Participation in creation of new environment framework for Internet of Things
The Client is striving for entering the Internet Of Things (IoT) market. It has chosen the following way for this purpose.
An American company that develops software for database administration and database design. It was founded in October 1993 with a single at that moment product for the database management system. Currently, the company produces tools for the administration and development of databases and apps operating with databases for the following platforms: Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase, and MySQL. Besides it develops and promotes Delphi Pascal and RAD Studio environment framework.
The Client is striving for entering the Internet Of Things (IoT) market. It has chosen the following way for this purpose. On the basis of its own authoring environment RAD-studio (Delphi), the company creates a framework for building client-server IoT systems. The end-users of the product are programmers.
The client addressed First Line Software with a request to develop a gallery for as many as possible IoT tools within the above-mentioned framework: fitness bracelets, medical measuring instruments, etc. The galleries provide the end-user – programmer – with a high-level interface for operating IoT devices. This in turn will relieve the writers from the necessity of knowing the technical detail of specific software-based interfacing protocols like Bluetooth LE or REST.
The First Line team is involved in the development of software components for a wide range of IoT devices. In total over a hundred devices of the kind are to be studied within the project lasting for a year or so. Work on each device consists of the device feasibility study stage (many of the devices are not documented); development of the software component for the device; and thirdly – development of automated tests for these components. Two components are created for each device. One is built into a RAD-Studio. The other one is built into the framework we have designed for apps developed for mobile devices on the PhoneGap platform.
The major challenge of the project is that the devices supplied by the client have an undocumented programming interface. Therefore reverse engineering of the protocols was required in order to learn how to transmit and receive information. Besides First Line Software team has developed an additional framework as part of the project; this framework allows for the development of IoT devices apps for mobile companions without using RAD-Studio. This framework is built on the PhoneGap platform.
- Reverse engineering of protocols of several devices was performed and documented – now specifications of these protocols are available. Based on these specifications software components for the devices were developed.
- Besides the components for RAD-studio, a framework for the operation of IoT devices on mobile companions was developed.
- Device technologies: Bluetooth LE, REST
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