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Please see our WIKI for everything you need to know about the care and feeding of a nimbits instance and client development.

nimbits server is a web portal and API designed to store and process time and location stamped data, filter incoming data and trigger events based on rules. It stores data in a way that makes it fast and easy to retrieve chunks of data sets using date ranges or gps coordinates.

Further, it is designed to run on small java embedded devices like a RaspberryPi, J2EE servers like Apache Tomcat and finally on clouds like Google App Engine and Amazon EC2. This lets you build a topgraphy of servers all connected to each other. Small instances can filter noise from sensors and relay data up to larger servers for display on a website, for example. is a java client that wraps the api to make it easy to automate the server and log data from a java or android app. Part of the maven central repository and JCenter, it’s easy to import it into your projects.

Basic Concept

Nimbits is structured as a tree of entities. All entities have a name, unique id and a parent. The top level entity is you. Entities are data points, rule triggers, calculations, alerts or anything else. Data Points are buckets that contain many values. Values are structured like this:


   long timestamp: unix time in ms
   double value: a number value, current sensor reading, or a tempurature etc
   latitude, longitude: gps coords
   String text data: any string, JSON or XML payloads for example.
   String meta data: another handy string field for filtering data


All fields are optional except the timestamp. You record many Values into a Data Point where they are stored. Based on rules you configure, incoming values may be ignored (such as noise from a sensor), trigger calculations, relayed to other servers etc.

With the API, you POST value objects that can trigger events like high alters, or run a rule like a webhook based on the incoming data. You can then perform GET requests to download a series of data based on filter criteria such as a date range.

Project Structure

nimbits server

Understanding the API

The API is a restful web service that uses HAL standards. This means that API responses include self links and navigatable links that allow you to browse the api as if it was a web site. One of the best ways to understand the api is to:

The response will be your user entity and you’ll be viewing the top level of your entity tree.

You can install plugins in your browser for formatting json and adding authentication headers.

The API uses basic authentication, so you should also use a browser plugin to add a header like this:

Authorization: Basic username:password

or you can base64 encode your user name and password for added security:

Authorization: Basic dm9yZGVsOnZvcmRlbA==

You can then browse the api and see how every object can be represented by it’s unique ID:


You can PUT updated to the object, post data values and get a series of data

For more on what you can do with the API, reference the WIKI


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