To quote the standard itself:
The OGC SensorThings API is an OGC standard specification for providing an open and unified way to interconnect IoT devices, data, and applications over the Web. The SensorThings API is an open standard, builds on Web protocols and the OGC Sensor Web Enablement standards, and applies an easy-to-use REST-like style.
SensorThings API provides access to up-to-date measurement information that is:
This means that data from the API can be easily viewed using a normal Web Browser. One can simply navigate from one object to the next by clicking the URLs provided within the data.
For more information, please see the following sections:
If you’re more for a hands-on approach, you can also just start playing with some of our services. Here’s the link for near-real-time air quality data:
For context, a viewer operating on this endpoint:
The OGC SensorThings API is a RESTful API. Here is a quick table that lists the major functions of the API:
|v1.1/Type||Get all of type||Create|
|v1.1/Type(id)||Get one of type||Update||Delete|
|v1.1/Type(id)/Entity||Get linked entity|
|v1.1/Type(id)/EntitySet||Get all linked||Create Linked|