Best MQTT Broker for IoT / IIoT Application Development

Best MQTT Broker for IoT / IIoT Application Development

The number of devices getting connected to the internet day over day is increasing astoundingly. Forbes estimate, by 2020, more than 34 billion devices will be online. MQTT is getting a huge adoption across industry and personal connectivity.  Hence, this mandates a need for a more powerful and highly extendable and best MQTT Broker for managing your devices. Bevywise MQTT Broker is a lightweight middleware that can help you work on your core business challenge and leave the data collection to the tool. Here we have listed some important criteria which makes Bevywise MQTT Broker standalone to be the best in the market.

Perfectly compliance with MQTT

Every MQTT Solution should support MQTT specification managed by OASIS MQTT Technical Committee. It should cent percent compliance with the MQTT standard specification. For more information, you can glean from the MQTT.org site.

 Bevywise MQTT Broker in that case, is built according to the  MQTT 3.1 and MQTT 3.1.1 version specifications. It connects any device and system reliably and securely via the standard MQTT messaging protocol. Beyond this MQTT 5 beta version is also available. Initially it is available only for ubuntu users.

Faster Throughput MQTT Broker

Fast and reliable message delivery / M2M connectivity is important for all IoT Applications.

Hence, we cautiously built the broker to get the best of both worlds. Therefore, We built the core engine on C and can give you the fastest throughput. The broker can read at a rate of 3 MB per second. For example, A typical deployment where devices send 50 bytes of data, the broker can handle 55,000 to 60,000 messages per second.

Data Analytics Integration

Enterprise / OEMs use a large number sensor to monitor and analyze their devices & product performance. One Size doesn’t fit all. This is true for every enterprise & OEMs going to implement IoT. As IOT is a diversified implementation, we allow users to store data into any of their engines as needed. You can process the data  by them before they send it to the storage. Some of the custom store implementation done by our customers.

You can use the custom store for the integration of the data received with any application. One of our customers has integrated the Broker with the softlab24 using the customer store. In addition, the new additional hooks will help you flexibly integrate your IoT data into any of the analytics for perfect visualization and data analysis.

We can provide a more customized integration of the MQTT Broker.  We would be happy to add your integration story here. Let us talk

Monitor & Create Custom Alarms

To Err is Human is the ultimate reason, why human invented machines. On the other hand, A continuous process industry, health care, logistics, National security and other mission-critical operations needs 24 X 7 monitoring. We built MQTTRoute with a Rule engine which helps administrators create event based rules for the sensor data. With this admins can easily create an alert message and send the message to a specific subscriber or web application. This help user from wasting human power and money.

MQTT Communication Security

With rapid increase IoT device connection to internet, many IoT bots or malicious data will crash the device and steal or know your data from via crashed device. Bevywise MQTT Broker has the most powerful and flexible security options. Enable TLS / SSL communication between your edge device & the MQTT Broker for a secure data flow. You can also create individual and highly secure authentication keys for each of your devices and make sure no one can intrude into the system. A custom auth plugin is available to integrate IAM (Identity Access Management) & SSO (Single sign on) for central management and control login access of users.

Best  MQTT Broker Dashboard

IoT application needs a 360 overview of device status and the real time data monitoring for decision-making and analysis.  An overall summary dashboard gives the complete real-time overview and general status of the system.

Hence, MQTTRoute is much more than a middleware. It provides an option to view the list of devices connected right now and dig deeper into each device by messages, subscriptions, etc.  You can use the User interface to send a device management command to any of the devices. Administrators will be able to add Authentication keys from the user Interface dynamically without a Broker restart. Users can easily change the broker to their language via localization support. The MQTT Broker UI is also built with a dynamic update of the data from the server without a refresh for better monitoring of devices. Choosing the best MQTT Broker will mostly rely on the customizable dashboards which is the key for application output. Hence, Bevywise MQTT Broker provides option to customize UI with python hooks to integrate widgets based on Industrial / Business needs. You will be able to design your own UI to make it flexible for your industry.

With the latest update, we have added the support of creating multiple dashboard along with some built-in widgets from user interface itself.

High availability support

MQTT Broker should not fail as it is a necessary part of any IoT Application’s messaging framework. Failures can occur due to poor network connectivity, software and hardware component failures & more. Hence, Messaging services should be functionally available to ensure that they are up and running always. That’s why High availability MQTT Cluster is crucial for any IoT deployments.

Bevywise MQTT Broker is one such middleware which has cluster capability with High Availability server that will not fail and ensure that they are highly available.

Read this article to set up high availability MQTT Cluster with the MQTT Broker.

