MQTT Server – Connect your IOT Devices now

MQTT Server – Connect your IOT Devices now

MQTT server is the hosted version of the IoT PlatformMQTTRoute is a simple application helps you build an IoT Application that can run on a single machine.  IoT Platform is a micro services based application that can be scaled vertically and horizontally to manage multiple tenants and clients. The hosted version of the MQTT Server is available at MQTTServer.com

MQTT Server – key features

  • Support for MQTT protocol over TCP and Web Socket.
  • Secure User login for each user.  Adding multiple user hierarchy for each tenant.
  • Connect and enable secure communication with MQTT connection between your devices.
  • Individual Access Keys for every user and can be specified at Device level.
  • Option to define roles – Publish Only, Subscribe Only and Publish & Subscribe
  • Rules engine to transform MQTT message.
  • Widgets and Dashboards to visualize Data in real time.

You can now connect your devices to the end point  devices.mqttserver.com and port 1883 via TCP and to port 8000 for Web socket connectivity.  We created the MQTT message Broker as per the MQTT protocol Standard (publish & subscribe messaging protocol). It supports three Quality of service levels, Persistent sessions, Last WILL & more with minimum network bandwidth. Hence it works with all the standard MQTT clients. Some of the MQTT Clients you can use are :

Eclipse Paho – Open source client implementations for Web Sockets.
Mosquitto Client – Open source C based Client.
Bevywise MQTT Clients – Our own implementation of  MQTT Client library which supports Linux & Windows based OS. Client also runs on MAC and Raspbian.

You will be able to connect your devices and development boards by configuring them as well.  A detailed help documentation of how to set up your clients and connect to the broker servers. The Platform also has REST based APIs to create Mobile Applications over using the data.

 

If you are looking for clients for any specific language, you can choose one of the clients from the Github.

 

Do write to support if you are looking for a rebranded MQTT Server to be hosted for your devices.

High availability MQTT Cluster

High availability MQTT Cluster

High availability MQTT Cluster is very important for any IoT deployments in production environment. Failures can happen due to Software failures, Disk errors, network connectivity, Hardware component failures, etc.,  To ensure that your services are up and running always to your customers without a single point of failure, the  services need to be functionally and physically redundant. By default MQTT protocol a publish and subscribe model does not support high availability.  But the resilient and fault tolerant high availability set up can be done with simple steps with the right MQTT Broker. With the latest release, Bevywise MQTT Broker comes up with the high availability server which avoids failure for MQTT communication. This article helps you to set up a high availability MQTT Cluster with the high availability server of Bevywise MQTT Broker

Database Cluster High Availability

Data Storage is a crucial component for any production application. It is mandatory to have a Master/ Slave set up for your database storage. You can refer to the Digital Ocean document for setting up the same. Alternatively you can use Amazon RDS or Azure Data Store which by default provides the redundancy of the Data storage and much more features like time based snapshots for recovery.

Dockerize the MQTT Broker

You can either run the MQTT broker using our scripts or dockerize it if needed. A Complete article on how to dockerize the MQTT Broker is available here. Dockerizing will provide you some assistance in service manageability like auto restart and more. You can get your copy of the FREE MQTT Broker from the download page.

The distributed cluster set up

High availability server is designed to ensure that the broker is consistently functional without any failures by creating a cluster set up. The cluster set up benefit yourself by enabling failover if any of the MQTT Broker you are using is inaccessible. Consider if you have numerous devices connected to the single MQTT Broker / server. There is a high chance of any malfunctions to happen, and the MQTT Broker may eventually fail, losing the data. This is where a clustered set up comes in. This distributed architecture enables you to have two or more MQTT Broker / servers, that if one of the Broker / cluster node stops working, the other cluster node/MQTT Broker will perform taking the responsibility without any interruptions on the client side. The cluster nodes are considered to be the MQTT Brokers.

For ambitious MQTT deployments with many millions of clients, any number of broker nodes can be deployed & the data can be distributed maintaining stability and availability.  Even if network splits occur or any kind of connectivity problem between nodes arises, the cluster as a whole is still available, as long as at least a single node is still healthy, and heals itself in error scenarios. This is because, whatever be the count of MQTT servers, everything will be in active state, and the data will be distributed between the nodes. So, the healthy one will take the role of publishing the data to the subscribed client.

