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.
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.
- 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.