The first commercial-grade system for curating iot data on a global scale
What It Is
Terbine is the first large-scale commercial-grade system designed to curate the world’s physical data (such as carbon emissions, power line loading and crop density) from many, many sources; consider the provenance of those sources, and couple it with metadata and multiple indices to allow efficient searching by machine processes and humans. The difference between Terbine and what’s come before it is akin to the evolution from individual Web-based storefronts in the goods and services world, to tentpole systems ala Amazon, Bloomberg and eBay.
Through Terbine, organizations can make their IoT data locatable in a manner that “removes friction” via rich and robust indexing. In its first phase, Terbine is bringing in datasets and streams from numerous sources, including publicly available data that is typically very difficult to locate even by adept Web searchers - and normally almost impossible for machines to locate and access. Terbine solves these problems that are starting to impact wide adoption of IoT technologies and implementations. Terbine also makes possible monetization of IoT/sensor data that organizations are already collecting, via a combination of technological and business elements that allow the system to be employed in commercial, academic and governmental applications. The next phase of Terbine will introduce a Dynamic Pricing Engine that will calculate spot-pricing for individual datasets and streams using various factors, somewhat akin to a commodities exchange.
What It's For
Terbine’s architecture incorporates critical elements such as a policy engine that gives the data provider strong control over how their IoT data can be accessed. The policy engine is designed to support ever-changing regulatory, financial and security factors affecting information sharing and usage around the globe. On the retrieval side of the system, locating specific datasets and streams can be filtered, even through the Terbine API. Data retrievers get access to information from a far larger number of sources than they’d likely care to manage themselves, and with it, an opportunity to correlate data in new ways. The system is capable of scaling across multiple data centers in different geographies, and eventually being distributed ala edge computing.
Why It's Unique
Terbine is not enterprise software, or a peer-to-peer platform, or a storage or security solution. It does not ingest or transact photographic, video, or personal data, and it’s not tied to any particular industry or entity supplying or procuring data. It doesn’t perform analytics or provide end applications, in fact Terbine considers analytics and solutions providers to be potential partners in bringing data into and out of the system, and in many cases receiving revenue from Terbine’s monetization feature.
What It's Not
Virtually any type of machine, process, user or group of users can utilize Terbine as a system through which sensor data is curated and obtained, on a global basis. The possible uses for sensor data are endless, and timely with the growing waves of big data analytics, cloud computing systems, robotics, autonomous vehicles, virtual and augmented reality displays, and much more.
How It Will Impact Everything