Thinking inside the box: Using Things of the Internet to monitor the Internet of Things.

Short Form


Why use closed source or closed platform tools to monitor the "Internet of Things" when the sysadmin community has been using open source monitoring tools for years?


While much of the hype surrounding the “Internet of Things” talks about open source, most of the discussion discussion has focused on sites such as cosm/pachube and nimbits which are closed source and/or closed platform.

In this talk I will discuss several open source monitoring tools that the System Administration community has been using for monitoring, reporting, and alerting for years (zb. Nagios, Graphite). I will take these tools and apply them to the nearly identical task of monitoring network capable physical devices (often refered to as the “Internet of Things”).

I will discuss the implied use of open source as a brand to promote closed platforms and the importance of owning your own data as it relates to open source principles. I will also discuss the idea of thinking INSIDE the box.

As with our 2012 talk (the bacomatic 5000) I will use a real world open source project being developed into a commercial product by Suspect Devices and another small Portland company as a use case and backdrop.

Speaking experience

OSB Speaker 2011, 2012. Various Dorkbot talks, (PDX/Austin), Open Innovation Conference, Dublin 2012, Teaching Physical Computing @ PNCA, Quarterly workshops teaching Arduino, 5 years DJ'ing at KWVA @ the UofO.


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    Donald Delmar Davis

    Suspect Devices


    My name is Donald Delmar Davis and I make Suspect Devices.

    I have been an artist, computer programmer, unix systems administrator, and a musician close to thirty years and work to remain fresh and open to exploring new ideas and artforms.

    In the 80s as part of a small community of Artists in Spokane, I committed performance art and many other crimes: building kinettic sculptures, synthesizers,sequencers, graffiti, guerrilla theatre,and other mayhem. In the 00s after completing the bulk of my BA in history, I turned to building a series of machines that could draw. This evolved and expanded into other forms of kinetic sculpture and collaborative work with other artists.

    As one of the early members of Portland’s Dorkbot community I have introduced well over 400 artists, programmers, and nerds to the Arduino platform. I am currently employed designing embedded hardware and software. I am also teaching an 8 week class at PNCA called Physical Computing for Artists.