Device Connectivity and Communications
The BaseN platform supports over 100 different communications protocols for managing various devices. Our preference is to use standards based, open protocols to exchange data with devices. Protocols suitable for telemetry and control of field devices could be e.g. CoAP (Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Standards Track for IoT) or Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT, OASIS). The Platform also presents these standardized interfaces also to developers enabling them to develop the connectivity portion – device/function proprietary measurement to transport – themselves. In addition, BaseN and its partner companies are able to assist with integrated hardware and software design related to the connectivity portion (such as interfacing GPIO/SPI/UART bus on a microcontroller with a 2G/3G/4G System-on-Chip).
BaseN normally suggests using standardizing the communications protocol utilized between its platform field devices to the Internet Protocol (IP) version 4/6, and the primary device connection method to be an encrypted connection over the Internet. This significantly lowers the cost of connectivity, as the Internet is ubiquitous in most countries. However, for high security implementations fully closed BaseN platform environments can be built.