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Features

  • Communicates NCD Long Range Wireless IoT Sensors
  • Supports WiFi Ethernet and LTE Cellular Connectivity
  • Pre-installed Node-RED Libraries and Examples
  • USB Port for Optional Storage Expansion
  • Includes OLED Display for Connectivity Status
  • Send NCD IoT Sensor Data to AWS®, Azure®, MQTT, and more
  • Supports LTE Cellular Services from Verizon® and Hologram®
  • Supports Python and GCC Allowing Custom Applications
  • Soft AP Security Settings and Terminal Credentials
  • Powered by a Linux Based Embedded SBC
  • S3B: DigiMesh Wireless Communications Module
  • LTE: Ublox SARA-R410M-02B-02 LTE Cat M1/NB1/GPRS
  • WiFi: Supports WEP64/128, AES, WPA, WPA2, WAP
  • Ethernet: Supports 10Mbps/100Mbps

$299.95

Description

NCD's IoT Edge Computer

Introducing NCD’s first IoT edge computer with integrated LTE Cellular, Ethernet, WiFi, and DigiMesh long-range wireless communications.  Designed specifically for Node-RED users seeking a Cellular LTE communications solution to connect NCD sensors to multiple cloud platforms.  Integrated WiFi and Ethernet communications makes it possible to communicate sensor data over local area networks.  Powered by OpenWRT, this linux based computer comes pre-loaded with Node-RED and a NCD sensor parsing flow ready to communicate to a wide array of communication technologies and cloud platforms.  The integrated MicroSD card slot makes data logging possible with extra software.  Integrated user-programmable Blue 128×64 OLED display makes it possible to display connection status information.

Integrated long-range wireless 900MHz communications is used to collect data from localized NCD sensors up to 2 Miles from the NCD IoT Edge computer.  This device is compatible with all NCD sensors using the pre-loaded Node-RED flow.  Experienced Node-RED users may push NCD sensor data to Losant, Ubidots, Amazon® AWS®, Microsoft® Azure®, and MQTT using any combination of Cellular LTE, Ethernet, or WiFi.  Keep NCD IoT sensor data local using the integrated WiFi or Ethernet connection or use Cellular LTE as a failsafe backup if local network communications is lost.  The NCD IoT Edge Computer serves an ideal gateway solution for experienced Node-RED users, offering unparalleled flexibility in configuration for all communication technologies.

For Experienced Node-RED Users Only

Node-RED and Linux Experience is REQUIRED to use this device. This is a universal hardware computing platform that can be used for many applications and is not intended to service any particular application without software customization.

BETA Release Version

This device is offered as a Beta Release.  Some features may be limited or may require additional software or hardware development to complete.

Configuring NCD's IoT Edge Computer

Upon unboxing the IoT Edge Computer, it is ready to be set up. To do so, first connect to the computer and open this new user friendly interface that allows for customization of the edge computer’s settings. NCD’s IoT Edge Computer Setup Guide is provided under the Resources Tab above and will serve as the overall manual for setup and initial use of this device. 

NCD’s IoT Edge Computer comes with Node-RED pre-loaded as well as the Node-RED libraries and examples that will make getting started with using Node-RED less of a hassle. 

Another useful feature accommodating NCD’s IoT Edge Computer is the terminal that is built into the UI. The Terminal Tab opens a new terminal window straight from this UI providing convenient access to download libraries, apply updates, and run various other text based commands.

Network Settings

NCD’s IoT Edge Computer UI consists of multiple user friendly functions that are provided for configuration of the IoT Edge Computer settings. Here, the user has access to settings and information regarding the WiFi Network, Ethernet, and LTE Network used by the edge computer.

A Route Metric can be set for each Network connectivity method which will create an order for which the edge computer attempts to connect and transfer data. The lower the value that is set for Route Metric, the higher the priority of that Network Option. Therefore, if WiFi is set to 1, Ethernet is set to 3, and LTE is set to 2, then the IoT Edge Computer upon being powered on will first attempt to connect to WiFi. If it fails to connect to WiFi, it will then attempt LTE Cellular Service. 

Currently, Verizon® and Hologram® LTE services have been tested for this device and are compatible. Follow the setup guide to learn how to connect to a LTE Network with this edge computer. 

Testing with Node-RED

By simply clicking the Node-RED Tab, the application will automatically open in a new window and provide a sample flow build to work with. 

Node-RED is a UI based drag and drop solution. It can be used to view data locally or to push to AWS®, Azure®, MQTT. Node-RED also allows users to store data on a local database as well as send email and test alerts. 

As mentioned before, examples and libraries are pre-installed. However, if you ever want to update or install more libraries, you can do so by using the terminal function.

More information about Node-RED and how to use it can be found in this documentation found under the Learn Section of our website. 

Data Logging with the IoT Edge Computer

NCD’s IoT Edge Computer provides 8GB of flash storage as well as a USB port and SD card slot. The user can utilize these additional storage locations if they wish to purchase extra storage space in the form of external drives or SD cards. 

NCD’s IoT Edge Computer supports Database Logging, a feature that allows the user to store data transmitted from their sensor. Database logging is essential if you are needing to collect data samples and store them for a later use, whether it be for visualization, analysis, or simply for keeping record of sensor data. 

