nRF Connect for Cloud allows migration from device-to-smartphone to device-to-Cloud connectivity
From Nordic Semiconductor comes nRF Connect for Cloud, a free service for Cloud-based evaluation, test and verification of Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth LE) designs using Nordic’s nRF51 and nRF52 series multiprotocol Bluetooth LE Systems-on-Chip.
This new service features an intuitive workflow and offers much of the functionality of Nordic’s nRF Connect for Desktop and nRF Connect for Mobile, applications used for building and developing Bluetooth LE products.
nRF Connect for Cloud also supports a range of standard Bluetooth services together with proprietary services such as nRF UART.
Operating with all popular browsers, nRF Connect for Cloud uses Web Bluetooth application programming interfaces to push and extract data to and from the Cloud, enabling the developer to test and modify the behaviour and performance of prototypes.
By using the front-end and visualisation features of nRF Connect for Cloud, historical data can be extracted from databases and analysed in a browser.
The product also allows engineers to monitor and interact with remote wireless Internet of Things (IoT) designs enabling the collaboration of geographically separate development teams on a single project.
nRF Connect for Cloud is supported by the nRF Gateway App available for iOS and Android-powered mobile devices. The nRF Gateway App enables Nordic Bluetooth LE devices to use a smartphone-enabled Internet gateway to convert Bluetooth LE messages to ReST/MQTT/IP protocols for Cloud interoperability.
The Gateway App communicates with the nRF Connect for Cloud back-end hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is based on Software as a Service components.
By leveraging AWS industry-grade components, the app implements end-to-end data and device connectivity, is said by the company to guarantee reliability, and scales from a few to hundreds of Bluetooth LE devices.
nRF Connect for Cloud currently supports Bluetooth LE solutions but future versions will also support Nordic’s nRF91 Series low power, global multimode LTE-M/NB-IoT System-in-Package for cellular IoT.