A Role of Load Balancer

The high availability cluster set up also includes the Load balancer. The role of this load balancer is to balance the incoming connections to your broker infrastructure. It is a decision maker to decide which MQTT Broker/server/cluster node in the cluster should take the role of failed MQTT server. The decision could be based on the weightage or the performing ability of the MQTT Broker. Install any load balancer of your choice and set up port forwarding.

How to set up High Availability MQTT Broker

Let us consider you have 6 clients & two MQTT Brokers 1 & 2 finally one load balancer & a high availability server.

mqtt-high availability-architecture

Here is how the set up could be.

The two MQTT Brokers are connected & clustered using the high availability server. The MQTT messages will be distributed between all the brokers & cluster nodes. So if any of the broker fails, the load balancer will decide which MQTT Broker should start publishing the messages to the connected clients. This prevents failure.

To enable the high availability set up, do the below mentioned configurations in the conf file.

HAServer.conf

 

Here you can configure the HAServer port number and connect the broker with HAServer.

 

[HA_SERVER]

 

HA_port = 2000

 

Now Open terminal & go to ./Bevywise/MQTTRoute/Bevywise/HAServer/bin

& run sh startserver.sh for linux

 

Double click startserver.bat for windows

The configuration should also be done in the broker.conf file with this HAServer IP and port

[DISTRIBUTOR]

 

DISTRIBUTION_ENABLED = NO

# YES || NO

 

# The port and the IP Address to which the HA server is running

# If you run the HA server in another machine. Use the IP of that machine.

 

DISTRIBUTION_IP = 127.0.0.1

DISTRIBUTION_PORT = 2000

 

Set the distribution enabled as YES.

DISTRIBUTION_IP & DISTRIBUTION_PORT refers to the IP address & port to which the HA server is running.

If the HA server is running in another machine, mention the IP of that machine.Your MQTT high availability cluster set up is ready now. Hope this blog post provides a clear understanding on high availability cluster. Try yourself by setting it up.

Bevywise MQTT Broker is the fastest & best MQTT Broker that will be helpful if you are planning to run an IoT deployment of tens of thousands of devices for a single business or a few business that falls under a single use case.

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MQTT Broker Comparison – MQTTRoute vs Mosquitto

MQTT Broker Comparison – MQTTRoute vs Mosquitto

MQTT is one of the most widely adopted protocols today in the IoT Arena. There are a lot of MQTT Brokers available for your solution implementation.  Choosing the right one that fits your criteria makes your project more than 50% complete. Developers should evaluate and lay out distinct quality aspects of all available Brokers to make a right choice. In an article earlier this year, we wrote about How to choose a perfect MQTT server for your implementation. Bevywise MQTTRoute is a commercial MQTT server built using C and python. Similarly,  Mosquitto is one of the fastest open source broker built on C. This article gives a high level overview of the MQTT Broker comparison between MQTTRoute and Mosquitto.

MQTT Compliance

Both Mosquitto and Bevywise are built as per MQTT protocol specification like publish message format, command messages, QoS(Quality of Service), retain, Wild card topics and error handling etc.

MQTT Security

Security of a broker is largely determined by the user configuration and only to a lesser extent by the broker’s security features. These include authentication and authorization mechanisms, as well as encryption support. In that case both MQTT Brokers support high level device authentication & TLS/SSL MQTT security. With the recent update, Bevywise MQTTRoute comes with the custom authentication functionality to execute centralized identity management / authentication.

High Availability

MQTT Broker must be highly available in order to never miss / loss any MQTT data. It should be up and running without any failure and hence you need MQTT clusters for it. In that case, Bevywise MQTTRoute supports clustering which can be used to set up 99.99% high availability MQTT cluster. As of now Mosquitto doesn’t handle high availability in it.

MQTT Data Persistence

IOT / IIoT is not about communication. It is about storing data for future analysis and decision-making. Mosquitto by default process all the message communication in memory. There is an option to store data of subscription into a file (mosquitto.db). But this file cannot be used outside the application. However, MQTTRoute comes with a default option to store data into MySQL, SQLite & PostgreSQL.  We recommend MySQL for deployments and the application you are building can also query the database in parallel. In addition MQTTRoute allows you to write data into ElasticSearch, MongoDB or any other storage using the plugin system built into the it.