REST API Integration

In spite of MQTT being a powerful Communication protocol, we should not use them for building manager application integration. Refer to the best practices why MQTT is not the right choice for the manager application. MQTT Broker comes with a rich set of REST APIs which can be used for integration of your manager and also for building mobile applications over MQTT Broker.

Run anywhere

MQTTRoute can be run on Windows 7  &  10 Desktop and Windows Server 2012 & 2016, Ubuntu, Redhat, Raspberry Pi & Mac OS. You can run Broker on premise, private cloud and public cloud as needed. The server application can be run as a windows service or can be run using MMonit, docker / Kubernettes or using OS Service rules.

Faster Development Cycle

The framework has been added with multiple hooks so that we will be able to build application much faster. You will be able to add your AI / ML code and also customize widgets as needed. In one of our hackathon event, we were able to build IoT Application in a day using MQTT Broker.

With the powerful key functionalities & hooks, MQTTRoute can be the best choice as a MQTT Broker to build & manage your IoT Applications.

A recent deeper analysis of MQTT Brokers in the market by University of Szeged, unveiled that Bevywise MQTTRoute stands second along with Mosquitto on the message processing performance. MQTTRoute defeats all prime MQTT Brokers such as HiveMQ, ActiveMQ with its message processing capabilities and better latency. Check out the comparative study now!

I believe this article will help you choose the best MQTT Broker. MQTT Broker App is now available with the new MQTT Broker version 3.3. You can control & manage MQTT devices using android with mobile app. Get Started with your IOT Implementation by downloading the FREE MQTT Broker now.

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MQTT Broker integration using REST API

MQTT Broker integration using REST API

In today’s world, the enterprise application system is incomplete without providing a way to integrate with other systems. Ergo,MQTT Broker integration with your application is very crucial for any process / production management application in Industrial and Customer implementation. To make such implementation feasible, MQTTRoute supports many integrations which include Relational DB, Data storage, Queue integration, Application integration, Social integration & finally Application/Mobile integration using REST APIs. Bevywise MQTT broker, MQTT protocol based publish subscribe model was built with options to store data into any back end data storage via the custom data store. You can visualize the data by storing the data into the storage. In addition, You can use the ready to use plugin to store data to Elastic and MongoDB. In addition to this, our recent update on MQTT Broker comes up with an extension to store the data in any of the big data engine for powerful analysis & Data hooks for any custom integration.

We are still working hard to make the MQTT Broker work more seamlessly with any of your application. Hence, we support the availability of APIs in our MQTT Broker with some additional interactions through which your IoT Application can manage your edge devices via the MQTT Broker.

Need of REST API Integration

In the digital world, the huge number of cloud / mobile applications & IoT devices keep on rising and hence the businesses are trying to find a beneficial use for these emerging sources. Any how, the biggest challenge lies in integrating these applications with other business operation systems to bring together into a unified whole which can be easily shared within one’s businesses. This is where REST APIs comes in, which permits the interaction between applications & servers to boost the product functional capability & getting data where & when they need it, creating an overall well-connected eco-system.

For example, in order to manage & control business / enterprise assets some organizations make a choice of cloud-based systems. Earlier, Business measures which have been stored within an existing organization are now locked behind such a third-party applications and web interfaces. Business’s need this information to make data-driven decisions, and APIs make that possible. APIs will break down the data access by defining the interactive commands for the application systems. Furthermore, APIs can also be used in the third-party integration tools to call for the data. They can be integrated with other application systems to process business inquiries.

MQTT Broker integration with REST API:

While building an IoT application, there is a need to control and manage the edge devices from the manager application. REST API will help you control your edge devices via the MQTT Broker with API request. It allows you to query MQTT clients, sessions, send messages, add new authentication keys. You can also query and monitor the connected devices.

We have carefully selected the most useful communication that is needed between any application and its broker to provide you the best management experience/functionality. The following are the list of interactions available now

  1. Send a message to any specific device.
  2. Send a message to all devices based on a subscription.
  3. Add a MQTT Device Authentication username and password dynamically from your application.
  4. Remove a MQTT Device Authentication String from the MQTT Broker
  5. Get the list of active devices connected right now to the MQTT Broker.
  6. Get the count of clients connected

For more details on the API, refer to the  MQTT Broker API page 

One of our customers, FAB Controls is an IoT solution provider in the United Kingdom who provides IoT solutions to the lighting and energy industries. EmMonIT is their elite solution for emergency lighting control. Their emergency lighting control device is efficacious in monitoring lighting steadily to set the seal on operating successfully. MQTTRoute plays an indispensable role in their emergency monitoring solution. MQTTRoute acts a central broker in this client server model and therefore it collects data from lighting control devices and pushes it to Google pubsub to create simple and real-time visualization of data. Besides this, as MQTTRoute supports REST APIs, the lighting control devices can be controlled & monitored from the manager application. This provides a virtual foolproof emergency lighting by enabling them to constantly check the status of emergency lighting anywhere at anytime.

