Software platform for graphical setup, management of connected devices

December 12, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
From distributor Conrad Business Supplies, the company’s Conrad Connect package provides a framework for control and management of connected devices; operation managers are enabled to manage and intelligently connect devices that may come from multiple vendors.

The software platform allows users to connect smart devices from different manufacturers and displays data on an intuitive dashboard. The platform is intended for operations managers and maintenance workers to record user data, monitor and manage many different smart devices.

 

Conrad uses building management services as an example of how the platform might be deployed. Smart safety applications, such as door and window sensors from Innogy (formerly known as RWE Energie), can be integrated and controlled via this new online platform. It is possible to set up daily routine checks for open/closed windows and gates as part of an intruder alarm system. For example, if a hall gate is opened at night, all lights will be lit at once and the user will receive a message on the platform. This is also supported by a push message being sent to the operator’s smartphone.

 

Conrad Connect summarises the settings of all connected devices on one dashboard. Configurable dashboard options allow users to manage and monitor their devices via an Internet browser on desktop PC, notebook or tablet. No additional software, is needed to operate the platform.

Device rules are set up using the logic concept “IFTTT” (If This Then That), rule options can be enabled, allowing for the intelligent linking of devices and follow-on tasks. This can be achieved by inputs directly on the dashboard or via the integrated graphics editor. With the drag & drop function, users are able to create a connection between any of their devices’ applications by dragging the desired sensors and actuators into the editor window and by connecting appropriate tasks.

 

You can register online at www.conradconnect.de and test the English language service free of charge. A video about Conrad Connect is here.

 

Conrad: www.conrad.com