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Licensing model to start offering services to clients
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Eduardo
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September 28, 2017 - 4:41 am
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Hi There.

All my current tests and prototypes for IoT stuff (usually Arduino and Wemos boards) have been doing using ThingSpeak. So far I feel fairly familiar with this platform.

I have an specific product that may be suitable for clients. So now I'm starting to consider what would be a proper licensing model for this.

If I use the free service, I would have to stay under 4 updates / minute (which is not bad still) but I would have to manage everything under my own account and I wouldn't be able to provide private access to my clients to their own readings (they would have access to all the clients' readings)

 

If I purchase a license ($usd/year), I see that I would be able to update up to once a second, but I don't see how I would manage users.

 

Summarizing, is there any licensing model that allows me to manage different clients, so I have access to design their views, and I can offer them an access to ONLY their own views?

 

Thanks in advance

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If you are using ThingSpeak for commercial use, a standard commercial license is required.  There are two options to consider with regard to managing data views for clients.

 Option 1:  Use ThingSpeak as a back end for data collection and analysis.  In this case, you would collect all your client data under your commercial ThingSpeak account. You would designate all channels as private and only you would be able to see the data.  To share the data and channel views with your clients, you can use the private sharing feature which allows you to share certain channels with email addresses that you specify.  The users will need a ThingSpeak account (free) and will have a read only view of the their data. 

 Option 2:  Use ThingSpeak as a back end for data collection and analysis.  Again, in this case, you would collect all your client data under your commercial account.  You would then build and host your own front end, and you would manage the user logins to this front end.  You can embed the appropriate ThingSpeak charts behind the login.  This option is more involved, but gives you the flexibility to brand the page as the clients  would be logging into your service.

 For more details, email thingspeak-sales@mathworks.com.

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