Unsolicited Messages:

MQTT Broker now supports sending of Unsolicited messages to the Edge Device. Yes, you read it right. You can now send and receive data / messages to any specific device for a topic for which the client is not already subscribed to. This is an enhancement to support device development platforms like Telit.  Send the REST API calls to /clientsend with the target device, topic provided by the device for receiving unsolicited messages, message, QoS and Retain as required.

We have also added an advanced custom implementation inside the /lib folder of the product to send the data received into your Python class file to process it in a better way.

Try the fastest MQTT Broker now for FREE and get started by connecting any standard client or download it from clients library. Also, MQTTRoute App is now available on play store to monitor devices using your android phone.

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Voice Control Devices using Alexa & Googlehome

Voice Control Devices using Alexa & Googlehome

Human race has been tied to actions by touch for a prolonged period. Touch is something bound to the extend to which you can stretch your arms and body. Sound and Vision goes a long way beyond horizons. The advent of image processing techniques largely influenced the addition of visual recognition to the machines. Along with the Industry 4.0 and the current home automation trend, a lot of innovation is happening over Sound. We can control everything around us with voice using voice hearing robots like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, Microsofts’ Cortana, Google Home / Assistant.

Home Automation leads the Voice Race

Voice and IoT go hand in hand, freeing users from being tied down by screens, data and physical inputs. Voice commands have arguably become one of the greatest and quickest way to control home devices. Just give a voice command from anywhere to automate your device at home. Turning on the air-conditioning before actually stepping inside the home. Turning off the lights when no one is in the room and controlling the brightness of light for energy efficiency. Adding connectivity to fire safety devices can provide house owners with the ability to monitor remotely and even send alerts to neighbors in the event of emergency. When you develop smart home for your customers, you need to get the IoT platform that already has voice integration. Bevywise IoT platform is one such platform that comes out of the box with integration for Google Home / Assist & Amazon Alexa.

Voice control in Industries

Industries today has not started embracing the voice as a primary medium. The world has been fed up with typing for a long time. It is time to rethink the integration of voice into the manufacturing echo system. Sirens has been used for a long time to mark time and alarms for emergency. However, we believe more reporting in the future will happen using voice than the need for texual reading and writing. Wherever you go the lighting and temperature controls all perform in concert to optimize your comfort based on your pre-determined personal indictors. In order to check the growth of a particular year, you can use voice control and this will create a graph show-casting the year’s growth in click through rates. This will eventually replace going through files manually.

We can strengthen the security of the industry instead of swiping cards. In addition, The proper functioning of your machines can be monitored periodically with a voice command anywhere, anytime. In order to start the meeting, just give a voice command to your voice assistant, it will turn on the video conference system and dial into the conference hall. The automation creates intelligent processes for monitoring and decision-making and to economize the supply chain and production.

Voice control in Health Care

With the advent of technology in medical care, we are generating a lot of medical records in the format of images and textual PDF. We are storing medical records in a highly secure environment. These data are highly analysed today to make very predictive solutions. One of the major integration we forsee for the medical care for the physicians are the integration of voice. We believe that physicians will be using more and more voice to pull out the medical records of patients and draw conclusions. This will be highly useful during surgical operations. Pulling records using voice will highly save time than manual entry of data on the screens.

The technology of voice recognization has come and long way so that the tools and devices today can understand variations in voice and also identify the owner to act accordingly.

You can connect your devices to the IoT Platform today by signing up to a fresh account.

Refer to the help documentation for how to integrate voice using Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

IoT Simulator 2.0 Release

IoT Simulator 2.0 Release

Security is one of the major concerns of the IoT Manager applications. Keeping this in mind, we built the manager applications with different level of security. IoT Network Simulator is enhanced to support all manager applications based on their security practices. Similar to the previous version, the simulator supports all its options from the user interface itself.

IoT Network simulator for AWS IoT core / Azure IoT hub

The User interface will provide options based on the IoT applications. For example Azure IoT hub supports SAS Token and Certificate based authentication. Users will be able to create a specific network for the Azure IoT core and able to create devices that handshakes with the IoT hub based on the details specified when configuring the device. Similarly, this is possible for the AWS IOT as well.

Simulating IoT Network for Other Manager applications

For all other manager applications like Bevywise IoT Platform, Losant , and others, you will be able to specify a single certificate at the common settings page and get your devices connected to the manager application.

Device level SSL Security

Azure IoT / AWS IoT manages every device to have an unique certificate. In addition, IoT Network simulator supports configuration of the root Certificate in the settings window and ensures that you specify each and every client certificate in the device configuration screen. The WILL , QoS , retain , event messages and command messages configuration are the same as before.

