Arrayent Internet-Connect Development Kit for Low Power RF™ Networks
The Arrayent Internet-Connect Development Kit for Low Power RF enables you to quickly demonstrate reliable, low cost connectivity between your home or office electronic devices and a web browser within a day
Arrayent’s Internet-Connect Service is ideal for product companies seeking to connect their products to web applications and Internet browsers with:
- Low cost gateway (< $5 BOM)
- Low endpoint cost because Arrayent’s web application server virtualization technology eliminates the need for a web app server in the endpoint.
- Quick and easy installation (automatic pairing and consumer firewall traversal; no fixed IP address required)
- Full-house range
The Arrayent DevKit enables you in just a few easy steps to wirelessly connect your hardware device to a web-based application viewable on a smart phone or PC Internet browser. The DevKit has been designed to let you configure a complete Internet controlled product that requires no software development.
The Arrayent Development Kit includes two hardware components, a DevKit server account, and two software development tools
- RF Module
Connects your product’s analog and digital I/Os to a sub-GHz RF link.
- Ethernet Gateway
connects the RF link to the Internet
- Internet Connect Server Account
Provides access to Arrayent’s servers, APIs and tools.
Web application to define product attributes
- Utility Application
Web application to demonstrate your connected product functionality in lieu of developing a product web application.
Once connected, you can remotely monitor and control your product via a PC or smart phone browser using the Utility Application or your own web application.
Arrayent’s Low Power RF Module (based on the Texas Instruments CC1110, low power RF transceiver with 8051 MPU) incorporates Arrayent’s embedded technology along with I/Os to connect your product quickly to a web application. The following I/Os are available on the board:
- Digital Input lines to sense on/off conditions
- Digital Output lines to control devices such
as relays or LEDs
- Analog Input lines to sense proportional
signals such as temperature or light
- RS-232 interface to support the transfer of
more complex information
AES encryption can be used to insure that all
information is securely transmitted.
The Ethernet Gateway connects the RF Module to the Internet. Simply connect the Gateway to a router and it will automatically connect to the Arrayent servers, automatically traversing consumer NAT firewalls, eliminating the need for fixed IP addresses.
Internet Connect Service
Arrayent’s redundant server infrastructure maintains product and end customer databases as well as handling calls via Web Service APIs from product web applications. The Service enables your customers to access their products from anywhere at anytime.
The Configurator is a powerful web-based tool for the creation and configuration of devices, customer attributes and customer databases without any software development. The Configurator automatically creates the appropriate database on the server for Arrayent’s Utility Application to create a product control panel.
Configurator Screen Shot
The Utility Application is a web-based application that verifies and demonstrates the Internet connectivity of your product. The Utility App can be used to monitor and control all aspects of the device.
Utility Application Showing Device Status
Utility Application showing Time Series
Arrayent’s DevKit supports four phases of
product development. Each stage enables
additional product functionality.
In Phase 1 you monitor and control the RF Module from both the Utility App and an example website right out of the box.
In phase 2, you connect your own devices to the RF Module’s I/Os, define the functionality with the Configurator. Within an hour you can use the Utility App to monitor and control your device.
This is an optional phase where additional data and functionality may be added using the RS232 serial interface on the RF Module to download/upload more complex data types to/from your device. Modifications to your device’s firmware are likely required.
In phase 4, you create your own product application web site with the required user interface. Arrayent’s Web Service APIs provide all the hooks you need to monitor and control your device through the RF Module. Creating your own web site from the supplied sample web site may take a day or more, depending on the complexity of the product application you create.