Each teacher could directly get temperature data about their class using the Thing+ portal, and rules could be set up to perform actions based on a class’s temperature
  • Services can also be provided directly as a package to companies.
  • Services will have separated URLs where they can be directly accessed - {service name}.thingplus.net.
    Eg. smarthome.thingplus.net, hello.thingplus.net and so on.
  • Services can also create and manage internal sites.
    • For exmaple, a smart-home service owner could control each building on it’s own divided by building number - #101, #102, #103.
  • Sites cannot authorize or share information with other sites.
  • Sites can authorize users and gateways.

Managers & Users

  • Managers can be separated into a service manager and a site manager.
    • Service managers have total authorization for internal services.
    • Site managers can get authorization for specific internal sites.
    • Users refer to those registered on the thingplus site, where a manager will allow users access to specific information and specific gateways.

Gateway, Device, Sensor

  • Hardware can be divided into three categories: Gateways > Devices > Sensors. Eg. Rasberrypie > Aduido > temperature sensor Eg. Smartphone > Bluetooth > 3-Axis sensor
  • Gateways have Thing+ Embedded(Gateway or Device) and can connect directly with the Thing+ Cloud.
  • Gateways can send and receive signals from connected devices.
  • Devices have sensors and connect directly to a gateway via wired or a wireless network.
  • Sensors consist of ‘Sensors’ that receive data and ‘Actuators’ that can control switchs, cameras and so on. Eg. Sensor - temperature, humidity, illumination and so on Eg. Actuator – light switch, Power switch, Camera and so on.


  • Tags allow grouping for logical sensors.
    • For example, a smart-home groups 3 CO2 sensors for each apartment from #101, #102, #103 via tagging


  • Rules are used to automatically create action or limit data based on customer needs. Eg. Receive an SNS message from a fire alarm. Run an air cleaner on detection of high CO2 levels


  • The timeline records all events that generate rules and is a central location to access time-sensitive data.