LTE/4G/3G GATEWAY TO CONNECT CAN BUS DEVICES TO AZURE/AWS CLOUD

The FATBOX G3 CAN Bus IoT gateway supports versions of CAN 2.0A/B to allow data such as on-board diagnostics running the ODB-II standard to be authenticated and securely sent to a cloud IOT platform like Azure or AWS. The G3 LTE/4G/3G/Ethernet gateway enables for:

 

  • The programmable polling of specific parameters from CAN Bus sensors and equipment; 

  • The secure sending of the data for storage (e.g. a SQL table or blob);

  • Sending data via MQTT to IoT cloud stacks for analysis or management (i.e. visualisation of CAN Bus data on PowerBI)

  • Deploying your own portable C program codes on the industrial cellular gateway

  • Running LUA or Python scripts for local automation at the edge (e.g. sending SMS message). 

The FATBOX G3

IMPLEMENTATION FEATURES OF THE FATBOX G3+CANBus
  • Integrated device server for scheduled poll and read from attached equipment

  • Multi-port support - RS-232/RS-485 (e.g. MODBUS), Ethernet, CAN Bus and USB (for Zigbee/BLE/WIFI transceiver)

  • Integrated MQTT Client to connect to cloud services 

  • Azure IoT Hub client to integrate with your Azure cloud resources  

  • Ubidots IoT Client for integration with Ubidots Platform

  • User scripts supported for cross compile of C-program/ custom Python, LUA scripting 

  • 2GB of on-board storage 

  • Parse Time Series Data for analytical applications

  • SNMPv2 for management

  • Persistent LTE and 3G data connection with network watch-dog

  • Dual SIM & WAN-to-3G failover redundancies

  • Wide power supply 5~30VDC (12/24V) ensures stability of operation

  • Industrial temperature -40C to 75C and robust aluminium enclosure 

  • Weather resistant enclosure for wet or corrosive environments

We added Azure IoT Hub client into the FATBOX G3 to ease integrating CAN bus data to the Azure platform. The returned values are then sent securely using MQTT or AMQP protocol over 3G, 4G or Ethernet WAN as a JSON message to your Azure IoT Hub. From there, Azure Stream Analytics can process the JSON message using Query to,

 

  • save data to a SQL database, DB table, dataset or blob file

  • update to a dataset that easily visualized, e.g. with Power BI

  • trigger a notification, e.g. send a SMS or email

In this example, one of the Stream Analytics output is configured as g3powerBI dataset which is updated periodically to a Power BI dash for near real-time industrial equipment monitoring and management.  

CROSS COMPILE C-CODES OR ADD CUSTOM SCRIPTS

The FATBOX G3 is an open Linux platform where user can deploy their own portable codes e.g. in C program or Python or LUA to run on an industrial cellular (3G or 4G/LTE) and ethernet WAN connected gateway device. This will allow user to write codes to read Modbus, CANbus, RS232, RS485 serial data, ZigBee, BLE and other inputs – and process the data onboard or send it straight to their central server.

The Azure IOT Gateway

Starter Kit

THE MODBUS-TO-FATBOX G3 AZURE IOT GATEWAY STARTER KIT:
The easiest way to trial a working Azure/PowerBI connection.

 

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