Connectivity Protocols

Overview

The Industrial IoT wave is finally leading to the rapid convergence of information technology systems (IT) with operational technology systems (OT) driving benefits like cost, performance, productivity and agility for corporations.  This growing trend is pushing automation system manufacturers to implement support for various communication protocols within their products so that they become “IoT ready”.

Solution

Softdel has extensive experience across all building, lighting and industrial automation device communication technologies. The company’s deep expertise with various IoT, wired and wireless connectivity protocols helps manufacturers and OEMs build new products and re-engineer legacy products that are smart, connected and interoperable, all essential elements of being IoT ready.

Softdel is part of multiple industry working group committees for various protocol standards giving it the inside track on the latest technical developments in the industry.

Softdel has deep expertise across a number of connectivity protocols:

  • Fieldbus/Realtime Industrial Protocols including DeviceNet, ProfiNet, BACnet MS/TP, HART, Modbus
  • Wired/Wireless Protocols including BACnet, DALI, DMX, OPC UA, CAN, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Thread, BLE, Wifi, LoRA
  • IoT Protocols including MQTT, CoAP, AMQP

Protocol Integration

  • Stack integration with application
  • Integration support across multiple wireless SoCs (TI, SiLabs, STMicroelectronics, NXP, Freescale)

Gateway Development

  • ZigBee with Bluetooth/Ethernet/Wi-Fi backhaul
  • Modbus to GPRS conversion
  • Standard wired protocol (BACnet, HART, etc.) to wireless protocol conversion
  • Proprietary protocol to wireless protocol conversion

Application Development

  • Application development with supporting wireless communication e.g. Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, NFC, etc.
  • Applications for PC and mobile

Testing

  • Connectivity, gateway and application testing
  • Testing using standard and proprietary testing tools; ZigBee sniffer, BLE sniffer, ADB Log Analysis, Wireshark, 3rd party test frameworks

Benefits

Domain Expertise

  • Expertise in building, lighting and industrial automation working with Fortune 500 companies across the globe
  • Poducts designed and engineered by Softdel have won global technology innovation awards for our clients
  • Softdel provides ready to integrate communication protocol stack libraries that help customers speed up product development and achieve faster time to market
  • Softdel offers ready protocol stack libraries for BACnet, Modbus, HART, DMX512
  • Softdel offers testing and simulation tools enabling customers to validate their communication protocol implementations
  • Softdel offers various value-added solutions and services around connectivity protocols

Technology Experience

  • 15+ years of experience across wired and wireless connectivity protocols including advanced technologies like Bluetooth Mesh, Thread, LoRA, SigFox
  • IoT protocol experience including MQTT, CoAP, AMQP

One-Stop-Shop

End-to-end support from consulting and product design to product development and testing:

  • Ready to use protocol stacks
  • Testing tools
  • Simulation tools
  • Pre-certification testing
  • State-of-the-art lab for testing

Flexibility

Flexible business models to align with customer specific requirements and processes

Tools & Technologies

  • BACnet Device Simulator (BOSS)
  • BACnet Device Explorer
  • Device HCF Kit and SDC625 for HART protocol Testing
  • Matlab Simulink
  • Wireshark
  • Picoscope, Logic analyzers

Our technical experts and domain specialists will be happy to address your needs

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