Building a connected HVAC demo with Exosite’s Murano IoT platform

From device-to-cloud connectivity to end-user experience, Exosite and TI help companies build solid foundations for Internet of Things (IoT) products they can use over and over again.

Designed for demanding IoT applications, Exosite’s Murano enterprise IoT platform enables you to include device connectivity, application development and integrations with third-party services in your IoT solutions, while TI’s SimpleLink™ SDK supports 100 percent code portability across a broad range of wireless microcontrollers (MCUs), which allows you to easily incorporate the optimal wireless connectivity technology for your solution..

This combination of features means that you are never locked into an antiquated connected product. The stable foundation created by the combination of TI’s hardware and Murano allows you to get to market quickly using our tools and interoperability guides.

Connecting the TI CC3220 LaunchPad™ development kit to the Murano platform involves only two quick steps to get started:

  1. Get a TI SimpleLink Wi-Fi® CC3220SF LaunchPad™ development kit.
  2. See our TI partner page for getting started instructions.

The TI SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3220SF LaunchPad development kit connects directly to the Murano IoT platform via the internet (See Figure 1) once you have loaded Murano’s embedded agent.

Figure 1: Product connectivity to the Murano platform

You can configure the Murano platform to your product’s capabilities. Each product you connect may range from a simple sensor to a highly capable gateway, and they each have a variety of processing, communications, storage, data representation and control capabilities. One key feature is over-the-air (OTA) updates, which you can set up using Exosite’s HTTPS device application programming interfaces (APIs).

Your product may power a variety of end-user applications. In Murano, a product can be used in many applications without requiring changes to the underlying devices – even when different business partners or customers create and maintain the applications. For example, let’s say that you built a Murano product that receives data from an industrial-gauge heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for a large building. You can use this product repeatedly, paired with different physical HVAC units in different buildings, or in different applications, like one intended for use by a building manager vs. one intended for use by a tenant.

With smart buildings becoming an important part of the IoT space, Exosite created an HVAC reference application (See Figure 2) to demonstrate how to use the Murano platform with TI devices. This interactive tutorial enables you to learn the core features of the Murano platform from both a hardware and software perspective. Our integration of this Murano application with the TI SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3220SF LaunchPad development kit enables you to rapidly prototype the implementation of an HVAC monitoring system with simple controls.

 

Figure 2: Product and application interaction in the Murano platform

As shown in Figure 3, when you are done with the basic HVAC reference application, you can do even more by connecting to services and integrations. For example, you could enhance your HVAC IoT project with email service to alert you when your thermostat goes over a set temperature. Additional services and integrations allow you to add even more value to your project with web sockets, custom APIs, time-series storage and user management. Or if you have another system that needs the data from your device, you can use the custom API gateway service to easily integrate and enhance your project.

 

Figure 3: Full-service IoT solution using TI and the Murano platform

Exosite has years of experience with IoT solutions. To learn more about key technology and organizational issues related to IoT, browse our selection of white papers. Understand the key features of the Murano IoT Plaform and how companies are using it to deploy successful IoT implementations by real companies. You will then be well prepared to start your own IoT project using Murano and the TI CC3220 wireless MCU.