Cisco has introduced its Aironet Developer Platform (ADP). ADP allows developers to quickly prototype innovative applications using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices. Cisco believes that ADP gives developers simple access to a platform for building best-in-class IoT experiences.
In a blog post announcement, Cisco offered a number of futuristic IoT use case scenarios that ADP might enable including real-time location of cruise ship guests, healthcare equipment, or retail guests. But, ADP applications are already a reality. The DeCurtis Corporation has already leveraged ADP to build "a unique architecture that enables accuracy location tracking through wearables and smartphones" which is used on Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Cisco delivers ADP to developers through the ADP Extender Module Hardware Development Kit (ADP HDK). ADP HDK connectivity is currently supported on Cisco Aironet 3800 series access points. The ADP HDK interfaces to the access points. The HDK provides ethernet connectivity, power, and the platform for prototyping platforms. The HDK can be used as a standalone device without resources needed from the host access point. Once a proof-of-concept is validated, developers can create modules that easily plug into an access point's expansion module connector point.
For more information on ADP, check out the platform docs. ADP is available through Cisco's DevNet community, and developers can test out sample ADP code in DevNet sandboxes. Cisco encourages developers to engage with Cisco in the ADP community or by contacting ADP support.