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Mbed Edge

Mbed Edge expands Mbed Cloud’s device management capabilities to onboard, control and manage devices using IoT gateways.

Gateways play a critical role in IoT networks by acting as a bridge between local wired and wirelessly connected devices, and in many cases running local applications to control devices. Enterprises deploying gateways with Mbed Edge can be assured of high uptime and ability to recover quickly from hardware failure through rich gateway management capabilities. They will be able to create and deploy simple rules across their network to manage IoT device endpoints uninterrupted, even if the gateway loses connectivity to the cloud.

Mbed Edge offers three sets of functionalities, including the ability to connect to and manage IP and legacy connected devices, gateway management and diagnostics, and edge compute.
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Protocol Translation

Many legacy devices connect using communication protocols that are not IP-compatible, such as Modbus and BACnet. Mbed Edge enables these protocols to be translated into IP so non-IP devices can connect to Mbed Cloud and be managed alongside other IP connected devices.

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Gateway Management

Mbed Edge offers a set of capabilities to increase resiliency of IoT gateways and minimize costly down time. Key capabilities include alarm notifications, process, resource, and interface management, alongside detailed diagnostic capabilities.

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Edge Compute

Mbed Edge provides a local application execution environment and compute resources to enable processing of rules and data on the gateway itself. This capability also enables the gateway to take independent action if the connection to the cloud is lost, thereby minimizing productivity down time.

Cloud Edge Use Cases

Connected Building

An application running on the Edge (gateway) controlling the temperature via the thermostats/HVAC in the building by detecting the movement of inhabitants and the time of day, to save overall energy.

Smart Utility

A utility company is able to provide insights into the usage of electric consumption from meter to their customers, and provide additional security services by analyzing video data from IP camera on the gateway, and alerting the end customer.

Smart Fleet Management

An application which monitors a vehicle’s fuel consumption in the gateway and analyzing the data in real time, by comparing its maximum achievable fuel economy based on current conditions, and providing real-time feedback to the driver to achieve optimal performance in terms of fuel consumption.

Protocol Translation

As more industries look to leverage IoT to improve their products and services, they will need to connect a large population of non-IP endpoints that have already been deployed. For example, in smart buildings we have seen endpoints that use Zigbee for lighting, BACnet for HVAC control and Modbus for Thermostats.

The protocol translation functionality provided by Mbed Edge bridges such non-IP enabled devices to communicate over IP networks. This enables these devices to be onboarded, controlled, and managed from Mbed Cloud.

It also enables IoT deployments at the edge, alongside management capabilities to diagnose problems in the field and recover quickly from hardware failures. Mbed Edge offers Mbed Cloud customers the ability to add new services with an opportunity to expand their IoT network to a whole new set of endpoints.

Gateway Management

In many cases, gateways play a critical role in the day to day operations of IoT networks, such as a production line on a factory floor or a wind turbine farm running smoothly. However, problems always arise, whether it’s a critical sensor which has gone offline or connectivity to an actuator losing connectivity intermittently. In many cases these problems require immediate attention before the situation gets out of hand. Mbed Edge provides critical capabilities to help alert, diagnose, and in some cases, rectify the problem.

Key capabilities include:
  • Constant gateway configuration backup to restore and revert to previous configurations in the event of software errors.
  • Back up entire images of the gateway and restore the gateway to the original state in the event of hardware failure.
  • Diagnose and resolve critical issues on the gateway with process, resource management and interface management.

Computing at the Edge

Having local compute resources in an IoT gateway is beneficial in two ways.

First, it allows the gateway to drive simple applications without the need to receive instructions from the cloud. For example, a simple rule that monitors pressure levels on a production line which stops the production line if a threshold is reached should function regardless of cloud availability.

Second, in many instances the raw stream of data, when functioning normally, does not all need to go to the cloud and can be discarded at the edge, especially when connected to the cloud via metered connections such as cellular.

Mbed Edge enables the seamless synchronization and deployment of applications created in Mbed Cloud to selected Mbed Edge devices.

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