- October 13, 2017
- Moxa Technologies Inc
October 13, 2017—To serve the needs of system integrators and engineers developing applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Moxa has launched the IIoT Gateway Starter Kit, which includes built-in support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). This data-acquisition-ready kit provides a platform designed to simplify development of IIoT solutions by providing all the essentials needed to get data from edge devices to cloud services, and with little to no programming required.
The first main component of the starter kit is ThingsPro Gateway, a ready-to-run data-acquisition software platform that simplifies the complex task of transferring edge data to the cloud.
To simplify getting data, ThingsPro Gateway provides a Modbus framework to connect with Modbus RTU/TCP devices and SCADA systems. It also includes network support for 4G connectivity, wireless failover, firewalls, and VPN to ensure that data can be securely retrieved from remote field sites.
To get data into the cloud, it has built-in client support for services such as AWS IoT and Cirrus Link Sparkplug. By integrating the AWS IoT Device SDK, ThingsPro Gateway lets users set up tags and devices on AWS IoT. They can then transfer field data to various AWS cloud services—such as Amazon Kinesis, AWS Lambda, and Amazon S3—to collect, process, and store data. The starter kit also supports running AWS Greengrass to perform computing, messaging, data caching, and sync functions locally. Furthermore, with the built-in Cirrus Link Sparkplug SDK, users can connect IIoT Gateways to the Inductive Automation Ignition Platform or another MQTT server.
Finally, for those who need more customized solutions, ThingsPro Gateway includes C and Python APIs, designed to accelerate application development and create a tailored solution that meets specific needs.
The other main component is the UC-8112 Edge Computer – an industrial-grade ready-to-deploy communication-centric computing platform that packs a 1 GHz ARM processor, 512 MB RAM, two LAN ports, and two serial ports. It provides a platform suitable for a variety of applications, and is available in a temperature model that can operate in harsh environments from to -40 to 75°C. It also has a range of wireless accessories available to add LTE or Wi-Fi connectivity if needed. For those who are already developing a proof of concept with a Raspberry Pi, they can migrate their applications to the UC-8112 to transform their IIoT ideas from being prototypes to becoming solutions suitable for industrial application and mass production.
By putting together the UC-8112 Edge Computer hardware and ThingsPro Gateway software, the IIoT Gateway Starter Kit presents a solution for remote monitoring, data acquisition, and data processing applications for a variety of IIoT applications, including solar energy, wind power, electric vehicle charging stations, water and wastewater monitoring, and smart manufacturing.