Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming to our everyday lives by offering various value added services based on the information different products, electronic devices at home or industrial machines provide.
During Spring 2014 our innovation team decided to demonstrate IoT concept on Salesforce platform. The idea was to link data from a connected product to a business application. To achieve real data for demonstration we connected the flight data of remotely controlled Parrot AR Drone 2.0 quadcopter to Salesforce Service Cloud. By default the quadcopter logs all kinds of interesting data about its movements, energy consumption and even images and video recorded by its camera.
In order to connect the quadcopter to Salesforce we created a data acquisition functionality into the quadcopter controller which is an Android application communicating via WLAN. The original Android application supplied by Parrot is provided open source and this made the data acquisition customization very easy. All the flight data was delivered to Salesforce and stored in a FlightData object.