R is one of the strongest players in data science. The aim is to connect its strength in data analysis with the actual data. By making it easier to directly connect R to the inputs of IoT devices or other applications such as websites/shiny, it will open new possibilities for open source developers around the world. Firebase offers the right features to enable those possibilities, and APIs for most languages other than R are already built.
The final product of this project, the FireData package, will connect the two great environments with each other. When we succeed, R users will have a new stable & intuitive database option and lots of projects can build on top of it.