MQTT Dashboard

One of the critical issue in the MQTT Implementation today is that the manager applications are built over data received by an MQTT client that subscribe to #. But, this is not the right as the meta information of the data is lost. So this mandates the need for the Broker to be integral part of the application. Keeping this in mind, we have built the UI into the MQTT Broker. We have built a comprehensive MQTT Dashboard as part of the MQTTRoute as well as the Platform. Also, MQTTRoute supports creating multiple dashboards with some pre-built widgets intended to provide better visualization of data. However, Mosquitto does not have any User interface as the data persistence itself is not available. There are some third party User interfaces which are built as a client.

Customization

Above all, The default web interface of the MQTTRoute can be customized as needed. The Product can be white labelled. Mosquitto as a open source MQTT broker can be customized to a larger extent. But the customization is more on the C layer for the Mosquitto and all the building blocks over it need to be recreated. Bevywise MQTTRoute on the other hand allows customization at the appliation layer. Some of the customization includes changing the User interface, advanced visualization, transforming data before storage. Moreover, Bevywise MQTTRoute is not just a Broker, it is a complete IoT application suite with the extendable custom hooks. The custom hooks include Custom UI server, Custom scheduler, Custom data store & Custom authentication.

Integration

Data Hooks, REST API and ML/AI Integration are the three major integration end points of the Bevywise MQTTRoute. MQTTRoute makes a huge leap ahead when you want to build an application over the Mosquitto. With the support of AI/ML integration you can add a ML algorithm into MQTTRoute to automate your machine learning process. Other than REST API’s, Bevywise MQTT server can be customizable to integrate with other MQTT based tools like Google pub/sub, Redis, tableau, modbus and more. Besides that, the cost and the effort spent on customization will be very minimal when compared to Mosquitto.

MQTT Broker Performance Comparison 

Performance of MQTT Broker depends on two main metrics one is the maximum sustainable throughput and the other is the average latency. The first metric is the maximum sustainable throughput at which the Broker is able to process all communicated messages. In terms of sustainability, Mosquitto is built on C and Bevywise MQTTRoute is built on a combination of C & Python for easy extendability and performance. Mosquitto is the fastest MQTT server available today when run as just a message broker. Bevywise MQTTRoute has a throughput at par with the Mosquitto.

The next one is the average latency from publisher to subscriber in a given scenario. Short latencies are important for many IoT applications, where live monitoring of data is desired. In terms of latency, both has a has lower latency/message delivery time across all QOSes. And also, MQTTRoute has the exposure of better latency (less round the trip time) than Mosquitto in QOS 0. To know more on MQTT Broker performance, have a look at the performance comparison study done by University of Szeged, Hungary.

Support & Consulting

MQTTRoute comes with a FREE Support where in we do consluting for your implementation while you will not be getting these supports on the Open Source Brokers. We also provide FREE email / chart support for FREE users. Read more about our support policy.

MQTT Broker comparison Table

Features

MQTTRoute

Mosquitto

Protocol

MQTT, Web socket

MQTT, WebSocket

Visualization of Data

In built Dashboard with details of Devices level. Manage devices with send command, create Rules via UI. Multiple dashboard & widgets support.

Customizable.

thrid party plugin

Security

TLS/SSL,

device level Authentication,

Custom Authentication

TLS / SSL ,

device level authentication

Inbuilt Storage Options

MySQL / SQLite / PostgreSQL

Allows Third-party application to read.

Store data in-memory & File

Only for Internal purpose

Extendable data Storage

Extension based Storage using Custom_storage option. Prebuilt connectors available in Github.

third party plugins for Storage

OS

Windows, Windows server, Linux, Mac and Raspberry Pi

Linux, Mac, Windows and BSD

Rule Engine

YES. Custom Rules can be added from the User Interface.

No

Error Log

YES. Time Out errors , Authentication, Packet errors are deducted and shown on the UI.

Yes, Enabled at the conf file and show in the Terminal

Localization

Yes. Option to customize to any language

No

Clustering

Yes.

