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.

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 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.

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I believe this article will help you choose the best MQTT Broker. Get Started with your IOT Implementation by downloading the FREE MQTT Broker now.

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The eFon Technology’s Smart Home security system trusts Bevywise MQTT Solution

The eFon Technology’s Smart Home security system trusts Bevywise MQTT Solution

The eFon Technology is one of the notable firms in Taiwan which provides home security solution for their customers. For years, eFon technology keeps the security of their customers as top priority. Today, they benefits several people throughout the region of Taiwan with an absolute home security solution ensuring as safe and secure as possible. They have developed the edge product with all the sensors needed for monitoring the Temperature, Humidity, Co2, Smoke and a few more critical information. They build actuators to control the Door & Windows. In 2018, eFon technology began using Bevywise MQTT Broker to act as a middleware & to collect data from their edge device for their home security systems. The use of MQTT here has been so successful & this IoT use case has benefited the eFon technology in providing a perfect smart home security solutions to their customers.

Smart Home Security Solution – Why MQTT?

There is an increasing need for the Smart Home security system in today’s world. Hence IoT home security system with camera is the gaining more adoption as it can create instant alerts to users anywhere over the internet.  The system also helps you control your appliance in home remotely. An article in “A Secure Life” outlines the top 10 reasons why you should have a IoT Home security system.

Interlinking & managing home security systems can be made achievable using the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol. In today’s connected world, While there are many internet protocols in abundant, MQTT is often used in smart home security hubs. This is because, MQTT is uniquely designed for automation. In easy words, we need a communication protocol when we need to communicate between connected devices and controller & MQTT does that. This is because, its a light weight protocol, which has a very low footprint to send and receive data. So it uses very less amount of data to send and receive information. Therefore, MQTT is the best for smart home security systems.

Also, home security systems are highly expected to provide high standards & sophistications. Here are some critical factors that every home security system should have

  • Secure data transfer – Security is decisive in today’s world. If any intruder breaches such IoT connected security system, it pave the way for them to spy or rob homes.

  • Reliability and Flexibility – Another critical factor in home security systems is that connectivity should remain reliable and available.

By focusing on above challenges, you may ask How MQTT solves this? The thing is, even though there is no security options built inside MQTT, it provides some security protection & shield. The protocol enables client authentication which permits a two-side hand shake. If the connected  device supports SSL/TLS, then this technique allows for encryption of data in the message. The give & take authentication and encryption could prevent intruders and man-in-the middle attacks. This is how MQTT provides a secured data transmission. And also, MQTT is frequently used to master the gap between different protocols, so that different devices can communicate with each other even if they do not communicate using the same protocol. Coming to reliability, MQTT’s lightweight design, publish/subscribe method and quality of service levels deals with the reliability and efficiency requirements for home security systems.

Challenges they faced

The eFon technology need to differentiate themselves with unique offerings in order to retain customers in a competitive market.

 It includes,

  • Security system should serve multiple customers.
  • A dashboard for each user that can alarm and alert based on their own threshold value.
  • User interface that speaks their own language & also live CCTV video streaming.
  • Integrate UI with social platform.

Finally, eFon Technology need a complete MQTT server with embedded security, reliability & flexible functionalities along with the above mentioned sophistication.

Solutions we provided

As mentioned earlier, The eFon Technology has their own edge device with all the sensors needed. They use Bevywise MQTT Broker to collect data from their sensors by connecting it to the gateway. They were able to push the data based on the sensors to the Dashboard and create rules to show alerts based on received values. Bevywise MQTT Broker comes up with the custom store option which was leveraged and integrated with the Social Platform with a two way handshake model.  It helps them push the data to the Social application hosted separately. The Social application stores the mapping between the User gateway and the customer login to provide the corresponding alerts. In addition, MQTTRoute supports running it as a service & hence they were able to host it as a service on the Alibaba cloud to run it parallel to our Platform.

