Our plug-and-play gateways are a robust solution to automatically capture data from Bluetooth devices, connect devices in locations with bad mobile reception, or to minimize required user interaction. The Linux based software can be deployed on any compatible hardware.
Run the Linux-based gateway software on your existing hardware, off-the-shelf Raspberry Pi boards or integrate it with your mobile application.
The Rapsberry Pi gateways only need to be plugged in and get access to your local Wifi network - that's it. Everything else is automatically managed by the Device Hub.
Gateways will recover themselves after potential power losses. In combination with buffering data on devices, this will minimize the risk of losing any data.
The bootloader is ready for firmware-over-the-air distribution to stay updated. The gateway works seamlessly with the Device Hub for monitoring and remote configuration.
In combination with the Device Hub, our gateways are capable of roaming. The Device Hub will coordinate connections while a device travels through the gateway network.
Interested? We integrate our gateway software for your devices and mobile applications.
Stand-alone Hardware vs. Mobile Application
The flexibility to deploy our software as part of a mobile application or on stand-alone hardware allows you to choose the best solution for your specific use case.
Stand-alone hardware is a great solution for cost efficient, reliable and automated data collection – no mobile phone settings, user mistakes, software updates or battery life can interfere.
Mobile applications provide a communication channel, which can be a requirement for journaling, notifications or consultations. You can cut down on hardware cost by allowing users to bring their own phone. However, this will increase your software maintenance cost significantly, since you need to ensure compatibility with a multitude of hardware models and ever-changing operating systems. In any case, you will have to rely on users to keep their phone charged and to enable all functions required for a seamless data transmission.
Deployment on Stand-alone Hardware
For many applications, we recommend to use off-the-shelf hardware like the Raspberry Pi Zero W to deploy the gateway software. This is a very cost-efficient way to create a bi-directional connection between Bluetooth devices and a Wifi network within buildings.
In combination with the Device Hub, this allows Bluetooth devices to automatically receive updates or send data as soon as they come within reach of a gateway. While it is out of reach, data needs to be buffered on the device. If there are multiple gateways within reach of a device, the Device Hub will coordinate the roaming.
Integration with Mobile Applications
If your use case requires a mobile phone for user-device interactions or as a communication interface for alerts and statistics, it makes sense to use that mobile application as a gateway.
We can integrate our gateway software with your existing mobile application. This allows you to distribute firmware updates to your device via the mobile phone without the need to update the mobile application itself. At the same time, you can monitor your devices and route device data to your database.
As best practice, we recommend sending data end-to-end encrypted from the device via the mobile phone to your secure database. From there, data and analytics results can be shared back to the mobile application as far as required.
How It Works.
Standalone gateways need to be setup once with the local Wifi network.
A lean mobile app for the setup workflow is available. Alternatively, this workflow can be integrated with your existing mobile application.
Users scan for gateways within reach and select the gateway to be set up. Next, they scan for available Wifi networks, select their network, and provide the network credentials. After this, the gateway will re-connect automatically after an eventual power loss.
Everything else is set up on the Device Hub, which includes device-gateway assignment and roaming.
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