Prefer to see how it's done rather than read Q&As or tutorials? Our free, open-to-all, on-demand webinars are the best place to find out how to control your building, save energy and more! This week, we focused on Integrating with Airthings. Find out how our partners are using the Airthings API for analytics, optimization and control.
Missed it? Catch up on the Webinar in full at the end of this article.
Hands on with the Airthings API : live coding session
Bloo Nguyen, Airthings
First up, Software Developer Engineer, Bloo showed us step-by-step how to use the Airthings REST API. Bloo used a well-known tool in the software engineering world called Postman as a client to show the structure and endpoints that are available in the Airthings API. Postman is great for an initial exploration of the API to see what kind of data you can get before using the API in your code.
Bloo demonstrated just how easy it was to import the Airthings API as an open-api spec, set up, and authorize Postman as an API client through the Airthings Dashboard. The entire process took a matter of minutes, and just shows how easy it is to integrate with the Airthings API. Check out the video for step-by-step instructions!
The making of an architecture office
Greg Arden, Optimized Buildings
Greg deployed 150 Airthings sensors back in 2019 in a well known architectural engineering firm as part one of his three step approach. Step two was to use Dakin fanco units in combination. Then, he presented the data in a meaningful way to the facility management team of the building. As we know, there is no use saving energy if everyone in the building is uncomfortable. By showing comfort level, he was not only able to help save energy for the client, but ensure occupants were comfortable too.
3 practical uses of the Airthings API
Roland Geelen, Labots
Roland is perhaps our most innovative partner, he has driven new, imaginative ways to use the Airthings open API to help benefit clients and end users. Here are just three of our favourites:
Air quality data presented at the gym
That’s right, check out Roland’s step-by-step guide on integrating Airthings with the screens at your local gym. Using the publishing tool Wordpress and a couple of plugins to receive data from the webhook, it has never looked so easy!
CO2 for schools
Roland went on to demonstrate that the possibilities for his set up are endless. He suggested a co2 display in schools.
Hand sanitizer stations get an upgrade
Last, but certainly not least, Roland demonstrated the way that shopping malls, and public spaces in general could benefit. Utilizing the often-mandatory hand sanitizer stations to provide relevant information on air quality data helps demonstrate to occupants that you care about their health and wellbeing, and are prepared to go that extra mile.
Finally, what’s an Airthings webinar without a sneak peek? Martin, Head of Product here at Airthings introduced the possibility to test out MQTT & BACnet ahead of time!
Martin believes MQTT is positioned to become an important protocol in the future of BMS communication. Its lightweight structure is ideal for connecting remote devices with a small code footprint and minimal network bandwidth. The setting up of an MQTT client will be akin to what we see multiple times a day as a Webhook or Rest API. Open for early access now! Join by contacting: email@example.com
Similarly, many customers have been asking, can Airthings integrate with BACnet? And the answer is, yes it is already possible to integrate! BACnet or Building Automation and Control networks can indeed work with Airthings, by using a device that acts as a BACnet gateway - like the JACE8000 running Niagara 4. Start using Airthings and BACnet today! Find out more here.