Compatibility

900HP-S3B Wireless Compatibility Notes

Notice: Compatibility Notes Does NOT Apply to the Following Products:

  • NCD Enterprise Solutions
  • NCD Wireless Sensors
  • NCD Enterprise Modems and Gateways

Notice: Compatibility Notes Applies to NCD Industrial Products, Including Fusion, ProXR, ProXR Lite, Taralist, and Reactor Series Products.

Compatibility Notes

When using an 900HP-S3B communication module, it is essential that you use the ZIGMO_PCB to configure the module settings.  Long-Range wireless sensors may be programmed over the air without removing the communications module.

A 900HP-S3B Modem or a gateway of some kind that support the 900HP-S3B communications module will also be required.

Ethernet TCP/IP Compatibility Notes

This device periodically sends UDP Packets on port 13,000, which help identify the IP address of this device on your network.  This device sends UDP Packets to link.signalswitch.com to help users access this device from the internet (this feature can be disable).  Remote access over the internet requires users to configure Port Forwarding on the router that is associated with the WiFi communications module.  Port Forwarding is outside the scope of NCD technical support.  Please visit PortForward.com for instructions on configuring most routers for port forwarding.

Resources

Essential

Drawings

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Product Identification
SKU: PR55-36_BETA
UPC:
Country of Origin: US
HTS Code: 854231
1+ Pieces
$299.95/ea
10+ Pieces
$287.95/ea
25+ Pieces
$281.95/ea
100+ Pieces
$263.96/ea

Wireless Communication OptionsChange

Please choose a wireless communications module that is legal for use in your region.  Please note: transmission range will be affected by the product options selected below.  If you are in North America, we strongly suggest the 900MHz option for best results.  If you are in Europe, the 2.4GHz and 868MHz versions are the only legal options.  The 2.4GHz option is now certified for use worldwide.  Please note the 2.4GHz version will not penetrate objects as well as the 900MHz and 868MHz versions.  If you need help choosing a wireless option, please contact us.  This option will determine how we build this product and any applicable accessories that may be displayed below.


Customize

We Customize Just for You!!

NCD offers many custom IoT electronic design services to help tailor our product to your exact needs.  Whether you are looking for custom firmware, circuit board modifications, metal enclosures, or industrial color printing, we can help you with a wide variety of design services.

Custom IoT Electronic Design Services Process

Most of our users purchase off-the-shelf hardware for initial testing.  Once everything is working, they contact us to build a custom solution which may include specialized changes to the board, firmware, connectors, etc.  Custom boards have many advantages such as reduced wiring, easy installation, small size, less power consumption, and in some cases, an overall reduction in product cost.  Custom IoT Electronic Design Services will have your company name and logo on the board as well as the enclosure.

Customized IoT Electronics

NCD engineers can help build a customized solution for your particular application based on the designs you see on our website.  We can combine devices onto a single board, change the shape, or even some of the components to meet your exact needs.  We also provide turn-key metal enclosures with powder coating and full-color printing on the top side starting at just $500 for setup!  We have more than 20 years of experience in electronics design and manufacturing.  All of our products are designed and manufactured in the USA, so we are here to support the products we make.  We only ask that our customers prototype their needs using our existing products before we customize.

Customization Guidelines

  • Custom designs should be based on our existing product because we can’t build rockets or electric cars over here!
  • We do not provide customization services if it involves the introduction of a new or untested technology.
  • Custom engineering fees depend on your requirements, so please contact us for a quote!
  • We maintain ownership of all designs, including our customized designs as they are based on our existing Design.
  • We will only ship the customized product to you or your authorized agents.
  • We have an NDA available if needed.
  • The turn-around time is about 2-3 weeks.
  • We specialize in low-volume designs, no quantity is too small!
  • We have the ability to scale to large volumes as needed.

Getting Started with Product Customization

All you have to do is contact us and we will walk you through the process from beginning to end, based on your individual needs.  Some people are surprised at how fast we finish CAD design (usually a few hours), but keep in mind, we still have to build your design, which takes considerably more time.  When we customize product, here are the general services we provide:

  • We design the circuit board.
  • We communicate with our customers throughout the customization and manufacturing process.
  • We manufacture surface mount stencils and circuit boards.
  • We program our pick and place machines to build your boards.
  • We build a working sample and run it through our wave solder machine.
  • We test your custom IoT solution.
  • Once the design is finalized it won’t be possible to make changes during production (changes cost money and require us to repeat the above processes)
  • Once it meets all your requirements, we will start production as needed.
  • We work with our metal fabricators to design a metal enclosure if required.
  • You work with our artist to print the top side of the enclosure in full color with your company logo if required.

+MORE App customizations

We partnered with Blynk who have developed the +MORE app.  If you are interested in customization to their +MORE app then we're sure you will enjoy working with them as much as we did.  They can customize the user interface +MORE mobile app at your request.

  • Add new functionality and features to the mobile applications and web dashboard
  • Change/ add data visualizations options

Contact them today for custom App Development!

White-labeled mobile apps and dashboard

Blynk the developer of +MORE has a fantastic team of developers eager to help with your IoT applications.  They offer the following services.

We provide white-label IoT infrastructure:

  • Private IoT cloud
  • Branded mobile applications for remote monitoring and control
  • A branded web dashboard to manage fleet of your devices
  • Big Data analysis with actionable insights
  • Development of machine learning algorithms

Contact them today for all of your IoT cloud needs!

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