Elements in a cloud.iO ecosystem

A cloud.iO system is basically made up of three categories of elements as illustrated by the following figure:

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cloud.iO ecosystem

The following paragraphs will give a short introduction to the role of each category of elements.

Endpoint

Endpoints are distributed field devices featuring:

  • a TCP/IP interface to access cloud.iO core services.
  • a set of sensors and/or actuators either directly integrated in the endpoint device or connected by some (local) networking technology like Zigbee for example.

It needs a SSL certificate to communicate with cloud.iO (MQTT protocol). The definitions (interfaces, pre-processing steps, …) are stored in CloudiO, but the implementation is done on back-end solutions, depending on the type of endpoint.

An endpoint does:

  • publish his complete data model (including current values) when connecting to the cloud.
  • publish a message when disconnected from the cloud.
  • sends a message every time data of his data model has changed.
  • allow applications or users to change the data from the outside (control, parameters).

Application

An applications is a computer programs that:

  • can subscribe to input signals, which are typically results of sensors measurement.
  • receive updates of subscribed input values without polling.
  • set values of output signals, which are typically set points for actuators.
  • access past values for any input or output signals.

It needs a SSL certificate to communicate with CloudiO (AMQP protocol).

An application can:

  • search for actual data using schemes (interfaces or data classes).
  • get actual and historical data for endpoint’s attributes.
  • control set points and parameters of endpoints.

Cloud.iO

The main objectives of the cloud.iO core services are:

  • to decouple Applications from Endpoints by providing a syntactic abstraction layer.
  • to keep up-to-date the topology of cloud.iO Endpoints and their current status.
  • to log history values of all input signals and to make the allow Applications querying the.
  • to enable Applications access to the current topology as well as the history logs.
  • to enforce privacy rules based on access rights.

The history logs, the current topology and the access rights are stored in databases. These databases are named respectively history database, process database and access rights database.

Those databases are not part of the cloud.iO framework. The latter provides a database management system independent back-end connector for the three databases as well as a reference implementation for drivers of database management system compatible with the connectors.

User

A user is the owner of endpoints and applications. A user:

  • owns one or more endpoints.
  • can give other users access to his endpoints.
  • can give applications access to his endpoints.
  • can write his own applications.
  • needs a login and password to communicate with cloud.iO (AMQP protocol)

We actually do not distinguish between different kind of users (simple users, developers, …).