How does it work?
BACE makes it possible to collect data from your assets accurately, safely, and easily. When you attach the BACE to an asset, it immediately retrieves data from the asset, sends that data to the Cloud and the collected data is displayed in real time on your portal or a portal tailor-made by Evalan. The solution is plug and play.
The BACE technology
BACE consists of a hardware module and a Cloud application that are connected via the LTE-M / NB-IoT infrastructure, part of the 4G network. This allows BACE to provide long distance connectivity. The hardware module can exchange data with the asset via various protocols such as RS485 / Modbus, CANbus, UART and others. The Cloud application can supply this data to a portal via an API. BACE uses the IoT Hub of the Microsoft Azure Cloud and BACE controls all IoT functions between the module and the Cloud, such as data transmission, security, Over-The-Air software updates, provisioning, and commissioning.
The BACE module can be supplied with optional sensors, such as temperature, light intensity, humidity, and presence. In addition, BACE can also communicate with external sensors via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (BLE). Other sensors already available in the module are a CO2 sensor or RFID scanner. Evalan can supply these sensors, but it is also possible to connect your own sensors.
Each BACE module receives a unique encryption key and can securely send data to the Cloud. The encryption key is stored on a secure element of Microchip, a secure hardware-based key store. The data is then displayed on a tailor-made portal or an existing dashboard of the customer. BACE can be linked to new assets but also to the assets that are already in the field. In this way, the installed base can also be included in the digital transition.
3 ways in which BACE can be implemented
- As an IoT connector
In this scenario, we include the IoT Hub with associated software update, security, provisioning, and data transfer functions from the IoT modules to the cloud. From there, the data is forwarded via an API to your cloud platform, portal, dashboard, or application. This means that you do not have to worry about security, data storage and transmission capabilities.
- As an end-to-end IoT solution
Here we offer the complete end-to-end solution that collects, stores, processes and displays data in a dashboard. It is easy to implement and no further development work is required.
- As an IoT module
The BACE sends the data directly to your cloud and dashboard, requiring some customization to realize the right solution. This option is ideal if you already have your own Cloud platform and interfaces and want to get more data on your platform.