 MQTT Broker also supports users working with their native-language. This helps them have UI which speaks their local language.

 

The configuration screen and the alarm screens are as show in the figures below.

 

Configuring the Alarms for the individual

Figure 1 – Configuring the Alarms for an Individual

Live data view for particular individual

Figure 2 – Live Data view for a particular individual.

The User dashboard also has support for the streaming of the camera data from the individual customers home. The widget has an option to configure the IP Address of the Camera by the individual user.

Bevywise Networks customized the Social Web premium edition to store the Customer values and also provided an option on MQTT Broker to pull the list of sensors of the particular customer based on the data pushed from the edge devices.

In conclusion, we were able to use our MQTT Client modules & quickly build & provide them a complete solution. This is one of the internet of things success stories of MQTT implementation.

“ The team at Bevywise Networks is IoT domain and technology experts. Their expertise helped us converge on our implementation much easier and faster. We would be happy to recommend Bevywise for any IoT Implementation.”

– Shan Lin Chin, Efon Technology, Taiwan.

You can download the complete case study from here.

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Free MQTT Broker for IoT / IIoT Implementation

Free MQTT Broker for IoT / IIoT Implementation

We are excited to announce the availability of FREE version of MQTT Broker. A few days back, we have released a new version of our MQTT Broker, MQTTRoute 3.0. With the new update, we are introducing the accessibility of FREE MQTT Broker that supports all features with complete MQTT Support. The fully functional MQTT Broker will be available for free download without any feature restrictions for 30 days.

Fully Functional Free MQTT Broker

M2M communication is indispensable for all IoT / IIoT deployments. A lightweight middleware can readily manage & control your devices & will help you work on your core business challenge. This mandates the need for selection of perfect MQTT Broker for your IoT projects / implementation. Keeping this in mind we developed a powerful MQTT Broker with the full-fledged features to better manage your devices & to have a powerful IoT solution. Our new MQTT Broker version, MQTTRoute 3.0 comes up with some additional custom hooks & multiple dashboard support to ease the development challenges face by budding developers. We at Bevywise always strive hard to provide a best solution for our customers with complete functionalities & enhanced support. In that case we are introducing FREE version of MQTT Broker that supports all features with complete MQTT Support. We don’t restrict users with respect to features for first 30 days. The full-fledged functionalities include Multiple dashboard creation, Built-in widgets, UI Customization, Custom storage configuration, AI/ML Integration & more. This is all about supporting a single user who needs to connect the minimum number of devices for his / her IoT projects / implementation.

Your FREE version Last forever

After 30 days, user can continue using MQTT Broker with the basic features by connecting upto 10 clients. Features are listed below:

Complete MQTT Support

We built the MQTT Broker very much inline with the protocol specification of MQTT. Bevywise MQTT Broker supports 3.1 and 3.11 protocol specification. Beyond this, we have done a recent update that Bevywise MQTT Broker now supports MQTT 5 beta version. MQTT 5 specification is initially available only for ubuntu users. We will provide the availability for other operating systems soon.

Integration with Databases

IoT data needs to be integrated with databases or any big data engine. Hence we allow users to store data in MySQL, SQLite databases as they need for further analysis and decision-making. You can process the data by them before they send it to the storage.

Secured Communication

MQTTRoute has the most powerful & flexible security options. MQTTRoute provides an option to enable encrypted data transfer for enhanced data security. You can enable MQTT Authentication to securely connect your edge devices by using an auth key & token and make sure no one can intrude into the system.

Effectual Dashboard

MQTTRoute provides an option to view the list of connected devices and complete details about the device activities. Users can dig deeper into each device by messages, topics & send a command to any of the connected devices. Users are provided with an option to change the broker to their language via localization support.

Message transformation with rules

MQTTRoute provides rules engine to create event / timer based rules for the sensor data. With this users can easily create an alert message and send a message to a specific subscriber or any application and also the rules can be scheduled on a specific date.

