Device Engineering

Overview

Growing market demand and advancements in IoT enabled products and solutions is forcing OEMs to launch multiple product lines at the right time in the market. Device engineering demands a variety of skills ranging from electronic hardware development, firmware development, connectivity protocol implementation and software development. OEMs are often constrained with the lack of such skills in advanced technologies and may not always have adequate domain expertise especially around new emerging standards.

Solutions

Softdel has in-depth expertise in product design and engineering that helps clients shrink time to market and reduce costs. The company’s deep expertise in hardware design, embedded software development, testing, validation and deployment 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 has proven experience in developing a wide range of devices: Building Controllers, Thermostats, Application Specific Controllers, Industrial Drives, Multi-Protocol Gateways, IoT Gateways, HMIs, Fire Alarm Systems, Lighting Controllers, LED Drivers, I/O Controllers, Flowmeters and more..

Hardware Design
  • Schematic
  • PCB layout and assembly
  • Hardware re-engineering for component obsolescence
  • Hardware testing
  • Board bring-up
Firmware Development
  • Over the Air (OTA) firmware upgrade
  • Platform development and porting
  • Device driver and BSP development
  • Communication protocol integration (including BACnet, Modbus, Zigbee, HART, CAN)
IoT Gateway Development
  • Develop IoT Gateway for legacy product line, supporting multiple protocols (MQTT, CoAP, WebSockets)
  • Security implementation
  • Remote firmware upgrade
  • Edge Analytics
Embedded HMI
  • Design and development
  • Applications with multilingual support
  • Testing
Tools & Technologies
  • Renesas Synergy Platform
  • Microchip MPLab
  • TI Simplelink SDK
  • Altium, PADS

Benefits

Domain Expertise
  • Expertise in building, lighting and industrial automation working with Fortune 500 companies across the globe
  • Our products have won global technology innovation awards for our clients in the building automation industry
Smart Building
  • 15+ years of deep experience of working with the Building Automation community worldwide
  • Softdel operates world’s first and largest BACnet Reference Test Lab, certifying more than 90% of the world’s BACnet compliant devices
Smart Lighting
  • Deep experience working on LED Fixtures, LED Drivers, Wall Controllers, Lighting Gateways etc
  • Successfully developed 25+ solutions for global lighting OEMs
  • Independent test lab for validation and scalability testing;
Smart Factories​
  • Legacy of several decades of experience in design and manufacturing industrial automation products
  • Domain expertise with AC/DC/Servo Drives, PLCs, Robotics and Instrumentation Devices
Technology Experience
Technology Experience

  • 15+ years of experience across wired and wireless connectivity protocols
  • Experience across various semiconductors including TI, Microchip, Renesas, Silicon Labs, Intel
  • Expertise on various embedded and real time operating systems FreeRTOS, ThreadX, ITRON, Embedded Linux, Ubuntu, RTLinux, VxWorks
  • Docker-container microservices architecture
  • Leverage Softdel’s ready Building-IoT gateway platform ÉdificeEdge developed in partnership with Intel, can be quickly customized to any IoT application.

One-Stop-Shop
One-Stop-Shop

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

  • Market consulting
  • Defining product specifications
  • Technology selection – hardware, firmware, software
  • Product design & prototying
  • Product development and testing
  • Certification (UL, EMI, EMC)
  • Production support

Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexible business models to align with customer specific requirements and processes

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

    Softdel hosted its first IoT Conference on February 27, 2019 in Tokyo and another on February 12, 2020. The conference brought our OEM customers and partners together, to discuss and learn about technologies, latest trends, and disruptions impacting the building and industrial automation space. It’s a unique opportunity to meet with the leaders and innovators from the IoT community. It proves to be a great networking platform to discuss trends, technologies, challenges, solutions, and innovations in the IoT space that spans across various industry segments from Buildings, Lighting to Industrial and Manufacturing.

    The conference is meant for:
    • IoT Leaders & Professionals
    • Members of Corporate IoT Strategy Teams
    • IoT Technology Adopters
    • Consultants & Engineers
    • IoT Solution Enablers
    • Cloud Service Providers
    • Building Automation OEM Representatives
    • Smart lighting OEM Representatives
    • Smart Factories OEM Representatives
  • Description:

    An advanced IoT solutions and services platform for manufacturers and OEMs who’s new and legacy products requires advanced engineering to meet the standards of upcoming IoT networks. We offer various services like IoT applications & analytics, IoT platform – data storage, device management, data science, device connectivity, managed services, and testing services.