Individual Device IP Address

Simulator runs on a single machine and simulates all its devices. But, The manager will be seeing all the devices from one Host (IP Address). This contradicts the realtime Simulation. In order to overcome this, the 2.0 version has added support for using Virtual IP Address. By this functionality, each simulated device will connect to the manager application from different host Address.

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Node Red MQTT Broker Integration

Node Red MQTT Broker Integration

Creating and implementing a real-time IoT network with hardware and MQTT application will take time and cost you an arm and leg. We at Bevywise, create a smart and easy way to set up a virtual IoT network with  node red  MQTT Broker integration.  Node-red is an open source visual programming tool for wiring the hardware with MQTT protocol support and Bevywise MQTT Broker is a highly scalable middleware which automate all IoT network with many customized features. Below steps help for  node red  MQTT Broker integration.

Node red setup

Node-red depends on node.js and npm to install Node software package. So, you should install node.js and npm in your PC. Below steps help you to install node.js and npm

Node.js and npm installation:

In Ubuntu:

Open terminal and install the below packages to install node.js and npm

  • Command to install node.js

sudo apt-get install nodejs-legacy

  • Command to verify node.js installed or not

node -v ##Should report version of node.js

  • Command to install npm [node package manager]

sudo apt-get install npm

  • Command to verify npm installed or not

npm -v ##Should report version of npm

In Windows 64/32 bit

  • Node.js – Download windows installer[.msi] file from the official Node.js home page
  • In that page select the Windows bit correctly and install it.
  • npm – Along with Node.js installation, npm will be installed.
  • In “Custom Setup” installation window, click “Add to path” and select “Will be installed on local hard drive” option to set environment variable for node.js and npm.
  • Once the node.js installation done, open command prompt and give the below command check whether node.js installed or not.
  • node -v #Should report node.js version
  • npm -v #Should report npm version

Note: Without setting the environment variable, you will get “not recognized” error.

Installing Node red

Once node.js and npm installed successfully, you can start installing the node-red.

In Ubuntu

  • Open terminal and use below command to install node-red

sudo npm install -g – -unsafe-perm node-red node-red-admin

  • Basically the “npm” will install the package in the current directory, but here we pass -g flag to install the package globally, so the package will be installed in /usr/local/bin directory.
  • After installation, you must enable the Ubuntu Firewall to allow node-red to access 1880 port, because node-red use 1880 port for user-interface.

sudo ufw allow 1880

  • To verify, node-red installed or not, open the terminal and type the below command

node-red

  • In terminal, “Welcome to node-red” message will print and at the end of that message you will get a URL like http://127.0.0.1:1880 to view the user interface. Open your web browser and copy paste this URL to view it.

In Windows

npm install –global –production windows-build-tools

    • To verify node-red installed or not, open command prompt and use this command

node-red

  • In terminal, “Welcome to node-red” message will print and at the end of that message you will get a URL like http://127.0.0.1:1880 to view the user interface. Open your web browser and copy paste this URL to view it.

Installation of Bevywise MQTTBroker

Refer our Bevywise MQTTBroker help document to install MQTT broker in Ubuntu and Windows.

Node Red MQTT Broker integration

Here we show you a basic Node red MQTT Broker integration. With this basic you can create a virtual IoT network in node-red and integrate to Bevywise MQTTBroker.

Configuring Node red

Start the node-red and open the user interface of node-red in your web browser. In node-red user interface, the left side lists are the node and in the right side tab, quick description about the node will be shown.

  • First, drag and drop the “inject” node from the input list.
  • Next, click the injects node and hit enter to edit the node.
  • In the edit panel, you can see below parameters which will help you to give input to the Bevywise MQTTBroker
  • Payload – If you click the drop down, you can see many formats for the payload, based on this format payload will be injected to MQTT.
  • Topic – Give a published topic with UTF-8 string followed by a forward slash. For example : Dairy/Milk/Tank/level
  • Repeat – This helps you to inject the payload, multiple time with an interval
  • Name – Any name
  • After configuring, click Done button to save it.
  • Next, drag and drop “mqtt” node from output list.
  • Click mqtt node and hit enter, to open edit panel.
  • Server – Give the IP address where you’re running Bevywise MQTT Broker
  • Topic – the MQTT topic to publish to.
  • QoS – Select one QoS value
  • Retain – Select true to enable retain, if not select false
  • Name – Any name
  • After configuring, click Done button to save it.
  • Now connect inject input node and MQTT output node.

After node-red configuration, start the Bevywise MQTT Broker. Once the Bevywise MQTT started the node-red will connected and start the publishing.

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