No. One used as a single cluster

SaaS based

Yes. IoT Platform supports SaaS based Scalable architecture

No.

Throttling

Developed and will be available soon

Yes

Complete MQTT Standard Support

Yes

Yes

Integration

REST API , Data Plugins, ML/AI

Only DATA Plugins

Docker Support

Yes

Yes

Whitelabel

Yes

Yes

Open source

No

Yes

Built on

C / Python language

C language

MQTT version

Current support MQTT 3.1.1 and MQTT 5 coming soon

Current support MQTT 3.1.1 and MQTT 5 coming soon

Support

24×7 live support via Telephone, Whattsapp, Email.

Forum support

 

The overall MQTT Broker comparison between MQTTRoute & Mosquitto will help you choose the best one for your IoT implementation.

You can try the Bevywise MQTTRoute by downloading it FREE now. The new version of MQTT server, MQTTRoute 3.3 is available with Mobile App support to monitor devices using android smart phone.

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Get MQTTRoute app now on play store.

Note – An exclusive FREE Raspberry pi MQTT Broker is now available for budding developers to get their IoT implementation done.

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Bevywise IoT for Education

Bevywise IoT for Education

IoT is the future connectivity, Are we enabling the classrooms of today to embrace and adapt with the technology!”.

Industries of today like manufacturing, logistics and more have adapted the IOT technology transformation to build custom implementation and powerful analytical applications using AI/ML integration with IOT application framework. So are the education industry ready for the challenge to groom the students for the IOT revolution?

No problem, Bevywise IOT for education is here to guide you all the way.

Package with Benefits

Bevywise facilitates the intuitive understanding of deterministic concepts with the IoT Educational pack. For instance, with Bevywise Enterprise MQTT Broker setup in the premise, students and teachers can manipulate joint deterministic distributions to perform inference. Integrate AI/ML and configure dynamic messages into the MQTTRoute. Students are granted access to write custom code, deploy AI/ML algorithms with the high extendable python hooks to customize UI with dynamic data and to visualize on own widgets and graphs to make decisions. Bevywise IOT platform provides custom MQTT clients for custom implementation for all resources in the institutions.

The available powerful Bevywise IOT Simulator allows to share interactive models with your audience, without having to install any software on their computer. It is configured to specific network and helps students to test and create templates, connect multiple devices to the Manager application. Students will be able to emulate real scenarios without the real devices.

More Affordable IoT Educational Pack

Recognizing the limited budgets available for academic, we offer and released a specially-priced version of our Bevywise IoT for Education, which is specifically designed and only available to accredited academic institutions.

The FREE Student version helps individual students learn by themselves with setting up the products on their laptop. We have added more value into the Research Edition and  University Edition at an affordable cost.

For more details on how you can utilize these packages for your Universities, talk to an expert or refer to the IOT for Education Page.

IoT Success Stories – MQTT Broker – FAB Controls

IoT Success Stories – MQTT Broker – FAB Controls

Monitoring or measuring serves to be an effective step to move towards proactive decisions. Because, monitoring is necessary to be attentive to any anomaly, no matter how small, to keep close watch on components. Besides that, you will be able to act in consequence of any situation. One of our customers, FAB Controls is an IoT solution provider  in the United Kingdom who provide IoT solutions to the lighting and energy industries. EmMonIT is their exclusive emergency lighting control solution. Their emergency lighting control device effectively monitors lighting continuously to ensure it is fully operational.This is one of our  IoT Success stories of MQTTRoute implementation.

Foolproof Emergency lighting

EmMonIT constantly checks status for emergency lighting. Besides that,the data is collected securely and it can be accessible anywhere at anytime. Therefore, any faults identified can be notified to the relevant parties. The continuous monitoring provides a virtual foolproof way to take actionable decisions to address any issues.

To know more about Emergency Monitor IT visit FAB Controls website.

Role of MQTTRoute in Lighting control

MQTTRoute plays a vital role in their emergency monitoring solution. MQTTRoute acts a central broker and therefore it collects data from lighting control devices and pushes it to Google pubsub to create simple and real-time visualization of data. As a result,The MQTTRoute implementation addresses their need and provides them a complete solution. This is one of our  IoT Success stories.

For more details and queries on MQTTRoute, you can visit our website.

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