Altair SmartWorks IoT AnythingDB allows users to create a digital model of the world that their applications can interact with.

AnythingDB is a specially designed, flexible, secure database to help smart product developers create a model and then display it in their application. It helps you capture and access metadata for devices, processes, users, tasks, or any other entity which is considered in your application. AnythingDB is the backbone of your application, providing context to analytics and a digital twin to applications.

This metadata is separated into Categories which group similar objects together and make it easy to query them through the API. For example, "devices" might be one Category, while "tasks" might be another Category. This separation allows you to control access to entire Categories of objects and makes your queries in the front end much more focused.

Categories house Things, which are instances of objects you might find in your smart product ecosystem. Using the "devices" and "tasks" example above, Things in these Categories might be a single device or task for a user, respectively.

The AnythingDB also provides a useful tool for creating Things quickly and reliably called Models. Models are like templates for Things; you create a Model to stamp out many identical instances of a particular Thing.

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Note: To get started, first create a Category. Then you can start building your Things and communicating with them.

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