IIOT Solutions Development Company Chooses .NET Core
The provider of IOT solutions for asset management, planned to upgrade its IT infrastructure to rapidly scale its business. First Line Software engineers exported its applications from the .NET Framework to .NET Core.
Customer’s solutions transform the infrastructure of enterprise systems into a digital environment in which each physical product or asset object contains detailed information about every of its transactions, interactions with employees, maintenance and others. The integrated platform, the Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP), consists of chips, tags, and software. The AIP collects, stores, and processes data from equipment that makes it easy and safe to manage important assets of manufacturing enterprises through a wireless communication protocol.
With the release of version 2.1 of the .NET Core platform, the customer decided to migrate its applications to a new open source environment. In .NET Core 2.1, the main libraries of EF and, Signalr were introduced, and in some cases even more advanced libraries, such as EF 6 and EF Core. These libraries are compact and advanced in terms of new features such as (alternate keys, batch updates, mixed client/database evaluation in LINQ queries).
The migration turned out to require a minimal amount of resources. Analysis of the system’s interactions with third-party components and their dependencies showed that for all of them there were already versions for .NET Core or .NET Standard. The .NET Standard specification allows developers to create libraries available for the .NET Core and .NET Framework.
In certain cases, the correct solution was to rewrite services using the mechanism for providing external dependencies to software components (Dependency Injection - DI). One of the important aspects was the use of all the advantages of Middleware.
The transfer of MVC controllers required the introduction of a number of simple changes. For example, engineers developed a special filter to control the authorization of customers on the site, which has now become a Middleware.
As a result of the migration, the customer now has a cross-platform, high-performance and scalable application with modern architecture and a lower cost of ownership. After the IoT Hub data is transferred to the IoT platform, the information becomes available online through web browsers and mobile applications. Thanks to .NET Core, the customer can provide its customers with even more flexible, reliable and stable IIOT solutions to increase production and process efficiency, and reduce capital costs.
Platform based on the .NET Framework Core. Mongo DB is used as a database, and the mobile app part is written in Xamarin. A cross-platform library supports all primary mobile and operating systems on PCs, including such as iOS, Android, Windows and OS X, and can be integrated with enterprise applications.
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