By Prashant Mishra, CEO and Founder of Click2Cloud Inc. and Alibaba Cloud MVP
With Alibaba Cloud Link IoT Edge, you get native support for Alibaba Cloud and cloud integration. As a service, business developers can develop communication protocols, perform remote operations and maintenance, and build edge application frameworks, all of which simplify and streamline business development.
Data can be collected using a wide variety of IoT application layer protocols using Alibaba Cloud Link IoT Edge. It enables cloud applications to use edge capabilities seamlessly by shielding device differences in communication links, standardizing data conversion, and providing standardized object model data.
1. An Easy-to-Use Interface with High Compatibility
Link IoT Edge supports programming languages, such as Python, C, and Node.js. Moreover, you can connect devices to edge computing nodes quickly using function computing or driver programming. It also includes resumable uploads, offline access to edge nodes, an automatic data cache, and automatic synchronization over the Internet for cached data.
Fig 1: IoT Platform Interface
2. Remote Monitoring and Management
Link IoT Edge provides access to devices, networks, and computing resources for easy monitoring and configuration of alarm rules. Additionally, remote access to the console can be acquired with the assistance of another tenant that will manage connection methods as needed.
Fig 2: Remote Monitoring and Management
3. Edge Clusters for Optimized Computing
Network-centric devices can coexist with multi gateways cooperative access devices on Alibaba Cloud Link IoT Edge. Data from distributed access devices can be centrally computed according to customizable priorities. You can create applications quickly and deploy them seamlessly to edge nodes through scenario rules, function computing, and stream data analysis,
Fig 3: Edge Clusters for Optimized Computing
4. Computing with Cloud Integration
You can synchronize local business applications to the edge gateway and configure and manage computing rules in the cloud using the deployment function. You can respond to local events quickly using the local data generated by an Edge device. When a device is disconnected or connected weakly, the cloud can sync the latest data after the network has been restored.
Fig 4: Computing with Cloud Integration
5. Standby Edge
Hot standby with local mirrored hosts prevents business-critical applications from being interrupted by hardware failure. There are two automatic switching policies supported by master-slave logic: priority policy and equal switching. Fast querying is supported by switching between event clouds.
Fig 5: Standby Edge
6. A Cutting-Edge Approach to Computing
Local AI is supported by an edge AI framework and common AI model formats, and containerized management is provided by Alibaba Cloud Link IoT Edge. You can map containers to peripherals flexibly depending on your preferences.
Fig 6: A Cutting-Edge Approach to Computing
Link IoT Edge supports multilingual programming languages. Devices can be migrated to the cloud quickly after debugging.
There is a 99.9% availability rate for cloud management. The cloud service offers several features, such as network disconnections, active standby hot spots, and edge clusters, to address different failure modes.
Link IoT Edge helps IoT companies reduce long-term costs by providing a comprehensive set of secondary development tools and a wide variety of customized solutions.
Connecting and Customizing IoT Devices
IoT-enabled devices in hotel rooms can be controlled by hotel guests using voice commands or through apps directly. After all of these measures, hotel guests will experience a more satisfying stay, and the hotel will potentially save money on operations.
Fig 7: Example of Hotel Application
Improving the Security and Management of Community Properties
Link IoT Edge can provide smart parking, smart entry, and intelligent surveillance solutions to improve security and streamline property management in residential communities. Residents and property managers can improve management efficiency and enhance resident satisfaction by allowing access and control of devices directly through the app.
Fig 8: Residential Example
Production line sensors can be gathered, cleaned, aggregated, analyzed, and sent to the cloud or local storage quickly with edge computing.
Fig 9: IoT-Enabled Manufacturing Example
Alibaba Cloud Link IoT Edge provides users with local services by extending the capabilities of the cloud and managing millions of edge nodes.
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