The above mentioned functionalities will automatically gets activated once the 30 days free trial ends.

To know more about the features visit MQTT Broker page

We do have community support for the free version users. Try posting your queries in Bevywise products Forum.

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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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MQTT Broker Google Pubsub Integration

MQTT Broker Google Pubsub Integration

Google Pubsub is one of the leading Queue engine used to collect data from the publisher or MQTT Application for better data analytics. Integration of Bevywise MQTT Broker with Google Pubsub helps you push data from your IoT & IIoT edge devices via MQTT Broker to google pubsub.

Set up Google Compute for Pubsub

Google Pubsub is accessible from your Google cloud services account.  You can follow the Google Pubsub document to create Google Pubsub with a publish topic.

 

Create Ubuntu Instance

We will be running the Bevywise MQTT Broker on the Ubuntu instance which was created in Google Cloud. Refer to the Google help document for creating the Ubuntu instance. in Google cloud.

 

Installation Google Pub/Sub dependencies

Once you created an Ubuntu instance, login to that instance and install the below dependencies.

  • Open terminal and install below gloud cloud packages
  • sudo pip install google-cloud-core
  • sudo pip install google-api-core
  • sudo pip install –upgrade google-cloud-pubsub
  • Go to “/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PyInstaller/hooks/” folder.

cd /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PyInstaller/hooks/

  • In that foldder, open “hook-google.cloud.py” file by

sudo vim hook-google.cloud.py

  • In that file, remove all the default lines and add the below code

from PyInstaller.utils.hooks import copy_metadata
datas = copy_metadata(‘google-cloud-core’)
datas += copy_metadata(‘google-api-core’)
datas += copy_metadata(‘google-cloud-pubsub’)

  • save and exit file

MQTT Broker Google Pubsub Integration

  • Install Bevywise MQTTBroker in the created Ubuntu instance.
  • After installation, go to Bevywise/MQTT Broker/extension folder.
  • In that folder, open “custom_store.py” and replace the below code

import os
import sys
import json

from google.cloud import pubsub_v1
sys.path.append(os.getcwd()+’/lib’)
sys.path.append(‘/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages’)
project_Id = ‘project_name’
broker_Id = ‘testing’
def handle_Received_Payload(data):
global pubsub_v1
global project_Id
global broker_Id
publisher = pubsub_v1.PublisherClient()
topic_path = publisher.topic_path(project_Id, ‘broker’)
data = json.dumps(data)
data = data.encode(‘utf-8’)
publisher.publish(topic_path, data=data, device=broker_Id)

  • In this code, “project id” represent the project id which you while creating google pubsub
  • Save and exit the file
  • Go to Bevywise/MQTT Broker/conf folder
  • Open “data_store.conf” and change the following parameters

    CUSTOMSTORAGE = ENABLED

  • Save and exit the file.
  • If you want to run the MQTTBroker with authentication, then follow the steps
  • open Bevywise/MQTTBroker/conf folder
  • In that open “broker.conf” file and change

    AUTHENTICATION_ENABLED = YES

  • Save and exit the file.
  • Google Pubsub use grpc authentication, so we must export the grpc ssl certificate path in the “/etc/environment” to set the default path for grpc ssl root certificate.
  • Go to /etc folder and open “environment” file by

sudo vim environment

  • In that file, paste the below command and save it.

export GRPC_DEFAULT_SSL_ROOTS_FILE_PATH=”usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/grpc/_cython/_credentials/roots.pem”

  • Next restarted the instance.
  • Once you restarted the instance, go to “Bevywise/MQTT Broker/bin” folder
  • Next start the Bevywise MQTTBroker by

sudo sh runbroker.sh

Now Bevywise MQTTBroker collects the data from your edge device and send to the Google pub/sub via Custom store. From Google Pub/Sub, you can hook and send the data to your data analytics tool.

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