Edge computing code for control, surveillance and visualization of IoT data

June 09, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Access Co. (Tokyo, Japan) has released its NetFront Agent software product, intended to run on IoT Gateways and to support higher-level functions on the gateway. It is described as one of the smallest managed edge computing engines, combining sensors and various other data input/output devices to administer data gathering and output on IoT gateways.

NetFront Agent is available to operators looking for a means of providing ‘smarter’ devices and services using IoT gateways to homes and to large-scale facilities such as plants, offices and hotels. NetFront Agent has been primarily designed for consumer electronics, industry and business device manufacturers; gas and electricity suppliers; telecom carriers, cable and Pay TV operators, system integrators, and home builders.


Access notes the anticipated growth in volume of data uploaded to the cloud, and says many businesses will face issues related to the operability and economical viability of new services utilizing the data, while recognizing business opportunities. It is becoming increasingly complicated, the company adds, to manage the security and authentication of each IoT device, alongside updates of the gateway software.


Access developed NetFront Agent to add intelligent functionality to IoT gateways, such as collecting and outputting data together with optional functions such as security, Firmware On (Over)-The-Air (FOTA) and heartbeat. NetFront Agent can also be used as edge computing technology to process the vast amount of data on the gateway side and reduce the network load on the cloud. This enables businesses to effectively realize the potential of IoT services.


NetFront Agent is based upon the company’s NetFront Browser, a browser for embedded systems that has been shipped in over 1.5 billion devices worldwide. Featuring memory-saving characteristics together with highly advanced portability and scalability, it can be integrated within an IoT gateway to aggregate data transmitted from sensors and other IoT devices operating on differing wireless communication standards such as BLE, Wi-SUN and WiFi, and to transmit data to cloud infrastructure. Businesses can visualize data on the cloud on PCs and remotely control IoT devices via NetFront Agent. The types of data received from IoT devices are refined by NetFront Agent and transmitted to the cloud, making it possible to reduce the network traffic on cloud infrastructure.


For example, plant facilities that are adapting