    Our Offerings:

    IoT Services

    BACnet Interoperability Testing

    BACnet Pre-certification Testing

    Technology evaluation, technology recommendations, product development, managed services, data science, data storage, testing, device management, and access to our live technology webinars

    Access to network of BACnet devices from various manufacturers, priority access for interoperability testing status/reports, and consulting support on issues/defects

    Priority access for pre-certification status/reports, consulting support on issues/defects

    Benefits:
    • Domain expertise: Expertise in building, lighting and industrial automation working with Fortune 500 companies across the globe
    • One-Stop-Shop: End-to end support for consulting, product design, product development, and testing
    • Deep IoT development experience across applications: Cloud based BMS and smart space management solution with
      energy optimization and facility operation management
    • Flexibility: Highly adaptable business model to align with customer specific requirements and processes
    • Technology experience: Years of experience in Azure competency center, AWS competency center, and a number of application development technologies
    Why Softdel?
    • 15+ years of experience in gateway development across building, lighting, and industrial automation domain
  • Description:
    • Training programs on BACnet for software developers, field engineers, test & QA engineers, tech support engineers
    • Customized BACnet programs tuned to OEMs’ needs
    Feature Set:

    Core Training Services

    Advanced Training Services

    Customized Training Services

    A beginner’s guide to BACnet protocol with classroom and hands-on training on BACnet fundamentals.

    An advanced professional guide that includes hands-on training using the latest diagnostic, debugging, and configuration tools and techniques.

    A specialized and customizable guide addressing specific requirements.

    Benefits:
    • Flexibility: The division of our courses is highly flexible addressing the needs of beginners as well as professionals.
    • Scalability: There is an immense scope of BACnet in building automation devices of any type to enable limitless connectivity and interoperability.
    • Hands-on experience: We provide our participants hands-on training to get a firm grip and real-time experience of the BACnet protocol functions.
    • Consultancy: Our team of experts will bring tremendous value and improvements for all your BACnet issues.
    Why Softdel?
    • 1000+ hours of trainings experience
    • 50+ OEM engagements
  • Description:

    Our customers can choose from 14 different variants of BACnet stack that is ideal for every building device, equipment, and application. Updated with the latest BACnet standard (Revision-19 supported on all our variants), we offer fully featured BOSS license. You can choose from our two tools:

    • Boss Simulator
    • Boss Explorer
    Feature Set:

    Automatic network traffic generator

    Real time logging, monitoring & analysis of BACnet commands and response

    Backup and restore support

    Segmentation support

    BBMD support

    Set property value of discovered objects

    Configurable BACnet devices

    Simulate BACnet/Ip device virtually

    Discover and browse BACnet devices

    Support for both A-side and B-side services

    Monitor Object property values

    Supports IBM MS DBCS, ANSI X3.4 character sets

    Object Browser

    User configurable simulation of PVs (Present Values)

    Protocol revision support (PR-19)

    Virtual router

    Benefits:
    • Flexibility:Simple interface that is easy to use for BACnet professionals as well as novices
    • Scalability: BACnet monitoring, debugging and simulation program that runs on any Windows® computer
    Why Softdel?
    • 1000+ hours of trainings experience
    • 50+ OEM engagements
  • Edifice Edge:

    Ready Gateway platform to kick start your IoT solution – build your own applications including containerization, cloud connectivity, security etc.

    Feature Set:

    Device Discovery: Project Haystack based data model that supports BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP

    Extensible: Micro services based architecture that is scalable to support 3rd party containerized applications

    Data Management: Supports numerous data points with provision to log telemetry data and also supports up to 25,000+ data points

    Platform Interfaces: Rest API to easily integrate with cloud and enterprise based systems with lightweight pub-sub mechanism using MQTT

    Security: APIs secured with TLS1.2 and 256 AES encryption with role-based access control

    Remote Device Management: Secured Over-the-Air (OTA) Firmware upgrade- System, applications, and firmware

    Benefits:
    • Modular: Flexible container based architecture with mix & match protocols and applications to enable new services
    • Inclusive: Work with multiple building solution providers like application builders, facility managers, and SIs
    • Open: Data normalized through Project-Haystack that promotes innovation and interoperable data access
    • Secure: Advanced security and authentication procedures that protects aggregated data at rest
    • Extensible: Upscale hardware as needed by adding higher compute nodes within the same stack
    Why Softdel?
    • 1000+ hours of trainings experience
    • 50+ OEM engagements