BACE (Build a Connection Everywhere) is the product line created by EVALAN to help anyone digitalize their assets and build state-of-the-art Internet of Things (IoT) applications quickly. BACE has two highly integrated parts: the BACE gateway and the BACE Cloud, a Platform as a Service (PaaS).
The BACE Cloud is an IoT platform that provides four pillar services and combines several applications to help you build an IoT solution, without having you worry about building and maintaining the underlying infrastructure.
BACE Platform as a Service
IoT platforms aim to give companies a head-start when building IoT systems. In that sense, their offering can vary but will always focus on one or more of the building blocks of an IoT system.
BACE Cloud as a platform provides the benefit of only having to deal with us as the only provider and encompasses four main features or pillars: 1) a connectivity service; 2) IoT connectors; 3) the BACE Panel for management; and 4) integration services.
Pillar 1: Connectivity
All BACE gateways ship with a built-in eSim card managed by EVALAN so that our customers don’t worry about the details of how their assets connect to Cloud via LTE-M, Ethernet or Wi-Fi. In that sense, our customers get the benefits of:
- Getting the best global connectivity.
- Visibility on the data usage and connectivity status.
Pillar 2: IoT Connectors
The BACE IoT platform supports several protocols out-of-the-box, to allow different devices and systems to communicate with each other without writing any code. IoT Connectors enable a wide range of use-cases and products from the moment that the BACE gateway is turned on.
This essentially means that our clients don’t need to know any low-level protocol details as we provide them with a simple no-code onboarding experience to get a solution faster and without complication.
Pillar 3: Device management
This pillar allows our customers to manage, monitor and configure all their IoT devices from a single platform: the BACE Panel. Through this service, they can ensure that everything is running smoothly and securely and can quickly respond to any issues that may arise.
Through the BACE Panel our customers can see the health status of the entire IoT data pipeline, including, for example, if a sensor is malfunctioning, if the power was accidentally cut off from a gateway or if the cellular connectivity is down. This allows them to see where the problem is coming from and act on it. If needed, access can be provided to EVALAN to help troubleshoot a problem.
Furthermore, the same Panel allows customers to configure and manage their devices remotely, thus allowing them to optimize performance, update assets to keep them fresh and improve the overall user experience.
Pillar 4: Integration
The information extracted from our customers’ assets —including system and device specific events— is organized, orchestrated and stored (by default for 90 days with extension options up to 10 years) before integrating it into their own application, database or system.
Our customers could stich data coming through the BACE Platform straight to a desktop or mobile application, for example to allow end users to control and monitor IoT devices or integrate that device information into a product analytics database.
The integration of all the information is done via an API (Application Programming Interface) and / or Webhook. As opposed to Webhook integration (which is one-directional), API integration is typically done to set up bi-directional communication between the assets and the BACE Platform and hence enable remote control of assets. In that sense, the method of integration is chosen by our clients based on their architecture, use case, and the weighing benefits for each method, for example:
- The advantage of an API integration is that the information is stored on the BACE Platform so our customer’s technical stack will be leaner.
- The advantage of a Webhook over an API is that the former requires less computational power from our customer.